Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashami, is celebrated with great enthusiasm and enjoyment by the Hindu community across the globe. It’s one of India’s most prominent religious festivals.
Generally, after Navratri, the Dussehra Festival is celebrated. It is a joyful celebration for the Hindu community, as it is the day of Lord Rama’s victory over the evil King Ravana. The celebration of the Dussehra Festival implies the victory of reality over the power of evil.
Why do we celebrate Dussehra?
Lord Rama was born to Kaushalya and Dasharatha (Kosala kingdom ruler) in ancient times. He had brothers named Lakshmana, Bharata, and Shatrughna. He was married to Sita. For 14 years, Rama had been exiled from his country, Ayodhya, to the forest. He was joined by Sita’s wife and Lakshmana’s brother. Ravana abducted his wife, Sita, during the time they stayed in the forest. Because Ravan abducted Sita, Lakshmana cut the nose of Ravan’s sister, Shurpanakha. With Lord Hanuman’s assistance, Lord Rama finds his wife and takes her out of Ravan’s captivity by fighting him and winning the battle.
How is Dussehra celebrated?
There are vibrant rituals and customs in different parts of the world to celebrate the Dussehra Festival. There’s a play in Ramayana called Ram-Lila, a depiction of Ramayana epic. In a series of scenes containing songs, plot, recital, and dialogue, the play is performed by talented artists. The Ram-Lila event is held annually during the Dussehra festival in northern India and includes a 10-12 day series of episodes based on Ramcharitmanas.
It dramatizes the victory of Rama and the destruction of the Demon Lord, Ravana, Meghnath’s son, and Kumbh-Karan’s brother. To show Lord Rama’s victory and Ravana’s death with the sound of fire-crackers, all the giant statues of Ravana, Meghnath, & Kumbh-Karan at the end of Ramayana are burned.
People wait for the entire year to celebrate this holiday. It’s a venue for everybody to come together, making the festival memorable. Nowadays, people prepare delightful dishes at home and go out to see the Dussehra fair and the Ram Lila. Devotees worship Lord Rama and hope for a happy and safe life. To be identified with ancient culture and heritage, as well as the importance of healthy forces and the strength to combat evildoers, every child must understand the significance of the Dussehra Festival.