Dussehra or Das-Hara symbolizes the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana, the ten headed
demon who ruled over Lanka. The festival is one of the biggest events amongst Hindus
and is celebrated with fervour in not only India but in several other parts of the
world as well. There are several legends that are associated with the origin of
this festival. It is known by many names like
Vijayadashmi or Dasara and other variants in several parts of India. The
rituals, customs and celebrations also vary in different regions of India.
Dussehra 2015 Date
The festival of victory of good over evil is celebrated on the 10th day of
Shukla Paksha in the month of Ashvin according to the Hindu calendar. It falls
in the month of September or October each year.
Dussehra 2015 will be celebrated on Thursday, October 22.
Dussehra 2016 will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 11.
Dussehra 2017 will be celebrated on Saturday, September 30.
Dussehra Customs and Rituals
In many parts of India, Dussehra marks the end of a 9 day long grand event of festivities
and devotion to Goddess Durga, called Navratri.
During these 9 holy days, all forms of Goddess Durga are earnestly worshipped by
the Hindus. According to legends, Mahishasura was a powerful demon who leads the
demon army to overthrow the Gods from heaven and began to rule over Earth. To end
his dictatorship, all the Gods coalesced their energy to form a divine force of
supreme energy, Godess Durga. Adorned with 10 hands and 10 weapons, she rode on
a lion and killed Mahishasura to restore balance to the Earth. Every year, people
celebrate Dussehra to commemorate the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura
as well. On this year’s Dussehra date 22nd October 2015 too, Hindus from all parts of
India will take part in the celebrations enthusiastically. On this auspicious day,
people seek the blessings of Gods and embark on new ventures.