Dussehra is a vibrant festival celebrated by all, throughout the country with high spirits. Lord Ram’s long battle to rescue Sita culminated on this day as he defeated Ravana.

Significance Of Dussehra And Vijayadashami

Dussehra is the tenth day after Navratri and the culmination of the Durga Puja. Vijayadashami is a festival that is close to the hearts of the people of Bengal as it means the end of Durga Puja. North-eastern, eastern and southern states of India also celebrate Dussehra with equal grandeur. It reminds us of the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura, the buffalo demon to safeguard and bring back dharma. The festival is known as Dussehra synonymously in the western and northern states of India.

Dussehra – the Tenth Day of Celebration

Navratri is complete with symbolism concerning conquering wanton and evil nature. It aims towards reverence of every facet of life which contributes to our happiness as humans. The nine days of Navratri are based on three basic qualities of sattva, rajas, and tamas, the symbols represented by the Trishul, a weapon of Goddess Durga. Tamas is the first three days where Goddess such as Kali and Durga is fierce. The next three days are about Lakshmi, who is the Goddess of wealth but nevertheless, a gentle Goddess. People worship Saraswati for the last three days. It is called sattva. Moreover, it is associated with enlightenment and knowledge.

Dussehra: The defeat of good over evil

The festival of Dussehra symbolizes the defeat of good over evil. Therefore, it is an auspicious day. Above all, the celebration is of the power of humanity and goodness. This day is of high regard for persons having faith in humanity that takes over the evil and societal chaos because the people believe and hold the faith that God will appear before them and save them.

Vijayadashami – the Victory Day

First of all, investing time in these three can be beneficial. One will be powerful and influential by indulging in tamas. Furthermore, one will be better in a fully different manner in case time is put in sattva. However, if one goes ahead of all this, then it is near to liberation and not related to power anymore. Vijayadashami is the final and tenth day after Navratri signifying the seizure of the three qualities. One needs to take part in these 3 qualities instead of just investing in them and through it needs to win these 3 qualities. This happens to be the victory day, Vijayadashami. It teaches and reminds us to be in gratitude and reverence towards the significant objectives in life. This will assist us to attain victory and success.

Vijayadashami: Victory & Celebration

Finally, investment in the three vital facets associated with living on Earth will assist a person to live a successful life. It is the victory day showcasing courage, strength, and accomplishment as mentioned earlier. A message conveyed through this is that gratitude and reverence towards life can take a person towards victory and success. The Kailash journey of Durga Goddess after residing for 10 days at her parent’s house on Earth occurs on the day of Vijayadashami. Maa Durga comes to her paternal home together with her 4 children namely Sarawati, Ganesha, Lakshmi, and Kartikeya. 2 friends or sakhis namely Vijaya and Jaya also accompany her. The initiation of Vijayadashami begins with the start of the festival of harvest. Therefore, Vijayadashami is one of the most important traditions and celebrations of the goddess Durga for the people of Bengal and everywhere else.

Author: Trisha Khan