HAPPY DUSSEHRA / VIJAYDASHAMI (18TH OCT 2018)

DUSSEHRA/VIJAYADASHAMI   

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There are festivals which give us an important

Lesson for us all

Besides celebrating the same with utmost enthusiasm

We reminisce

The day as a  grim reminder for us all

That if we forget being human

We would be suffering the pangs

And pains of our Karmic deeds

As we get the lesson

From the Great Epic Ramayana

How the misdeeds of most powerful demon King Ravana

Although a staunch worshipper of Lord Shiva

Yet, he committed a cardinal sin of abducting Sita Maa

And took her  to his kingdom Lanka

Kept her in  Ashok Vatika

Lord Rama with his younger brother Lakshmana

Along with Sugriv and Lord Hanumana

With all the monkey warriors

Before crossing the sea, Lord worshiped Lord Shive 

For His blessings for winning the battle with Demon King Ravana

As Lord Rama knew the power of King Ravana 

Being the Bhakta of Lord Shiva

There was a battle between the two armies

In which demon army were punished by Lord Rama

With death and destruction of the demons

Along with the entire family of King Ravana

Except for righteous brother of Ravana named Bavishana

Who did not want to be an accomplice in the idea

Of abduction of Sita Maa

Being a religious man himself shunned violence

The grim reminder for all of us though

That those who willfully commit misdeeds or Kukarma

Are not spared at all

Now or some other time may be

However powerful they may be

There is eternal lesson for all of us from this epic,

Remove the evil from our midst,

Burn it out, the sooner it is done the better for us,

As we burn the effigies of Ravana along with Kumbkarna and Meghnada.

With the chanting of the name of Lord Rama

We should also burn the existing sinful thoughts

Which bedevil us and spoil the chances of

Adding to our credit of Karmic Credit.

LIFE OF LORD RAMA

Lord Shri Ram, the embodiment of righteousness

With most adorable traits with immense prowess

A reservoir of humility with simplicity in abundance

Tolerance, harmony and elderly reverence

That an offspring should  profusely be having

For the parents the most adoring.

Lord Rama left for exile, leaving everything in Ayodhya,

When his father King Dashratha of Ayodhya

Is constrained to act on the promises made in the past

To his wife Kakai – mother of Shri Bharata

And step-mother of Lord Shri Rama

Who had saved Shri Dashratha’s life once,

By putting her own life in danger,

Consequently, extracting two promises for fulfilling  

At a time and occasion of her own choosing,

Manthra – the courtier of Kakai too showed her true color,

In making Queen Kakai realize the promises,

Crown for her son Shri Bharata

And 14 years in exile for Shri Rama.

Shri Ramji, as expected,  accepted exile for fourteen long years.

And that too without slightest demur,

He embraced the life simplest in the forest,

Subsisting on the fruits and herbs that existed there,

Truly speaking, that is the crux of a lesson for today’s younger generation,

Maa Sitaji the consort of Shri Rama

With brother Lakshmana too accompanied Shri Rama.

Who despite his knowledge of Vedas and being the fondest Bhaktas of Lord Shiva

Ruined his name and fame along with the knowledge he had had thus attained

Vijaydashmi should establish a kingdom of love,

Overflowing with peace, full of tolerance, a feeling of goodwill for all,

A kingdom of love for everybody, leaving none

For it is a celebration for destruction of evil

And a win for TRUTH an ultimate ONE

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Vijayadashami or Dushehra is one of the well-known Hindu festivals and is celebrated at the end of Navratri. It is an annual feature – on the 10th day of the Hindu month of Ashvin which falls in the month of September – October. Vijayadashami personifies victory of goodness righteousness over evil or wickedness. Vijay means victory and dashmi means falling on the tenth day.

Essentially, Dushara is derived from two syllables: Dus means evil or bad and hara means to destroy or to remove or to annihilate – by its combination, we deduce Dushara as a day which we observe as a sign of annihilation of evil from amongst us. There is, in fact, a lesson for us all – the forces representing evil will will meet their end ultimately.

REASONS FOR ITS CELEBRATION IN THE EASTERN AND NORTHERN STATES OF INDIA

  • Marks the end of Durga Puja wherein the devout remember Goddess Durga’s win and ultimately his death of Demon king Maheshasur thereby restoring the law of Dharma. Maheshasura wanted to establish the rule of demons; for this, he killed many sages/sadhus and even defiled their Yajna fires besides killing general masses for establishing his rule.
  • It also marks the end of Navratri, represented by Nine Devis with different traits.

RAMLILA -PLAYED BY DEVOTEES DEPICTING THE LIFE OF LORD RAMA

  • In many parts of India Ramlila is enacted wherein different artists play various roles (Lord Rama, Lakshman, Bharat, Shatrugun, Sita Maa, Demon King Ravana, brother Kumbhkarna and Babishna, son Meghnadh etc) from beginning i.e. births of Rama and his brothers, Sita Devi is described as the daughter of Prithvi (the Earth) because she was found in a pot by Mithla King Janaka while ploughing the fields. She was brought up by the king. Janaka. All the situations are enacted as though it was happening in real life till, of course, on a ninth day on the death of demon king Ravana who is symbolized as the personification of evil.  On the tenth day, the effigies of Ravana, his brother Kumbhkarna and son Meghnadh are burnt to showcase to the masses at large that the evil, however, powerful ends ultimately.

WORSHIP OF MOTHER DIVINE

  • People also take out processions, carrying the statues of Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesha etc accompanied with the chants of songs and dances and immersed in the water. After immersion of statues, the devotees pray to Maa Durga for blessing them with her bounties for the entire year.

PEOPLE START PREPARATION FOR DIWALI

  • After Dusheshra people start preparation for DIWALI – another festival in connection with reception of Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana by the Ajodhya gentry. They illuminated their homes and street for welcoming their beloved Lord Rama.

SIGN OF RESPECT FOR LORD RAMA  IN VARIOUS PARTS OF INDIA

  • In Northern India, Dashara (ten days) is celebrated to pay respects to Lord Rama. The plays based on the life of Lord Rama and his humble and benevolent rule too Is also depicted in the form of plays and dramas with light and sound accompanied by music and dance. Finally, the effigies of Ravana, Kumbkarna, and Meghnatha are burnt for depicting the end of evil and supremacy of the goodness. In Kullu Valley, there is a big fair and people come to witness this fair with gaiety and enthusiasm to enjoy it.
  • In South India (Karnataka) also Dashehra is celebrated with the worship of Durga Maa. In the south, the festival is dedicated to Lordess of Knowledge Saraswati and worship the books and musical instruments. Children are initiated to studies, it is considered auspicious to start new business ventures and new houses, cars and other properties are purchased.
  • In western regions (In Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Gujarat), people install their deities and immerse the same on Vijaydashmi. Lord Rama and Goddess Durga are worshipped. The famous dandia dance known as Garba in traditional dresses is one of the wonderful attractions in Gujarat.
  • In eastern regions, the Durga Maa statues are immersed in rivers. Vijayadashami has special significance in West Bengal. Besides worshipping Maa Durga they have singing and dance competitions besides competitions on other literary features.

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19 thoughts on “HAPPY DUSSEHRA / VIJAYDASHAMI (18TH OCT 2018)

  1. HAPPY DUSSEHRA / VIJAYDASHAMI – the day of introspection. Let the evil dormant in us be burnt as we burn the effigies of demon King Ravana, his brother Kumbkarna and his son Meghnath.

    Let truth prevail.

    WITH WARM REGARDS
    HARBANS

  2. Dear Harbans,

    Thank you very much for sharing all the interesting information about “HAPPY DUSSEHRA / VIJAYDASHAMI” – it shows us that there has always been a fight, a battle between the positive and the negative power. For a while there may be peace on earth when those negative powers are defeated, but they start to regain power, to recover due to our own thoughts – thoughts which are negative is food for such negative power, thoughts of positivity is food for the positive power. Due to our mind that is in control of our soul – we have theses two powers in us. If we give in to egoistic aims and wishes, if we do not handle our life according to the level of the soul, which is from the same essence as that of God, we create negativity which gives “life” to the negative power. In this way it may even manifest or reincarnate in the human body – then the outer fights between the positive and negative power starts. So first the battle starts from within and will be then carried into the outer world. Like your wonderful story there are many sagas and myths as well about the battle between good and evil – each of us is involved in this kind of battle, so we have to learn how to control our mind with the help and grace of God. The real start to change us for changing the world to the better begins in each of us.

    Thank you very much for this, my dear friend Harbans 🙂
    Didi

    1. Didi sir,, my sincere thanks for your kind comments. These are always an inspiration for me. You always analize the topics in their proper perspective and present a picture which is easily comprehended and there is always a lesson in your comments. In fact there are two sides of the same coin. One may be good and the other bad. We have to learn from the bad too that being bad is bad in itself and good is good since it brings us huge benefits including our spiritual thinking gets fillip.

      THANKS AND REGARDS
      HARBANS

      1. Thank you so much my dear friend 🙂
        Indeed to learn from our mistakes is a way to increase consciousness. Sometimes we have to fall into the same trap for many times until we have learnt our lessons. My Master expressed the universal teaching of all competent Masters like this: “Be good, do good and be one” – in these few words there is everything we need, especially “be one” underlines that we may not see thing from our limited “I point of view”, but to see everything connected as One, then respect to everyone will follow, love for God who is present in everything and everyone as One .

        My heartfelt greetings to you
        Didi

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