Dussehra 2023: Vijayadashami which is also called Dussehra is one of the most celebrated festivals in India with joy and happiness for the people. It is celebrated on the 10th day of Ashwin, the seventh month in the Hindu calendar.
There are a lot of narrations that conclude the existence of the Dussehra for different sections of Indian society.
In the Eastern and Northeastern parts of India, Dussehra marks the end of the "Durga Puja". People of Bengal celebrate the victory of Maa Durga over the buffalo demon "Mahisasur" to resurrect humanity in the world.
The other tale which makes the Dussehra more special is the victory of Lord Rama over the Dashanan i.e. "Raavan", who abducted Devi Sita (wife of Ram).
The story tells that after 14 years of exile with a lot of troubles and hardships and hundreds of great lessons, Lord Rama set an example of the true personality of a man and a warrior.
In both the above stories, the message that got conveyed to the people is "Victory of Good over Evil", which makes the two events collide on the same day.
Dussehra is celebrated in different ways throughout India which shows up the single idea of "Victory of Good over Evil" by means of a set of incidents that took place in the past.
In the northern part of India, people celebrate the festival by burning the effigy of Raavan, his brother Kumbhkarna, and his son Meghnath in various cities.
In the state of Gujarat, the interval of the 10 days is celebrated with a ritual of dance called Garba. On each day of Navratri, people gather and perform this dance.
Various competitions also get held which makes the whole city a great place of joy and happiness.
Whereas in South India, the festival of 10 days is divided into the worship of three different goddesses called Maa Durga (signifies strength and power), Maa Laxmi (signifies wealth and prosperity), and Maa Saraswati (signifies knowledge and wisdom).
However, in India, this division of celebrating the auspicious day is not that particular as every individual celebrates this event in their own way regardless of others.
This division just looks simple as it is scripted but you will love these different diversities once you get a taste of it.