New Delhi, Oct 19: Dussehra also known as Vijayadashami is being celebrated across the country today. The festival which falls on the 10th day of Navratri is celebrated to commemorate Lord Rama’s victory over demon Ravana.
Effigies of the latter are burnt as a symbol of the victory of good over evil across the country.
Dussehra 2018: Puja Timings and Tithi:
Vijay Muhurat = 1:58 pm to 14:43 pm
Aparahna Puja Time = 1:13 pm to 15:28 pm
Dashami Tithi Begins = 15:28 on 18/Oct/2018
Dashami Tithi Ends = 17:57 on 19/Oct/2018 (Source Drikpanchang.com)
Dussehra Significance, or How Vijayadashmi is Celebrated:
Dussehra is one of the most widely celebrated festivals across the nation.
As part of Dussehra celebrations, huge and colourful effigies of Ravana, most times along with that of his brothers Meghanada and Kumbakaran, are burnt in large huge open grounds.
Dussehra in a way also marks the onset of preparations for the festival of lights – Diwali, which falls twenty days after the festival.
Celebrations also include organising the famed and popular Ramlila performances which involve people enacting the life and glory of the righteous Lord Ram through short plays, songs, and dance drama.
History Of Vijayadashmi:
While Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshman were living their exile for 14 years in jungles, one day Ravana disguised himself and came to ask for Bhiksha from Sita who was home alone at that time. His intention was to take Sita along as he wanted to marry her. Before leaving, Lakshman had drawn a line which he advised Sita to not cross in even an adverse situation. But Ravana, using his clever tricks managed to pull Sita out of that line and kidnapped her to his kingdom. Hanuman helped Lord Ram to reach Sita and after an elaborate war, they rescued Sita and Ram killed Ravana.
Here’s wishing you all a very ”Happy Dussehra” !!