People begin joyfully preparing for Dussehra as the Navratri holiday approaches. This year the favorable day will be observed on October 5. The holiday of Dussehra is filled with hues, lights, sweets, joy, and revelry. Twenty days exactly before the big festival of lights, Diwali, is observed on this day. This unique occasion is filled with many legends and significance.
On this day, worshipping during the Vijaya Muhurat is thought to be particularly auspicious. Before he embarked on his campaign against Ravana, it is thought that Lord Rama performed adoration during this time.
On this day, Kshatriyas and other warriors worship all of their weapons, or “astra.” Everyone needs to get up in the morning, take a bath, and dress in clean clothes. They should then remove all the worship-related weapons and wash them with holy water.
On the weapons, they should also put tilak, turmeric, or kumkum. Then, worship of Lord Rama and Goddess Durga is required. This puja ensures that all of your barriers and life’s hurdles are removed.
Additionally, separate the rice, flowers, roli, money, and dry dates into two bowls. Keep the rice, banana, radish, gwarphali, and jaggery. Light the incense sticks and Diya.
Happy Dussehra Puja Vidhi
Shami Puja and Aparajita Puja, are a few Puja rites that are performed on the day of Dussehra during the Aparahan period.
Vijay Muhurat on- 14:07 to 14:54 on 5th Oct
Dashami Tithi starts – at 14:12 on Oct. 4
Dashami Tithi ends – at 12:00 PM on Oct. 5
Puja Tim- 14:13 to 15:00 on Oct 5
Shami Puja Vidhi
The fact that the Pandavas were banished for 12 years after being vanquished by the Kauravas is another reason why this day is commemorated. All of their weapons were concealed secretly in a hole in a Shami tree.
After their banishment had ended on this day, they pulled out their weapons and defeated the Kauravas. And for this reason, people perform Shami Puja and worship the Shami tree during Dussehra.
After worshipping Lord Shri Ram and Goddess Durga on the day of Dussehra, water the Shami tree’s root. Offer red fruits and flowers after that. Then, keep the molly wick burning in a lamp made of ghee or sesame oil.
After that, display incense and incense sticks after applying sandalwood and kumkum. Hands folded, express your sorrow to Shami and ask for his deliverance.
Aparajita Puja Vidhi
Lay a white fabric down and use the tip of a knife to engrave the opponent’s name in the four corners and the centre of the cloth. Now, using your index finger and kajal, write the name in green petha from bottom to top.
With a sharp knife, cut the petha through the centre, where the name is written. With kajal, also make the white portions of the sections that were chopped black. Between the green petha, place things like black pork, black sesame, black mustard, and black nails. Cover with a white cloth.
Keep the cloth wet under a faucet after sunset and let the water to run. Say the name in your head and let your task to be completed. After then, burn a lamp for 40 days straight in front of Maa Aparajita while reciting mantras. The Aparajita Puja is thought to aid you in disposing of your adversaries.
The significance of this festival is multifaceted. In various states, it is observed for different causes.
For instance, this event is held in West Bengal to commemorate Goddess Durga’s victory over the monster Mahishasura. In a procession accompanied by music and chanting, idols of Maa Durga, Saraswati, Lakshmi, and Lord Kartikeya are brought throughout the state. Vermilion is applied by women, and various hues are visible all over the area. This day is known as Bijoy Dashami.
Other states observe it as Vijayadashami, a holiday commemorating Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana, who held his wife, Sita, hostage. It is said that Lord Rama prayed to Goddess Durga for his success before embarking on his military campaign and received her blessings. On this day, Arjun had also defeated every Kuru soldier.
This day is commemorated to highlight the wonderful triumph of good over evil in all of the aforementioned instances.
How to Celebrate Dussehra
One of the most well-known events during Dussehra in Northern India is the Ramleela, in which performers perform the Ramayana. This is particularly well-liked in Varanasi, Agra, and the remainder of Uttar Pradesh.
On the first day of Navratri, barley seeds are also sown; by the tenth day, they have grown entirely. Then they are plucked and given as gifts to one another for luck and prosperity. On this day, men also place these leaves behind their ears.
The Kullu Dussehra tradition, which dates back to the 17th century, is still observed in Himachal Pradesh and lasts for seven days. The burning of Ravana effigies is yet another well-liked Dussehra celebration tradition. The summer season ends on this day, and the winter season begins.
It is a celebration of colour in West Bengal. People take part in the idol’s visarjan on this day. Women put vermilion on the idol and to each other before submerging it, and they bless one another for a long and happy marriage. The “Sindoor Khela” is the name of this rite.
This holiday is fervently observed in Odisha, where people value this day above even Diwali. Ten days are spent in celebration. Married ladies prepare unique dishes on this day, such as fried fish, pitha (baked sweets), and paakhal (water-soaked rice). They transport the Goddess Durga idol for Visarjan, also known as the Bisarjan Jatra, after making their sacrifices. The effigies of Ravana are then burned during the Ravan Podi ceremony.
The first documented case of Dussehra occurred in the year 5114 BC, when Lord Rama triumphed over Ravana. The ten-headed demon was slain by Lord Rama, who is regarded as the eighth manifestation of Lord Vishnu, on the tenth day of Vijayadashami.
Lord Rama assembled his squad with the help of his younger brother Lakshman and Hanuman, one of his followers, in order to battle Ravana and recover his wife, Sita.
According to legend, the first Durga Puja celebrations took place in Dinajpur and Malda around 1500 BC. Lord Rama worshipped Goddess Durga and prayed to her as he prepared for battle, which led to his triumph. Celebrations of Durga Puja also commemorate the death of the demon Mahishasura by Goddess Durga.