When is Dussehra in 2020, 2021, 2022?
When is Dussehra in 2020, 2021, 2022?
Dussehra is celebrated on the 10th of the Navaratri festival. It is also termed as Vijaya Dashami. Dussehra comes on the tenth day or Dashami of Ashwin month according to the Hindu lunar calendar. Dussehra is mainly focused on rejoicing in the epic victory Lord Rama over the demon king Ravan.
The holy Hindu text “The Ramayana,” tells that Lord Rama’s wife Sita was kidnapped by the 10-headed demon king Ravan who transported her to Sri Lanka. Lord Rama sent a message to Ravan for the return of Sita, which was denied. Lord Rama travelled to Sri Lanka for retrieval of Sita via fighting with Ravan. Lord Rama was supported and accompanied by his brother Lakshmana, and Lord Hanuman—the monkey king who had the ability to fly too.
With the help of his soldiers and fighters Rama managed to construct a bridge across the ocean and fight a blood-stained battle against Ravan. The bridge thus built still exists, as a Hindu legend says, off the coast of Dhanuskodi in Tamil Nadu.
The fight was very long and tiresome. To fight with Ravan was a fight of nerves as Ravan had 10 heads with a lot of power and strength in his body. Ultimately, after a show of exceptional courage and skill Lord Rama stabbed Ravan’s body with a burst of arrows. Thus, he defeated Ravan with the help of a powerful celestial tool which was created by Lord Brahma and got his wife Sita back.
Therefore, Dusshera for Hindu is a blessed time which is best to revive and renew their faith in the power of good over evil.
When is Dussehra in 2020, 2021 and 2022?
Dussehra 2020: October 25
Dussehra 2021: October 15
Dussehra 2022: October 05
When is Dussehra: Dussehra Date Detailed Information
Although Dussehra is a one-day event, its festivities extend to more days due to holidays before and after the actual date according to the Hindu calendar across the whole India. This information is vital for you may want to know and enjoy the merriments and celebrations in various parts of India. Some of the Dussehra celebrations across India are given in details below.
• Ramlila performances take place in Delhi, starting from the day 1 of Navaratri until Dussehra. The performances regarding the life and history of Lord Rama, reaches the finishing point by setting ablaze the effigies of king Ravan on Dussehra.
• In Ramnagar near Varanasi, Dussehra festivities begin almost a month before the calendar date of Dussehra and goes on until it culminates on the full moon coming after Dussehra. The central performance is the epical Ramlila performance, which dates back to almost 200 years.
• In Mysore in Karnataka, they call Dussehra as Dasara. Here the merriments are carried on for ten days—from the beginning of Navaratri until it ends in a huge street parade on the last day.
• In Kota in Rajasthan, Dussehra is a mega event. In the past they used to hold a three-day rural fair falling during Dussehra. It would be done with 20 to 25-foot-tall dummies of the demons Kumbhkaran, Raven, and Meghnad. But now the festival has been extended to 25 days. Now the celebrations commence 7 days prior to Dussehra, and the gigantic effigies of Kumbhkaran, Raven and Meghnad are a much taller around 75 feet in height.
• In the Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh, the merriments and performances begin on the day of Dussehra and go on continuously for a week. A statue of Lord Rama highly decorated with colors and jewels—called Ragunath—is carried through and to different places and location on a chariot to show honor to the statue.
• Dussehra in the tribal Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, is perhaps the biggest event of the year. Due to this it is a 75-day long celebration. This is considered as the longest festival in the world in terms of its festivities, performance and number of days.
• In West Bengal, they observe Dussehra as Durga Puja. Durga idols, on Vijaya Dashami, are dipped in a nearby river. This is done to give a symbolic expression to the happy reunion of Durga with Lord Shiva.
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