Reason behind the Vijayadashami celebrations
Vijayadashami is one of the most important Hindu festivals and is celebrated on the tenth day of Ashvina which comes during the months of September- October. Here are some reasons which are related to Vijayadashami or Dasara or Dussehra.
- Lord Rama’s success on Ravana
On this day Lord Rama killed the evil king Ravana who had taken away SitaMatha by force. So on this day the ten headed Ravana was killed by Rama. People use to celebrate this day as Dasahara which is derived from the two Sanskrit words Dasa means ‘ten’ and Hara means ‘defeat’.
- Goddess DurgaMatha destroyed Evil King
According to our Puranas, the evil king called Mahishasura conducted a war against the gods, all the gods went to goddess Durga Matha for help to kill Mahishasura, the goddess then fought with that demon for nine days and on tenth day she killed him. Vijaya Dashami memorializes the victory of Goddess over Mahishasura and these nine days are called as “Navaratri”.
- Worshiping the Shami Tree
During Lord Sri Krishna’s time Pandavas lost everything to the Kauravas in a game and were banned from the kingdom for 12 years and then for one year they remain in disguise. After 12 years, they decided to remain incognito by keeping their weapons in a cloth and kept them on a branch of a Shami Tree near cremation. After the completion of their incognito life, they took the weapons on this day from the Shami Tree and defeated the Kauravas. Since that day onwards weapons and Shami Tree have been celebrated on the ninth day of Navaratri.