This year Dussehra will be celebrated on October 24, 2023. Dussehra is one of the major Hindu festivals that marks the end of Navaratri (9 nights). Navaratri lasts for nine nights and Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth night of the festivities. Dussehra is also known as Vijayadashami or Durgotsav.
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What Does Dussehra Celebrate?
Dussehra celebrates the conquest of good over evil, light over darkness and wisdom over ignorance. The festival celebrates two victories, one, Goddess Durga over the demon king Mahishasura and the other of Lord Rama over the evil king Ravana.
The Legend Of Goddess Durga And Mahishasura
Mahishasura was a demon who invaded heaven defeating Indra and driving the devas out of heaven. The gods decided to combine all their powers to create a powerful being that would be able to destroy Mahishasura. The powerful being they created was called Goddess Durga and they bestowed upon her their super-weapons. Navaratri is said to be the 9 days of battle between Goddess Durga and Mahishasura where the goddess finally destroyed the demon on the 10th day.
Lord Rama And Demon King Ravana
Lord Rama was a great warrior and noble king. The demon Ravana had ten heads. The demon Ravana kidnapped Rama’s wife, Sita and wanted her as his own wife. Lord Rama and the demon Ravana were equally strong and brave. After a fierce and mighty battle, lord Rama defeated and killed Ravana.
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