Why Dussehra is Celebrated as a big Festival in India?
Dussehra is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in all over India. The importance behind is the victory of goodness over the evil in Hinduism history.
The history behind this Occasion
According to the Hindu’s religious book Ramayana, there was king of Sri Lanka named Raavan. Raavan had a sister, Shoorpanakha whom he loved a lot. Shoorpanakha fell in love with Lord Rama and wanted to marry him, but Lord Rama refused as he was already married to Sita. In aggression, she threatened to kill Sita so she can marry Rama. This angered Lakshamana (younger brother of Lord Rama) who cut off Shoorpanakha’s nose and ears.
When she reached Lanka in front of her brother in this condition, Raavan busted out in anger and made a plan to take revenge from Rama and unfortunately, during the exile period Raavan kidnapped Sita to avenge his sisters injuries and a battle started between them, which later on ended with the death of Raavan in the battlefield. The day of Death of Raavan is now known as Dussehra as the day of victory of good over evil.
Other Mythological Story behind this festival
In some parts of India Dussehra is celebrated as the day when Chamundeshwari, another avatar of Goddess Durga killed demon Mahishasur. The whole city is decorated with lights and the parades of elephants that carry processions of goddess Chamundeshwari are carried throughout the city.
When and How this Festival is Celebrated?
Dussehra is a gazetted holiday in India. It is celebrated on the 10th day of the bright half of the month of Ashvin according to the Hindu calendar.
Hindu people start their day by enchanting prayers and offering food like Sugarcane and Rice Kheer to the Lord and special chole puri to the kids and family. Performances of Ramlila are played which is a short epic film of Ramayana.
Many days before this occasion people start to make huge effigies of Raavan, brother Kumbhkaran and son Meghnath at an open place of the city or village. These effigies are full of crackers. Then these are burnt by a person acting as Lord Rama on the occasion of Dussehra.
This is all about the celebration of Dussehra now you would be very clear with the importance of this occasion and why it is being celebrated throughout the country. This festival is later on followed by Diwali which is celebrated in remembrance of arrival of Lord Rama, Goddess Sita and Laxmana form 14 year exile to Ayodhya.