Dussehra 2022: 4 Interesting Stories Behind The Festival

Dussehra 2022: 4 Interesting Stories Behind The Festival

Dussehra 2022: The Sanskrit phrase Dasha-hara, which means “remover of evil fortune” or “remover of the 10 heads of Ravana,” is where the word Dussehra originates. It is enthusiastically observed on the tenth day of the Hindu autumn lunar month of Ashvin. 

After Navratri, Dussehra is celebrated every year. Additionally, it heralds the start of the harvest season, during which farmers pray to God for a bumper crop. Because few of us know that the same day also marks the Vishwakarma Divas or Labor Day, objects like books, kitchen knives, spades, and even automobiles are revered.

1. Lord Ram’s win over the evil

The Ramayana claims that on this day, Rama, a Vishnu incarnation, destroyed Ravana and returned Sita to her home. This is why effigies of Meghnad, Kumbhakarna, and Ravana are set ablaze across the nation. 

According to the Ramayana, 20 days after Dussehra, Lord Rama and Lakshman visited Ayodhya with Sita. Ayodhya was illuminated with tens of thousands of clay lamps to welcome them. On that day, Diwali is celebrated. 

A pleasant and chilly period of weather also begins with Dussehra.

2. War of Kurukshetra 

The Pandavas were banished by their cousins, the Kauravas, to 12 years of Vanvas and one year of secrecy after losing everything in a game of dice. 

After hiding their heavenly weapons in a Shami tree for the final year of their 12-year sojourn, they decided to settle in the Kingdom of Virat. 

The Pandavas spent the year hiding, but when the Kaurava army approached the Virat Kingdom, the brothers removed their disguises and, finally, on this day after many years, grabbed their weapons from the Shami tree. The Kaurava army was defeated on the field of battle, and this was the initial engagement that ultimately sparked the Kurukshetra War.

3. God vs. Demon

One demon, Mahishasura, was able to wreak havoc on earth. Also, overthrow the gods in a bloody battle between the demons and the gods. He ruled the earth with tyranny, but the gods pooled their efforts to stop him and gave birth to Goddess Durga. The goddess was shown ten hands and various weapons to aid in the killing of Mahishasur. 

According to the legend, Goddess Durga defeated Mahishasura on the tenth day after fighting him for nine straight days and nine nights.

4. Kautsa’s Guru Dakshina 

A pupil named Kautsa wished to honor his teacher Rishi Varatantu by gifting him Guru Dakshina once he had finished his studThe rishi did not desire Guru Dakshina, but Kautsa insisted. The rishi then instructed Kautsa to pay him 140 million gold coins. When Kautsa was in need, he turned to the generous King Raghuraja of Ayodhya. The monarch, who was similarly short on cash, went to ask Lord Indra for some instead. Lord Indra then called the deity of riches, Kubera. Also, requested that he send gold coins to fall from the sky on the “Shanu” and “Aapti” trees.

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The king handed Kautsa the coins in this gift, who then gave them to his teacher. The remainder was given back to Kautsa. The pupil attempted to return the coins to the king, but the monarch turned down the cash. Kautsa then gave the remaining coins to the people of Ayodhya on the day of Vijayadashami.

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