President wishes India of the eve of Dussehra
11 Oct 2016
- President Pranab Mukherjee greeted fellow countrymen in India and overseas on the occasion of Dussehra.
- He urged everyone "to follow the path of moral and ethical rectitude".
- He hoped that this festival may inspire everyone to emulate righteousness of Lord Rama, Sita's virtues and Hanuman's humility.
- President Mukherjee hoped that celebrations would bind communities and regions together "in a true sense of brotherhood."
Happy Dussehra! May good win over evil
11 Oct 2016
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished the nation on the occasion of Dussehra via Twitter.
- Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashmi, symbolizes Lord Ram's victory over Ravana, the ten-head demon king of Lanka.
- RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat celebrated Vijay Dashmi in Nagpur and addressed cadres of RSS.
- Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter and said, "Warm greetings to everyone on the eve of Vijaya Dashmi".
Worshiping the female power
- In Bengal, Dussehra is celebrated as Durga Puja.
- The women offer Sindoor on the forehead of the goddess Durga and then on each other.
- Deities of the goddess Durga are worshipped for five days, and on the fifth day (Dussehra) immersed in a river or pond.
- In Jharkhand, Bengal, Assam and Odisha, the goddess Kali, an appellation of Durga, is also worshipped.
In the mountains: Kullu Dussehra
- One of the major attractions of Kullu valley is Kullu Dussehra.
- Dussehra at Kullu commences on 'Vijaya Dashami' day itself and continues for seven days.
- In 17th century, the local King Jagat Singh installed an idol of Raghunath on his throne as a mark of penance.
- God Raghunath was declared the ruling deity of the valley who is worshipped till date and on Dussehra.
The royal splendor of Mysore Dasara
- Mysore Dasara is celebrated all over Mysore with much enthusiasm.
- The Mysore palace is lit for a whole month during the Dussehra festival. According to the customary rituals, an elephant parade takes place.
- The effigies of Ravana, Meghnath and Kumbhkaran are then burnt to symbolize the victory of good over evil.
- On Vijaydashmi, the goddess Chamundeshwari is worshiped followed by a grand procession.
The festival of Garba
- The state of Gujarat celebrates Navaratri to show devotion to Goddess Durga who took nine nights and 10 days to defeat Mahishasura.
- People celebrate the nine-day long festival by playing the folk dance of Garba to folk songs.
- People wear traditional attires, worship Goddess Durga and perform Garba through the night.
- The deities of Durga are immersed in water on Dussehra, the tenth day.
The Dasain festival of Nepal
- Dussehra is known as Dashain in Nepal and is a 15 day long festival.
- On the eighth day of the festival, people offer sacrifice of goats, buffalo, chicken etc. to goddess Durga.
- On the 10th day of Dasain, elders put Tika and Jamara on the forehead of younger members of the family.
- All government offices and educational institutions remain closed during the festival period.
Dussehra in Bangladesh
- Dussehra is a 5-day long festival in Bangladesh and is celebrated in mandaps (congregation).
- The festival is held at Dhakeshwari temple and Ramkrishna missionary in Dhaka.
- The clay statues of Goddess Durga are immersed in rivers on the day of Dussehra.
- They perform pooja using turmeric and other items and add them to the river in order to help the water yield better crops.
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