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Vijaya Dashmi or Dasheraha a lot of importance for the Hindus across India and globe.This festival is celebrated on the 10th day of Ashwin month every year.

During the 14 year exile of Lord Rama, Sita was abducted by Ravana and kept in Ashoka Vatika in Lanka. Lord Rama along with his younger brother Laxman, fought against Ravana’s Sena to release Sita,.

Rama needed a sena as well and for which he took help from Sugreev. Sugreev helped Rama with his Vanar sena which includes powerful warriors like hanuman, Anagad, Nal, Neel and many more.

After defeating the Ravana in the war which fought for 10 days, Rama and his vanar sena rescued Sita on the 10th day. Since then, we celebrate this festival as Dussehra. The day also marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the demons Mahishasur.

20 days later since the battle got ended, Rama along with Sita and Laxman, returned back to Ayodhya and hence this day was celebrated by the people with lights and all. Since then this became the tradition in which people decorate their houses with lights and kids play with crackers, this celebration is popularly known as Diwali.

First nine days of month Ashwin, we worship nine forms of Goddess Durga as Navratri.

Nine forms of Goddess Durga are:-

Mata Shailputri

Mata Brahmacharini

Mata Chandraghanta

Mata Kushmanda

Mata Skanda

Mata Katyayani

Mata Kalratri

Mata Maha Gauri

Mata Siddhidatri

 During the Dashera, Ramleela play happens at many places across India in which actors play the role of Ram, Ravan, Hanuman etc to show the story of Ramayan. The whole drama is presented in a very well and organized manner with great lighting and sounds.

People celebrate Dashera in different-different ways across whole India and other countries where Indians reside. Where West Bangal ,Bihar, Jharkhand , Eastern part of Uttar Pradesh and Eastern India celebrate it with the statue of Goddess Durga with Ganesh, Karteek, Saraswati and Laxmi. From maha saptmi (seventh day of Navratri) to Navmi (ninth day of Navratri), we see these statue with effecting lights and decoration. On the day of Vijayadasmi statue are submerged in ponds and rivers.

Ravan_Duhan

Ravan_Duhan

On Dashera evening, huge effigies of Ravan, Kumbhakarna nad Indrajit are burned. It is signifying victory of Lord Rama. During Dasara, Garwa performed in various part of Gujrat. Kullu’s and Mysore’s Dasara are very famous.

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