Vijayadashami festival 2014
Vijaya Dashami, (Dasara, or Dashain) is a Hindu pageant that celebrates the victory of excellent over evil. It is a gazetted vacation in India, which is marked on the tenth day in the bright half (Shukla Paksha) in the month of Ashvin (Ashwayuja), based on the Hindu calendar.
What do individuals do?
Many people in the Hindu religion observe Vijayadashami via particular prayer conferences and meals choices to the gods at house or in temples (mandir) throughout India. In addition they hold outside festivals (melas) and enormous parades with effigies of Ravana (a legendary king of historic Sri Lanka). The effigies are burnt on bonfires in the evening. Vijayadashami is a end result in the Navaratri festival.There are various native celebrations in some areas in India that may last for as much as 10 days. Native occasions embrace:Performances in the Ramlila (a brief model in the epic Ramayana) in Northern India.A big competition and procession together with the goddess Chamundeshwari on a throne mounted on elephants in the city of Mysore in the state of Karnataka.The blessing of family and work-associated tools, like books, computer systems, cooking pans and vehicles in the state of Karnataka.The preparation of particular meals, together with luchi (deep fried flat bread) and alur dom (deep fried spiced potato snacks), in Bengal.Many Hindus additionally imagine that it is fortunate to begin a brand new enterprise, challenge or journey on Vijayadashami. They could additionally alternate gifts of leaves out of the Shami tree (Prosopis spicigera) as a logo in the story in the Pandavas brothers' exile in the Mahabharata stories.
Legend of Vijayadashami
Vijayadashami celebrates the Hindu bhagawan Rama's victory over the demon king Ravana plus the triumph of fine over evil. The epic Ramayana tells the legendary story in the Lord Rama who wins the beautiful Sita for his spouse, solely to have her carried off by Ravana, the demon king of Lanka.Ravana performs a necessary role in the Ramayana. Ravana had a sister often called Shoorpanakha. She fell in love with the brothers Rama and Lakshamana and wished to marry one in every of them. Lakshamana refused to marry her and Rama couldn't as he was already married to Sita.Shoorpanakha threatened to kill Sita, in order that she may marry Rama. This angered Lakshamana who cut off Shoorpanakha's nostril and ears. Ravana then kidnapped Sita to avenge his sister's injuries. Rama and Lakshamana later fought a battle to rescue Sita. The monkey bhagawan Hanuman and an enormous army of monkeys helped them.The Mahabharata is one other sequence of Hindu myths that play a role of the Vijayadashami festival. The Pandavas had been 5 brothers who fought evil forces with a set of distinctive weapons. They deserted their weapons and went into exile for one year. They hid their weapons in a Shami tree and located them on the similar place once they returned from exile. They then worshipped the tree before going to a battle, which they won. This epic is also commemorated throughout Vijayadashami.