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The Festival of Dussehra

We recently read about Navratri. The last day of Navratri is celebrated as Dussehra. So, today we are celebrating Dusshera.

The word ‘Dussehra’ is derived from two Sanskrit words – ‘dasha’ meaning ‘ten heads of Ravana’ and ‘hara’ meaning ‘defeat’.

Why do we celebrate Dussehra?

Dussehra celebrates the victory of good over evil. It commemorates the battle between Lord Rama and the demon king Ravana. As per Hindu belief, Ravana had kidnapped Rama’s wife Sita and taken her to his kingdom in Sri Lanka.

So, Lord Rama, along with his brother Lakshman and Lord Hanuman and their army of monkeys went to Sri-Lanka. They defeated Ravana and brought Sita back.

Dussehra celebrations in India

In Northern India, including Delhi and Varanasi, people burn huge effigies (statues) of Ravana.

Devotees also organise Ramlilas (plays about the Ramayana) for the public.

In South India, devotees usually celebrate the nine days of Navratri and prepare sweets and special dishes to worship the nine forms of Goddess.

People also invest in gold and other expensive metals on this day as it is believed that this will bring prosperity all year round.

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dussehra celebrations will not be as big as usual. However, you can make a list of the evils or your own habits that you would want to leave or change. This Dussehra could be the beginning of that promise to yourself.

How are you celebrating Dussehra this year? Tell us all about it. Write to us on My Expressions at Curious Times.

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