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Happy Vijayadashami 2017
Vijayadashami is a major Hindu festival which is celebrated to mark the victory of good over bad. The festival has different names like Dussehra, Dasara, Navaratri, Dashami. In the eastern and northeastern states of India. Vijayadashami marks the end of Durga Puja. Remembering the victory of Durga over the buffalo demon to help restore Dharma. However, in the northern, southern and western states, the festival is called Dussehra. In these regions, Dussehra marks the end of “Ramila”. Remembering Ram’s victory over Ravana. In other words, a victory of good over evil. However, in Nepal, it is called Dashain or Dashami.
When and Where is Vijayadashami 2017 celebrated
Vijayadashami is celebrated at the end of Navaratri every year. According to Hindu calendar, it falls in the month of Aswin. This year, Vijayadashami 2017 is celebrated on 30th September according to Gregorian calendar. Likewise, it is observed on the full moon day in Hindu calendar month of Aswin.
Vijayadashami despite its different name is celebrated for the same reason. The victory of good over bad. It is also celebrated in the same day. To be specific it can be categorized into 8 major regions where Vijayadashami is widely celebrated. Namely, Northern India, Himachal Pradesh, Southern India, Western India, Eastern India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal.
Why is Vijayadashami Celebrated
Vijayadashami is celebrated for different reasons. One of the major reason is the victory of good over bad. However, there are more of it which I am going to describe in a minute. Meanwhile, I want you to check this site about the significance of Vijayadashami and its spiritual importance IshaBlog.
Celebrating the Victory of Lord Rama over Ravana
Vijayadashami also called Dashara. The word Dashara is derived from two Sanskrit word- Dasha means (Ten) and hara means (to defeat). Since Ravana had 10 heads this makes sense. People celebrate victory burning the effigy of Ravana. Along with his brother Kumbakarna and his son Meghnad who helped him fight the war.
Celebrating the victory of Durga Devi over Demon Mahishasura
Vijayadashami also marks the celebration of the victory of Devi over the demon Mahishasura. The war was fought for 9 days and nights also called Navaratri. The 10th is celebrated as the victory which is now known as Vijayadashami.
The beginning of Harvest Season
People seek for a blessing from Mother Earth for a good harvest, peace, and prosperity. Since Vijayadashami also marks the beginning of harvest season this is the nice day for the purpose.
This day is also celebrated as Feminine Divinity. “The Cosmic Energy” that protects us and sustain life in our mother Earth.
Videos of Vijayadashami Youtube
Burning Ravana Effigies in Amritsar.
Big, Top, Huge Ravan Dahan Dussehra in Delhi (India).
Indore Ravan Effigies.
World’s Tallest Ravana Effigy in Haryana.
How is Vijayadashami 2017 or Dussehra celebrated
Although the celebrations vary according to the different region the main theme remains the same. The main theme is as mentioned earlier the victory of good over bad.
There are different events that take place during the festival. From drama to burning effigies of Ravana and his fellow helpers during the war. The events can be classified as:
Every year, plays are performed in different parts of India. This re-enacts Hindu deity Rama’s battle to kill 10 headed King Ravana. The drama is presented in a very interesting way.
Similarly, Ramlila is another play which is one of the oldest and most popular acts in India. This act is performed in Red Fort Ground, New Delhi. The play is performed or arranged by the Luv Kush Ramlila Committee. The drama is based on the epic Ramayana.
Burning Effigies of Ravana, Kumbakarna, and Meghanad
This is another famous event that takes place on the day of Vijayadashami. People burn the effigies of Ravana, his son, and a brother. People cheer as they celebrate in the remembrance of victory of Rama.
Market or Mela
During the 10 day period, the market is filled with shoppers seeking for new things. Such as clothes, gifts, jewelry and so on. People believe in wearing new clothes this day. To stay clean and healthy and pray their deity. People decorate their homes with colorful Rangoli. Women dress up in their best of attires. There is also a market filled with animals like goats, sheep, chicken, and also water buffalo. They are prepared for great slaughter few days before Vijayadashami.
In the East India, On the day of Dussehra, the idols of Maa Durga are immersed in the nearby river or lake ceremoniously by the devotees. This is known as ‘Visarjan’.
Criticism Of Vijayadashami
The festival is often criticized for its animal sacrifice. Every year people stand against the killing of animals. There are some birds and animals that are traditionally eligible for sacrifice. Including goats, buffaloes, sheep, chicken, and ducks. Driven by the belief that fresh blood offering makes goddess Durga happy. Moreover, People sacrifice hundreds of thousands of birds and animals each year. Many online petitions have been registered on Change.org calling for a government action against mass slaughter.
Here are some sources collected against animal mass slaughter
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