Happy Dussehra!

Dussehra falls on the tenth day after the festival of Navratri. It symbolizes the triumph of good over evil as Lord Rama vanquished Ravana who had abducted his wife Sita. The highlight of Dussehra is Ram Lila. It is enacted to mark the 10-day battle fought between Rama and Ravana. Fairs are organized throughout India where larger than life effigies of Ravana, his son Meghnadh and brother Kumbhakarna are all set on fire.

 

Dussehra is considered to be an auspicious day for Indians. It is said that any new venture started on this day is bound to be successful. New items purchased are placed before the idol of Durga and worshiped. Dussehra also symbolizes the triumph of Goddess Durga over the buffalo demon, Mahishasura.

In West Bengal, the festival is known as Durga Puja and it’s the most important festival for Bengalis. Pandals are beautifully decorated with images of Durga and hundreds of people come over to celebrate and worship the deity. We wish you a Dussehra filled with joy and prosperity! May Goddess Durga bless you in your partner search.

Quick Facts» Dussehra is also called ‘Vijayadashmi’
» Ram shot Ravana with a bow piercing his navel which stored the nectar of immortality thus leading to his death
» In ancient times it was considered demeaning for women to go up on stage, so till today men enact the role of Sita during Ram Lila

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