Reasons to celebrate Vijaya Dashami
Reasons to celebrate Vijaya Dashami
Vijay Dashami is the most popular and significant festivals in the cultural tradition of India. This festival is celebrated and observed on the 10th day or last day of the bright fortnight in September/October(Ashvina). It is considered a fantastic occasion to begin any new item or venture and purchase new household items and start a beautiful journey.
- Commemorate the success of Lord Rama over Ravana:- Vijay Dashami or Dussehra marks the victory of power over demoniac forces.
It was on that day Lord Rama wins or killed the Ravana, who had abducted the Sita Devi. This day is also well-known as Dashara in this connection. This word becomes from the two Sanskrit words – Desha means Ten and Hara mean Defeat.
Peoples enjoy and celebrate the victory of truth and righteousness over evil by burning the statuette of Ravana, his son Mehhananda.
At ISKCON Nava Brindavan Dham in Mysuru, Dussehra is celebrated amazingly.
The highlights of the festival include:
- Ravana Dahana (burning the effigies of Kumbhkarna and Ravana)
- Sri Rama Dasha Sahasrarchana (chanting the name of Sri Rama)
- Gaja Vahana(the conduct Deities, Sri Krishna Balarama in Rama-Lakshmana ride on the elephant)
In North India, many peoples perform the Ramlila are most popular on this occasion.
- Celebrating the Slaying of the Demon Mahishasura:-
Mahishasura was a danger and powerful demon under whose leadership the asuras waged a fight or war against the demigods and defeated them. The demigods sought the help the Devi Durga to fight against the Mahishasura and kill him.
Devi Durga, the mounted on a lion, the divine mother, fought the mighty demon for the 9th day days and killed him on the 10th day. Vijaya Dashami commemorates this win of the Maa Durga Over the devil Mahishasura.
The Nine days preceding the Vijaya Dashami enjoy and celebrated as 1navaratri. The Devi Durga or shakti is worshipped in her unique or different forms as Vijaya, Durga, Vaishnavi, Kumuda, Chandika, Madhavi, Krishna, Maya, Karnataka, Sharada, Ambika, Narayani and Bhadrakali.
- Saraswati Puja and Vidyarambham:- Vijaya Dashami is considered unique to start your studies and learning. The perfect traditional Vidhyarambham event observed mostly in Karnataka and Kerala kids and students formally to the teaching of dance, languages, music and many other folk arts.
Vidyarambham word mean is Vidya means knowledge, and the Brabham means Beginning. The students and child are usually initiated into the process of studying and learning by writing the mantra on sand or rice spread in a plate with the help of the elder member of the family or father.
Another celebration on this event and occasion in some parts of Karnataka and Kerala is the three-day Sarasvati Puja in which books are part and worshipped.
- The Beginning of the Harvest Season:-
Vijaya Dashami also celebrates for the beginning of the harvest season. People and farmers seek the blessings of Mother earth for a perfect and good harvest, prosperity and peace.
In the Bhagavad-gita, Krishna stresses the paramount importance of celebrating and performing yajnas: All living beings subsist on the food and other things. The food grains cannot grow and produce without rains. Rains are produced by celebrated or performance of yajna according to one’s duties prescribed in the Purans and Vedas which are mainly manifested from the supreme lord. The demigods are satisfied by such yajna performance and supply some unique or different necessities of life.
In Nepal and India, the demigods are worshipped and pray with many unique various offerings and by sacrificial yajnas and religious rituals at the starting of every harvest season on the day of Dussehra and Vijay Dashami.
In some various part of the country, peoples sow cereals, barley pulses or the other nine types of Nava Danya in water and pot it daily during Navaratri.
Author Credit: Pawan Bugaliya