Happy Dussehra 2023: When is Vijayadashami? Know date, history, puja muhurat, significance, celebration and more

Dussehra 2023: When is Vijayadashami? Know date, history, puja muhurat, significance, celebration and more

The auspicious festival of Dusshehra is right around the corner. Also known as Vijayadashami, Dasara or Dashain, the day marks the victory of good over evil, as on this day, Lord Rama defeated demon king Ravana and Mother Durga won over Mahishasura. It falls on the tenth day of the month of Ashwin, seventh in the Hindu luni-solar calendar. After the nine days of Navratri, devotees of Goddess Durga celebrate Dussehra with much pomp on the tenth day. Whereas the term Dussehra is more common in North Indian states and Karnataka, Vijayadashami is popular in West Bengal. Bengalis celebrate the festival by performing Durga Visarjan as devotees take idols of Maa Durga for immersion in sacred water bodies. Additionally, Ram Lila is performed across the country, fairs are organized on a large scale, and people flock in huge numbers to see Ravan effigies go up in flames.

When is Dussehra 2023? Vijayadashami Puja Muhurat:

Dussehra or Vijayadashami is on October 24. The Vijaya Muhurat begins at 1:58 pm and ends at 2:43 pm, says Drik Panchang. The afternoon Puja time is from 1:13 pm to 3:28 pm. While the Dashami Tithi will start on October 23 at 5:44 pm and end on October 24 at 3:14 pm, the Shravana Nakshatra is from October 22 at 6:44 pm till October 23 at 5:14 pm.

Dussehra 2023: Vijayadashami History and Importance

Dussehra falls on Shukla Paksha Dashmi during the month of Ashwin on the Hindu lunar calendar and a day after Maha Navami or at the end of Shardiya Navratri. Viajayadashami marks the victory of good over evil. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Rama defeated the devil king of Lanka, Ravana, on this day. Another legend says that Mother Durga defeated Mahishasura after a fierce battle that lasted for nine days.

Dussehra also marks the beginning of Diwali festivities. It falls twenty days before the festivals of light – marking Lord Rama, Mother Sita and Lord Lakshman’s homecoming. The festival of Vijayadashmi preaches the ethos of the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. On this day, people pray for abundance and good health. Additionally, worshiping the Shami tree on the day of Vijayadashami holds great importance in some parts of the country, as it is believed that Arjun hid his weapons inside the Shami tree during his exile.

Dussehra 2023: Vijayadashami Celebrations

In North India and a few other parts of the country, Dussehra or Vijayadashami is celebrated by burning effigies of Ravana, brother of the Lanka King – Kumbhkaran, and the brave warrior son of Ravana – Meghnad. Ramlila, an enactment of Rama’s story, is organized on all nine days of Navaratri. It concludes with the killing of Ravana on the tenth day. Dussehra also symbolizes getting rid of sins or bad qualities, as the ten heads of Ravana symbolize one bad quality.

In Bengal, devotees immerse the idols of Goddess Durga in water bodies and bid her a grand adieu. They also wish the Goddess to come next year and keep an eye on them while guarding off all the evils and miseries.