Vijaya Dashami 2019: The history behind Dussehra and why we celebrate the festival

Vijayadashami 2019 Date: The festival which is celebrated on October 8 this year, is also known as Dussehra. Here is why the festival is celebrated. 
Vijayadashami 2019: The history behind Dussehra and why we celebrate the festival Dussehra 2019: The history behind Vijayadashami and why we celebrate it
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Dussehra is a major Hindu festival which is celebrated all over India as it signifies the win of good over evil. It also known as Vijayadashami which is derived from two words - Vijaya meaning win and Dashami meaning 10th, just like how Dussehra is also made up of two Sanskrit words - Dasha meaning 10 and Sara meaning loss or defeat. 
This is why this festival is celebrated on the 10th day of the month of Ashwin which usually occurs in either September or October every year. 

Why is Vijayadashami or Dussehra celebrated?

It is an extremely auspicious day which celebrates the win of good over evil. In some parts of India, it signifies the day on which Goddess Durga killed the demon - Mahishasur. This is also why all the different avatars of Goddess Durga are worshipped on the nine days of the festival. It is also the day with idols of Goddess Durga are immersed in water with devotees of her signifying that the Goddess is departing from the material world after maintaining Dharma. 

In the South, mainly in the city of Mysore, Karnataka, Dussehra is celebrated as the day when Chamundeshwari, another avatar of Goddess Durga killed Mahishasur. The entire city is illuminated with lights for this 10-day duration and is beautifully decorated as well. There are processions of Goddess Chamundeshwari which are carried on the top of elephants and taken through out the city. 

On the other hand, Dussehra in North India, is celebrated as the day when Lord Ram killed Ravan in Lanka and brought Sita back home. Lord Ram is considered as the seventh reincarnation of Lord Vishnu and his return back home with his wife and brother was treated as a grand celebration and stood as a significant of good over evil. 

In Indian culture, Dussehra is celebrated with dances and colour when the entire community gets together to celebrate irrespective of caste, creed, colour, religion. The festival is celebrated with love, lights, fireworks and loads of blessings. 

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