Dussehra or Vijaydashmi: The Victory of Good Over Evil

‘We celebrate a lot of festivals in India, but have you ever tried to discover the relevance and reason behind these festivals? Let's try to understand the forthcoming festival Dussehra'.
Dussehra or Vijaydashmi: The Victory of Good Over Evil

Dussehra is one of the big festivals celebrated by Hindus. It is also called Vijaydashmi. Dussehra is one of the biggest festivals celebrated by Hindus. It is also called Vijaydashmi in Sanskrit, which means the "tenth day of victory". People celebrate the festival with full devotion and dedication all over India. It is celebrated for different reasons towards different gods in different parts of India. For example, it is celebrated for Kali mata in the eastern parts of the country; in Kerala, it is for Saraswati; in Mysore, it is for Chamundi; but the relevance of the festival is common amongst all.

There are many mythological beliefs associated with celebrating this festival, it is mainly celebrated as a victory of Lord Ram over King Ravan. It is said that Lord Ram, before leaving for Lanka to get his wife from King Ravana, prayed for his victory to Lorddess Durga, who is considered to be the symbol of "Shakti,” and when he comes back, people celebrate his victory. In some parts, people burn ten-headed Ravana as a resemblance of “good over evil." The day is dedicated to the feminine nature of the divine, which is Durga, Laxmi, and Saraswati. Dussehra is also celebrated for Durga vanquishing the rakshas Mahishasur. After Mahishasur killed all the gods, Vishnu, Brahma, and Shiva came together and created "Shakti" in the form of Durga to kill Mahishasur, he was killed on tenth day by Lorddess Durga. In these ten days, people fast for nine days with their devotions towards goddess Durga, and on the tenth day, the idol of Durga Mata is immersed in water with the devotees hope that she keeps an eye on them to protect them from all the evils and miseries. It should be clear that the meaning of these stories and beliefs is to remind people to celebrate the triumph of our good thoughts over evil thoughts. It also symbolizes people winning over their fears and celebrating their victories. This festival also has scientific relevance because people do intermediate fasting for nine days and end up eating light to balance their physical health, which also reduces diseases. It also keeps our mental health stable as people celebrate the festival through dance, playing garba, performing plays, meeting each other, and enjoying reducing the stress and negative energy around them. These are the simple things that bring natural joy to people, especially when they are stuck in a life with unbalanced mental and physical stress.

Therefore, we should be aware of our culture and its beautiful essence so that we do not disconnect ourselves from our tradition. Our culture is a combination of science and art that teaches us to live a natural way of life, and it is our duty to preserve it so that the evil powers, negative energy and miseries around us are reduced.