Essay on Dussehra ( Vijaya Dashmi)

 

Dussehra indicates the victory of good over evil and is regarded as one of the most important festivals of India. It is celebrated by the Hindus.


When is Dussehra | Vijaya Dashmi Celebrated?

 

The festival of Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day of Navratri. Goddess Durga is worshipped during the nine days and on the tenth day celebrations begins.

It is also known as Vijaydashami. The most symbolic thing about this festival is the burning of effigies of Ravana.

Why is Dussehra | Vijaya Dashmi Celebrated?

 

According to the historic Ramayana, Dussehra is celebrated to enjoy the victory of Lord Ram over the evil King Ravana. Lord Ram along with his wife Sita and brother Laxman used to reside in the forest for fourteen years.

He was exiled from his Kingdom. During this period, the evil King Ravana kidnapped Sita and took her to Lanka. He did it in order to avenge the insult of his sister Suparnakha.

When Lord Ram came to know about it, he became furious and went in search of his wife Sita. He was accompanied by his brother Laxman, his devotee Hanuman and his Sena. They went a long way to Lanka in order to free Sita. They had to undergo a number of obstacles but nothing could stop them.

Ravana was considered to be a very powerful king. Hence, Lord Ram went to Chandi and prayed to Goddess Durga to show him a way to defeat Ravana. He finally received her blessings and conquered a way to kill him on the tenth day of the war.

A huge battle was fought in Lanka. Lord Ram with the help of Hanuman Sena defeated Ravana and killed him. He then freed Sita and brought her back to Ayodhya. On the day of victory, every year, Dussehra is celebrated to enjoy the victory of Lord Ram over the evil King. It celebrates the conquest of good over evil.

They returned back to Ayodhya after conquering Lanka and killing demon Ravana. On this day, whole Village of Ayodhya was lit with diyas on this occasion and the day became the festival of lights, which is popularly known as Diwali


According to religious beliefs, Dussehra is also celebrated in some parts of India as it is believed that goddess Durga killed demon Mahisashur on this day.



How is Dussehra | Vijaya Dashmi Celebrated?

 

Dussehra is celebrated with full pomp and glory. It is celebrated in Ram Lila fields all over India. Various kinds of fairs are set up in these fields. The effigies of Lord Ram, Laxman, Hanuman and Ravana are set up.

People come up to the grounds (maidans),  to see the play which shows the story of Dussehra. The Ram Lila fields are filled with lights, colour, music and food.

It includes a large gathering of people. They come to see this plays and enjoy the festival. In the end, effigies of Ravana are burnt just like the evil king was burnt by Lord Ram. People sing, dance and make merry.


Thus, this festival shows us the good over evil. It signifies that however the situation be, good always triumphs in the end. It teaches us to follow the right path and never to never harm anyone. It teaches us to do good and be good.