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Some interesting things about Dussehra you should know

  • Dussehra is a sanskrit word combined with two different words. DASHA & HARA means removing of 10
  • This festival is also known as Vijayadashmi which is also derived from two different sanskrit word. VIJAYA means victory and DASHMI means 10th
  • Dussehra or Vijayadashami, actually are two celebrations in India: the victory of Rama over Ravana & the victory of the goddess Durga over demon Mahishasur
  • Vijayadashmi signifies the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon called Mahishasura who was killed by her on the 10th day of lunar calendar
  • Dussehra signifies the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana, the king of Lanka
  • Both this celebrations marks the victory of good over evil
  • First 9 days before Dussehra is celebrated as Navaratri - a major festival celebrated across india (Read about navratri on: http://bit.ly/NavratriCelebration)
  • It is said that the celebration of this festival was first started in the 17th century when the king of Mysore ordered his kingdom to celebrate on large scale.
  • A sculpture of Ravana is destroyed (with fire) as it marks the killing of all the evils of the souls that are represented by the 10 heads of Ravana
  • Ravana’s 10 heads represent ten bad qualities: (1) Kama vasana {Lust}, (2) Krodha {Anger}, (3) Moha {Attachment}, (4) Lobha {Greed}, (5) Mada {Over Pride}
  • (6) Matsara {Jealousy}, (7) Swartha {Selfishness}, (8) Anyaaya {Injustice}, (9) Amanavta {Cruelty}, (10) Ahankara {Ego}
  • Mahishasura was the king of the demons who became very powerful and Shakti (Incarnation of Goddess Durga) killed him
  • It is also celebrated as Durga Puja which marks the annual visit of the goddess Durga to her maika. On the 10th day she returns to her husband - Lord Shiva
  • Dussehra is not only celebrated in India but also in the neighbouring countries like Bangladesh & nepal and its a religious holiday in Malaysia
  • During this festival plays based on the Ramayana are performed at fairs and huge sculptures of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghanada are burnt
  • It is also a belief that Chakravartin Ashok Samrat converted to Buddhism on this day. Also Dr. Ambedkar converted to buddhism on this particular day