Dussehra in India (Hindu): Date, time and Signification

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Dussehra

This is celebrated on the tenth day of Ashvin month of the Hindu Luni-Solar calendar. This year it will be observed on October 15th, Friday. Scroll down to know more about Dussehra in India 2021.

Dussehra 2021: As we step into the festive season this year, the preparations have already begun with much fervor and excitement. As Hindus across the nation gear up for Navaratri, they also look forward to celebrating Dussehra, one day after the last day of Navaratri. Dussehra in India, also known as Vijayadashami, signifies the victory of good over evil. This year, the festival will be celebrated on October 15th. Dussehra marks the end of the nine-day Navratri holiday and overlaps with the Bengali festival of Durga Puja, which leads to Diwali. All of these festivals are widely enjoyed around the country, with everything lit up and bustling around us.

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Dussehra 2021: Date And Time

  • Vijay Muhurat – 14:01 to 14:47
  • Aparahna Puja Time – 13:15 to 15:33
  • Dashami tithi begins – 18:52 on Oct. 14
  • Dashami tithi ends – 18:02 on Oct. 15
  • Shravana Nakshatra begins – 09:36 on Oct. 14
  • Shravana Nakshatra ends – 09:16 on Oct. 15

Dussehra 2021: History And Significance

Dussehra in India commemorates Lord Rama’s triumph over Ravana, the ruler of Lanka, in the epic Ramayana. Ravana was defeated by Lord Rama, and his wife Sita was rescued from Ravana’s imprisonment. The word Dussehra is derived from two Sanskrit words: ‘dasha,’ which represents Ravana’s ten heads, and ‘hara,’ which means ‘to defeat.’ Thus, the festival of Dussehra commemorates the triumph of good over evil.

Dussehra 2021: How Is The Festival Celebrated

To mark the victory of Lord Ram, many people make large effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna (Ravana’s brother) and Meghanad (Ravana’s son) and burn them. It is thought that setting fire to the effigies of mythological demons also extinguishes the devils that are within you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

They celebrate this festival as a victory of God Rama over Ravan. Effigies of Ravan, which symbolize evil are burnt with fireworks. Pandav Arjuna on this occasion defeated all Kuru warriors along with their huge number of soldiers. Devi Aparajita is worshipped on the day of Dussehra in India. Shami Puja is also an important ritual performed on Vijayadashami. It should be performed during Aparahna time. Weapons are also worshipped on Dussehra day. The festival of lights Diwali follows after twenty days of Dussehra.

We have Nava-ratri (9 nights), Nava-patrika (9 leaves / herbs / plants), Nava-graha (9 planets), and Nava-Durga (9 appellations). Each goddess has a different form and a special significance.

Day 1 (Pratipada), Goddess Shailputri

Shailputri, who is shown riding the bull is considered as the incarnation of Goddess Parvati. Her form is portrayed with a Trishula in her right hand and lotus in her left.

Day 2, (Dwitiya), Goddess Bhrahmacharini 

The goddess signifies love, wisdom, knowledge and loyalty. She carried Japmala in her right hand and Kamandal in her left.

Day 3, (Tritiya), Goddess Chandraghanta

The third avatar of Goddess Parvati, who adorned her forehead with a half-moon is worshipped. 

Day 4 (Chaturthi) Goddess Kushmanda

Referred as ‘Smiling Goddess’, Maa Kushmanda signifies passion, anger and auspiciousness. Maa Kushmanda is believed to be a form of Shakti and is known as the one who created this Universe.

Day 5 (Panchami) Goddess Skandamata

The fifth avatar of Goddess Parvati portrays the strength of a mother. Maa Skandamata is portrayed as holding Lord Skanda in his infant form through her left hand and a lotus in her right hand. She is also called as Padamasani since she is often depicted as seated on a lotus flower. 

Day 6 (Shasthi) Goddess Katyayani

Riding on the lion, she is portrayed as the warrior Goddess. She is believed to be the destroyer of all evil.

Day 7 (Saptami) Goddess Kalaratri 

Kalaratri means the one who is ‘the Death of Kaal’. Maa Kalaratri is the one who destroys ignorance and darkness from the world. The Goddes is also known as Shubhankari.

Day 8 (Ashtami) Goddess Mahagauri 

Goddess Mahagauri is considered a symbol of peace and intelligence. It is the belief that the Goddess governs the planet Rahu which is considered to be a malefic planet.

Day 9 (Navami) Goddess Siddhidatri 

She is considered the embodiment of accomplishment and is portrayed as sitting on a lotus. She holds a lotus, mace, Sudarshana Chakra and shankha. 

This year, the festival of Vijay Dashami or Dussehra will be celebrated on Friday, October 15, 2021.

Dusshera Quotes

May your troubles go up in smoke with the fireworks. May your happiness be multiplied ten times. Sending Dussehra wishes your way.

May this Dussehra, light up for you. The hopes of Happy times, And dreams for a year full of smiles! Wish you a Happy Dasara.

Ravan Jalaao Burai Ko Aag Lagaao Achchai Ko Apnaao Khub Pio, Khub Khao.

An auspicious day to start with any good work… It was today that good won victory over bad. May this day clear all hurdles of your life And start a new era of well-being.

On this auspicious day of Dussehra. I wish you every happiness.

Celebrate The Victory of the force of good over evil. Let’s celebrate an auspicious day To begin a new thing in life.

Before the golden sunrises, let me decorate each of the rays with success & happiness for you and your family.

Let’s start a great life by conquering our eternal 5 evils -Kaam, Krodh, Lobh, Moh, Ahankar…Let us take the oath to give a dimension to our life on this auspicious festival

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