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Unknown facts about Dussehra – This year, Dussehra is on 08 October 2019. Diwali is observed after 20 days of Dussehra on the new moon day, typically in the month of October or November. Here we have some unknown facts about Dussehra you just might not know.

unknown facts about dussehra

Facts about Dussehra you just might not know

  • Dussehra is celebrated in the Ashwin month, the 10th month of the Hindu calendar. It usually falls in the months of October or November.
  • Dussehra comes from the Sanskrit word Dash Hara, which means ‘the defeat of the Sun’. It is believed that if Lord Rama had not defeated Ravana, the sun would have never risen again.
  • In some parts of India, Dussehra is known as Vijaya Dashami. It is celebrated to mark the victory of Goddess Durga over the Demon King Mahishasura.

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  • Mahishasura was the king of asura (demons) and was very powerful. At that time, Shakti was created by the collective powers of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh to put an end to the evils of Mahishasura. Goddess Durga had revealed the secret of killing the Demon king Ravana to Lord Rama.
  • The 10 days of Navratri end with the final day of Dussehra, Lord Rama defeating Ravana. It marks the end of Navratri.

Unknown facts about Dussehra

  • On this day, the effigy of Ravana is burnt. The burning of Ravana signifies the killing of all evils of the soul, which are represented by the ten heads of Ravana. Each of his head stands for an evil; lust, attachment, anger, pride, selfishness, jealousy, ego, inhumanity, greed, and injustice.

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  • The effigies of Kumbhkarna and Meghanad are also burnt along with the Ravana as they took his side.
  • The most famous Dussehra celebrations are seen in Mysore. On this day, Goddess Chamundeshwari is worshipped and her grand idol is taken out in a procession across the city. All the temples are decorated with lights and colors.
  • It is believed that the first celebration of Dussehra took place in the 17th century in the Mysore Palace. Ever since then, Dussehra has been celebrated across the country.

Do read: A complete list of all the major Hindu festivals in India

  • In Northern India, people sow Barley seeds in an earthen pot on the first day of Navratri. These sprouts are considered as the symbol of luck. And on the day of Dussehra, people use them as per the various rituals like in some places, men place these sprouts behind their ears while at some places it is kept in the locker.

Unknown facts about Dussehra

  • Dussehra is celebrated not only in India but also in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Malaysia. Dussehra is one of the national holidays in Malaysia.

We hope you like the above unknown facts about Dussehra festival. Have a happy Dussehra to you and your family!

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