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Time-Honoured Mythological and Astrological Beliefs Associated with Dusshera

Dusshera: the victory of good over evil

Dipped in the hues of joy and cheerfulness, Indian festivals have a peculiarly pleasant vibe. Nothing surpasses the feelings of warmth and revelry that these festivals bring along. With Dusshera, the Hindu festival commemorating the victory of good over evil, begins the festival season.

Dusshera is celebrated on the tenth day of Ashvin month as per the Hindu calendar and culminates the nine days fasting period of Navratri and also 15 days before Deepavali The festival derives its name from the combination of the words ‘Dasa’ and ‘Hara’, which means removing ten heads.

According to Vedic Astrology, Dusshera is known as Vijayadashami, which means the victory on the tenth day of war, explains the world famous celebrity astrologer Sundeep Kochar. “It is a symbol of the destruction of our demons in the form of bad habits and negativity. Vices can negate the good result of planets and even the good dasha goes in vain in one’s horoscope,” he says.

Dusshera has a number of mythological significance associated with it. In various parts of the country, it is celebrated as an allegory of Lord Ram, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu (The ‘Presever’ god in Hindu Trinity) defeating Ravana. The holy festival revers Lord Ram in the highest regards and strengthens the vows of his devotes to follow his path of righteousness.  Effigies of Ravana, Meghnad and Kumbhkaran are burnt with firecrackers reaching the sky, as the crowd revels the victory.

Astrologically deemed as a highly auspicious day, it is a time-honoured belief that starting a new venture on this day brings in a lot of success and prosperity, says Dr Sundeep Kochar.

It brings auspiciousness and success into your life and work, he adds.

Dusshera also symbolizes the triumph of warrior Goddess Durga over the buffalo demon, Mahishasura, marking the prevalence of good over evil.  Using the indomitable powers bestowed upon him by the gods, Mahishasura wreaked havoc at the gates of heaven using his mammoth dominion. The goddess of divine forces and positive energy, Durga protected her devotees from malice and spite.

The festival is also emblematic of the constant battle with our apprehensions in life. Well, on this note, may the victory of good over evil inspire you towards your own victories in life. Happy Dussherra!

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