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About Dussehra/ Why Dussehra is celebrated?
The tenth day of Navrath is celebrated as Dusshera. This festival celebrates the defeat of the demon king Ravana by Lord Rama. This day marks the victory of good over evil. It is regarded as the most promising day with a time-honored belief that if any new endeavor is started on this day, it brings success for sure.
Dussehra is one of the most popular festivals of India. On this day, the effigies stuffed with crackers of Ravana, Kumbhakaran and Meghanad are burnt .The main idea behind burning these effigies is to burn the evil within them and thus pursue the path of virtue, truth and integrity. Children enjoy seeing this because of the striking and attractive fireworks on the ground.
The celebration of Dussehra started in the 17th century, when the king of Mysore ordered the celebration of the day on a huge scale. Ever since, the day is celebrated with great eagerness and vigor. The festival is considered as the 'Victory of Good over Evil' & "Return of God from Exile'.
In northern India, many plays and dance performances known as Ramleela, depicting the life of Rama, commonly take place in all parts of every city during nine days and the final part is played on Dussehra ending with burning the effigies. Wherever effigies are erected, it turns out to be like a small fair with vendors selling attractive and colorful wooden/cardboard replicas of Bow-arrow, Swords, and many other weapons. Food stalls selling mouth-watering snacks and dishes like Golgappas, Tikki, Bhel-puri , Chana-Bhatura and more. People turn up in huge numbers to witness burning of effigies, which are not only the common people but also the political leaders and well known celebrities from various fields.
Dussehra is considered to be an auspicious time to worship tools used to make an income. According to the myth in the epic Mahabharata, Arjuna hide his weapons in a tree and when he returned a year later, on the day of Dussehra, he gradually retrieved them. He then worshiped the weaponry, along with the tree.
Dusshera Puja - Vijayadashami/Dussehra remains one of India’s most enthusiastic festivals for judicious puja dedicated to Laxmi, Saraswati and Shakti. An occasion for rejoicing, a time for pleasure- and a moment to rejoice the victory of good over bad, right over wrong.