Dussehra celebrated all over India - Good Always Wins Over Evil in the end!
Dussehra, which marks the end of nine-day Navratri festival also known as Vijayadashmi signifies the victory of good over evil is being celebrated across the country on Thursday.
Hindus throughout India celebrate Dussehra Festival, although by different names. Also known as Vijaya Dashmi ('Vijay' meaning 'victory' and 'Dashmi meaning 'tenth day'), Dussehra festival has a number of legends associated with it. It is believed that it was on this day that Lord Rama killed the demon king Ravana and took over his empire, Lanka. In the Bengal area, Dussehra is believed to be on that day when Goddess Durga annihilated the evil demon Mahisasura. In essence, the festival of Dushehra signifies the conquest of good over evil.
Hindu devotees are visiting temples, especially those dedicated to various goddesses including Shantadurga, Kamakshi, Mahalaxmi, Gajantlaxmi, Navadurga since morning .
The temples have also organised a number of religious rituals including tarangas, and palanquin processions of the deities, in the evening.
Distribution of sweets and exchange of Shami leaves, in a gesture of exchange of prosperity, the leaves symbolising the gold are important events followed during Dussehra.
A number of Goan cities and towns are also witnessing Durga Puja celebrations, coinciding with Navratri/ Dussehra.
The day of Dussehra is also considered as an auspicious occasion for children to commence their formal education, especially in classical dance, music and other fine arts.
Vijayadashmi further witnesses respects being paid to the weapons and instruments of skilled artisans and professionals.
Dussehra is a unique festival celebrated in our country with great enthusiasm, gaiety and spiritual fervour. The festival of Dussehra is celebrated with much fervor and gusto in Delhi. It falls approximately twenty days before the festival of Diwali. Vijay Dashmi celebrations in New Delhi, India are incomplete without the famous Ramlila (enactment of the great epic Ramayana). Ramlilas start a few days before Dussehra and culminate on the day of the festival. After the final act of the Ramlila gets over, huge effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakaran and Meghnath are burnt as mark of the destruction of evil. Lots of fireworks are visible as the effigies are burnt, signifying the festival of Dussehra