Dussehra celebration

Vijayadashami
1. Vijayadashami also known as Dasara, Dashahara, Dussehra, Dashain (in Nepal), Navratri or Durgotsav is one of the most important Hindu festivals celebrated in various forms, across Nepal, India and Bangladesh.The name Dussehra is derived from Sanskrit Dasha hara literally means The sun will not rise (Dasha(sun) and Hara(defeat)) referring to Lord Rama victory over the ten headed demon king Ravana. The day also marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the demons Mahishasur. The name Dussehra is also derived from Sanskrit Dasha Ahaha Dasharahaha Dasharaha. Ahaha means day. Example Aharnisha is derived from Ahaha nisha. Goddess fought with evils for 9 nights and 10 days. The name Vijayadashami is also derived from the Sanskrit words Vijaya dashami literally meaning the victory on the dashami (Dashmi being the tenth lunar day of the Hindu calendar month). Diwali the festival of lights is celebrated twenty days after Dasara. .....
Significance
2. As the name suggests Vijayadashmi or Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day of the month of Ashwin according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar which corresponds to September or October of the Gregorian calendar.The first nine days are celebrated as Maha Navratri(Devnagari nine nights ) or Sharada Navratri (the most important Navratri) and culminates on the tenth day as Dasara.In India, the harvest season begins at this time and so the Mother Goddess is invoked to start the new harvest season and reactivate the vigor and fertility of the soil. This is done through religious performances and rituals which are thought to invoke cosmic forces that rejuvenate the soil. Many people of the Hindu faith observe through social gatherings and food offerings to the gods at home and in temples throughout India and Nepal. .....
Victory of Lord Rama over Ravana
3. As per Hindu religion, on this day in the Treta Yug, King Rama, also called Shri Ram, the seventh avatar of Vishnu, killed the great demon Ravana who had abducted Rama wife Sita to his kingdom of Lanka. Rama, his brother Lakshmana, their follower Hanuman and an army of monkeys fought a great battle to rescue Sita.The entire narrative is recorded in the epic Ramayana, a Hindu scripture.Rama had performed Chandi Homa and invoked the blessings of Durga, who blessed Rama with secret knowledge of the way to kill Ravana. On the day of Ashvin Shukla Dashami, Rama party found Sita and defeated Ravana. Thus it is termed as Vijaya Dashami. Based on the inferences from Valmiki Ramayana, Kalidas Raghuvans, Tulsidas Ram Charit Manas, and Keshavdas Ram Chandra Yas Chandrika as well as common perception in India, Rama, Sita, and of Lakshmana returned to Ayodhya on the 30th day of Ashvin (19 20 days after Vijayadashmi). To mark the return of Lord Rama, in the evening, the residents of Ayodhya lit their city with millions of earthen lamps (called Deepak). Since then, this day is celebrated in India as Deepawali or Diwali.Many people perform Aditya Homa as a Shanti Yagna and recite Sundara Kanda of Srimad Ramayana for 5 days. These Yagna performances are thought to create powerful agents in the atmosphere surrounding the house that will keep the household environment clean and healthy. .....
Victory of Durga Mata over Mahishasura
4. Some of the demons, or Asuras, were very powerful and ambitious and continually tried to defeat the Devas, or Gods, and capture Heaven. One Asura, Mahishasura, in the form of a buffalo, grew very powerful and created havoc on the earth. Under his leadership, the Asuras defeated the Devas. The world was crushed under Mahishasura tyranny, the Devas joined their energies into Shakti, a single mass of incandescent energy, to kill Mahishasura.A very powerful band of lightning emerged from the mouths of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and a young, beautiful female virgin with ten hands appeared. All the Gods gave their special weapons to her. This Shakti coalesced to form the goddess Durga. Riding on a lion, who assisted her, Durga fought Mahishasura. The battle raged for nine days and nights. Finally on the tenth day of Ashvin shukla paksha, Mahishasura was defeated and killed by Durga. Hence Dasha Hara is also known as Navratri or Durgotsav and is a celebration of Durga victory. Durga, as Consort of Lord Shiva, represents two forms of female energy one mild and protective and the other fierce and destructive. .....
Homecoming of Durga Maata
5. Daksha, the Lord of the Earth, and his wife Prasuti, had a daughter called Sati. As a child, Sati started worshipping Lord Shiva as her would be husband. Lord Shiva was pleased with the Sati worship of him and married her. Daksha was against their marriage but could not prevent it. Daksha arranged a yagna to which everyone except Lord Shiva was invited. Sati, feeling ashamed of her father behaviour and shocked by the attitude meted towards her husband, killed herself. Lord Shiva was anguished when he discovered this. He lifted Sati body on his shoulders and started dancing. As the supreme power was dancing with wrath, the world was on the verge of destruction.Then Lord Narayana came forward as a saviour and used his Chakra to cut Sati body into pieces. Those pieces fell from the shoulders of the dancing Shiva and scattered throughout the Indian subcontinent. Shiva was pacified when the last piece fell from his shoulder. Lord Narayana revived Sati. The places where the pieces of Sati fell are known as the Shakti Piths or energy pits. Kalighat in Kolkata, Kamakshya near Guwahati and Vaishnav Devi in Jammu are three of these places.In her next birth, Sati was born as Parvati or Shaila Putri (First form of Durga), the daughter of Himalaya. Lord Narayana asked Shiva to forgive Daksha. Ever since, peace was restored and Durga with her children Saraswati, Lakshmi, Kartikeya, Ganesh and her two sakhis Jaya and Vijaya visit her parents each year during the season of Sharatkal or autumn, when Durga Puja is celebrated. .....
End of Agyatawas of Pandavas
6. In the age of Dvapara Yuga, Pandavas the five acknowledged sons of Pandu (Sanskrit), by his two wives Kunti and Madri lost to Kauravas in a game of dice, and both spent twelve years of Vanawas, or exile to the forest, followed by one year of Agnyatawas. The brothers hid their weapons in a hole in a Shami tree before entering the Kingdom of Virat to complete the final year of Agnyatawas. After that year, on Vijayadashmi, they recovered the weapons, declared their true identities and defeated Kauravas, who had attacked King Virat to steal his cattle. Since that day, Shami trees and weapons have been worshipped and the exchange of Shami leaves on Vijayadashmi has been a symbol of good will and victory. This is also called Shami/Jambi Puja. .....
Kautsa Guru Dakshina
7. Kautsa, the young son of a Brahmin called Devdatt, lived in the city of Paithan. After completing his education with Rishi Varatantu, he insisted on his guru accepting Guru Dakshina, a present. The guru said, Kautsa, to give dakshina in return for learning wisdom is not appropriate. Graduation of the disciple makes the guru happy, and that is the real Guru Dakshina.Kautsa was not satisfied. He still felt it was his duty to give his guru something. The guru said, All right, if you insist on giving me dakshina, then give me 140 million gold coins, 10 million for each of the 14 sciences I have taught you. Kautsa went to King Raghu. Raghuraja was an ancestor of Lord Rama, famous for his generosity. But just at that time he had spent all his money on the Brahmins, after performing the Vishvajit sacrifice. Raghuraja asked Kautsa to return in three days. Raghuraja immediately left to get the gold coins from Indra. Indra summoned Kuber, the god of wealth. Indra told Kuber, Make rain full of gold coins, fall on the Shanu and Aapati trees around Raghuraja city of Ayodhya. The rain of gold coins began to fall. King Raghu gave all the coins to Kautsa, and Kautsa hastened to offer the coins to Varatantu Rishi. Guru had asked only 140 millions, so he gave the rest back to Kautsa. Kautsa was not interested in money, considering honour to be more valuable than wealth. He asked the king to take the remaining gold coins back. But the king refused, as kings do not take back the daan (gift). .....
Dussehra Celebrations
8. Dussehra is the culmination of Navaratis in India. Popularly known as Vijayadashmi, Dussehra is celebrated with great enthusiasm, all over India. It is observed differently in different parts of the country, depending upon the legend that is followed in each region. In North India, Ramlila forms the highlight of Dusshera, while in south India, it is the triumph of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura that is celebrated. Eastern state of West Bengal has its own story connected to the festival, while in Mysore the concept of Shami tree is centered. Learn about the celebrations of Dussehra in different parts of India, by going through the following lines. .....
Dussehra The tenth day of celebration
9. Navaratri is replete with symbolism about vanquishing evil and wanton nature, and about having reverence for all aspects of life and even for the things and objects that contribute to our wellbeing. The nine days of Navaratri are classified as per the three basic qualities of tamas, rajas and sattva. The first three days are tamas, where the goddess is fierce, like Durga and Kali. The next three days are Lakshmi related gentle but materially oriented goddesses. The last three days are dedicated to Saraswati, which is sattva. It is related to knowledge and enlightenment. .....
Dussehra Puja
10. Since the celebrations of Dusshera are related to the Hindu mythology, hence the puja performed on Dussehra is performed strictly according to the Hindu traditions and culture. While both men and women can perform the puja, people usually call upon a priest to perform the ritual. After providing him with all the materials required, which may include cow dung, limestone, rice, flowers, kheer and other puja items like dhoop, incense sticks, deep etc., the priest starts performing the Dussehra puja. First, he draws the image of any deity, preferably Lord Ganesh, using the cow dung. Two saucers are made out of the wet cow dung, each used for placing the pooja items such as coins, roli, fruit, jhuwara and roli.The priest chants mantras and performs the pooja by offering flowers and prasad to the deity. Banana, jaggery, rice and radish are generally used to offer as the prasad. When the pooja is over, the priest is offered money (dakshina), while the prasad it offered to the poor. There is a tradition of offering food to the Brahmins of the locality. After attending the Dussehra puja, people start their celebrations of the day. While in north India, they would head towards the nearest Ramlila maidan. In other parts of India, typically in South India, people would indulge in the post Saraswati puja celebrations. In West Bengal, it is the time to take part in Visarjan, the ritual of immersing the idol of Goddess Durga in the nearest water body, such as river or lake. .....
Dasha Hara in Northern India
11. In Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and western Bihar, it is tradition to plant barley seeds in earthen pots on the first day of Navratri. On the day of Dasara, the nine day old sprouts (called noratras or nortas or of nav ratris or nine nights) are used as symbols of luck. Men place them in their caps or behind their ears.In most of northern India and some parts of Maharashtra, Dasha Hara is celebrated more in honour of Rama. During these 10 days many plays and dramas based on Ramayana are performed. These are called Ramlila. There are outdoor fairs and large parades with effigies of Ravana (a mythical king of ancient Sri Lanka), his brother Kumbhakarna and son Meghanad.The effigies are burnt on bonfires in the evening. After Dasara, the hot summer ends, especially in North India. The onset of cold weather is believed to encourage infections. The burning of the effigies, filled with firecrackers containing phosphorus, supposedly purifies the atmosphere, while the temples perform Chandi Homa or Durga Homa, with the same intent.In the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, the Dasara festival starts with the performance of Ramlila which is unique as it is based on the musical rendering of the katha or story of Lord Rama. It is based on the theatrical traditions set by Uday Shankar during his stay in Almora; these traditions were further enriched by Mohan Upreti and Brijendra Lal Sah. Known as the Almora or Kumaon style, Ramlila has been recognised by UNESCO in its 2008 report as one of the representative styles of Ramlila in India. .....
Himachal Pradesh
12. Kullu Dussehra is celebrated in Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is celebrated in the Dhalpur maidan in the Kullu valley. Dussehra at Kullu commences on the tenth day of the rising moon, i.e. on Vijaya Dashami day itself and continues for seven days. Its history dates back to the 17th century when local King Jagat Singh installed an idol of Raghunath on his throne as a mark of penance. After this, god Raghunath was declared as the ruling deity of the Valley. .....
Southern India
13. Vijayadashami is celebrated in various ways in different parts of South India. It is seens as a day to express gratitude to everything that bring success in life. Celebrations can take many forms, ranging from worshipping the goddess Chamundeshwari (Durga) to exhibiting colorful toys , celebrated as Golu in Karnataka,Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu from Navratri onwards.There is a legend related to the exhibition of toys that is known as Bombe habba in Karnataka, Bommala Koluvu in Andhra Pradesh, Bomma Gollu in Kerala and Golu or Kolu in Tamil Nadu. Since the goddess Durga needed tremendous power, all other gods and goddesses transferred their power to her and they all stood still as statues. To respect the self sacrifice of these deities during the festival days, Hindus revere morities, which are small statues in the shape of particular gods and goddesses. Golu ends on Dasara. .....
Andhra Pradesh
14. Vijayadashami has great importance in the Telugu household. For life events such as starting a new business/ venture, or buying a new home or vehicle, rituals take place on this auspicious day. They perform Ayudha Puja where they sanctify vehicles and other new items. In the evenings, a procession is taken up in all major cities where people dress up as characters from the Ramayana and perform stage shows called Ramlila. Huge effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Indrajit or Meghanada are burned, signifying victory of Lord Rama.In Telangana younger family members usually pay respects to their elders by giving them leaves of Shami tree/ Jambi tree, and seeking their blessings. In Hyderabad, Durga Puja is being celebrated for more than 60 years now. There are 5 major organisation that celebrate the Durga puja across the city. The Durga temple in Warangal is located adjacent to Badrakali Lake located in Center. Alampur Jogulamba Temple is one of the Astadasa Shaktipeethas, 18 prominent Temples dedicated to Goddess Shakti. It is mentioned several times in ancient scriptures. Sharan Navaratri is the biggest festival at Alampur Jogulamba Temple. The concluding event, Theppotsavam (boat festival) is an eye catching event held on Vijaya Dasami at Krishna Thungabhadra sangamam (confluence of River Krishna and Tungabhadra). Girls play bathukamma by placing a clay pot decorated with flowers around which they dance. .....
Karnataka
15. In Karnataka, Ayudha Puja, on the ninth day of Dasha Hara, is celebrated with the worship of implements used in daily life such as computers, books, vehicles, or kitchen tools. Buses, trucks and machines in factories are decorated.The effort to see the divine in the tools and objects one uses in daily life is central to this celebration, so it includes all tools that help one earn one livelihood. Knowledge workers go for books, pen or computers, farmers the plough and other agricultural tools, machinery for industrialists and cars/buses/trucks for the transportation workers all are decorated with flowers and worshiped on this day invoking God blessing for success in coming years.It is believed that any new venture such as starting of business or purchasing of new household items on this day is bound to succeed. .....
Mysore Dasara
16. The legend associated with the Shami tree finds commemoration during the renowned Mysore Dasara & Navratri celebrations at Mysore. The Mysore celebrations also strongly emphasize the Durga legend described above, as may be expected in the city built at the very site of the events of the Durga legend. On Vijaydashami day, at the culmination of a colourful 10 day celebration, the goddess Chamundeshwari is worshiped and then borne in a grand procession on a Golden Ambari or elephant mounted throne through the city of Mysore, from the historical Mysore Palace to the Banni Mantapa. Banni is the Kannada word for the Sanskrit Shami, and Mantapa means Pavilion . .....
Kerala
17. The last three days of the Navratri festival, i.e. Ashtami, Navami, and Dashami are celebrated as Saraswati Puja. The celebrations start with the Puja Veypu (Offering for Worship). It consists of placing the books for Pooja on the Ashtami day.It may be in one own house, in the local Nursery School run by traditional teachers, or in the local temple. The books will be taken out for reading, after worship, only on the morning of the third day (Vijaya Dashami). It is called Puja Eduppu (Taking back after Puja). Children are happy since they are not expected to study on these days. On the Vijayadashami day, Kerala celebrates Vidyarambham also known as Ezhuthiniruthu or Initiation of Writing where children between two and three years old are formally initiated before they are admitted to nursery schools. The child is made to write for the first time on the rice spread in a plate with the index finger, guided by an elder of the family or by a reputed teacher. The little ones will have to write Hari Shri Ganapataye Namah and recite the same to mark the auspicious entry into the world of education. This is considered a memorable event in the life of a person. Ayudha Puja is also conducted during this period. .....
Bengal
18. In Bengal, Dussehra is celebrated as Durga Puja. Deities of the goddess Durga are worshipped for five days, and on the fifth day (Vijaya Dashami) immersed in a river or pond. This is referred as Durga Bisarjan/Bhashaan. In Jharkhand, Bengal, Assam and Odisha, the goddess Kali, an appellation of Durga, is also worshipped as a symbol of Shakti (Power). .....
Dasain in Nepal
19. Vijayadashami or Dasain is the biggest festival of the year in Nepal that falls in September/October and is celebrated by Hindu and non Hindu Nepalis. Among the Newars, it is known as Mohani. The 10th day of Dasain is Vijayadashami, on which elders put Tika and Jamara on the forehead of younger members of the family. Jamara is sown on the first day of the festival which becomes greenish yellow of about 10 20 cm length which represent symbol of victory. Some ethnic groups receive Tika and Jamara only on the 10th day whereas others continue to receive until the following full moon. Depending upon the relationship, people offer Dakshina after receiving the Tika and Jamara. On the eighth day of the festival, people offer sacrifice of goats, buffalo, chicken etc. to goddess Durga. Meat is heavily consumed after the sacrifice taken as the gift of god. People visit their relatives and exchange greetings throughout the 15 days of the festival. .....
Dussehra in Bangladesh
20. In Bangladesh, it is a five day long festival and is celebrated in mandaps (congregation). The largest festival is held at Dhakeshwari temple and Ramkrishna missionary in Dhaka. On the day of Dasha Hara, clay statues of the Goddess Durga are submerged in rivers. The pooja is performed with turmeric and other pooja items, which are added to the river in order to help the water yield better crops. .....
What Rituals are Perfrormed
21. Dussehra is considered to be an auspicious time to worship tools used to earn an income. Nowadays, this includes laptops and cars! According to the legend in the epic Mahabharata, Arjuna hid his weapons in a tree and when he returned a year later, on the day of Dussehra, he safely retrieved them. He then worshiped the weapons, along with the tree. .....
How is Dussehra Celebrated
22. In northern India, plays and dance performances known as Ramaleela, depicting the life of Rama, commonly take place in the lead up to Dussehra day. These shows are especially big in Varanasi and Delhi. Don t miss these 5 Popular Delhi Ramlila Shows.Then on Dussehra, huge effigies of the demon Ravana are burned all over India. See the Ravan effigies being made in Delhi.In Mysore, as well as cultural performances and fairs, the highlight of the 10 day Dussehra celebration is grand parade of decorated elephants and guards mounted on horse back to escort the goddess through the city.In Kullu, goddess deities are carried around on colorful chariots, and there is much dancing and revelry. .....
What do people do
23. Many people of the Hindu faith observe Dussehra through special prayer meetings and food offerings to the gods at home or in temples throughout India. They also hold outdoor fairs (melas) and large parades with effigies of Ravana (a mythical king of ancient Sri Lanka). The effigies are burnt on bonfires in the evening. Dussehra is the culmination of the Navaratri festival.
  • Performances of the Ramlila (a short version of the epic Ramayana) in Northern India.
  • The preparation of special foods, including luchi (deep fried flat bread) and alur dom (deep fried spiced potato snacks), in Bengal.
  • The blessing of household and work related tools, such as books, computers, cooking pans and vehicles in the state of Karnataka.
  • A large festival and procession including the goddess Chamundeshwari on a throne mounted on elephants in the town of Mysore in the state of Karnataka.

    Many Hindus also believe that it is lucky to start a new venture, project or journey on Dussehra. They may also exchange gifts of leaves from the Shami tree (Prosopis spicigera) as a symbol of the story of the Pandavas brothers exile in the Mahabharata stories. .....

  • Legends of Dussehra
    24. Dussehra is mainly associated with the story of Rama based on Ramayana, one of the two great Indian epics. Set around 1000 BCE in India, this epic attempts to establish the social ideals and explains the depth of human relationships. Lord Rama was the protagonist of the epic, while his wife Sita was its female lead. He has been idolized as the ideal son, husband and king, while she is the epitome of womanhood. Lord Rama was the eldest son of Dashratha, the king of Ayodhya and was beloved of all, because of his genial ways. The king decided to hand over his throne to him and retire.Contrary to her husband decision, Lord Rama stepmother (Kaikayi) wanted her own son Bharata to be the king and forced Dashratha to banish Rama from Ayodhya, the kingdom and give him fourteen years of exile. Rama gladly accepted the stepmother wishes and left the palace and the kingdom with his wife Sita, and brother Lakshmana.

    The grief stricken father soon died. When Bharata, who was on a visit to his maternal grandfather, came back and came to know what his mother had done, he immediately set out to being his brother back from the forest.Rama was glad to welcome his brother Bharata, but he refused to go back to the kingdom before the completion of his exile. Rama had another loss at hand, as the demon king Ravana, abducted his wife Sita and took her away to his kingdom. This became the reason behind the long search and the various events that followed, which led to the destruction of Ravana by the hands of Lord Rama, with the help of the monkey army he had befriended on his way to Lanka. Dussehra is the day, when Rama killed Ravana and won back his wife. Hence, Dusshera is also called Vijayadashmi.Dussehra celebrates the victory of good (Rama) over the evil (Ravana). This is the reason why effigies of Ravana, Meghnatha and Kumbhkarna are burnt on Dusshera, all over northern India. Apart from this, Vijayadashmi also symbolizes the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura, the demon who held the earth and the swarglok (heaven) with his tyranny and invincible power. Hence, it can be said that two legends are connected to the celebration of Dussehra in India. .....

    Dussehra Greetings
    25. Dussehra is celebrated all over the country, to memorialize the victory of goodness over evil. The festival has now become symbolic of the message that truth always triumphs. It is celebrated in September October, according to the Gregorian calendar or you can say in the month of Aswin, according to the Hindu calendar. It aims to remind people that whatever be the situation, the supremacy of truth will always remain. It is also like an advice to people to follow the path of dharma . On this occasion, people celebrate their happiness by feasting, exchanging gifts and good wishes.On Dusshera, you can send good wishes to your loved ones through several means, the most convenient and easy of them being greeting cards. Sending cards is not only the oldest, but also one of the best ways to convey heartfelt wishes to near and dear ones, on festive occasions like Dussehra. Several kinds of cards, specially made for this occasion, can be found in the famous card galleries. Apart from greeting cards, you can also use e cards on Dussehra. Read on for advices on how to send cards on the festival. .....
    Dussehra Poems
    26. Dussehra epitomizes the victory of good over evil. It is a very auspicious day and thus celebrated as a festive occasion throughout the country. It was the day when Ram killed the ten headed demon Ravana and saved the man kind from his brutal torture and established the faith of people into the power of truth and religion once again.

    Aa Gya Pawan Dusshera
    Phir Hume Sandesh Dene,Aa Gya Pawan Dusshera

    Tum Sankaton ka ho ghanera Ho na aakul man ye mera Sankato me tam chatenge Hoga phir sundar savera Dharya ka tu le sahara!
    Dwesh kitna bhi ho gehra Ho na kalushit man ye tera Phir ye tute dil milenge hoga jab premi chitera Ban shami ka pat pyara!
    Satya ho jitna pratarit Par na ho sakta parajit Roop uska aur nikhra Janta hai vishwa sara Ban vijaya swarnim sitara! .....

    Facts of Dussehra
    27.
  • Why we celebrate Dussehra. Because ADHARM per DHARM,JHUT per SATYA, ANYAY per NYAY or BURAI per ACCHAI ki vijay ho. Happy Dussehra!
  • May This Dassera Light up 4 U the Hopes of Happy Times & Dreams for a Year Full of Smiles .Wish U a Haapy Dassera!
  • Pray this Dasara showers upon u.Shanti, Shakti, Saiyam , Sammaan , Saralta, Safalta , Samridhi ,Sanskaar , Swaasthya. Happy dasara!
  • Burai par acchai ki jeet, Dussehra lata hai ek ummed.Ravan ki tarah hamare dukhon ka ant ho, ek nai shuruat ho ek naye savere k saath. Happy Dussehra
  • May this Dushera light up for you, the hopes of happy times & dreams for a year full of smiles. Wish u happy Dushera!
  • May Lord Rama always keep showering his blessings upon you! May your life be prosperous and trouble free throughout. Happy Dussehra!
  • Dusshera signifies the victory of good over evil. May all the evils in and around you vanish by the virtue of the goodness in and around you. Happy Dusshera! .....
  • Dussehra Wishes
    28. Dussehra is celebrated with fun and fervor. The last day of Navratri, Dussehra, is observed as the triumph of goodness over the evil. It commemorates Lord Rama victory over demon Ravana and the assassination of Mahishasura by Goddess Durga. It is considered auspicious to start a new business or learn a new art and education, on the ceremonious occasion of Vijayadashmi (Dusshera). People take the day as the opportunity to get back to their long lost friends and enjoy the joyful event with the exchange of sweets and heartfelt wishes. While you can convey your wishes simply, putting across the thoughts by writing thoughtful lines can appeal your loved ones in a better way. .....
    Dussehra Date
    29. The festival of Dussehra, which marks the triumph of victory of good over the evil, is celebrated on the tenth day of the bright half (waxing moon) of the Hindu month of Aswiyuja. The festivities of Dussehra also mark the commencement of the winter season after a long, scorching summer. The occasion commemorates the victory of Rama over Ravana as well as the triumph of Goddess Durga over demon Mahishasura. Fairs, known as Ramlila, are organized on many parts of the occasion. It is the culmination of the nine day celebrations of Navratri, which precedes Dussehra.Dussehra is a very auspicious day to start a new venture, learn art forms (such as music and dance) or pursue education.
    This is largely because in many parts of India, particularly in southern states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala, Vidyarambam (beginning of study) is performed on Vijayadashmi (Dusshera). In addition to this, a number of rituals are performed on this day, such as, the exchange of shami leaves and apati leaves. Apart from this, Goddess Durga idols are immersed into the nearby river or lake by the Bengalis, who celebrate Dussehra for the Goddess victory over demon Mahishasura.Ramlila is the main attraction of Dussehra in many parts of India, the most prominent being Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Mysore and Orissa. Though effigies of Ravana, his son Meghnath and brother Kumbhkarna are not burnt in the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the festival is celebrated with equal zeal there. Saraswati Puja is the main ritual of Vijayadashmi (Dussehra) in the southern states of India. During the entire day of Dusshera, the air is filled with festivity and people are in the mood to enjoy the festival along with their family, friends and relatives. .....
    Cultural programs
    30. You can volunteer to organize a cultural program for the entertainment of adults & children in your neighborhood that could add up color and zest to the festival. .....
    Make an effigy of RAVANA
    31. You and your friends can make an effigy of Ravana. This time try to make a little modern Ravana that could become center of attraction in your locality on Dussehra day. .....
    How to Dress Up
    32. Traditional attire is best suited for such festivals. Females can dress up in bright lehanga choli, punjabi suits, sarees etc. whereas; males can wear dhoti kurta, kurta pyjama or sherwani, with a stylish stole around their neck. .....
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    Iriomote Cat. The Iriomote cat is a critically endangered species of cat only found on the Japanese island of Iriomote. It is one of four species of cat that can not sheath their claws, the others being the fishing cat, the flat-headed cat, and the cheetah. An est .....
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    Valentines Day Activity Ideas
    Give Each Other A Massage. Forget those half hearted shoulder rubs in front of the TV, and dedicate some real time to giving your partner a massage. Not sure how to do it? Check out this instructional video. You might want to set the mood with some scented candles and massag .....
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    ET. In one of the most iconic movie scenes in history (the legendary bike scene) E.T. clearly showcases his ability to levitate objects and himself. So the question is why didn t he levitate himself at the beginning of the film back onto his spaceship? .....
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    Khichdi. Khich?i alternate spellings khichdi, khichri, khichdee, khichadi, khichuri, khichari, kitcheree, kitchree, and many other variants, is a South Asian preparation made from rice and lentils (dal). Khichri is commonly considered to be a comfort food, an .....
    Benefits of Lime
    Scurvy. Lime is very wellknown as a cure for scurvy, the disease which is caused from a deficiency of vitaminC. It is characterized by frequent infections that show as normal cold symptoms, cracked lips and lip corners, ulcers on the tongue and in the mouth. .....
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    Benefits of Kiwi Fruits
    Depression. Inositol is found in kiwifruit. Recent studies have shown that inositol, because of its function as a precursor of an intracellular second messenger system, can be beneficial in the treatment of depression. The fruit is an excellent source of antioxi .....
    Benefits of Sapodilla fruits
    Ability in cutting the inflammation. As sapota or chikoo is abundant with tannins therefore it has the ability in cutting the inflammation within the body. Additionally it is believed to enhance the condition of digestive tract evading diseases just like esophagitis, enteritis irritatin .....
    Benefits of Cardamom
    Warming. Cardamom oil has a warming effect. This means that it heats up the body, promotes sweating, helps clear congestion and coughs, while also relieving symptoms of the common cold. It also provides relief from headaches that result from illness and can b .....
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    Benefits of Oranges
    Antioxidant Protection and Immune Support. Oranges are an excellent source ofvitamin Cbut do you know just how important vitamin C and oranges are for good health? Vitamin C is the primary watersoluble antioxidant in the body, disarming free radicals and preventing damage in the aqueous envir .....
    Benefits of Tamarillo fruits
    Uses in Cooking. The pointy end of the fruit was scored with a cross so that when they were cooked it peeled back like a flower. They were poached with star anise and served with honeyed yoghurt. (Its funny how I remember all of this but forget who I was with and whe .....
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    Unrequited love. No one wants their love to be unrequited, but it happens pretty often. If you .....
    Benefits of Carrots
    Carrot cake and patties. Patties can be made of half cooked brown rice, half carrot pulp, and chopped onions, garlic, and green peppers. Use an egg to bind it together, but Im sure flour would work just as well. .....
    Tips To Lose Weight
    Write down what you eat for one week and you will lose weight. Studies found that people who keep food diaries wind up eating about 15 percent less food than those who dont. Watch out for weekends: A University of North Carolina study found people tend to consume an extra 115 calories per weekend day, primarily .....
    Honeymoon Places
    Hua Hin Beach. Thailand , WorldIt is situated on the Gulf of Siam. It is very popular for locals and international visitors. There are flat stretches of beach, plenty of things to do and is very easy to reach from Bangkok. It's not the best beach for swimming as th .....
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    The Loire Valley. The Loire Valley is located in the middle of the Loire River in central France. The valley spans 280 km, but the total area attached to it exceeds 800 sq. km. Due to its abundant vineyards and cherry orchards, the valley is known as theGarden of Fran .....
    New Year Party Game Ideas
    Knowing knees. Ingredients Blindfolds Chairs To Play First, blindfold all the male players. Then, have the female players sit down in chairs in a line. Each of the male players must then go along the line of female players and try to identify them only by touching .....
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    Spray Your Favorite Perfume. Put the Make-Up and Spray Your Favorite Perfume .....
    Benefits of Beans
    Haricot Beans Nutrition. Pulses and legumes contain high percentage of proteins and carbohydrates. The same nutrient data is applicable to haricot beans. Serving 100 g of dried haricot beans provide 21.5 g proteins, 45.5 g carbohydrates, 2.4 g fiber and 1.5 g fats. Other hig .....
    Tips To Prepare a Government Job Interview
    Do NOT Ask too many Questions to Interviewers. In an interview it is expected that you will be asked questions rather you start asking questions to interviewers. It may annoy them and your interview might have to cut short. .....
    Easy Vastu tips for your home
    Sleeping Direction. Bedroom Vastu throws light on the direction in which we sleep during nights. This is very important in imbibing positive energy. When not sleeping in the proper direction, it could have negative impacts too. The right way of sleeping is tosleep with .....
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    Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. EPFL is considered to be among the world's most prestigious universities in technology. The three most influential and widely observed international university rankings, QS World University Rankings, Academic Ranking of World Universities and Times H .....
    Fall Crafts for Kids
    Spooky Candy Tree. Good luck not eating the supplies. The yummy supplies to make this Spooky Candy Tree include licorice, graham crackers, frosting and candy corn. .....
    Mango Varieties
    Badami. Badami mango is grown in southern parts of India in the months of May, June and July and is exported all around the world. It is eaten both raw and is also consumed in the form of mango shakes. Because of its quality to fight diseases more effectivel .....
    Ways To Save Money On Your Dream Wedding
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    Propose Day
    Funny Movie Proposal. Another funny movie proposal? Steal from that famous Say Anything scene: Park yourself outside her house with a stereo blaring your favorite tune and propose on the front lawn. .....
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    Precautions while using ATM Machines
    Make sure you have finalized the transaction. Make sure you have finalized the transactionand removed your card before leaving the ATM. Some ATMs ask if you want another transaction . You must reply No to close out your card s transactions. If you do not close your card s transactions and rem .....
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    Fairy Tattoos. The fairy is usually depicted as a childlike creature that is curious about the world around her.These tattoos are associated with innocence and being fascinated with life.The fairy also represents magic, personal power and the energy of unseen realm .....
    Rules to play Skeet Shooting
    Skeet shooting. Skeet is a word of Scandinavian origin, though the discipline originated in America. Targets are thrown in singles and doubles from 2 trap houses situated some 40 metres apart, at opposite ends of a semicircular arc on which there are seven shooting .....
    What to Eat in Uttar Pradesh
    Barfi. Barfi is a sweet confectionery from the Indian subcontinent. Plain barfi is made with condensed milk and sugar cooked until it solidifies. The many varieties of barfi include besan barfi (made with gram flour), Kaaju Barfi (made with cashews), and Pi .....
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    Use fluoridated toothpaste. Fluoride helps to harden tooth enamel and reduces your risk of decay. .....
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    Setting the Perfect Size. You would not want to setup a usual matching cabinet as compared to your living accessories. Seek out a style that complements the overall theme of your décor. Wood units will trend more traditional, while steel or metal pieces will give your room a .....
    Ideas to Improve your Life
    Be positive. Is the glass half empty or half full? How about neither? Its actually all full the bottom half is water, the top half is air. Its all a matter of perception. Take on empowering perceptions, not those that bind you. If you can see the positive sides .....
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    The Theater of Dionysus. Believed to be the most ancient theater in the world, and located in the shadow of Acropolis; The Theater of Dionysus staged Athenian drama during the celebration of the Great Dionyssia. Built by descendants of the tyrant Peisistratos, a lot has chan .....
    Precautions while using ATM Machines
    Security information. Do not allow anyone else to use your card, PIN or other security information. 2) Always memorize your PIN and other security information. If the PIN you are provided with is difficult to remember, change it to something more memorable at a cash machi .....
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    Corcoran Gallery of Art. The Corcoran Gallery of Art was one of the oldest privately supported cultural institutions in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States.The museum main focus was American art.In 2014 the museum closed, leaving its 17,000 work collection to .....
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    Street Food in India
    Bael Patra Juice. Bel ka sharbat orBel Juiceis an excellent summer cooler. It cools the body like nothing else and a glass everyday during summers will do good. .....
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    Stephen King books. Global best selling novelist Stephen King had many ideas come to him through dreams, including the books Misery and It. As King said: Ive always used dreams the way youd use mirrors to look at something you couldnt see head on. .....
    Myth about Acne
    Acne is just seen in teenagers. You can get acne at any age. Women tend to be more prone to adult acne due to fluctuating hormones. Adult acne may not respond to treatments the same way as acne in teenagers so it is a good idea to see a dermatologist. .....
    Benefits of Dates
    Fights Ageing Promotes Skin Youthfulness. The antioxidative properties of dry dates. These are advantageous for our skin too. As our skin gets rid of free radicals, it becomes firm and toned. In short, dry dates help us fight against untimely ageing and make us youthful. .....
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    Blooming Teas. Also called artisan or flowering teas, these teas actually 'bloom' as they steep. Hand tied by tea artists, they include some type of flavor or scent along with the beautiful design. .....
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    Han Kjobenhavn. Han Kjobenhavn white regular fit Tshirt with a contrast black storm outline print on the front. Crafted from soft cotton jersey, the short sleeve Tshirt is finished with a ribbed crew neckline. .....
    What to Eat in Delhi
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    Benefits of Saffron
    Medicinal uses. The active components present in saffron have many therapeutic applications in many traditional medicines since long time ago as anti-spasmodic, carminative, diaphoretic. Research studies have shown that, safranal, a volatile oil found in the spice, .....
    Weird World Record
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    The Stafford. London, England A country house feel in the middle of London? Its possible if the name of the hotel is the timeless Stafford. Located behind Green Park, this stately town house hotel comes with its own 17th century stable courtyard. Famous .....
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