Significance of Dusherra
Ramayana is one of the largest ancient literature in India. More than a literature it is a treasure for Indians which they cherish everyday by reciting Jai Shree Ram! Chanting Jai Shree Ram gives peace. Ramayana had taught us the duties of relationships, portraying ideal characters like the ideal father, the ideal servant, the ideal brother, the ideal husband and the ideal king.An epic story narrates the struggle of the divine prince Rama to rescue his wife Sita from the demon king Ravana.
In the Ramayana Bharata, the eldest son of Dasharatha and Kakeyi and half-brother of Rama, served as the king of Ayodhya as a sage for the 14 years after Rama, Sita and Lakshman’s exile. His mother was the reason that Lord Ram was exiled, since she wished Bharat to become the King instead of Ram. Lord Ram was exiled for 14years of Vanvas. While in exile, the trio settlde in the Dandaka forest from where Sita was abducted by Ravana. From there started the war between Lord Ram and Ravana.
India is known as a land of festivals and celebrations. The festival continues for ten days and Dusherra is the tenth day. In fact it is believed that the war between Ram and Ravana went on during these 10 days and Ravana was killed by the hands of Ram on the tenth day.
According to the great Ramayana, Lord Ram Killed Ravana on the tenth day that Is Dusherra.It is called as triumph of victory over evil. The end of Ravana meant an end of bad spirit over good.The festival of Dusherra is also known as Durga Pooja and in eastern part of India, people worship Goddess durga all the nine days and celebrate Dusherra as it was on that day that Demon Mahisasura was killed by Goddess Durga.
India is a country with Unity in Diversity. Dusherra is celebrated across India with much fervor and glory.Feelings are same but it is celebrated in a different manner across India. Like in south Dasara is celebrated as 10 days festival which is traditionally celebrated by the royal family of Mysore, the Wodeyars.
In north Dusherra is celebrated by Effigies of Ravana, Meghanad and Kumbhakaran set on fire in almost every neighborhood in the city with crowds cheering enthusiastically.You will watch several Ramleela where people portrays several characters of Ramayana.Whereas In Kullu people bring their goddess after worshiping and carrying the goddess on their head and bringing it to the main ground where they meet their Lord Raghunath. On the last day, the procession is taken to the Beas River where a pile of wood and grass is set afire; symbolizing the burning of Ravana’s Lanka.
Happy Dusherra! May this festival help you burn your ego, insecurities and negativity, allow only positivist to stay with you.