|In Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, it is traditional to plant barley seeds in earthen pots on the first day of Navratri. On the day of Dasara, the nine-day old sprouts (called noratras or nortas or of nav ratris or nine nights) are used as symbols of luck. Men place them in their caps or behind their ears.|
May you get your share of good luck on this festival of Dussehra!
|On this day in the Treta Yug, Shri Ram, the seventh incarnation of Vishnu, killed the great demon Ravana who had abducted Rama's wife Sita to his kingdom of Lanka. Rama, his brother Lakshmana, their follower Hanuman and an army of monkeys fought a great battle to rescue Sita. Rama had performed "Chandi Homa" and invoked the blessings of Durga, who blessed Rama with secret knowledge of the way to kill Ravana. On the day of Ashvin Shukla Dashami, Rama's party found Sita and defeated Ravana. Thus it is termed as Vijaya Dashami.|
Happy Vijaya Dashami!
|In most of northern India and some parts of Maharashtra,
Dasha-Hara is celebrated more in honour of Rama. During these 10 days many plays and dramas based on Ramayana are performed. These are called Ramlila.|
There are outdoor fairs and large parades with effigies of Ravana (a mythical king of ancient Sri Lanka), his brother Kumbhakarna and son Meghanad. The effigies are burnt on bonfires in the evening. The onset of cold weather is believed to encourage infections. The burning of the effigies, filled with firecrackers containing phosphorus, supposedly purifies the atmosphere.
On this festival, may God Rama bestow you with a healthy, wealthy and peaceful life!
|May the festival of Dussehra helps you in overcoming and controlling the 10 vices, which are represented by the 10 heads of Ravana:|
|On this auspicious festival when the good wins over the evil, let's take a pledge to overcome over vices of Kaam (lust), Krodh (anger), Lobh (greed), Moh (attachment) & Ahankar (ego)!|
May God give us a new dimension and we lead a spiritual life full of eternal bliss and happiness!
Wish you a serene and peaceful Dussehra!
|Vijayadashmi or Dusshera is celebrated on the tenth day of the Hindu autumn lunar month of Ashvin. The first nine days are celebrated as Maha Navratri(nine nights) and culminates on the tenth day as Dasara.|
The day marks the victory of Goddess Durga over such demons as Shumbh and Nishumbh. It is a day when devotees worship Goddess Shakti. Shakti represents strength, ability and courage. This day also celebrates the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana.
Dussehra is derived from Sanskrit Dasha-hara meaning "remover of bad fate" meaning remover of ten heads of Ravana's; and this festival is also referred to as Navratri and Durgotsav.
May Goddess Durga remove your bad fate and give you success and happiness in your endeavours!
|May all your tensions burn along with the effigy of Ravana; and may you lead a blissful and peaceful life!|
|Everyday the Sun rises to give us a message that light shall always succeed darkness. Let us emulate the rays of Sun by bringing brightness to everyone's lives!|
May this festival of Dussehra be the harbinger of peace and happiness and may it eliminates all evils from your life!
|On this special day as we all celebrate the valour and courage of Lord Rama; and the triumph of good over evil!|
I wish you grit, determination and hard work that brings success and happiness to you in every field!
|May all the tensions in your life burn along with the effigy of Ravana!|
And may you be successful in overcoming all your enemies like Lord Rama!