Dussehra 2019: Here’s How You Can Bring In The Auspicious Festival!
Dusshera, which is one of the Sade-Teen Muhurtas, marks the victory of Lord Rama over Ravan and getting Sita back to Ayodhya.
According to the Hindu astrological calendar (Panchang), the festival of Dussehra is celebrated on Sadhe-Teen muhurta. It is one of the most auspicious days as it marks the victory of Lord Rama over Ravan in Ramayana and the return of Pandavas from their exile in the forest (Vanvas). Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashami (named after Arjuna’s victory in Mahabharata), is celebrated differently in various parts of India. As this auspicious day is nearing, here are things that you see on this day! Have a look.
Watch an episode of Ramayana below:
You give Bidi leaf (Aptyachi Paan) to each other
The practice of offering Aptyache Paan is widely known during this Hindu festival. According to one legend, it is said in the olden times when the soldiers returned home victoriously, they brought back gold and the other riches with them. This treasury was given to the elders or placed near God’s deity. Similarly, bidi leaves are exchanged as gold during Dussehra since this tree is called ‘Sonapatta’.
You honour the machinery and your means of livelihood
During this day, you see the folks honouring their means of livelihood by praying and decorating it. You see machinery, tools and houses decorated with flowers as the people pray to goddess Saraswati for her blessings. Along with this, the younger generations seek blessings from their elders. You see this practice going strong in Southern region of Maharashtra.
You burn Ravan’s effigy
In Ramayana, Ravan, who was also a scholar, went lustily after other’s wife and kidnapped her. So, Dussehra, which is celebrated on the final day of Navratri, witnesses the igniting Ravan’s statues. This metaphorically symbolises the killing of our inner demons as it is believed that we all have a Ravan hidden within us.
You watch Ramleela
This culture is predominantly prevalent in the Northern region of India. Going for Ramleela plays, which show the triumph of Rama, is usually a family affair. As these plays are widely colourful, you see the actors wearing masks, heavy makeup and costumes. There is also a competition between the Ramleelas to be the best, but it is all done in fun and games.
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