Navratri – the propitious nine long days of venerating nine goddesses showcases 10 days of festivity in Hindu culture. The very last day of Navratri is solemnized as Vijayadashami, Durga-Visarjan, or Dussehra among devotees. Dussehra, being one of the major Hindu festivals exhibits the triumph of good over bad evils and positive over negative thoughts.
The Historical Denotation of Dusshera (Dussehra) :
Religious convictions reveal a lot about Indian festivals and their historical denotations. Each vivid Hindu festivity of India itself conveys the meaning solely by its name. On this contrary, Dussehra gleans from Sanskrit words Dasha+Hara, Dasha which symbolizes “condition” and Hara expresses “to take away“. Hence, it is the state of being aware of (and responsive) to the surroundings and the period where regeneration can happen. There are ten conscious and undesired states of a human mind which include: arrogance, lust, anger, attachment, greed, pride, ego, jealousy, injustice, selfishness, and cruelty.
It is also said that Lord Rama thrashed ‘Dashanan’ Ravana- who was ten-headed on this noteworthy day and his ten heads depict these ten inauspicious natural traits which cease us from achieving our true indispensable qualities and entirely exhibits the defeat of the sun. Ramayana also narrates that the sun would not have appeared (arisen) if Lord Rama had not defeated Ravana. This way, the triumph over bad characteristics is celebrated as Dussehra among the Hindu devotees.
Change is the Law of Nature :
Autumn is a season to say Summers goodbye! It is said truly said that this season brings in more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons. Dussehra features the end of the hot summer and welcomes the winters. Through this festivity, the change in weather makes way for a cool and cheerful winter season after the monsoon. Concurrently, Dussehra also marks the beginning time of harvesting important crops.
Our great farmers also embrace this much-awaited agricultural season enthusiastically and thus celebrate it as a grand harvest festival with eager enjoyment and interest. In the Indian states of Maharashtra, Dussehra grasps a great significance and thus it is believed that the great sovereign ruler, Shivaji ordered his reign’s soldiers to support Indian farmers with the purpose of assuring the proper supply of adequate foods and nourishments to the needful in the course of Dusshera.