Dussehra, or Vijaya Dashami, is the tenth day in the Navratri festival . It marks the end of the festival and is often interpreted as a symbol of victory over evil. It also signifies a new beginning.
Vijaya Dashami 2021 will be on Friday, October 15.
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When is Dussehra 2021 celebrated
On Thursday, October 7, 2021, Navratri 2021 began. Dussehra, or dashami Tithi, is celebrated on October 7, 2019. It falls in September-October according to the English calendar.
Spiritual Significance Vijaya Dasami 2021
This day marks the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana the ten-headed demon king from Lanka. This day also symbolizes the end of Mahishasur (the king of demons) who was executed by Goddess Durga.
Mythology says that Durga was created in the name of Gods. They wanted to create’shakti,’ which would be ultimate and could destroy Mahishasur.
After ten days at her parents’ house on Earth, Goddess Durga returns to Kailash today. Mother Durga, along with her four children, Saraswati Saraswati Kartikeya, Ganesha, and Lakshmi, visits her paternal home every year.
Two’sakhis, or friends, accompany her: Jaya and Vijaya. Vijaya Dashami marks also the victory of Pandavas over Kauravas in Mahabharata, and the end to their exile. It also marks the start of harvest festival in India.
Vijaya Dasami is also known by other names
- Vishwakarma Diwas
Rituals of Dussehra Vijaya Dashami2021
Vijaya Dashami, North India is known as Ramlila. Large effigies representing Ravana, Kumbhakarna, and Meghnath are burned in large fairs before large numbers of spectators. These effigies can be filled with various types of fire crackers, and theatres show the story of Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana.
Southern India celebrates the end of Golu, a festival that was celebrated in Kerala, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu. During this phase, Goddess Durga can be worshipped as Devi Chamundeshwari.
On this day, children can also be introduced to formal education at schools. This is preceded by the worshipping of books on the Navami Day. This puja is called Ayudha Puja.
As a sign of respect, Shami tree leaves are often given to elders in some parts of Andhra Pradesh. Theppotsavam, a boat festival held in the River Krishna during this time, is another important event.
Kerala celebrates Vidyarambham on this day, where children of small stature are taught formal education by writing their names on a rice plate under the supervision of an older member of the family.
This day is known as Durga Puja Day in West Bengal. The Goddess Durga’s idols are immersed in water to mark her return home to Kailash.
Important Timings On Vijaya Dashami
|Sunrise||October 15, 2021 at 6:27 AM|
|Sunset||October 15, 2021, 5:57 PM|
|Aparahna Kaal Timing||October 15, 1:11 PM – October 15, 3 :39 PM|
|Dashami Tithi begins||October 14, 2021 at 6:52 pm|
|Dashami Tithi ends||October 15, 2021 at 6:02 PM|
|Vijay Muhurat||October 15, 2,07 PM – October 15, 2,53 PM|