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Dussehra


The Epic Lord Rama killing Demon Ravana

Vijayadashami also known as Dasahara, Dusshera, Dasara, Dussehra or Dashain is a major Hindu festival celebrated at the end of Navratri every year. It is observed on the tenth day in the Hindu calendar month of Ashvin or Kartik, the sixth and seventh month of the Hindu Luni-Solar Calendar respectively, which typically falls in the Gregorian months of September and October.


Dussehra is observed for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of South Asia. In the southern, eastern and northeastern states of India, Vijayadashami marks the end of Durga Puja, remembering goddess Durga's victory over the buffalo demon Mahishasura to restore and protect dharma.


The epic Ramayana tells the story of the Lord Rama who wins the lovely Sita for his wife, only to have her carried off by Ravana, the demon king of Lanka.It is a major festival which is celebrated at the end of Navratri every year. Dussehra is considered to be an highly auspicious muhurat or time.


The festival, is celebrated with great fervour and fanfare. It incorporates Ram Lila, a gala theatrical enactment of Rama’s life story. Effigies of Ravana—often along with those of Meghnada (Ravana’s son) and Kumbhkarana (Ravana’s brother)—are stuffed with firecrackers and set ablaze at night in open fields.


Dusshera teaches the world that no matter how powerful the evil is, but can not be established before truth and goodness, the end of sin is decided. He can not establish his supremacy for a long time. Therefore, while celebrating Dussehra, we must realize this important fact.


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