Festive Time – Dussehra
Dussehra is one of the most important and auspicious festival celebrated in India and some other countries. According to the Tamil month in ‘Aipassi’, 10 days are celebrated for the Hindu goddess. The first nine days are said to be “Navaratri” and the tenth day is celebrated as ‘Dussehra’ or ‘Vijayadashami’. The new harvest time starts from this time.
It is been believed that on this day Lord Rama killed Ravana and rescued Sita, who has been kidnapped by Ravana. Rama, his brother Lakshmana and Hanuman along with a troop of solider went to Lanka to fought a battle against Ravana. Lord Rama got the blessings from Goddess Durga with the secret knowledge to kill Ravana. And Rama defeated Ravana with the help of Goddess Durga. So, this day is named as Vijayadashami.
Asuras tried to defeat Devas and Gods in the heaven and most powerful among them was Mahishasura. To control his power and to protect the world; Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva together created a beautiful virgin with 10 hands and she had weapons offered by the Gods. With her vagana Lion, she fought with Mahishasura and own. The victory of the Goddess Durga is celebrated as Navaratri.
Dussehra and Vijayadashami are celebrated in almost all parts of India. In Tamil Nadu, it is celebrated by keeping “Golu”. Ayutha Pooja is also celebrated on this same day. Pooja’s are being performed in houses, offices and institutions. On this day, the children are made to write for the first time in grain and the small children who are about to join in the school are admitted on this day. Happy Dussehra to all of you.