Dussehra festival is the festival which symbolizes the victory of good over evil. It is one of the most prominent and vital festivals in India. It is celebrated on the tenth day after Navaratri.
Dussehra celebrates the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana, a ten-headed demon. According to the religious epic of Ramayana, this festival is associated with the tale wherein Lord Rama kills the demon Ravana. He was the emperor of Lanka.
It is a holy festival which holds the virtues of Rama in the highest regards. Lord Rama is considered as an incarnation of the Preserver God Lord Vishnu as per belief of Hindus. This festival aims to strengthen the devotees’ vows to follow the deeds and path of Lord Rama.
Dussehra is celebrated distinctly in different regions of the nation with great enthusiasm.
Dussehra in North India
Dussehrais celebrated here by flaming the effigies of Ravana. With this burning, they also enact the play of Ramleela, in which the story of Ramayana is portrayed. A feast is also organized for the people. Individuals who are playing the role of Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana pass through the crowd while sitting on a chariot. The artist who is performing Rama aims the arrow to the effigies and burn them.
Dussehra in South India
In South India Dussehra is celebrated in a very distinctive manner. Toys and dolls are decorated in houses on this day. This ritual has been started by the emperors in the past era. This day is famous as Gombe Habba in Southern India. In the old days, this festival was limited only to the well-known and rich people. However, with time it has gained popularity, and it has reached to the ordinary people as well.
Dussehra in Gujarat
The people of Gujarat gathe every night and dance in this festival which is known as Navratri. Several competitions are also organized on the Dussehra festival where special garba are performed by men and women.
As this festival is about the triumph of good over bad, it inspires us to be brave and true. It signifies that in spite of having more power, bad deeds have a bad end and the one who keeps patience and courage always win.