Durga Puja and Dussehra both are auspicious occasions in India


A symbol of victory, Dussehra is a festival celebrated in Hinduism. Dussehra is celebrated in different ways in different parts of India. In West Bengal, Durga Puja celebrations begin on Sashti or the sixth day of Navratri and continue till Vijayadashmi - when idols of Goddess Durga are immersed in water bodies. It is believed that Durga led a nine-day and nine-nights battle against the demon Mahishasur and killed him on the tenth day. Therefore, the different manifestations of goddess Durga are worshipped during the nine-day long Navratri festival each year.

This major Indian festival is celebrated with great energy across different cities of India. Acoording to the mythological tale associated with this auspicious day, Ravana was killed by Lord Rama on this day. Lord Rama fought a battle with Ravana for his cruel act of kidnapping Goddess Sita. Largely, the day is celebrated to commemorate the prevalence of good over evil. The day is celebrated on a large scale in India as well as in Bangladesh. The most famous Dussehra celebrations in India are those in the city of Mysore. Goddess Chamundeshwari is worshipped on this day and a grand procession of her idol is taken out across the city. This festival’s celebration is considered to be incomplete without regional treats and feasts.

How to Celebrate Dussehra in many States:

Mysore: On the tenth day Mysore Palace is decorated with 100,000 light bulbs which are lit from 7pm to 10pm on each day of the festival. In addition, the palace's magnificent Golden Throne is taken out of storage and assembled in the Durbar Hall for public viewing. This is the only time it can be seen throughout the year.

Kullu: The people believe in Lord RAMA and there is a tradition of setting a pile of bushes on fire which is believed to depict the burning of Lanka.The Rath Yatra of the idol of Lord Ragunath is led by the Kullu Raja and village deities, and is known as the running of the Gods. The procession starts with a week of religious ceremonies, cultural activities, socializing and shopping at the huge bazaar, or market, gathered in a mela ground.

Gujarat: Gujarat celebrates this festival with Aartis and Garba dance. They also do Fast and Worship of MAA Durga.

Delhi: People worship Lord Ram and Durga. Ravana effigies burn at Dussehra to spread happiness and joy. The worship is concluded by giving food to young girls, and bidding them adieu with money or gifts. People organize big fair, food stall, and toys stall in Delhi.

Orrisa, Bengal and Tripura: They celebrate the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura. On the 10th day after the ritual of Sindoor Daan, they distribute sweets, betel leaves and prasad to the idol of Durga and bid her a tearful goodbye.

Durga Puja and Dussehra both are celebrated as the victory of good over evil. So, enjoy this festival with joy and happiness.

Read More, about latest updates at BEYOND TEACHING.