Dasara 2009 – Dussehra – Navaratri – Vijayadashami – Durgotdsav – Vijaya Dashami 2009

Dasara 2009 – Dussehra – Navaratri – Vijayadashami
Durgotdsav – Vijaya Dashami 2009

Dasara Festival Will Be Celebrated From September 19th 2009 Through September 28th 2009 With VijayaDashami Being On September 28th 2009.

Vijayadashami – Dussehra – Dasara – Navaratri – Dassera – Vijaya Dashami – Vijayadasami – Durgashtami – Dussera – Durga Festival – Durga Celebration – Mahashtami – Virashtami – Mahanavami – Bommai Kolu – Dasshera – Navratri – Durga Puja – Mahisasura Mardini – Navarathri Golu Bommai – Navarathri Kolu – Navratri Golu Bommai – Navratri Kolu

Durgashtami 2009 - Mahashtami 2009 - Virashtami 2009

Durgashtami 2009 - Mahashtami 2009 - Virashtami 2009

Dasshera 2009 - Bommai Kolu 2009 - Mahanavami 2009

Dasshera 2009 - Bommai Kolu 2009 - Mahanavami 2009

Vijayadashami (Hindi and Marathi: विजयादशमी),also known as Dussehra (Hindi: दशहरा, Marathi: दसरा), “Dashain” in Nepali, is a festival celebrated across Nepal and India. It is celebrated on the tenth day of the bright half of the Hindu month of Ashwayuja or Ashwina, and is the grand culmination of the 10-day annual festival of Dasara or Navaratri. The legend underlying the celebration, as also its mode of conduct, vary vastly by region; however, all festivities celebrate the victory of the forces of Good over Evil. It is also considered to be an auspicious day to begin new things in life. It is the largest festival of Nepal and celebrated by Hindu and non-Hindu as well.

Significance Of Dasara
In Southern India, Eastern India and Western India, the festival of Navaratri which culminates with Vijayadashami commemorates the legend in which the Goddess Durga, also known as Chamundeshwari or Mahishasura Mardini, vanquishes the demon Mahishasura, an event that is said to have taken place in the vicinity of the present day city of Mysore in Karnataka.

In Northern India, the same 10-day festival commemorates the victory of Rama, prince of Ayodhya in present-day Uttar Pradesh, over Ravana, the ruler of Lanka, who according to the Ramayana had abducted Sita Devi, the wife of the former, and held her captive in his realm.

Legend of the Shami Tree
Here is another and little-known legend associated with this festival, one associated with the Mahabharata. For reasons impossible to delineate here, the Pandavas underwent a period of exile, being 14 years of dwelling in the forest followed by a year of exile incognito. Disguise being indispensable during the latter period, the Pandavas found it necessary to lay aside, for the length of that year, the many divine and distinctive weapons that they possessed. These they secreted in a ‘Shami’ tree in the vicinity of their chosen place of incognito residence. At the end of a year, they returned to the spot, found their weaponry intact, and worshipped in thanksgiving both the Shami tree and the Goddess Durga, presiding deity of strength and victory. Meanwhile, the Kauravas had invaded that area, suspecting the residence of the Pandavas there. Upon finishing their devotions, the Pandavas made straight to battle, and won the contest comprehensively. The day that all these events occurred on has since been known as “Vijayadashami”, where “Vijaya” is the Sanskrit word for “Victory”.

The fact of the comprehensive success of the Pandavas in their endeavour has been extrapolated to the everyday ventures of the common man today. Even to this day, people exchange Shami leaves and wish each other victory in their own ventures and efforts.

Celebration Of Dasara
In Northern India, the festival commemorates the victory of Rama, prince of Ayodhya and avatara of Vishnu, over Ravana, the ruler of Lanka who had abducted Rama’s wife, Sita Devi. The festival is celebrated with much gusto. Crackers are burnt, and huge melas or fetes are organised. The Ramlila – an abriged dramatization of the Ramayana – is enacted with much public fervour all over northern India during the period of the festivities. The burning of the effigies of Ravana on Vijayadashami, signifying the victory of good over evil, brings the festivities to a colourful close. Some non-Hindus also go to the festival for the novelty of the costumes and reenactments.

The legend associated with the Shami tree finds commemoration during the renowned Navaratri celebrations at Mysore, which otherwise strongly emphasizes the Durga legend described above, as may be expected in the city built at the very site of the events of the Durga legend. On Vijaydashami day, at the culmination of a colourful 10-day celebration, the goddess Chamundeshwari is worshipped and then borne in a Golden Ambari or elephant-mounted throne, in a grand procession, through the city of Mysore, from the historical Mysore Palace to the Banni Mantapa. Banni is the Kannada word for the Sanskrit Shami, and Mantapa means “Pavilion”.

In Karnataka, Ayudh Puja, the ninth day of Dasara, is celebrated with the worship of implements used in daily life such as computers, books, vehicles, kitchen tools etc.

It is an effort to see the divine in the tools and objects one uses in daily life. Basically it includes all tools that help one earn one’s livelihood. So knowledge workers go for books, pen or computers, plough and other agricultural tools by the farmer, machinery by industrialists and cars/buses/trucks by transporters are decorated with flowers and worshiped on this day invoking God’s blessing for success in coming years. It is believed that any new venture such as starting of business or purchasing of new household items on this day is bound to succeed.

In Madikeri Dasara is celebrated in a different style.Madikeri Dasara has an history of over 100 years. Here Dasara starts of with Kargas from four Mariamma Temples. There will be a procession of 10 Mantapas from 10 Temples on the night of Vijayadashami.

At night, effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakaran and Meghanad are stuffed with firecrackers and set alight. Children especially enjoy seeing this because of the beautiful fireworks on the ground. The festival, which is thought of as the “Victory of Good over Evil” and “Return of Rama from Exile” is celebrated in grand style. Because the day is auspicious, people inaugurate new vehicles, machines, books, weapons and tools by ceremonially asking god to bless the new items.

Navaratri 2009 - Vijayadashami 2009

Navaratri 2009 - Vijayadashami 2009

Navarathri 2009 - Navratri Golu Bommai 2009

Navarathri 2009 - Navratri Golu Bommai 2009

History Of Dasara Vijayadashami
This day marks the triumph of Lord Rama over Demon king Ravana. On this day, Rama killed Ravana.

Rama was asked to go on exile because his stepmother, Queen Kaikeyee was tricked into asking King Dasaratha to exile him for 14 years. Rama’s wife Sita, and his brother Lakshmana went with him willingly.

News of Rama staying at an ashram while on exile spread rapidly. A demon, Shoorpanakha found her way there and demanded that Rama or Lakshmana marry her. When both brothers rejected her, she threatened to kill Sita, so that Rama would then be single again. Lakshmana then cut off her ears and nose.

Shoorpanakha’s brother was the demon King Ravana. Ravana was incensed to hear what happened to his sister, and kidnapped Sita to avenge the insult.

The Ramayana chronicles Rama’s travels and deeds as he searched for his wife, and defeated evil.

Variations Of Dasa Across South Asia
Dussehra is celebrated in various ways in different parts of South Asia. In Bengal, the festival is celebrated as Kali Puja or Durga Puja, while in Tamil Nadu, the festival incorporates worship of the goddesses Lakshmi, Saraswati, and Shakti.

Some people feel that Dussehra and Dasara are not simply different transliterations of the same word, but two different festivals.

Dasara is the festival marking end of Navratri and the immersion of Durga idols which are worshipped for nine days prior to Dussehra. Dussehra is also the day when many families start formal education of their kids. The practise has been so old, that in some parts of Kerala, even after conversions to Christianity, some members of the community continued this tradition. In 2004, many churches in Kerala formally adopted the same tradition of introducing young children to education on Dussehra day.

The Dasara celebrations in Mysore are popular with tourists, and are conducted with great pomp. Dasara is celebrated in Nepal by the name of Dashain.

Wikipedia Reference

Durgotdsav 2009 - Vijaya Dashami 2009

Durgotdsav 2009 - Vijaya Dashami 2009

Dasara 2009 - Dussehra 2009

Dasara 2009 - Dussehra 2009

Vijayadashami – Dussehra – Dasara – Navaratri – Dassera – Vijaya Dashami – Vijayadasami – Durgashtami – Dussera – Durga Festival – Durga Celebration – Mahashtami – Virashtami – Mahanavami – Bommai Kolu – Dasshera – Navratri – Durga Puja – Mahisasura Mardini – Navarathri Golu Bommai – Navarathri Kolu – Navratri Golu Bommai – Navratri Kolu

7 Responses

  1. Happy Dasara & Diwali

  2. Hari Om! Salutations to one and all. I study in Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Hyderabad and I fell this page is very very informative. I seek the blessings of Satya Sai Babaji.

    Hari Om!

  3. happy dasara & diwali to all

  4. good. thanks for the information

  5. i love very much dasara when i was at my home at khammam district but we are now at warangal this time so i’m celebrating somewhat. enjoy love very much dasara festval in all telugu festivals ………….. i am tellng to you happy dasara

  6. even though i’m not hindu when dussera comes i feel to be in a hindu

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