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Happy Vijaya Dashami 2017 Importance & Significance: Why do we Celebrate Vijaya Dashami?

Happy Vijaya Dashami 2017: India is known as the land of festivals and celebrations. Several traditional festivals will be celebrated throughout the country, and one among them is Dussehra. Every region in India celebrates this festival with utmost devotion and respect. The celebrations mark the history and significance of Dussehra. This year Vijaya Dashami is going to celebrate on 11th October.

It is also known as Vijaya Dashami, Dasara, and Dashain. Different regions of India have different names of Dussehra. In North-India, it is called as Dussehra, Dashain in Nepal. Coming to South-India, it was called as Vijaya Dashami, Dasara. Though it has different names and different rituals, all the people across the country celebrate this auspicious festival with more joy.

Happy Dussehra 2017 Quotes, Messages and Wishes

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Why do we celebrate Vijaya Dashami

Dasara marks the festivity of all age groups to celebrate. From children to elders, all will participate in the Dussehra celebrations. There are two important stories behind Vijaya Dashami celebrations. One story is associated with Lord Ram, and another is associated with Goddess Durga. The festival of Dashain signifies the victory of good over evil. The statutes of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Indrajit, are burned signifying as Rama’s victory.

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According to the great Hindu epic Ramayana, Lord Ram killed Ravana on the tenth day that is Dussehra. Ravana is said to have abducted Ram’s wife, Sita. The end of Ravana’s rule meant the end of bad and evil spirit as he was a demon by birth too.

Throughout Navaratri, Ramleela is organised in many northern parts of the country, and people enjoy the enactment of the play based on Ramayana.

Ram Leela

Another legend connected to Goddess Durga is, the Mahishasura who is a demon king and more powerful. He was undefeatable by Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Siva. Therefore, all the gods create Goddess Durga to destroy Mahishasura. Goddess Durga, an avatar of Maha Sakthi, fought with the demon king and defeated him.

Her victory over Mahishasura is celebrated as Vijaya Dashami or Dussehra by many people following Hinduism.

Durga Maa

In South India, the nine days preceding Dussehra have been equally divided for worshipping the nine avatars of Goddesses Durga. The women and the children of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka arrange small statues like dolls, known as ‘Bommai (Bommala) Kolu’, on artificial steps and decorate the steps and the nearby place with beautiful lamps and flowers.

bommala koluvu

Another story from the epics connected to the origin of Dussehra from the greatest Hindu epic, Mahabharata. Kauravas banished Pandavas for 12 years and one year disguise because of Dharmaraj was defeated by Kauravas in the gambling.

Pandavas decided to live in exile in the woods for 12 years and one year in disguise. They have hidden their weapons under the Shami tree. For every one year in the ending, they visit the Shami tree and worship it and Goddess Durga. Pandavas fought over Kauravas and emerged victory. This has happened on Dashami. And ever since, the good had achieved victory over evil, and it is marked as Vijaya Dashami.

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There are many other epic stories associated with the festival of Dussehra. No matter what the stories are, festivals in India convey the message of kindness, peace and love.

Happy Sharad Navratri 2017: Nine Colours of Shubh Navaratri History and Importance

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Happy Sharad Navratri 2017: Navratri is a nine-day festival celebrating the victory of good over evil. The auspicious festival is going to start from 21st September and celebrated for nine days till September 30. On this day, devotees worship Goddess Durga with the utmost respect and devotion.

The Navratri festival comes twice in a year; one is Chaitra Navratri, and another one is known as Sharad Navaratri. Devotees worship the Goddess Durga, Goddess Saraswati, and Goddess Lakshmi in these nine Navaratri days. The Durga Puja festival celebrated by worshipping Goddess Durga and her nine different Avatars.

Navaratri 2017: Nine Forms of Goddess Durga

Navaratri derived from ‘Nav’ means nine and ‘Ratri’ means night in Sanskrit, hence Navaratri means nine nights of celebration. Navaratri puja starts with Shailaputri Maa (Bala Tripura Sundari Devi) puja and ends on a good note of Siddhidatri (Raja Rajeswari Devi) Puja.

In North India, Ramleela forms the highlight of Dussehra, while in South India and it is the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura that is celebrated. In the state of West Bengal has its story connected to the festival, and in Mysore, the concept of Shami tree is centered.

The tenth day of the Hindu lunar month of Ashwin is celebrated as Vijaya Dashami or Dussehra and marks the end of the Maha Navaratri or the nine days of Durga Puja. The nine Navaratri colours are as follows:

  • First Day – Ghatasthapana / Pratipada ( 21 September ) – Red
  • Second Day – Dwitiya (22nd September 2017) – Royal Blue,
  • Third Day – Tritiya (23rd September 2017) – Yellow
  • Fourth Day – Chaturthi (24th September 2017) – Green,
  • Fifth Day – Panchami (25th September 2017) – Grey,
  • Sixth Day – Shashti (26th September 2017) – Orange,
  • Seventh Day – Saptami (27th September 2017) – White,
  • Eighth Day – Ashtami (28th September 2017 ) – Pink,
  • Ninth Day – Navami  (29th September 2017) – Sky Blue
  • Tenth Day – Dashami Dussehra (30th September 2017)

First Day-Pratipada (RED)

On the first day of Dussehra, the Shailaputri Maa (Bala Tripura Sundari Devi) idol done with bright red colour saree. She is the first avatar of Goddess Durga, the daughter of Mountains. On this day Ghatasthapana or the installation of the earthen pot is done.

First Day-Pratipada (RED)

Second Day- Dwitiya (ROYAL BLUE)

The second form of Goddess Durga is Bharmacharini (Annapurna Devi) the power, grace, and prosperity. The colour of this day is royal blue or peacock blue which is quite powerful.

Second Day- Dwitiya (ROYAL BLUE)

Third Day- Tritiya (YELLOW)

On the third day of Navaratri, the Goddess with half moon on her forehead Chandra Ghanta Maa (Gayatri Devi) devoted. She represents the symbol of peace, beauty, and bravery.

Third Day- Tritiya (YELLOW)

Fourth Day- Chaturthi (GREEN)

Kushmanda Maa (Lalitha Devi), the fourth avatar of Goddess Durga, and devotees worship her on this day. As per mythology, Lalitha Devi is believed to be the creator of the entire world.

Fourth Day- Chaturthi (GREEN)

Fifth Day- Panchami (GREY)

The Skanda Mata (Lakshmi Devi), the fifth avatar of Durga Maa, believed to be one who demolished the demons. The grey symbolizes the vulnerability.

Fifth Day- Panchami (GREY)

Sixth Day- Shashti (ORANGE)

This is the day the Durga puja kicks off with full joy in West Bengal and also most regions in the country. The Katyayani (Saraswathi Devi) Maa worshipped on this day. The orange colour indicates emotional strength, warm, and happiness.

Sixth Day- Shashti (ORANGE)

Seventh Day- Saptami (WHITE)

Goddess Durga worshipped as Kaal Ratri (Durga Devi) on the seventh of Navaratri. The colour white represents purity, perfection, and completeness.

Seventh Day- Saptami (WHITE)

Eighth Day- Ashtami (PINK)

The eighth avatar of Durga Maa, Maha Gauri (Mahishasura Mardini) is worshipped on this day. Pink is the colour of the day which signifies tenderness, compassion, and beauty.

Eighth Day- Ashtami (PINK)

Ninth Day/Tenth Day- Navami / Dashami (SKY BLUE)

Siddhidatri (Raja Rajeswari Devi) worshipped as the ninth avatar of Durga Maa on this day. Our ancestors believed that this avatar has abundant supernatural powers. The sky blue colour represents peace.

Ninth Day/Tenth Day- Navami / Dashami (SKY BLUE)

Finally, Vijayadashami or Dasara celebrated on the tenth day.

Happy Dussehra 2017 Date, History, Importance, Muhurat and Rituals: Dasara Navaratri Schedule & Avatars of Durga

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Dussehra is also known as Vijayadashami, which is celebrated majorly by Hindus at the end of Navaratri every year. The meaning of Vijayadashmi is “Vijaya” victory and “Dashmi” tenth which means festival is celebrated on the tenth day of the victory of Rama over the evil of Ravana. Every year Dasara falls in September or October just twenty days before Diwali festival. According to Hindu calendar, it is observed on full moon day in the month of Ashvin.

Dussehra 2017 Muhurat time and Date

  • Dashami Tithi begins on 29th September at 11:49 pm: ends on 1st October at 1:35 am
  • Timings of Vijay Muhurat starts at 2:08 pm: Timings of Vijay Muhurat ends at 2:55 pm
  • Timings of Aparahna puja starts at 1:21pm: Timings of Aparahna puja at 3:42pm
  • Dussehra falls on 30th September 2017 on Saturday

Dussehra or Dasara History

Dussehra has its roots in Indian epic ‘Ramayana.’ The epic mentions two main characters who are the main reason for celebrating Dasara. As we know Lord Rama is seventh Avatar of Lord Vishnu, who born to Kausalya and Dasharatha in Ayodhya. Dasharatha is the ruler of Kosala kingdom. Rama although he was born in the royal family he went to exile for 14 years under the order of his father. Along with him, his loved wife Sita Devi and Faithful brother Lakshmana went to live in the forest.

Also Read: Different ways to Celebrate Dussehra across India

Suddenly evil Surpanakha fought with Rama and Laxmana which resulted in cutting off her nose. Ravana who is the brother of Surpanakha would not tolerate this act and decided to take revenge. As Lord Rama went out, Lakshmana promises to protect Sita. But Ravana 10 headed evil came in the form of a beggar and kidnapped Sita Devi. So Lord Rama started to pray for Lord Durga Devi to gain all powers to kill Ravana. On the Tenth day of Dasara, Rama killed Ravana, and both wife and husband were united. So that occasion it is celebrated as Dasara.

Dussehra Importance & Significance

  • Dasara is celebrated in many regions differently. Some people celebrate it for ten days and few on important dates. On Dasara people perform an act of Ramalila and few studies Ramayanam.
  • The large festival includes goddess Durga Devi on throne mounted on elephants.
  • Many think that it’s luck to start new project or venture on Dussehra.
  • People perform great poojas for Lord Durga Devi or Chamundeshwari to have a good life, health, wealth and a happy, prosperous life.
  • The celebration included bonfires and fireworks. They make Paper and wood effigies of Ravana and burn it at the end of the festival.
  • Children’s enjoy on Dasara festival as they declare ten public holidays for schools and some colleges.

Dasara or Navratri 2017

Navaratri 2017 is most popularly known as Maha Navaratri or Shardiya Navratri. It falls in a lunar month during Sharad Ritu. All nine days of Navratri is dedicated to nine forms of Goddess Shakti. Especially women will adorn themselves with nine colors which are allocated on each day of Navaratri. Each weekday is ruled by one different planet or Navgrahas and regarding that color are assigned.

Dussehra Navaratri Schedule 2017

Date Day Worshipped Goddess
September 21 Day 1 Pratipada  Goddess Shailputri
September 22 Day 2 Dwitiya  Goddess Brahmacharini
September 23 Day 3 Tritiya  Goddess Chandraghanta
September 24 Day 4 Chaturthi  Goddess Kushmanda
September 25 Day 5 Panchami  Goddess Skandmata
September 26 Day 6 Shashthi  Goddess Katyayani
September 27 Day 7 Saptami  Goddess Kaalratri
September 28 Day 8 Astami  Goddess Mahagauri
September 29 Day 9 Navami  Goddess Siddhidatri
September 30 Day 10 Dashami  Goddess  Durga

Dussehra 2017 Celebrations: Different Ways of Celebrating Dasara Navaratri Across India

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Dussehra 2017: Want to know about Dussehra Celebrations in the Different States in India? We have got some survey information on celebrating Dussehra in differents forms in different traditions. Right from our childhood, we celebrate the festival in the same pattern what our ancestors taught us. Do you know many states in our country do not celebrate this festival in our style? Not only in our country, but other countries also celebrate this festival in a great way by sending Dussehra Images and Pics Via Social Sites.

They have separate traditions customs, and the story behind the festival. Have a look at this article of people celebrating Dasara in different shades. If you are impressed with any other states festival celebrations, just pack your bags and stop over by the state and enjoy your vacation with elegant Dasara celebrations.

Dussehra in West Bengal

It is one of the best places to celebrate the festival especially at Kolkata. We can see special kind of happiness all over the city at the Dussehra time. Whenever we heard about Kolkata, we remind about Kolkata Kali. The large idol placed in the city. They celebrate this festival for the death of mahishasura by Lord Durga. They celebrate festival extraordinarily from 6th day to 10th day. In these days they conduct many pandals and Pooja and enjoy the festival to the sky limits.

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Dussehra in Uttar Pradesh

They celebrate this festival for the death of Ravana by Rama. On the day starting they plant some barley seeds in the ground, on the 9th day if they see the sprouts on the plant they consider it as luck. The important place in Dussehra time is banks of Ganga River. You must enjoy the beauty of river on the 10th day night. Taking a holy dip on this day give you health and prosperity. Same traditions followed in the Haryana, Punjab, Uttrakhand, and Kashmir.

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Dussehra in Madhya Pradesh

They celebrate this festival on killing Ravana and return of Rama to Ayodhya on this day. On the 10th day night, they arrange large Ravana idol and people will burn the idol with the arrow. They perform Ram-Leela on this day. People are in the festival mood on these ten days.

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Dussehra in Himachal Pradesh

Kullu Valley is the most beautiful place in India. It looks more beautiful at the Dussehra time. In the 17th century, their king placed the Raghunath idol on this day. From that day onwards they are celebrating Dussehra.

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Dussehra in Karnataka

It is the major place we have to visit at the time of Dasara. They celebrate this festival under the name of naddahabba. Mysore looks more elegant on these ten days. The celebrations start from Mysore palace.

Here Elephants decorated beautifully; many dances are performed on the streets of Mysore. Palace is filled with eye flashing lights. At this, many foreigners will attend to the palace to see the beauty of the palace.

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Dussehra in Tamil Nadu and Kerala

Here 9th day of Navratri known as Saraswathi pooja. They conduct Golu at this time. It means dolls exhibition. By representing dolls, they narrate a story. This golu are eye feasting to us. They end this festival by celebrating Vijayadashami on the occasion of the death of mahishasura.

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Dussehra in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

In AP they celebrate this Dasara on a grand scale. Vijayawada is the famous place for this festival. There is a story that after killing mahishasura, Lord Durga came to this hill and settled here.

In some parts, they celebrate this on occasion on returning Pandavas to the kingdom. So they pray Shami tree on this day. In Telangana, they celebrate bathukamma grandly. It is their state festival, and it is celebrated for ten days.

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Celebrations in different countries:

In countries like Myanmar, Thailand and Nepal they celebrate this day on occasion of Buddha got enlightenment. There is a story that Lord Buddha got enlightened under Bodhi tree on this day.

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