Dussehra and India – Deeksha Burugadda

Reflectionist Deeksha Burugadda (ITBM 2021-2023)

Dussehra celebration in India is definitely a spectacle to behold! This festival is celebrated in myriad ways in the country but at the core of them all lies the same essence of celebrating the victory of good over evil. People in different states celebrate it in their own unique ways. What remains the same across all of those traditions is their vibrancy and ethnicity. The nine days of Navratri are devoted to different human forms of a Devi (Goddess). During which, nine forms of Goddess Durga, namely Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Mahagauri, and Siddhidatri, are worshipped and all these commemorate the killing of the demon Mahishasura by Goddess Durga. The final and tenth day of Vijayadashami marks the destruction of the Lanka demon, Ravana, by Lord Rama.

Dussehra festival marks the triumph of good and love, over evil and hatred.

This spills faith and thrives humanity, all around the world. According to mythology, Ravana, the evil, kidnapped Goddess Sita and took her to his palace. During this time, Sita was forced to live far beyond the reach of her husband, Lord Rama. Accompanied by his brother Lakshman, Hanuman and an army of monkeys, Lord Rama found a way through the Indian Ocean to reach Ravana’s Lanka. There were fierce battles across the way but finally, Lord Rama reunites with his love, Sita.

Not just in Hinduism, but in every other religion in the world supports and promotes the idea of living with peace, love, togetherness, fearlessness, and purity during this time; all of which is reflected in the story of Ramayana. There is a wave of enthusiasm and liveliness among people during the festival of Dussehra, regardless of age, religion, region and other diverse factors.

Though this festival is celebrated all over India, every state has its own significance and mode of celebrating the win of Lord Rama over evil Ravana. Let us see some of such spectacles: