17 Facts you must know about Dussehra –
Vijayadashmi & Puja Timings in 2016:
1. The festival of Dussehra also known as Vijayadashmi, is one of the most fascinating national festivals of India.
2. According to the great Hindu epic, the Ramayana, Lord Rama prayed to Goddess Durga, seeking her blessings for the killing of Ravana, the ten – headed demon king who had kidnapped his wife, Sita.
3. It is also the victory of Durgaa Maa over the buffalo demon Mahishasura.
4. Durga Maa told Rama the secret of how he could put an end to the great Ravana’s life. Hence, the day the demon was slayed by Lord Rama is celebrated as the festival of Dussehra, as it signifies the victory of good over evil.
5. Revelers re-enact the legendary tale of Ramayana, after sunset, by putting up a performance called the ‘Ramlila’ , wherein actors dressed as Rama and Lakshmana are shown shooting flaming arrows at huge effigies, stuffed with firecrackers, which represent the evil demons, Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghnaad.
6. Dussehra day is considered an extremely auspicious and holy day.
7. It is known by different names, Dussehra, Dasara, Dashain.
8. The rituals done on the day of Dussehra such as Shami Puja, Aparajita Puja and Seema Avalanghan are done during Aparahna time.
9. Dashami Tithi Begins ~~ 22:53 on 10th October 2016
10. Dashami Tithi Ends ~~ 22:28 on 11th October 2016
11. Vijayadashmi Puja Time:
- Vijaya Muhurat – 14:09 to 14:55 ( Duration – 0 hours 46 minutes )
- Aparahna Muhurat – 13:22 – 15:41 ( Duration – 2 hours 19 minutes )
12. Hindus believe that any work started on this day is bound to meet with success.
13. In some communities, traders open new books of accounts and worship their tools and weapons.
14. In some communities, Ravana is worshiped with flowers, roli, chawal, mauli, jal, batasha, kanda, singhanda, mooli, haldi and jau by drawing his figure on paper with flour.
15. All the sisters apply tilak on their brothers’ forehead and put jau tied in mauli on their ears, which they keep whole day as a symbol of growth nd success.
16. Homes are cleaned and decorated for the festival with flowers and puja is performed worshiping Goddess Durga.
17. People dress up in new clothes, eat delicious food, and sweets of various types are prepared and served to each other on this day.
HAPPY DUSSEHRA !