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Dussehra Celebrated To Mark Victory Of Good Over Evil

Dussehra Celebrated To Mark Victory Of Good Over Evil

Dussehra Celebrated To Mark Victory Of Good Over Evil

Dussehra Celebrated To Mark Victory Of Good Over Evil. Hindus in India, Bangladesh and Nepal are celebrating Dussehra, a festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil. Usually celebrated in September or October, Dussehra is observed on the tenth day of the waxing moon during the Hindu month of Ashvin.  Dussehra marks the victory of the diety Lord Ram over the demon Ravan, often called Dashanan because of his 10 heads. Ram killed Ravan in the world’s biggest battle to punish the demon for kidnapping his beautiful wife Sita and taking her to Lanka to make her his wife. Ram and his brother Lakshman crossed the sea with devotee Hanuman and a huge army of monkeys to rescue Sita. Dussehra also marks the end of hot summers and the beginning of cold weather as well as infections, especially in North India. Hence effigies made of phosphorus-based firecrackers are burnt to purify the environment. Temples also perform rituals to keep the household environment clean and healthy and with the aim to eliminate bad emotions such as lust, anger, delusion, greed, pride, jealousy, will, ego, desire and selfishness, all of which are represented by Ravan’s 10 heads. Hindus also burn effigies of Ravan’s brother Kumbhakarn and son Meghanaad on Dussehra evening. This day is also called Vijaydashmi – the victory on the 10th day. People also worship Shakti, the “God of Power,” during the festival period with the hope of gaining physical, mental and spiritual powers. During these celebrations, Hindus observe a fast to honor the mother Goddess and pray to her to start the new harvest season by reactivating the fertility of the soil. Hindus believe in rejuvenating soil by invoking cosmic forces. They make huge clay statues of the Goddess Durga, honor her with turmeric and other worship items and submerge her into the river on the tenth day with the hope that this will help the water yield better crops

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