New Delhi| Jagran Lifestyle Desk: After observing fast for nine days in Navratri, people are now celebrating Dussehra with great enthusiasm across the country. Dussehra is the festival that marks the end of both Durga Puja and the nine-day-long Navratri festival. This auspicious day is associated with Lord Rama and how he killed the evil Ravana and thus this festival is known as the win of good over evil. It is also the day when Goddess Durga killed Mahishasura, the demon king.

Every year, Dusshera or Vijayadashmi is observed on the Dashami Tithi (10th day) of Ashwin in Shukla Paksha. This festival is also celebrated in Nepal and is known as Dashain. This festival marks the onset of the festival of lights- Diwali, which falls after 15 days after the Dussehra. Vijayadashami is celebrated with full fervour and excitement and joy, especially in the northern states.

This time, due to the coronavirus pandemic the celebrations will be somewhat different compared to the previous years. Home Ministery has already issued guidelines such as face mask and 6-ft distance for a safer and happy Dussehra. It is also reported that any event in the contaminated zone is strictly prohibited.

History of Dussehra Festival

This festival has several mythological stories. In some part of India, people celebrate Vijaya Dashami as the day when Goddess Durga killed demon Mahishasur and that signifies the victory of good over evil. This is the reason why nine avatars of Goddess Durga are worshipped on the Navaratri. It is also said that Goddess Durga immersed in water with the devotees who signifies the departure of Goddess Durga from the material world after maintaining Dharma.

The other mythological story of Dussehra is when Lord Ram killed Raavana. According to Hindu mythology, it is said that Ravana kidnapped Lord Rama's wife Sita. Lord Rama managed to shoot an arrow in the belly of Ravana and killed him. That is why the Dussehra festival is celebrated as a victory of good over evil.

Significance of Dussehra Festival

This festival has a message that says that the good will always win over the evil and it is called the victory of good over evil. Dussehra is also considered as an auspicious day for starting new businesses or for making new investments.

Posted By: Deeksha Sharma