The tenth day of Navratri is celebrated as Dussehra. This day denotes the triumph of Lord Ram over Ravana.
Dussehra falls on Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Vijay Muhurat - 01:41 PM to 02:28 PM
Bengal Vijayadashami on Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Aparahna Puja Time - 12:54 PM to 03:15 PM
Dashami Tithi Begins - 12:38 PM on Oct 07, 2019
Dashami Tithi Ends - 02:50 PM on Oct 08, 2019
Shravana Nakshatra Begins - 05:26 PM on Oct 07, 2019
Shravana Nakshatra Ends - 08:13 PM on Oct 08, 2019
Legends associated with Dusshera:
Legend has it that Ravana- the powerful ruler was from the heredity of Lord Brahma. Satisfied by His insight, commitment, and His repentance Lord Shiva favored him with near eternality. There is a lesser-known side to this story as well. Ravana, viewed as one of the principal among scholarly men of His time, realized that His destruction would be on account of a commendable divine vitality. Lord Ram was an Avatar of Lord Vishnu and ruler Hanuman was an Avatar of Lord Shiva. Together they were unfathomable and this prompted Ravana's defeat. Dussehra likewise denotes the killing of the evil spirit Mahishasura by Devi Durga. Following 9 sacred evenings of Navratri, new brilliant dawn denotes the heavenly day of Dussehra.
Observance across India:
Dussehra is the time to clean, plaster and whitewash their houses and generally arrange everything in order. It is the occasion when people decorate the entrance of their houses with torans and flower-studded strings.
The ritual of Vidyarambham is widely practiced in South India and sees little children getting ceremonially initiated into the learning of alphabets.
In West Bengal, Dussehra is the final day of the ten-day Durga Puja celebration and is known as Vijaya Dashami. Beautiful clay idols of Goddess Durga and her children – Lord Ganesh, Lord Kartikeya, Goddess Lakshmi, and Goddess Saraswati are set up inside Pandals and worshipped from 6th day onwards. On the 10th day, Vijaya Dashami, these are taken out in grand processions. This ritual is known as Durga Nimajjan or Durga Visarjan in other parts of India and is the last day of Durga Navratri. It is also the day when married women play with vermilion (Sindoor), an act known as Sindoor Khela and is observed only in West Bengal. On this day, married Bengali women play with vermilion (sindoor) among themselves. For the members of the Bengali community, it is an occasion which builds up a cordial atmosphere.
Another tradition on Dussehra is to worship all the weapons, tools, instruments, pens, pencils and other articles that are a means of fighting injustice, ignorance, and evil. These items are placed in front of the Gods. A paper is decorated with 'Aipun' and 'Swastik' that is reminiscent of the Aryan origin of the inhabitants of India. The eldest member of the family then writes on this paper:
Uttar ka Ghoda, Dakshin ka neer
Paschim ka Varda, Purav ka cheer
The above-mentioned verse is about the famous things obtained from the four corners of India and it focuses on children's attention. The names of all those assembled are then added onto the paper. It would be better if everybody signs it, as it is a record of the people present during the Puja that year. The month, date and year are added to the paper and it is glued on with atta (dough) near the Gods.
A Grand Celebration:
On Dussehra, usually a grand lunch or dinner is arranged for the sons-in-law and the daughters of the family. The daughter brings a 'teeka', which is akin to Raksha Bandhan or Bhai Dooj observances except that in Dussehra there is no presentation of money by the brothers. This is a day for total unrestricted enjoyment for all.
On this day, all articles that are used for the progress and prosperity of mankind are worshipped. For artisans across North India, it is the time to polish the instruments of their profession. All vehicles like cars, trucks, and buses are also worshipped by the individuals who use them. On Dussehra morning, drivers clean and polish their vehicles with great solemnity and perform Puja of their vehicles. A Swastika is drawn with roli, aipun, and rice on the already cleaned and polished vehicle. The ritual is observed even in the armed forces, police and paramilitary organizations.
In spite of the fact that the nine days of Navratri are committed to Navdurgas, a lesser-realized truth is that the tenth day called Dussehra/Vijayadashami is especially honored by Vijaya Lakshmi. So brilliant is her structure and unbounded beauty that anyone who summons her on this day is known to encounter fortune and plenitude.
The 7 Mukhi Rudraksha (Seven Mukhi Rudraksha) blessed by Goddess Lakshmi is believed to bless a person with wealth, prosperity and abundance. While wearing the Laxmi Wealth Pendant around the neck, one should also keep two beads of 7 Mukhi Rudraksha in the Cash Box, locker or purse to attract the blessings and grace of Goddess Mahalaxmi. Wearing this Rudraksha with the 16 Mukhi Rudraksha (Sixteen Mukhi Rudraksha) or 10 Mukhi Rudraksha (Ten Mukhi Rudraksha) on Dussehra is likewise propitious. Wearing a Rudraksha while taking an interest in Puja and recalling Lord Ram is said to give the wearer positive vitality. Gifting a power blend of Rudraksha to your friends and family to carry on with an existence of effortlessness and respect is likewise extremely promising.
The 16 Mukhi Rudraksha known as Jai Rudraksha is blessed by Lord Ram. The 11 Mukhi is likewise blessed by Lord Hanuman. Wearing these Rudraksha on Dussehra is considered incredibly propitious. Individuals additionally wear a combination of 9, 10 and 11 Mukhi Rudraksha as a powerful combination by the Navdurgas, 10 Avatars of Lord Vishnu and Lord Hanuman.
The Laxmi Wealth Pendant is made with 7 Mukhi Rudraksha attracts wealth, abundance, prosperity and success in any endeavor one takes on. It is believed the bead helps one overcome financial struggles and worry and provides insight and wisdom to navigate through the path of success.
The 7 Mukhi hanging is a combination made with Sphatik beads and one bead of 7 Mukhi Rudraksha. The 7 Mukhi Rudraksha blessed by Goddess Mahalaxmi is believed to bring in wealth and bestow prosperity.
The Ganesh Laxmi Bandh is made of two beads of 7 Mukhi Rudraksha and one bead of Ganesh Rudraksha. It is blessed by both Goddess Mahalaxmi- the Goddess of wealth and Lord Ganesha- the Lord of overcoming obstacles and is believed to bring in a wealth and prosperity.
The Wealth bracelet is made with three beads of 7 Mukhi Rudraksha and strung along with 5 Mukhi Indonesian beads and black stone. Represented by Goddess Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth bestows the person with financial gains, growth and stability. It helps to overcome financial difficulties and struggles, and protects the wearer from any kind of misfortunes or failures. It attracts abundance, success and prosperity.
Kali Netra Pendant is a 9 Mukhi Rudraksha believed to provide energy, dynamism and makes it wearer fearless. It is said to be good for career oriented women and is known to be good for the stomach, body pains and skin allergies. It is said to increase devotion towards God and is believed to be beneficial in removing Kaal-Sarpa Dosha. This pendant is made in 22 carat hallmark gold pendant.
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Dusshera Puja: Different manifestations of Devi Durga are worshipped during the nine-day long Navratri festival each year. The tenth day is dedicated to Durga as Vijayadashami. The divine feminine energy is worshipped as Shakti and celebrated during the festival. The celebration ends with Dussehra on the tenth day, when the idol of Devi Durga is immersed in a river or a lake. The day also marks the end of Durga Puja, where people revel and recount Devi Durga’s victory over Mahishasur, thus restoring the balance of Dharma.
Vijayadashami is also the day that marks the victory of Shri Ram when he slayed Ravana- King of Lanka. Puja service offerable for this day is the Akhand Ramayana Paath - Beneficial for peace, prosperity & happiness in the family. Akhand Ramayan Paath is held before the beginning of any new venture, the birth of a child, marriage, etc. It is usually recited to overcome miseries, ailments, unfair competition, etc.
Nav Chandi Puja/Yagna: The Nav Chandi Puja can be performed to atone for sins or misdeeds committed. It is believed that this Puja resolves issues related to health and family disputes. The nine days of Navratri are auspicious for performing Chandi Puja. Also, auspicious days like Ashtami, Navami, Chaturdashi, Maagh Amavasya, Jyeshta Amavasya, Chaitra and Kartik Purnima are good for performing the Puja. The Online Puja involves full recitation of the Durga Saptashati for 9 times and a Yagna / Homa is performed with the 10th path of Durga Saptashati. In Durga Saptashati, there are 700 mantras in praise of Devi Durga in which she defeats various demons. With the recital of each of the 700 shlokas, an Ahuti (Offering) is made to the sacrificial fire.
Nav Durga Puja: The nine different manifestation of Devi Durga are Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skand Mata, Katyayani, Kaal Ratri, Maha Gauri and Siddhidatri. As per Durga Saptashati, Devi Durga confers strength, courage, victory over adversaries and protection from malefic energies. She bestows Iccha Shakti (indomitable will power and intent), Kriya Shakti (the energy of creation) and the Jnana Shakti (the strength of intellect, wisdom and intuition) on ardent devotees thus giving them both Bhoga & Moksha.