Dussehra is one of the major Hindu festivals of India, which is considered to mark the victory of good over evil. It is a gazetted holiday in India, which is celebrated every year with much gaiety on the tenth day of Navratri, the nine-day festival. Dussehra is also known as Vijayadashami. This festival varies in different parts of India. Mainly in India and Nepal this festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm.
According to Ramayana – when Lord Shri Ram was on exile with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana, King Ravana of Lanka kidnapped Lord Rama’s wife Sita. In the beginning Lord Rama requested Ravana to release his wife but Ravana arrogantly refused. After this Lord Rama declared war and killed the 10-headed demon king Dashanan i.e. Ravana and the victory of good over evil.
According to another legend related to Dussehra festival – a demon named Mahishasura got a boon from Lord Brahma and he started doing many types of cruel activities. No ordinary human or deity could kill him after receiving a boon from Lord Brahma. After this, Goddess Durga fought with the demon named Mahishasur for 9 days and put an end to it on the tenth day.
Dussehra or Vijayadashami is a very important Hindu festival, which is celebrated with great pomp and gaiety all over India. On this day large scale tableaux and processions are taken out in many states of India, which are taken out in markets etc. On the day of Vijayadashami, the effigy of Ravana is burnt by shooting arrows by a person who takes the form of Lord Rama.
Date and Auspicious Time
According to the Drikpanchang, Dussehra is now on October 5, 2022 (Wednesday) and Vijay Muhurat or Puja Muhurat is from 02:07 to 02:54 in the afternoon.
If we talk about Durga Visarjan, then Durga Visarjan Muhurta will be from 6:16 am to 8:37 am.