Dussehra 2021: Puja Vidhi, Shubh Mahurat and all you need to know

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Dussehra 2021: Puja Vidhi, Shubh Mahurat and all you need to know

Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth and the final day of the nine-day festival of Navratri. The festival of Dussehra, also known as Vijaydashmi is celebrated to mark the triumph of good over evil. The festival falls on the 10th day of the Hindu month of Ashvina. This year, it will be celebrated on Friday, Oct 15.
The festival is celebrated richly and grandly across the country, especially in northern India and West Bengal. In some parts of the South, the day sees several poojas and spiritual processions take place to mark the end of the Durga Puja.

The significance of this day
The tenth day of Durga Puja holds importance due to two main reasons. Firstly on this day, the idol of Goddess Durga is immersed in water, marking the end of the Navratri. The devotees embark on a grandeur procession carrying the worshipped clay sculpture of Goddess Durga to immerse in a river, or other water body. The immersion of the idol in water is symbolic of her return to the divine cosmos and her marital home Kailash, where Lord Shiva resides. It also honours Goddess Durga's battle against demon king Mahishasura.
Secondly, the day signifies the victory of Lord Ram over the demon king of the island Lanka, Ravana. For the nine days of Navratri, grand Ramleels are organised in Northern India, enacting the life of Lord Ram. The tenth day signifies the victory of Lord Ram over evil. On this day giant effigies of Ravana, his son Meghnada and brother Kumbhakarana are burnt. People gather in hundreds to see the rituals.


Shubh Mahurat
The shubh muhurat for Vijay Dashami or Dussehra starts from 1:59 pm till 2:46 pm on October 15. Dashmi Tithi 2021 begins at 06:52 PM on 14 October and will end at 06:02 PM on 15 October.


Puja Vidhi
Dussehra is celebrated in different ways in different parts of the country. Some key rituals of Dussehra involve Shami Puja, Aparajita Puja and Seema Avalanghan. As per Hindu beliefs, these rituals are carried out during the Aparahna time. Some people mix rice, yogurt and vermilion to apply tikka on the forehead of family members. It is a way to seek the blessing of Goddess Durga and pray for happiness and prosperity. The red colour also signifies the blood that ties the family together.


Other ways to celebrate Dussehra
There is also a tradition of worshipping weapons during this auspicious day. In ancient times, Kshatriyas (Administrators) and other warriors worship their weapons or ‘astra’ on this day. They used to apply turmeric and vermillion on the weapons and praise both Lord Rama and Goddess Durga to remove all your obstacles and hurdles in life.

Post- Navratri rituals
Those who keep the Navratri kalash and sow barley seeds on the first day also pluck the grown barley on the tenth day and give to each other for good luck and prosperity. On this day, women also participate in ‘Sindoor Khela’, a ritual in which married women apply vermilion on the idol and also on each other and bless each other for a happy married life.


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