Dussehra 2023:- Date, Timing, History, Significance, Celebrations and all you need to know

Dussehra 2023: The auspicious festival of Dussehra marks the victory of good over evil. Here’s all you need to know about the date, timing, history, significance and celebrations of Dussehra festival.

Dussehra 2023
Dussehra 2023:- Date, timing, history, significance and celebrations.

The auspicious festival of Dussehra, known by various names like Vijayadashami, Dasara, or Dashain, heralds the victory of good over evil. On this significant day, Lord Rama’s triumph over the demon king Ravana and Maa Durga’s victory over Mahishasura are commemorated. Dussehra falls on the tenth day of the Hindu month of Ashwin, the seventh day of the Hindu Luni-Solar Calendar. After nine days of Navratri, devotees of Maa Durga celebrate Dussehra with great fervor.

Dussehra is known as ‘Dussehra’ in North Indian states and Karnataka, while ‘Vijayadashami’ is popular in West Bengal. Bengalis celebrate the festival by performing Durga Visarjan, immersing idols of Maa Durga in holy water bodies. Additionally, Ram Lila performances occur nationwide, grand fairs are organized, and crowds gather to witness Ravan effigies burning in flames.

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Dussehra 2023: Date and Timings

Dussehra or Vijayadashami This year, Dussehra or Vijayadashami falls on October 24. The Vijaya Muhurat begins at 1:58 pm and concludes at 2:43 pm, according to Drik Panchang. The afternoon Puja time spans from 1:13 pm to 3:28 pm. The Dashami Tithi starts on October 23 at 5:44 pm and ends on October 24 at 3:14 pm. The Shravana Nakshatra is from October 22 at 6:44 pm until October 23 at 5:14 pm.

Dussehra 2023: History and Significance

Dussehra occurs on Shukla Paksha Dashmi during the month of Ashwin, as per the Hindu lunar calendar. It follows Maha Navami and marks the victory of good over evil. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Rama vanquished the demon king Ravana on this day. Another legend tells of Maa Durga’s triumph over Mahishasura after a fierce nine-day battle.

Dussehra also signals the commencement of Diwali celebrations, occurring twenty days before the festival of lights. It commemorates Lord Rama, Maa Sita, and Lord Lakshman’s return home. The essence of Vijayadashmi revolves around the victory of good over evil and light over darkness. People pray for prosperity and good health on this day. In some regions, worshipping the Shami tree holds great significance as it is believed that Arjun concealed his weapons inside the Shami tree during his exile.

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Dussehra 2023: Celebrations

In North India and several other parts of the country, Dussehra is celebrated by burning effigies of Ravana, his brother Kumbhkaran, and the valiant warrior son of Ravana, Meghnad. Ramlila, a theatrical enactment of Rama’s story, unfolds over all nine days of Navratri and culminates with Ravana’s symbolic defeat on the tenth day. Dussehra also symbolizes the eradication of sins or bad qualities, with Ravana’s ten heads representing different vices.

In Bengal, devotees bid farewell to Maa Durga by immersing her idols in water bodies. They also express their hope for her return in the following year, seeking her protection from all evils and miseries.

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