05 OCTOBER DUSSEHRA/VIJAYADASHAMI
Dussehra is a Hindu festival celebrated with immense enthusiasm and grandeur throughout the country. It is the culmination of the auspicious ten-day celebrations that begin with Navratri, which dedicates nine days to the worship of the nine forms of Devi, the female divine energy. According to Hindu mythology, it is believed that on the 10th day, Goddess Durga defeated the demon Mahishasura. The immersion of her idol to the accompaniment of dance and music is the final ritual of this festival. Also known as Vijayadashami, Dussehra symbolises Lord Rama’s victory over the demon King, Ravan. The battle is enacted through skits and plays in a dramatic form called Ram-Leela. Dussehra reinforces the lesson that good always triumphs. The festivities conclude with the burning of the effigies representing Ravan and his brothers.
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