Everyone is celebrating Navratri with utmost zeal and enthusiasm, soon Dussehra and Durga Puja will arrive, and we all will get busy in the preparations for the same. While you all were busy deciding what to wear for today's garba night we sat and listed down certain facts that will highlight the connection between these festivals.
While Goddess Durga was fighting with Mahishasur, Lord Vishnu's avatar and Hindu God Lord Rama was fighting Ravana to get his wife Devi Sita back. Mythological stories have many facts and valuable information in store for everyone, it just requires a sound mind and some extra effort to analyse and comprehend them.
Fret no more, guys! We have got everything covered for you. Let's take a look at the connection and difference between Navratri, Vijayadashmi and Dussehra.
Navratri is celebrated with utmost zeal and enthusiasm in all parts of India, especially Gujarat. The whirlwinds, ghagharas and dandiya nights make it a very celebrated affair. People worship Maa Ambe, and dance & music is a way to show the happiness that flows in every devotee's veins.
It is said that Navratri is the celebration of the victory of Maa Durga, the nine days that we fast and celebrate enthusiastically actually signify the war that lasted for nine days between Goddess and a demon.
Do you know how Navratri is related to Dussehra? Read further to know more...
The festival signifies the end of all evil. Durga Puja is the junction of climatic and solar influences. It also is in part a harvest festival that marks the Goddess as the motherly power behind all life on the earth and its creation.
According to an article in The Speaking Tree, Lord Rama worshipped Goddess Durga. It is believed that before starting the big war with the king of Lanka, he took blessings from Durga.
He also presented something to her, know what it was in the next slide.
A priest suggested Lord Rama to offer 100 lotuses to the Goddess but he could only find ninety-nine, hence he presented one of his eyes to her. Devi got pleased by his devotion and blessed him.
There have been various versions of the same story but we find this one as a link to the celebration of Navratri and Dussehra.
Dussehra or Vijayadashmi is the tenth day of Navratri when the festivities almost come to an end. People burn the mighty Lankan King Ravana to mark the end of all evil things and emergence of good and positive vibes.
Know how different cultures celebrate this day.
The day marks an end to the Ramlila acts and plays take place almost everywhere. It is one of the most celebrated festivals. Different people from all sections of the society come forward to make it a big success.
The day holds huge significance, as it was this day when Lord Rama killed the ten-headed Ravana. After that, he returned to his home.
After getting his wife back, Lord Rama returned home and the day when he reached Ayodhya is celebrated as Diwali. It falls on the fifteenth day of the Hindu month of Kartik. We also call it the festival of lights.
The festival is celebrated to honour Goddess Laxmi, who is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity.
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