The month of October usually begins with a lot of excitement on everyone’s face since it marks the beginning of many festivals. The month starts with the celebration of Navaratri, followed by grand celebrations of the Dussehra festival.
Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashmi is celebrated in different ways in different parts of India. In the northern and western parts of India, people celebrate Dussehra to mark the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana. On the other hand, people living in the eastern and southern parts of India celebrate this day as the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil demon Mahishasura.
The name of the festival, Dussehra is derived from the Sanskrit word dasha (“ten”) and hara (“defeat”). For many Indians, Dussehra marks the beginning of the preparation of one of the most important festivals, Diwali which falls after 20 days of Dussehra Day.
Dussehra 2022 Date and Time
In 2022, Dussehra will be celebrated on the 5th of October. Dashmi tithi starts at 02:20 PM on October 4, 2022, and ends at 12:00 PM on October 05, 2022.
The nine auspicious days of Navaratri 2022 are on:
|Day 1||26th September 2022||Goddess Shailputri|
|Day 2||27th September 2022||Goddess Brahmacharini|
|Day 3||28th September 2022||Goddess Chandraghanta|
|Day 4||29th September 2022||Goddess Kushmanda|
|Day 5||30th September 2022||Goddess Skandmata|
|Day 6||1st October 2022||Goddess Katyayani|
|Day 7||2nd October 2022||Goddess Kaalratri|
|Day 8||3rd October 2022||Goddess Mahagauri|
|Day 9||4th October 2022||Goddess Siddhidatri|
|Day 10||5th October 2022||Dussehra|
Dussehra 2022 Celebrations
Dussehra is celebrated with great pomp and show across several parts of India. People worship Maa Shailaputri on the first day of Navaratri, followed by the worship of Maa Chandraghanta, Maa Skandmata and the other avatars of Goddess Durga on respective days.
People organise different skits, dance performances, and dramas, related to Ramayana. Through Ramleela, people depict the story of how Maa Sita was kidnapped by Ravana and how Lord Rama fought with Ravana and rescued Maa Sita.
Facts About The Festival
- Ravana is described with 10 heads and 20 arms. His ten heads, as per the mythology, represent ten bad qualities of a person: Kama (lust), Krodha (anger), Moha (delusion), Chitta (will), Lobha (greed), Manas (mind), Mada (pride), Buddhi (intellect), Maatsyasya (envy), and Ahamkara (the ego).
- It is believed that this festival is being celebrated since the 17th century after the King of Mysore ordered the state to celebrate and enjoy Dussehra in full glory.
- Apart from India, Dussehra is also celebrated in other countries like Nepal and Bangladesh.
- It is believed that on this day, Goddess Durga arrives with her children Ganesh and Kartikey and returns to Lord Shiva.
What to Eat on Dussehra
There are some delicious food items that should be eaten on this festival as they bring good luck. Some of the dishes are:
- Rasgulla, which is widely popular in West Bengal
- Paan, which is considered quite lucky in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
- Sweet Dosa, which is offered as Prasadam on Dussehra and Saraswati Puja.
- Curd, which is considered a lucky food item since decades and is offered to Maa Durga on Dussehra.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Why do we celebrate Dussehra?
People celebrate Dusshera to celebrate the victory of good over evil.
2. What should we eat on Dussehra?
There are many dishes that bring good luck to your home. They are:
- Sweet Dosa
- Jalebi & Fafda
3. When is the first Navratra in 2022?
First Shardiya Navratri is on 26th September 2022. Vijaydashmi is on 5th October 2022
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