Dussehra 2024: When is Dussehra as Per Indian Calendar

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dussehra 2024 date in India Calendar

12 October will be celebrated as the Dussehra holiday, also known as Vijayadashami, Dasara, or occasionally Dashain. his festival is observed on the tenth day of the month of Ashwin, which corresponds to September or October. On this day, people burn Ravana dummies in public gatherings.

There are several meanings behind the celebration of this festival in India. On this day, which commemorates the conclusion of Durga Puja, people in southern and eastern India celebrate the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura, the buffalo monster, to reinstate and defend law and order (dharma).

Why is Dussehra Celebrated Across India?

Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashami is celebrated across India to mark the victory of Lord Rama over the killing of demon king Ravana, as has been narrated in the ancient Indian epic, the Ramayana.

This festival symbolizes the triumph of good over evil and at the same time the importance of righteousness. The festival is celebrated by carrying out several rituals, including the burning of Ravana dummy sculptures, cultural performances and several other processions are carried out.

How to Celebrate Dussehra?

Celebrating Dussehra varies from region to region and personal preferences. However, we have compiled some common ways to celebrate this Hindu festival:

  • Ramleela Performances: Attend or watch Ramleela’s performances. They depict the story of Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana. These performances are often held in outdoor theatres.
  • Conduct Puja: On the main day of Dussehra, carry out a puja or within a community where prayers are offered to Lord Rama and Goddess Durga.
  • Effigy Burning: In many places around the country, effigies of Ravana, Meghnad and Kumbhakarna are burned to symbolize the victory of good over evil.
  • Cleaning and Decoration: People clean and decorate their homes with flowers, rangoli and colourful decorations.

Here is a video which has beautifully explained the meaning behind the celebration of Dussehra

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What is the festival of Vijayadashami?

The Hindu holiday of Vijayadashami, commonly known as Dussehra or Navaratri, is significant and is observed throughout Telangana. In Telangana, the celebration of Vijayadashami, which represents the triumph of good over evil, is observed with customary fervour, dedication, and joy.

Why is Dussehra also called Vijayadashmi?

It is known as Vijaya Dashami because Lord Ram slew Ravana on the Dashami tithi (tenth day) of this month.

How Dussehra is celebrated?

The festival of Dussehra commemorates Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana. Before Dussehra, people used to perform the Ram-Leela. So, on the day of Dussehra, people create and burn statues of Ravana and his brothers.

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