Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashmi is a revered Hindu festival. This day is marked as the victory of Durga over the demon Mahishasura. The goddess fought with evil for ten days and nine nights. The festival falls on the tenth day in the Ashwin month according to the Hindu calendar. This year Dussehra will be celebrated on 30th September.
The festival symbolizes triumph of good over evil. The message of this festival advises to get past all obstacles and emerge victorious and successful. Navratri acts as a forerunner to the Dusshera celebrations. For nine days, people fast and perform religious work so as to sanctify themselves and take a step towards purity, godliness and prosperity.
· Prior to Dussehra, idols of Goddess Durga are placed in temples and Pandals followed by routine ceremonial puja. Later the devotees immerse these idols into the river or lake ceremoniously.
· Another prevalent ritual that comes from West Bengal, is that married women play among themselves with vermilion (sindur).
· There is also a ritual of worshiping weapons, pens and other instruments that are a symbol of fighting injustice.
· Across North India, this time is considered very auspicious to buff up one’s professional instruments. For example, Drivers, clean and polish their trucks and buses. They put Roli and draw swastika on them. This ritual is also performed in army and other forces.
· Another ritual considered auspicious is to collect leaves of Banni trees, treat them as golds and use them to greet their friends and relatives.
· The day is considered very honourable. Thus, one need not check the muhurat time to start any new work on this day. You can buy new vehicles, start new business or perform rituals for success and glory, all of it is believed to be successful.
· Worshipping machinery in the factory is bound to be fruitful to the factory owners.
· If students and scholars worship their books and study materials, it is believed to escalate their knowledge power.
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