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Dussehra Festival in India, 2022: Significance, Rituals & more

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Dussehra Festival in India, 2022: Significance, Rituals & more

The 10-day Durga puja festival comes to an end on Vijayadashami,which also marks the conclusion of the nine-day Navratri holiday on 5th October 2022. On this day, the Goddess Durga's murtis are immersed.

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The pujas associated with Dussehra  Puja are celebrated during the time period beginning with Mahalaya Pitru Paksha Amavasya (September 25).

  • In North American calendars, Vijayadashami is observed on October 4, 2022, whereas Dussehra is observed on October 5 in South, East, and Western India.
  • Kerala celebrates Vidyarambham on October 5, 2022.
  • Bengal will commemorate the Goddess Durga Murti's immersion on October 5, 2022.
  • According to the calendars used in Karnataka, Dussehra will be celebrated on October 5, 2022.
  • In Tamil Nadu, calendars mark October 5 as Vijayadashami.
  • On October 4, 2022, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka will celebrate Ayudha Puja.

Dussehra and Vijaya Dashami have symbolic meanings.


Both Vijaya Dashami and Dussehra represent, metaphorically, the triumph of Good over Evil, with Goddess Durga vanquishing Demon Mahisha on the prior holiday and Lord Ram vanquishing Ravana on the latter.

In a metaphorical sense, these wars represent the never-ending battle against the arrogance and ignorance that resides within every individual human being. Vijayadashami is the day that marks the commencement of a new beginning after the battle that has taken place.


The triumph over ten undesirable characteristics


Dasara, a Sanskrit word, signifies purging oneself of ten negative traits. Dasa (10) plus hara (to destroy)

  1. Ahankara (Ego)
  2. Amaanavta (Cruelty)
  3. Anyaaya (Injustice)
  4. Vasana Kama (Lust)
  5. Krodha (Anger)
  6. Lobha (Greed)
  7. Mada (Over Pride)
  8. Matsara (Jealousy)
  9. Moha (Attachment) (Attachment)
  10. Swartha (Selfishness)

When these ten characteristics are absent from one's life, one reaches the state of Vijaya, also known as a victory. As a result, the celebration is also known as Vijayadashami, which symbolizes victory (Vijaya) over these ten traits.


A Connection Between Durga Puja and Dussehra is Bhagavan Sri Ram.


It's also thought that Lord Ram held a "Channdi puja" to ask Goddess Durga for her blessings on killing Ravana. Goddess Chamundeshwari or Goddess Durga, pleased with Lord Ram, revealed the method for killing Ravana to him. As a result, there is a connection between Lord Ram and the Durga Puja.


Importance and Significance of Dussehra

Dussehra is celebrated on the 10th day of the month of Ashwin when the moon is getting bigger.

One of the most important rites that take place on this day is the burning of a statue of Ravana, together with Kumbhakarna and Meghnad. Dussehra represents, metaphorically speaking, the triumph of good over evil.

The most vibrant and well-known Dussehra celebration is held in Mysore, Karnataka, and North India.

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Vijay Dashami Relevance and Importance

The celebration of Durga Puja is complete when Vijayadashami arrives.

Celebrations of Vijayadashami mark the conclusion of the nine-day holiday of Navratri, which begins on the first day of the bright half of the Ashwin month (September-October). This event is observed throughout most of India.

  • All tools and literature that were left untouched the previous day (Ayudha Puja day) are collected following blessings from the Goddess.
  • On the day of Vijayadashami, many people begin their education in new fields such as music, painting, and other subjects.
  • On this special day, children are given their first steps into the world of writing.
  • The day is also used by people to launch new ventures and make investment decisions.
  • On this day, water is poured over idols of the goddess Durga that are worshipped during Durga Puja.

India's most well-known Dussehra celebrations

1. Dussehra in Rajasthan at Kota

  • Maharaj Durjanshal Singh Hada began in 1723 AD.
  • lasts 25 days.
  • On Dussehra Day, enormous effigies of Kumbhakarna, Meghnad, and Ravana are burned.
  • Highlights include authentic Rajasthani cultural performances, vibrant costumes, gaming shows, and breath-taking fireworks displays.
  • There are many food kiosks where you can eat traditional meals.
  • Competitions for poetry and music

2. Celebration of Dussehra through Ramlila in Delhi

The burning of the enormous effigies of Ravana, Meghnad, and Kumbhakarna on Dussehra  Day is the festival's principal attraction. staging of the musical Ram Leela.

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