Dussehra is one of the most popular festivals of India celebrated with a lot of
enthusiasm and excitement. Dussehra also known as “Vijaydashmi”
falls on the 10th day when the idols of Goddess Durga are submersed in the rivers
after nine days. This festival also marks the end of the nine day festivities known
as Navratri. Unlike other festivals, Dussehra also holds a huge importance in our
lives when the effigy of Ravana is burnt before the huge crowd thus signifying the
end of evil. There are a lot of stories, sagas and tales related to Dussehra .
Legend of Lord Rama
According to the Ramayana, this colorful festival is celebrated to mark the death
of King Ravana who was a demon and had abducted Sita, the wife of Lord Rama. Lord
Rama, who is the 7th avatar of Lord Vishnu was the son of King Dashratha. He went
to 14 years of exile with his wife Sita and brother Laxman where his wife was kidnapped
In order to get his wife back, Lord Rama attacked Lanka along with Hanuman
and others. King Ravana was killed during the battle and this how Lord Rama was
able to rescue his wife. The day when Ravana died was an important and was the tenth
day of the battle. That is why this festival is known as Dussehra which means cutting
ten heads of the devil. The festival also signifies the victory of good over the
bad which is the main message of this festival.
Legend of Goddess Durga
Another very important tale associated with this festival is of Goddess Durga. In
the ancient times when people were tired of the tortures of Mahishasura, an evil
demon all the Gods collected their energies and gave birth to Goddess Durga. In
order to put an end to all the problems, Goddess Durga engaged a battle which lasted
for nine days. On the 10th day, demon Mahishasura was killed and people were relieved
from his torture. In the southern India, this festival is celebrated with lots of
joy and fun as Mahishasura was the native resident of Mysore, Karnataka.
Though there are different legends of this festival, but the joy and enthusiasm
among people is must to be watched. Everywhere people are waiting for the effigy
to be burnt so that they can celebrate the festival. It is one of the greatest Hindu
festival that is celebrated all over India.