Dashera – Festival of 10 days

Dusshera is the Nadahabba of our state Karnataka. It is also called as Navratri 9 nights and 10 days. – Says Manjunatha, A resident of Mysore, Sri Rangapatana, India

The above image shows a glimpse of Mysore Dasara Celebrations of India.

Dashera in various parts of India

In places like mumbai, people belonging to huge skyscrappers, have their own dashera celebrations in their apartments. Various performances like Dhandiya, Bhangra and many more will be staged by senior most artists. The whole audience will be split in to enclosures. These include highly paid enclosures, moderately paid ones and the low paid ones.  The audience to the highly paid ones willl include Film stars of the Bollywood and also famous Playback singers etc, the people who can afford the cost of entry into these enclosures have a change of interacting with these “BIG Shots”.

As tradtional as it is in all aspects, also in case of Dashera, Tamil Nadu has its own way of celebrating the festival. There is a tradition of decorating the house with dolls made of clay during these 9 days of festival. It is called as Golu – in tamil, bombe habba in Kannada and Bommala Kolavu in telugu. This arrangement really gives its own vibration to the entire house during the Navratri period.

This is the golu arrangement from one of the places in Tamil Nadu

Dashera in Andhra Pradesh

Bathukamma or Bodemma is celebrated in Andhra Pradesh. It is a beautiful flower stack of seasonal flowers, arranged in seven concentric layers forming a conical mound. Women celebrate the festival dressed-up in traditional silk saris and jewelry, by singing soul stirring bathukamma folk songs and dancing around them. It concludes on the Durgashtami or two days before Dasara.

Why do we celebrate Dashera at all  ? ? ?

There are more than one reason to celebrate this festival. In Northern india, it is said that during these 10 days, Lord Rama was fighting the Ramayana War to defeat against the Demon Ravana and on the 10th day it so happened that Ravana was killed.

In the epic Mahabharata, the Pandavas (who were five brothers) fought evil forces with a set of distinctive weapons, against the Kauravas. They abandoned their weapons and went into exile for one year. They hid their weapons in a Shami tree and found them at the same place when they returned from exile. They then worshipped the tree before going to a battle, which they won. This event is also commemorated during Dasara.

Mainly, celebrating this festival is for Devi. Dasara also celebrates the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura. Some of the demons, or Asuras, were very powerful and ambitious and tried to defeat the Devas or Gods to 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’s 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, Durga fought Mahishasura. The battle raged for nine days and nights. Finally on the tenth day, Mahishasura was defeated and killed by Durga.

Diwali Follows

After the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana, it is said that the crowning ceremony of Sri Rama took place at Ayodhya on the Diwal day. This year Diwali falls on 26th of October. Also the defeating of Sri Narakasuran is said to have been one of the reasons to celebrate Diwali

Happy Dashera to all !! ! ! ! !


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