How Dussehra is celebrated in different parts of India?
Dussehra or Vijayadashami takes place on the dashami of the Shukla Paksha in the Hindu lunar month of Ashwin. There are many stories behind the celebration of this day, including tales from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The different regions or parts of India observe this festival in many different ways, attributing the day to Ramayana, Mahabharata or the worship of the Goddesses. A variety of gifts to India are also exchanged during the festivities of this auspicious occasion. However, knowing the traditions and customs of this festival can help us to understand this event a lot more clearly. Hence, here we are going to look into the various ways in which Dussehra is celebrated all over India.
The north Indian states observe Dussehra by its literal name, that is, ‘Dasha Hara’ or the day of victory over the ten headed Ravana. The acts of Ram Lila are organised in many places that depict the various stages in Shri Ram’s life. Huge statues of Ravana, Meghnath and Kumbhakaran are created out of fireworks on many large grounds. In the evening, actors dressed as Rama through fiery arrows at these idols that makes them burst into flames and marks the end of evil.
The southern region celebrates Dussehra or Dasara as a day devoted to the praying of Goddesses Lakshmi, Saraswati and Durga. Bommai Kolu or a step like pedestal for the many forms of these Goddesses is arranged in many houses on the preceding days of Vijayadashami and taken down ritually on this day. Large processions of jewel bedecked elephants carrying the idols of the Goddess Chamundeshwari. Effigies of the three demons are also burnt in a similar manner in this region as well while the whole region remains decorated and well lit.
Vijayadashami in east India is the end of the grand celebration of Durga Puja that is a ten day festival. It is believed that on this day Goddess Durga returns to heaven after Her brief annual visit to earth. She is bid farewell by married women who perform arti in front of her and smear each other with sindoor after this. The dhunuchi naach, the dhak beating competition and also the exchange of sweets are other important aspects of the evening.
In the western part of India, Dussehra comes the day after the end of Navratri and idols of the Goddess are immersed in water bodies on this day. The apta tree and the shami tree are of great significance on this day and they are also worshipped. Leaves of the apta tree are exchanged on this day whereas the shami tree features greatly in the epic Mahabharata. Dussehra is also observed here as the day when Rama defeated Ravana and it is also considered to be auspicious for a new beginning.
Dussehra is celebrated for a week in the hilly mountainous region of Kullu in Himachal Pradesh. Lord Raghunath is the deity who is worshipped in this area during the grand festival of Dussehra. There are many processions in the forms of palanquins that bear various deities of the Lord who is actually Vishnu. The whole of the valley is decorated with lights and flowers and the burning of effigies of Ravana is carried out here as well.
Dussehra Gift Ideas
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This Dussehra can be a very delightful one for your loved ones and you if you decide to observe all the rituals associated with this day. Sending exclusive gift ideas on this magnificent festival can make this occasion an even more enjoyable one. However, here we deal with gifts for various other events and festivals as well and you can also look into those.