Dussehra Saturday, 30 September 2017
Dussehra marks one of the most important festivals in the Hindu calendar. It is also referred to Vijayadashami, as it is a festival that signifies the triumph of good over evil. Dussehra 2017 or Dasara is a 10-day long festival, and the 10th day or Dashami is when the festival comes to an end. It is observed on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashvin, which falls in the Gregorian months of September and October. Dussehra is celebrated with much fervour across the country wherein different states follow their own traditional customs and rituals.
Vijayadashami ( Vijayadaśamī, also known as Dasara, Dusshera or dussehra is a major Hindu festival celebrated at the end of Navratri every year. It is observed on the tenth day in the Hindu calendar month of Ashvin, which typically falls in the Gregorian months of September and October.
Vijayadasami is observed for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of the Indian subcontinent. In the eastern and northeastern states of India, Vijayadashami marks the end of Durga Puja, remembering goddess Durga’s victory over the buffalo demon Mahishasura to help restore Dharma. In the northern, southern and western states, the festival is synonymously called Dussehra (also spelled Dasara, Dashahara). In these regions, it marks the end of “Ramlila” and remembers God Rama’s victory over the demon Ravana, or alternatively it marks a reverence for one of the aspects of goddess Devi such as Durga or Saraswati.
Vijayadashami celebrations include processions to a river or ocean front that carry clay statues of Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesha and Kartikeya, accompanied by music and chants, after which the images are immersed into the water for dissolution and a goodbye. Elsewhere, on Dasara, the towering effigies of Ravana symbolizing the evil is burnt with fireworks marking evil’s destruction. The festival also starts the preparation for one of the most important and widely celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights, which is celebrated twenty days after the Vijayadashami.
Dussehra (Vijayadashami) 2017: Date, Muhurat Timings, Puja Vidhi
Dussehra 2017 or Dasara falls on 30th September (Saturday). The Dashami Tithi begins on 11:49 pm on 29th September, 2017 and the Dashami Tithi ends 1:35 am on 1st Oct, 2017.
Vijay Muhurat timings are 2:08 pm to 2:55 pm
Aparahna Puja timings are 1:21pm to 3:42 pm
No festival in India is complete without sweets and feasts to celebrate festivities. Dussehra also sees the preparation of various regionals treats like ladoo, barfi, rasgula, kheer, halwa and other lip-smacking creations for a sweet affair.