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Quick Facts : Dussehra


Date: Oct 03, 2014 Type: Regional (Religious) Also Called: Durga Pooja, Vijayadashmi
Celebrations: Worshiping Goddess Durga, Burning Ravana’s Statues
 

Dussehra

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Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashmi, is a major Indian festival celebrated on the tenth day of Ashvin month according to the Hindu calendar. This day falls in the month of September or October. The day culminates a 9 day fasting period of Navratri in the Hindu culture. The day also coincides with immersion of the idol of Goddess Durga. The day is celebrated to commemorate the killing of Ravana by Lord Rama. The day also celebrates the killing of demon Mahishasur by Goddess Durga. Dussehra celebration spreads the message of the victory of good over sin.

It is believed that the celebration of Dussehra started in the 17th century, when the king of Mysore ordered the celebration of the day on a grand scale. Ever since, the day is celebrated with great fervor and energy. There are a lot of mythological tales associated with the day. According to Ramayana,

Ravana was killed by Lord Rama on this day as revenge against the cruel act of kidnapping Goddess Sita by the former. Mythology also has it that Goddess Durga killed demon Mahishasura after a long spell of cruelty and oppression by Mahishasura. Another story associated with the origins of this day is the raining of gold coins. After Kautsa asked King Raghu for 140 million coins to give an offering to his Guru in return for his knowledge, Raghuraja went to Indra for help who then asked Lord Kuber to rain coins on the city of Ayodhya. After giving 140 million coins to his Guru, Kautsa distributed the rest to the people of Ayodhya.

Largely, the day is celebrated to commemorate the prevalence of good over evil. The day is celebrated on a large scale in India as well as in Bangladesh. The most famous Dussehra celebrations in India are those in the city of Mysore. Goddess Chamundeshwari is worshipped on this day and a grand procession of her idol is taken out across the city. Major buildings are decorated with lights and color across the city.

Other famous Dussehra celebrations in India include that of Kullu in Himachal Pradesh, Kolkata and Orissa, where the festival is preceded by week long celebrations. People visit the Pooja Pandals wearing new clothes, prepare traditional food at home and celebrate the festival with their friends and families. In most other parts of India, plays are organized across cities depicting the story of Ramayana which culminates in the killing of Ravana on this day. Statues of Ravana are burnt everywhere in India on Dussehra and in Delhi, the event is attended by political dignitaries in the Ramlila Maidan.

 

Dussehra Observances



Day Year Date Holiday Name
Thu2008Oct 09Dussehra/Dasara
Mon2009Sep 28Dussehra/Dasara
Sun2010Oct 17Dussehra/Dasara
Thu2011Oct 06Dussehra/Dasara
Wed2012Oct 24Dussehra/Dasara
Mon2013Oct 14Dussehra / Dasara
Fri2014Oct 03Dussehra / Dasara

India holidays celebrated in year 2014



Day Year Date Holiday Name
Wed2014Jan 01New Year's Day
Mon2014Jan 13Prophet's Birthday
Tue2014Jan 14Makar Sankranti / Pongal
Sun2014Jan 26Republic Day
Thu2014Feb 27Maha Shivaratri
Mon2014Mar 17Holi
Fri2014Apr 18Good Friday
Thu2014May 01Labor Day
Sun2014Jun 29Rath Yatra
Tue2014Jul 29Eid-ul-fitar
Sun2014Aug 10Raksha Bandhan
Fri2014Aug 15Independence Day
Sun2014Aug 17Janmashtami
Fri2014Aug 29Vinayaka Chaturthi
Sun2014Sep 07Onam
Thu2014Oct 02Mathatma Gandhi Jayanti
Fri2014Oct 03Dussehra / Dasara
Sun2014Oct 05Bakri Id / Eid Ul-adha
Thu2014Oct 23Diwali / Deepavali
Mon2014Nov 03Muharram
Thu2014Dec 25Christmas
 
 
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