Dussehra 2021: history, facts, and significance of the festival
Dussehra, known as the festival of the victory over evil, is observed on the tenth day of Shukla Paksha in the Ashwin month, according to the Hindu calendar. Lord Shri Ram killed Ravana on the day of Dussehra. It is also celebrated as the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura. This day is also called Vijayadashami.
North Indian states and Karnataka are more likely to use the term Dussehra, whereas West Bengal uses the term Vijayadashami. There are fairs at different places on the day of Dussehra, as well as the burning of effigies of Ravana, Meghnath, and Kumbhakaran. In many parts of India, Ravana is also worshipped on this day. As each head of Ravana symbolizes an evil quality, Dussehra also signifies getting rid of sins or ill qualities. It is a symbol of truth triumphing over falsehood.
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