Navaratri, the season of holidays is around the corner and we all are planning to celebrate this with our different rituals! Ten days of celebration, off from our daily routine, visiting neighbors, attending functions and participating in celebrations are something that thrilled us! Shouldn’t we know more about this Navaratri and Dusshera? Navaratri, the cultural festival is celebrated with great importance that connects you to the goddess. It is celebrated across the country to portray the greatness of feminine goddess and divinity. This Hindu festival lightens up the life of people and spread happiness, love, peace and prosperity!
Vijayadashmi is the name in Hindu mythology!
As per the Indian Mythology, Dusshera refers to the day Lord Rama killed demon king Ravana. Sita, Rama’s wife, was kidnapped by Ravana, so Rama performed the Chandi Puja by invoking Goddess Durga to kill the demon Mahishasura. So the victory of Durga over the demon Mahishasura is celebrated with happiness and love.
Dusshera is considered as the most auspicious day to start a new livelihood, business and more. On this day, people worship the goddess and decorate their business premises with flowers and also worship their vehicles and assets. There are stage shows, puppets and other celebrations that happen during this day. While the whole country celebrates this fascinating festival, the rituals followed by them are different. Few of them worship the goddess and feed Brahmins while others worship Goddess Durga with weapons and tools. Though there are differences in terms of worship, the significance behind the celebration is to welcome goodness and prosperity.
Dusshera celebrations in different parts of India!
North Indians celebrate this festival by burning puppets posters and dummy figures of Ravana. In Gujarat, all nine days of Navaratri is celebrated. People gather and dance every night and organise a lot of competitions and put up a lot of shows to showcase the significance of the Dusshera festival. Garba, a famous dance in Gujarat is performed in order to celebrate the victory.
In South India, the days of Navaratri are celebrated to worship goddesses Lakshmi for wealth, goodness, and prosperity, Goddesses Saraswathi for learning, knowledge and wisdom and Goddesses Durga for power, bravery, and strength. The houses are decorated with idols of god and goddesses, and people are invited in the evening.
The tenth day of Navaratri is celebrated as the day of victory which is dedicated to nature, things and people around us. People believe that every aspect of life contributes their well-being; hence they worship with dedication in order to thank the goddess for provided them the wealth, strength, and wisdom to lead a happy and successful life. The tenth day of Navaratri is known as the ‘day of victory’ by implementing the knowledge, strength, and wealth! There are many things that we come across in this world that helps us to lead a happy life. This is the day to feel thankful for the things around us that have created our lives!
Though there are a lot of stories behind the Dusshera celebrations, they all convey the message of victory, peace, and love!