Dusherra Importance

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Importance of Dusherra:

India is famous for its rich culture and tradition. The country is also called the land of festivities and celebration. Synonymously known as Vijay Dashmi, Dusherra is celebrated to commemorate the victory of good over evil. Dusherra is known by a number of other names like Dasara or Dashain or Durgotsav.

Dashmi being the tenth lunar day of the Hindu calendar month the festival is celebrated on the tenth day of Navratri. The festival falls in the month of Ashwin according to the Hindu calendar. According to the English Calendar, Dussehra falls in the month of October.

It is regarded as one of the most important festivals across the India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. The word Dusherra has been derived out of
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It is celebrated to mark the victory of Lord Rama over the ten headed demon king called Raavan. The festival also marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasur.

Legends behind the Festival:
Story of Ramayan:

Ramayana the famous Indian epic mentions and states the importance of the festival. The festival has a different perception and significance attached to it. According to the Hindu epic, Ramayana, Lord Ram killed Ravan on the tenth day of Navratri, the day came to be known as Dusshera. Ravan was treated as an intelligent man, who was became a dictating ruler due to his ego. Ravana abducted Ram’s wife Sita and kept her in her in an isolated place. On the eve of Dusshera, Lord Rama killed Raavan with the help of an army of monkeys freed Sita from Ravana.

The end of Ravana meant the end of bad and evil spirit, as he was a demon by birth too. Dusshera is celebrated by burning the effigy of the Raavan, Kumkaran and Meghnath. Ramleela enacts the story of the epic, describing the victory of Ram over Raavan. The end of the festival is marked offering prayers to Lord Rama and Goddess Durga.
Story of Goddess
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Ram Leela enacts the story of Ram, Lakshman, Sita, Hanuman and Raavan. On the Final day, a chariot carrying Ram, Lakshman and Sita pass through the crowds to burn an effigy of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghnath using an arrow.

Dusshera in Kullu:

The famous Kullu Dusshera is a seven-day long event held in Kullu. The Dussehra celebration is done by paying a tribute to the reigning deity, Raghunathji. The town is decorated beautifully from the little temples in the high mountains.

Dusshera in Gujarat:

In Gujarat, Dusshera is celebrated by doing the Garba dance. Women dance around an earthen lamp on devotional tunes clapping their hands paying their respect to Goddess Durga.

Dusshera in Southern India:

States like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Dusshera is known as Bommai Kolu, which is celebrated by arranging dolls on artificially made steps decorated with flowers and lamps. Women celebrate the festival by exchanging clothes, coconuts and sweets. The women sing traditional songs and eat a dish made out of chickpeas. The setup stays until the last day of Navratri. On the tenth day, that is Dusshera, it is considered auspicious to start something new especially in music and

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