India is a Multy cultural country. Many festivals are celebrated in India. Out of them today I’m going to explain about the famous festival Hindu ‘Vijaya Dashami / Dussehra’. In this article I will explain about the following topics;
- What is Vijaya Dashami / Dussehra?
- Why Dussehra is celebteat ?
- How Vijaya Dashami / Dashain will Celebrate?
What is the Vijaya Dashami / Dussehra?
Vijaya Dashami is a famous festival of Hindu. This festival mainly celebrates in India and Nepal. This festival is also called Dussehra in India and Dashain in Nepal. Dashain will celebrate fifteen days in the month of October. All ten days have different importance in the Hindu religion. But the famous and main days of this festival are 1st, 7th, 8th 9th and 10th.
The important days of Dashain
- 1st day – Ghatsthapana
- 7th day – Fulpati
- 8th day – Maha Ashtami
- 9th day – Maha Navami
- 10th day – Vijaya Dashami/ Kaal Ratri
Why Vijaya Dashami is Celebrate?
This festival is also related to the Hindu religious book. this festival is celebrated as a recognition of victory of Durga over Demon. According to the religious book the story of Vijaya Dashami festival is as follow;
long ago there was a demon called Mahishasura. Mahishasura is a Name from Buffalow. Mahishasura was given the name Because he was born by a Buffalow. He wants to be very powerful in all over the world. He wants to conquer all over the world. He thinks anyhow he needs to a superpower then he began to pray for god Brahma to get a blessing. He starts to pray for a long time without eating anything. After seeing his difficult pray, God Brahma had presented in front of Mahisasura and said to him to ask for a blessing. After Mahishasura asks for a blessed “ no man in the world should able to kill him” because he was confident that no woman can fight with him and he got the same blessed by God Brahma “ no man in the world should able to kill him”.
After getting the blessed, he starts to give tortured to everyone in the world even to the Brahma, Bishnu, and Shiva. No, any god was able to kill Mahisasura.
Brahma, Bishnu, and Shiva thought to make a powerful woman by their superpowers. When all three of the Brahma, Bishnu, and Shiva make a woman Durga by their combined power and order her to killed Mahishasura. God Shiva gave his Trisun, God Bishnu Gave his Sudarshan Chakra and God Indra gave his Khagda to Durga. Now Durga ready to fight with Mahishasura full of weapons.
Durga was an 18 hands woman and all hand has different weapons. She offers Mahishasura to fight and the Mahishasura accepts her challenge. Mahishasura starts attacked to Durga with millions of his demon soldiers. But Durga fights with his soldiers until nine days. At the end of the 9th days of battle started she killed all the demon soldiers and in the 10th she able to kill the demon king Mahishasura too.
To remember this victory of god over the demon, gods and people start to celebrate Vijaya Dashami and they pray for Durga.
How people celebrate Vijaya Dashami?
People will celebrate Dashain with full of enjoyment. The first day of the Dashain called Ghatsthapana. This the day when Durga started a battle against evil. People put Jamara in a dark room, they make a statue of demon soldiers of Kubindo (a kind of fruit) and cut it. Until 9th-day people cut the statues of Demon and final day or 10th day, people killed a goad, buffalo as the demon king Mahishasura.
During Vijay Dashami Festival, Every people wear New dresses, they decore their house nicely. People gather in their homes at the time of this festival and put Tika, Jamara and get blessed by elders. The process to take Tika and get Blessed until the Kojagrat Purnima. At these 5 days, period people went to their relatives, play Ping, Visit different places, etc.