Vijayadashami 2017 is celebrated on 30 September Saturday. It is celebrated on the tenth day of the shukla paksha of the Indian month of Ashwin. Every year it falls on the months of September to October. Hindus follow traditions and cultural practices on this occasion. Here is the Vijayadashami 2017 Significance Rituals Celebrations. First check the Significance of Vijayadashami. Next check the Rituals and Celebrations.
Significance of Vijayadashami
This day is the symbol of the end of Mahishasur, the king of Demons who was killed by Goddess Durga on this day. According to mythology Durga was created by the gods by giving her Spiritual powers as they wanted to create Shakti which was ultimate and could destroy Mahishasur.
Vijayadashami also marks the victory of Pandavas over Kauravas in the Mahabharata period. In India it also marks the beginning of the Harvest festival. The nine days of Navratri is celebrated with the first three days dedicated to Goddess Durga, the second three days to goddess Lakshmi and the last three days to Goddess saraswati.
It marks the day on which Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana, the ten headed demon king of Lanka. On Vijayadashami people make an auspicious beginning of art and learning. Vijayadashami forms an auspicious day to start any process of learning. Children who start their education, admit in school on Vijayadashami.
Vijayadashami forms the day of victory of the self over non-self. The nature of the true self is bliss and unalloyed joy is experienced by a true seeker on this occasion. Dussehra leads to the path of knowledge and Wisdom. People place their books and tools before the picture of goddess Durga for worship. This practice throws light on the fact that any knowledge is to be revered and cherished.
Rituals and Celebrations
In southern India this day marks the end of Golu a festival celebrated in Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Kerala. Goddess Durga is worshiped in the form of Devi Chamundeshwari during this phase. Children are introduced to formal education in schools on this day. This is preceded by the worship of books on Navami day. This puja is known as Aayudha puja.
The festival of Dussehra has various interesting customs and traditions associated with it which makes it truly charming. The fascinating rituals related to this festival are
Visarjan of Idol
In the eastern parts of India like west Bengal, Dussehra or Vijayadashami marks the day when Durga puja comes to an end with the submergence of the grand Goddess in the Ganges or nearby river. On Dussehra the devotees bid the farewell to the deity very ceremoniously singing devi songs and dance to the tune of dholaks which are traditional drums This ritual takes place on the tenth day of the festival.
In the southern states of India, the day of Vijayadashami is also celebrated as the day of Vidyarambam i.e beginning of education. On this day goddess Saraswati believed to be the goddess of learning as per the Hindu religion is worshiped with great devotion. The worship of books and other tools of education such as pen, musical instruments are performed on this day.
Although Durga puja and Visarjan is performed in many parts of the country, the ritual known as Sindur Khela in which married women color each other with vermilion is a typical west Bengal custom. It is considered highly auspicious by Bengali women to play with vermilion on this day as it bestows marital bliss in their lives.
Customs in South India
All the Durga related temples make out a grand celebration of Devi Navratri festival and worshiping goddess decorating her in different forms. The goddess is decorated as kanaka Durga, Balatripurasundari, Annapurna, Gayathri, Lalitha Tripurasundari, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Durga, Mahishasuramardhni and sri Raja Rajeshwari during these nine days. On the tenth day the goddess is taken across the streets up to the shami tree where the goddess is worshiped as Aparajitha Devi.
At the home front people keep Kalasha during Navratri and worship goddess shakti according to the sampradaya. In some families there is also a tradition of lighting a lamp in pooja room that glows as Akhanda throughout the nine day period. Ghee or til oil is used for this purpose.
On the day of Moola Nakshatra goddess Saraswati is worshiped in the form of books. There is also a tradition of performing Aksharabhyasam. formal induction of a child into learning on this day. In south India especially in the places of Andhrapradesh, Dussehra is a grand festival that is celebrated with a lot of fanfare and religious gaiety. The custom of arranging toys is known as Bhommala koluvu in Telugu, Bombe habba in Kannada and Bommai Kolu in Tamil.
On the day of Vijayadashami people visit Shami tree along with friends and family and exchange its leaves as a goodwill gesture. This ritual is known as Seemollanghana or crossing the territory where they live. Mysore Dussehra festival known as Naada Habba is a state festival where government of Karnataka take a active part. Mysore Dussehra kusti spardhe is an attraction during Dussehra festival which attracts wrestlers.
In Maharashtra Vijayadashami is considered mainly as a mark of Lord Srirama victory over Ravanasura. It is celebrated by the custom known as Ramleela. During this festival Ravana is burnt through firecrackers in the ground which is known as Ramleela Maidaan.
With its customs and traditions the festival of Dussehra or Vijayadashami is conveying a message of ultimate victory of good over evil, unity in integrity, Happy living of people across the country.