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Date: 11th october, 2016

Sear and sizzle, smolder and blaze and then the grand ending of crackers and fireworks, a dazzling and beaming shower of lights, and a splendid celebration of the victory of darkness over knowledge! Dussehra, one of the best-loved festivals of India is a ten day extravaganza, which celebrates the victory of good over bad every year with high spirits.

The festival of Dussehra is the culmination of Navratri and commemorated in the month of October or November. The interesting festival of Dussehra has several legends that celebrate the victory of good over evil. Go through the following lines to know about the origin of Dussehra.

Dussehra Legends

Victory of Lord Rama over Demon Ravana
Dussehra celebration is deeply rooted in the Hindu epic of Ramayana. According to this, in Satyug, the eighth carnation of God Vishnu, Lord Rama killed the ten headed demon Ravana. The story began when demon Ravan had abducted Lord Rama’s wife Site. Lord Rama, together with his army of monkeys and brother Lakshman moved towards Lanka. To defeat Ravana, Lord Rama also performed Puja to seek the blessings of Durga, the Goddess of courage and power. Along with the monkey army and brother Lakshman, Lord Rama defeated the cruel demon after a long bloody battle. Thus, the day celebrated to commemorate the triumph of Lord Rama over demon Ravana.

Assassination of Mahishasura by Goddess Durga
Killing of demon Mahishasura by Ma Durga is another legend associated with Dussehra. As per this story, all the human beings were terrified by the despotism of Mahishasura because the demon had possessed invulnerable power to triumph over world. Even the superior powers like Lord Shiva, Lord Lord Vishnu, and Lord Brahma. Thus, all the mighty deities created a power, Ma Durga to defeat Mahishasura. All the Gods gave her power to conquer the evil spirit. The Goddess Durga defeated the demon and her triumph is commemorated as Dussehra or Vijaydashmi.

Dussehra Customs and Traditions

The festival of Dussehra brings with it a bundle of vivacity, mirth and happiness that starts nine days prior to in the form of Navratri. Dussehra is the culmination of Durga Puja or Navratri, yet this fest has its own importance. Leaf through these lines to explore the interesting customs connected to the pulsating festival of Dussehra.

Visarjan of Holy Statues

In West Bengal, Dussehra marks the day when Navratri ends with the submergence of divine statues of Ma Durga and her children Kartik and Ganesha. The well-decked idols are placed in exquisite pandals and on Dussehra; the devotees take these glorious idols for submersion. This custom signifies the comeback of Ma Durga to her husband’s abode on Mount Kailash.

Ram Leela

In Northern parts of India, Ram Leelas are organized to celebrate the victory of Lord Rama over demon Ravana. Since ages, the ritual of burning oversized effigies of Ravana and his brothers, Kumbhkarna and Meghnath. Artists depict the key episodes from the life of Lord Rama and on the tenth day, the effigies are burnt and this signifies the triumph of good over bad.