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.
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
|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|