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Dussehra 2019: On October 8th is Dussehra or Vijayadashami, Learn Vijay Muhurta, Pooja Method, Significance and Beliefs

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Dussehra 2019: Dussehra or Vijaydashmi: Dussehra festival is celebrated all over the country. The Dussehra of Mysore and Kullu is famous worldwide. Nine days after Navratri, on the 10th day, Ravan Dahan and fairs are held in different corners of the country.

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Dussehra, Dusshera or Vijaydashmi is the major festival of the Hindus. It symbolizes the separation of the good over the truth and the evil on the false. It is believed that Lord Sri Ram killed 10-headed unrighteous Ravana on the day of Dashami. On the same day, Maa Durga had freed the gods from her terror by killing a demon named Mahishasur. After the nine days of Navratri, Vijayadashami is celebrated on the 10th day as a celebration of the victory of the nine powers.

When is Dussehra?

Dussehra falls on the 10th day of Sharad Navratri and precisely 20 days before Deepavali. According to the Hindu calendar, the festival of Vijayadashami or Dussehra is celebrated on the Dussemi of the Shukla side of the Ashwin mass. This time is Dussehra on October 8, 2019.

Dussehra date and auspicious time

The tenth Date Starts: October 12, 2019, at 12 noon 58 minutes
The tenth Date Expires: 07 October 2019 at 02:00 pm for 50 minutes
Vijay Muhurt: 41 minutes from 02 noon on 08 October 2019 to 51 minutes at 02 noon.
Total duration: 46 minutes
Afternoon worship time: 01:00 pm on 08 October 2019 18 minutes to 03 minutes 37 minutes.
Total duration: 02 hours 19 minutes

The importance of Dussehra

Dussehra is of religious importance but this festival is still relevant today. This feast is a symbol of good over evil. Even today, Ravana is alive as many evils. This festival reminds us every year that we can improve life only by destroying the evil Ravana. Inflation, corruption, adultery, dishonesty, violence, discrimination, jealousy, environmental pollution, sexual violence, and sexual exploitation are all the evils that continue to challenge humanity and civilized society even today. In such a case it is necessary that we resolve to root them out on the day of Dussehra. Only then can we truly understand the significance of Dussehra?

The tradition of worship on the day of Dussehra

The victory of Dussehra is always accomplished. It is believed that the enemy must depart at this time to conquer the enemy. It is considered auspicious to buy cars, electronic goods, jewelry, and clothing in Vijay Muhurta. It is believed that whatever new work is done at this moment, success will come. Shami tree is worshiped on this day along with arms worship. Also, after the burning of Ravana, it is considered auspicious to put some ash in the house.

Why is Dussehra celebrated?

There are several assumptions about celebrating Dussehra:
According to one legend, there was a big powerful demon named Mahishasur. He did Brahma’s harsh penance to become immortal. Brahmaji was pleased with his asceticism and asked him for a blessing. Mahishasur sought the gift of immortality. On this, Brahmaji told him that the death of the person who was born in this world is certain, so he can ask for anything except life and death. On hearing Brahma’s words, Mahishasur said that then he should have such a blessing that his death should be in the hands of a woman rather than a god and a man. With such a blessing from Brahmaji, Mahishasura became the king of demons and attacked the gods. The gods lost the war and Devlocar was ruled by Mahishasur.

All the gods worshiped Adi Shakti along with Lord Vishnu to protect Mahishasur. During this time a divine light emanated from the body of all the deities who took the form of Goddess Durga. Armed mother Durga killed her on the 10th day after a fierce battle with Mahishasur for nine days. Therefore, this day is celebrated as Vijayadashami. Due to the destruction of Mahishasur, Durga’s mother became famous as Mahishasuramdini.

– According to another legend, Lord Shri Ram fought Ravana in Lanka for nine consecutive days. Then on the 10th day, they killed Ravana with an arrow in his navel. It is said that Lord Shri Ram worshiped Mother Durga and called for power. During the examination of Shri Ram, Mother Durga disappeared one of the lotus flowers kept for worship. Ram was called Kamal Nayan so he decided to offer one of his eyes to his mother. As soon as she began to remove her eyes, the goddess appeared with delight and gave her the gift of victory. Then on the day of Dashami, Shri Ram killed Ravana.

How is the Dussehra festival celebrated?

The festival of Dussehra is celebrated all over the country with cheerfulness. The Dussehra of Mysore and Kullu is famous worldwide. Nine days after Navratri, on the 10th day, Ravan Dahan and fairs are organized in different corners of the country. On this day statues of Ravan, Kumbhakaran and Meghnad are burnt. On the day of Dashami, special worship is held on Durga Pandals. The women worship the mother Durga as sindoor and then make each other sindoor. It is called Sindur Khela. The statue of Durga’s mother is then taken for immersion. On this day, the Kshatriya Shastras perform puja, while the Brahmins worship the Shastras. At the same time, business people worship their establishment and embrace it. They also launch new shops or businesses. In fact, in ancient times the Kshatriyas used to choose this day to go to war. On the very day of Brahmin Dussehra, he used to leave his house to receive Vidya. It is believed that work started on Dussehra day brings victory. There is also the rule of worshiping the Shami tree on Vijayadashami.

Dussehra of Mysore

Mysore in Karnataka is famous not only in India but all over the world. The Dussehra festival of Mysore, which is celebrated for 10 days, marks the slaughter of Mahishasur by Chamundeshwari in the form of Goddess Durga. The tradition of celebrating Dussehra in Mysore is more than 600 years old. During the Dussehra festival, the Chamundeshwari temple and Mysore palace are decorated in a grand manner and special worship is performed. The 10th-day festival is called a Jumbo ride or Ambraj. On this day an elephant named ‘Balaram’ and 11 others is specially decorated. Riding on the golden haul of Balaram, the mother leaves for Chamundeshwari Nagar tour. The specialty of this 750 kg weight hood is that it has about 80 kg of gold. There is a beautiful carving on the hood. Let me tell you that once a year, the statue of Mother Chamundeshwari goes out for a city tour.

Kullu’s Dussehra

Dussehra of Kullu in Himachal Pradesh is very popular all over the country. This festival is known here as ‘Dashami’. Here Dussehra is celebrated not one day but seven days. In Kullu, Dussehra starts from Vijayadashami and runs for the next seven days. Here the preparations for Dussehra start from the first 15 days of the month of Ashwin. First of all, the kings here call upon the Dhalpur Valley by offering the sacrifice of sacrifice to all the deities in honor of Raghunath Ji. On the day of Dashami, more than 100 deities are placed in adorned spinach. During these seven days, a rath yatra is organized. Statues of Raghunath Ji, Mata Sita and Hidimba Devi are installed in the chariot. On the seventh day, there is Lanka burning along the Vyas river. Here the statue of Ravan, Meghnad and Kumbhakarna are not burnt, but the five animals are sacrificed as a symbol of the destruction of work, anger, greed, temptation, and ego. After this, the chariot is restored again in Raghunath JI’s temple and the Dussehra is concluded.

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