Dussehra Pooja

Dussehra represents the victory of good over evil. It is celebrated right after the conclusion of Navratri. Dussehra is the 10th and final day of the Long Durga Puja festival. On Dussehra, the idols of Maa Durga are immersed in water. Dussehra is also celebrated as the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana.

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Purpose

The 10th day of Ashwin in Shukla Paksha, i.e. Dashami Tithi is celebrated as Dussehra or Vijayadashmi. It marks the beginning of Diwali, the festival of lights, which occurs 15 days after Dussehra. Vijayadashmi is widely observed in northern India, especially in Varanasi, Ayodhya, Vrindavan, Madhubani, Almora, and parts of Uttarakhand, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh.

Procedure

This day is commemorated by performing an Astra (weapons) puja. Lord Ram and his brothers Lakshman, Bharat, and Shatrughan are all prayed to. Roti, rice, jaggery, vegetables, flowers, churas, and coins are offered to the divine during the puja. Diyas, along with dhoop and agarbatti, are lit as part of the ceremony.

Special prayers and rituals are conducted in temples and homes of devotees who celebrate Durga Puja on Vijayadashmi.

Auspicious Muhurat

The 10th day of Ashwin in Shukla Paksha, i.e. Dashami Tithi is celebrated as Dussehra or Vijayadashmi.

Samagri

The list of samagri required for Dussehra puja is as follows:

  • Aarti samagri
  • Diyas
  • Ghee
  • Incense sticks
  • Flowers
  • Haldi
  • Jaggery 
  • Sweets
  • Chandan
  • Kumkum

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