Vijayadashami is a major Hindu festival, also known as Dasahara, Dusshera, Dasara, Dussehra or Dashain, which is celebrated every year at the end of Navratri.
The festival points to the victory of good over evil and involves various types of rituals throughout the country.
Lets take a look at some interesting facts and story behind the auspicious festival of Vijayadashami or Dussehra.
- Vijayadashami is a combination of two words “Vijaya” and “Dashami”, meaning “victory” and “tenth”. It signifies the festival on the tenth day of the lunar calendar, celebrating the victory of good over evil.
- It is celebrated on the tenth day in the Hindu calendar month of Ashvin, which usually falls in the Gregorian months of September and October.
- Dussehra is derived from the Sanskrit words “Dasha” and “Hara”, which actually means “the sun will not rise”. According to a popular belief, the sun would never rise again, if the Ravana had not been defeated by Lord Rama.
- Vijayadashami is celebrated for various reasons, and in different ways across India.
- In the southern, eastern and northeastern states of India, Vijayadashami marks the end of Durga Puja, which remembers the victory of goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura.
- While in the northern and western states of India, it marks the end of “Ramlila” and remembers the victory of God Rama over the Ravana, the king of Lanka.
- This festival is not confined to India. It is even celebrated in our neighboring countries such as Nepal and Bangladesh. Moreover, it has been marked as an official holiday in Malaysia.
In India, many festivals are celebrated with great enthusiasm, and Vijayadashami is one of them. However, the festival also starts the preparation for one of the most celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights, which is celebrated 20 days after Vijayadashami.