With Navratri bidding farewell to us after nine amazing days of joy, it is heartbreaking to not relive those nine days up until the next year. The nine days of Navratri culminates with Dussehra. And, Dussehra brings its own set of new perspectives and galvanizes us to look the wider horizons of life. What is the significance of Dussehra and what are some of ways you can enjoy Dussehra, also find some of our favourite Dissehra Recipes? Read on…
Dussehra is derived from the Sanskrit word “Dasha-hara” which means the defeat of Ravan. Dussehra is an auspicious festival which is celebrated by Hindus across India. It is also popular as Vijaya Dashmi. As per the epic of Ramayana, Dussehra basically commemorates the conquest of goodness over evil. On this day, Lord Ram had acquired triumph over Ravan, the king of Lanka.
Along with this spiritual message, Dusshera even brings people together through celebrations. Across various states of India, Dussehra is celebrated with enthusiasm. While in North India and few regions of Maharashtra, Ramlila is performed, and at the same time the effigies of Ravan, Meghanad and Kumbhkarna are burnt. Whereas in South India, on the day of Dussehra various cultural programs and food fests are organized. Moreover, in Punjab, after Dussehra the kharif crops are harvested by the farmers.
And besides these rituals, even sweets are exchanged in some regions of India on Dussehra. In Gujarat, people relish Fafda and Jalebi to celebrate.
To best way to enjoy Dussehra is
- Wear new traditional clothes
- Do some traditional Puja at home with your family
- Take your kids to see Ram Lila and Ravan Dahen (burning of effigy of Ravana)
- Make some sweet recipes at home and distribute among your family and friends
I am sure, even your city/state has a peculiar way to celebrate Dussehra as well. Let’s connect over the comments and you could share something about the same with us, what say? And till you do that, here’s wishing my WhiskAffair family a very Happy Dussehra, may the goodness in you always outclass the evil of the world.
Here are some sweet recipes to make for Dusshera.