Dussehra, also referred to as Vijayadashami, is an important Hindu festival celebrated with great reverence and enthusiasm throughout India. This festival holds cultural, religious, and historical significance as it symbolizes the victory of good over evil.
Dussehra falls on the tenth day of the Navaratri festival, which spans nine nights of worship. It marks the culmination of the epic battle between Lord Rama and the demon king Ravana, a story immortalized in the Ramayana.
According to the legend, Lord Rama, blessed by Goddess Durga, defeated Ravana and rescued his beloved wife, Sita, who had been abducted by the demon king.
One of the most iconic customs associated with Dussehra is the burning of enormous effigies of Ravana, his brother Kumbhakarna, and his son Meghnad in open grounds.
These larger-than-life effigies, often filled with fireworks, are set ablaze, symbolizing the victory of virtue over vice. The resounding fireworks and the sight of the effigies turning into ashes evoke a sense of joy and celebration.
When is Dussehra in 2024?
In the year 2024, Vijayadashami, or Dussehra, will be observed on 12th October 2024, a Saturday. On this auspicious day, several important rituals are observed, including Shami Puja, Aparajita Puja, and Seema Avalanghan. These rituals are traditionally performed during the Aparahna time, as per the Hindu division of the day.
Vijayadashami not only commemorates the victory of divine forces over demons but also serves as a reminder of the ultimate triumph of good over evil.
The celebration of this day varies in different regions, with the burning of Ravana’s effigies being a prominent and symbolic tradition in many parts of India.
As the sun sets on Vijayadashami, it symbolizes the fading of darkness and the emergence of light. This day encourages individuals to uphold righteousness, truth, and virtuous values in their lives.
As Vijayadashami approaches in 2024, it is a time to reflect on the enduring message it carries, reinforcing the belief in the victory of good over evil and the importance of righteousness in our lives.
This day continues to be a powerful reminder of the timeless values that unite communities and cultures in their shared pursuit of a better world.