Monday, 29 June 2015

Vijayadashami

Vijayadashami also known as Dasera or Dusshehra is the 10th day of Navaratri festival. According to the Hindu calendar it is celebrated on the 10th day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Ashwin.

The festival symbolises the victory of good over evil as on this day Lord Rama had won the war over the demon King Ravana. The war was fought for 9 days and ended on the 10th day (Dashami).

All over India, the festival is celebrated in the honor of Lord Rama. Plays or dramas of Ramayana are performed and effigy of Ravana is burnt. Books of children and tools of workers are kept for puja on the ninth day of Navratri (Ayudha Puja, Saraswathi Puja). These are taken back and used after puja on Vijayadashami. This day is auspicious for the start of formal education. The houses are decorated with rangolis and flowers. Garlands of Marigold flower are put at the entrance of the house.

In Maharashtra and North Karnataka, the leaves of Apta tree are exchanged between families. The leaves are considered as gold or wealth. In Punjab this day marks the end of hot season and start of sowing and reaping. In Mysore, Dasera is celebrated with great pomp and enthusiasm. The Mysore palace is decorated with lights and is a beautiful sight at night.

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