Celebrating Vijayadashami 2019

Vijaya Dashami Group Photographs
A group photo session on Vijaya Dashami 2019. (From side, cousin Sister, cousin brother, me, aunt, father, sister and youngest brother (in red vest).)

Once in every year, we celebrate Vijayadashami as our Hindu festival, which is a composite of two words Vijay means Victory and Dashami means Tenth. According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Rama killed the powerful and fierce demon Ravana and the day is called as Vijayadashami or victory day, which is an occasion of the victory of good over evil which is celebrated on the 10th day in the month of September or October. It is also called as Dasahara, Dusshera, Dasara, Dussehra or Dashain.

People burn the effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakaran (Ravan's brother) and Meghnaath (Ravan's son) for paying a huge honour to Rama's victory over evildoing powers, evildoers and such demonic superpowers. While burning the effigies, people believe that it destroys our evil powers or demonic superpowers that resides within us and inculcate moral excellence.

My father offering blessings with Tika (white-mark) on Vijaya Dashami.

However, way of celebrating the Vijayadashami varies from regions to regions that in the northern and westernmost part of India, effigies are burnt on bonfires in the evening of Vijayadashami; in the southern India, people worship Goddess Durga, light up temples and major forts; in the western India, people stay fasting and offer prayers at Temples and they will have a traditional dance (Dandiya Raas) in the evening of Vijayadashami; in the eastern India, immediately after the day of Dashami or the tenth day of Nabaratri, marked by a great procession where the clay statues are ceremoniously walked to a river or ocean coast for a solemn goodbye to Durga. Many mark their faces with vermilion (sindoor) or wear some red clothing; especially, Limbu community, they put white-mark (rice mixed with plain curd) on their forehead and offer blessings with Dakshina (money given after putting white-mark).

My father about to offer tika (white-mark) to aunt on Vijaya Dashami.

Conventionally, Vijayadashami has always been full of performances, merrymaking and get together of families and relatives. It brings the happiest moments of fulfilling the highly awaited hopes and dreams of people, especially, for buying new clothes, furniture, kitchen articles and many more; visiting friends, family members and relatives.

Receiving blessings with Dakshina from my Aunt on Vijayadashami 2019.

In conclusion, the festival Vijayadashami has become a matter of celebrations for everyone now irrespective of caste, creed, colour, religion, etc. And now it has a great cultural significance for Hindus, which is necessary to learn and inculcate the cultural heritage of great love, happiness, friendships and relationships. Thus, it should be celebrated by everyone with great zeal and excitement.

Happy Vijayadashami 2019

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