Dussehra or Das-Hara symbolizes the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana, the ten headed demon who ruled over Lanka. The festival is one of the biggest events amongst Hindus and is celebrated with fervour in not only India but in several other parts of the world as well. There are several legends that are associated with the origin of this festival. It is known by many names like Vijayadashmi or Dasara and other variants in several parts of India. The rituals, customs and celebrations also vary in different regions of India.
Dussehra Date 2020
The festival of victory of good over evil is celebrated on the 10th day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Ashvin according to the Hindu calendar. It falls in the month of September or October each year. This year, Dussehra date is 25th October 2020, which is a Sunday.
Dussehra Customs and Rituals
In many parts of India, Dussehra marks the end of a 9 day long grand event of festivities and devotion to Goddess Durga, called Navratri. During these 9 holy days, all forms of Goddess Durga are earnestly worshipped by the Hindus.
According to legends, Mahishasura was a powerful demon who leads the demon army to overthrow the Gods from heaven and began to rule over Earth. To end his dictatorship, all the Gods coalesced their energy to form a divine force of supreme energy, Godess Durga.
Adorned with 10 hands and 10 weapons, she rode on a lion and killed Mahishasura to restore balance to the Earth. Every year, people celebrate Dussehra to commemorate the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura as well. On this year’s Dussehra date 14th October too, Hindus from all parts of India will take part in the celebrations enthusiastically. On this auspicious day, people seek the blessings of Gods and embark on new ventures.