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Dussehra Festival India, Dussehra in 2012
Dussehra is also called Vijyadashmi. Vijay is the Hindi word for victory while the dashmi is the 10th day. It can also be translated as the victory on the tenth day. Dussehra celebrates the victory of Rama over the demon king Ravana. The day is also a celebration of victory of goodness over evil. The day is celebrated with great excitement and fervor. The effigies of the evil (represented by Ravana, Meghnad and Kumbhakarn are burnt). The burning symbolizes the burning of evil forces. The effigies are generally made out of bamboos and paper. The effigies are stuffed with fire crackers.
When the fire crackers starts bursting, the atmosphere becomes filled with cheer and excitement. It is especially a great sight for the children who enjoy it a lot. On this day, a drama also called “Ramlila”depicting the war between Ram and Ravana is performed on stages created in big grounds.

The Legend: Rama, the prince of Ayodhya goes on exile to fulfill an oath given by his father Dasharatha to his wife Kaikeyi. Rama along with his wife Lakashmana and wife Sita live in a Ashram. While they are staying in the Ashram, a demon called Surpanakha sees Rama and Lakshmana and demands that either of them should get married to her. She is rejected by both the brothers. She gets so perturbed by the rejection that she threatens to kill Sita. Lakshmana gets angry and cuts off her nose and ear. She informs about the incident to her brother Ravana. Ravana kidnaps the wife of Rama by deceit. Rama in search of her wife reaches the kingdom of Ravana. With the help of a monkey army, he defeats Ravana and ultimately Ravana is killed by Rama. Rama returns to his kingdom along with his wife and brother. This day is celebrated as Dussehra.

Dussehra is celebrated with great excitement. There is a lot of pomp, show and color associated with the festival. In the Indian state of Gujarat, the festival is celebrated with a popular dance form called 'Garbha”. In different states of India, the festival has a slight different colour. For example, In Bengal it is the worship of Goddess of power “Durga”.

The Dussehra of Mysore and Kulu in India are very popular. A lot of people visit these cities during the time of Dussehra. An extravagant procession is taken out on the day of Dussehra in the streets of Mysore.

Dussehra has a great symbolic significance. It symbolizes the victory of goodness over evil forces. Dussehra is a great Hindu festival bringing cheer and happiness in lacs of Indian homes.

Dussehra Festival Date: Wednesday, 24 October 2012

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