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Dussehra Festival Jaipur 25th October 2020
Also known as Vijayadashami (which means the festival that celebrates victory), Lord Ram killed the demon Ravan in order to release his wife goddesses Sita.
In this festival we bring the Ravan statue made up of paper and we burn it, which symbolises the victory of good over evil. This festival always comes before Diwali because on Diwali, the Lord Ram returned to his kingdom.
As Ravana has ten heads that’s why in the name of the festival it is written Dussehra – Dusha means ten. Hara means defeat. So the full word explains the defeat of the ten headed, Ravana.
Dussehra Festival Legend
The pious Hindu epic Ramayana unfolds the legendary tale of Lord Rama winning his beloved wife Sita, who was abducted by the demon Ravana, who was the emperor of Lanka.
According to Hindu mythology, Shoorpnakha, the sister of Ravana, fell in love with Rama and Lakshmana (Rama’s younger brother). She wanted to marry either of them. After being refused by both, she threatened them to kill Sita. Lakshamana, in anger, cut her ears and nose. This lead to Ravana abducting Sita in order to take revenge for his sister. To rescue Sita, Rama and Lakshmana fought a battle with Ravana in Lanka. Lord Hanuman and an enormous army of monkeys helped the brothers.
There is also a reference associated with the celebration of Dussehra festival in the great epic Mahabharata. With different unique weapons, Pandavas fought with several evil forces. These five brothers abandoned their weapons and left for exile for a year. After returning from exile, they found their weapons under the Shami Tree under which they had buried them before going off for exile. Pandavas worshipped the tree before their battle in which they emerged victorious.
Legend information courtesy of Tour My India