October 04, 2022 7 min read
After 2 years of lockdown, Indians are all set to celebrate the joyous festival of Dussehra in its true spirit. Dussehra, known as Dasara and Vijayadashami in various parts of the nation, is perhaps the most sublime Hindu festival. We celebrate Dussehra to signify the victory of good over evil, where the effigies of Ravana are burnt. Post the week, long Ramleela shows are organized, which people look forward to. It also denotes the end of Navratri, a nine-day-long festival. Though the festivity is marked across India in many ways, the festival's vibrancy and spirit remains the same. Read along to learn the things you must do in this Dussehra.
Create a festive look
This Dussehra, dress yourselves based on Navratri colours. You can even wear a royal colour saree, lehenga choli, or any kurta set which gives an energetic look. It is something that never goes out of fashion. All these types of attires are distinct yet suitable for the Dussehra celebration.
Prepare tantalising sweets
Sweets are something that one can cherish anytime. This year, make as many sweets as possible to celebrate Dussehra amazingly. Making besan laddoo, nariyal barfi and kheer at home are considered to be Dussehra's most joyful activities.
Organize a puja
A puja can be a charming encounter for all due to the fragrance of dhoop & agarbatti, devotional songs, and much more. Lighting the diya's and decorating the mandir carry a spark to the puja. Offering food, water, fruits, coins and garlands to the divine is what makes this puja complete. It can be performed by the devotees in temples or in their homes.
Attend Ramlila events
Ramlila is a play based on the legendary Indian awe-inspiring Ramayana that portrays the history of Lord Rama. Commonly known as Ramlila, this play is performed during the Dussehra festivity, where the presence of locals, devotees, and tourists makes this event a grand celebration. The arrangements for this occasion regarding outfits, stage, decor and rehearsals are made before the auspicious eve of Dussehra. The whole aura gives you nostalgic vibes.
Greet people, and exchange Apta leaves
It is the time of the year when companions, families, neighbours and relatives exchange Apta leaves, considered sona (gold). It is a tradition followed on the day of Dussehra by many Maharashtrians. This ritual is based on an ancient story that today became a practice. Exchanging leaves symbolizes joy and prosperity.
Make Ravana's effigy & shoot it
According to the conviction of various people, make a dummy of Ravana and destroy it. By doing this, you are eradicating all negativity and misfortune from your life. Ravana's dummy represents evil. When the effigy is crafted, shoot it with a bow and arrow to end the negativity and begin a new start.
Join the Procession
On Dussehra, the devotees take out a majestic procession, where the idols of Goddess Durga are immersed in the rivers or water bodies. This custom is followed with utmost respect and faith so that Maa Durga shows up sooner next year. The immersion of the idol in the water symbolizes her return to her marital home in Kailash, where Lord Shiva dwells.
Wish you all a very Happy Dussehra & Vijayadashami!
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