Vijayadashami Celebrations in India 2015: Vijayadashami is a holy Hindu festival that is also called as Dussehra or Dasara or Dashain or Tenth day of Navratri or Durgotsav. It is going to be celebrated on 22nd of October this year. It is one of the most important Hindu festivals. It is celebrated in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh with great pomp and show in various forms.
The word “Dussehra” is derived from the Sanskrit word “Dasha-hara” meaning “Dashanan ravan” and the word “Vijayadashami” is derived from the Sanskrit word “Vijaya-dashami” that means “victory on the dashami”. This day refers to the victory of Lord Rama over the Ravan who was having ten heads. The day also marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasur.
The Vijayadashami Celebrations in India are worth experiencing. On Dussehra, people observe special prayers and offer food to Gods at homes and temples. The effigies of Ravana are also burnt in large people gatherings. The local events on the occasion of Dussehra include organizing Ramlila in the Northern India, a large festival that includes the goddess Chamundeshwari on a throne mounted on elephants in the town of Mysore, blessing of household and work-related tools in Karnataka and preparation of special foods like luchi and alur dom in Bengal.
Dussehra is a gazette holiday in India and hence, government schools, colleges and offices remain closed on this day.
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