After the nine sacred nights of ‘Sharad Navratri’ the festival of Dussehra is celebrated with great pomp and grandeur all across the globe by the Hindus. This day is also known as ‘Vijaya Dashmi.’ It is celebrated to mark the killing and victory of Lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu, over the demon king Ravana and also the killing of the buffalo demon Mahishasura by Goddess Durga. The festival symbolizes the triumph of good over evil and is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Dussehra is also known as ‘Dasara’, ‘Dashera’ or ‘Dussera’ in other regional languages in India.
In Sanskrit, Dussehra means ‘Dasha’ (ten evils) and ‘Hara’ (defeat or remove), that is, remove the ten bad evils. However, ‘Vijaya Dashmi’ means victory on the tenth day of the Hindu calendar. The festival of Dussehra is also celebrated in other neighboring Asian countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, Sumatra, Japan, Java etc. During this festival, special events and fairs are organized in different parts of the nation. It means sacrificing one’s ego, anger and evils and switching over to calm and good behavior by one and all.
Dussehra in the year 2016
According to the Hindu calendar, the festival of Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day of the month Ashwin every year which falls on:
Dussehra 2016 Date: October 11, 2016
According to Gregorian calendar it is held in the month of September or October. After 20 days of Dussehra festival, the grand festival of India, Diwali is celebrated with great fervor.
Vijay Muhurat - 14:09 to 14:5
Duration: 0 Hours 46 Minutes
Aparanha Puja Time - 13:22 to 15:41
Duration: 2 Hours 19 Minutes
Dashmi Tithi Starts: 22:53 on October 10, 2016
Dashmi Tithi Ends: 22:28 on October 11, 2016
Hindus throughout India and abroad celebrate Dussehra in memory of the great event of Ramayana. At least a month before the great day, various Ramlila committees are formed to collect donations and make arrangements for the great festival. A day before the Dussehra day, paper effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakaran and Meghnad are erected on an open ground. A large number of crackers are fastened inside the effigies. On the appointed day people in their best clothing come from far and wide at the mela ground. A mock battle is enacted between Ravana and the monkey forces of Ravana and as soon as the sun is half set, Rama’s burining arrow pierces the effigies and the crackers explode one by one making a deafening noise and scattering the pieces of effigies all around and reducing them to ashes in no time at all.
Thereafter, in the night, Rama’s victory is celebrated with great joy. Puja is performed everywhere. They bow their heads and touch the feet of Lord Rama to get his blessings.