Dussehra 2017


India is more commonly described as a land of festivals. This land with unity in diversity has numerous popular festivals and occasions. One such very popular occasion of India is Dussehra. This significant occasion of the Hindus marks the victory of the good forces over the evil. It is celebrated with immense enthusiasm and zeal throughout the country. This festival is also marked with various names. For instance, one popular name of Dussehra is 'Vaijayadashmi', which means victory and the tenth day. This remarkable day is observed throughout the country, but the mode of celebrations and the rituals differ from one state to another.

Dussehra Date

The tenth day of the Navratri is celebrated as Dussehra. In 2017, it will be celebrated on Saturday, September 30th..


Vijayadashami

30

th

September 2017,
Saturday

 

Vijayadashami Puja Time

Vijay Muhurat = 14:08 to 14:55

Duration = 0 Hours 47 Mins


Aparahna Puja Time = 13:21 to 15:42

Duration = 2 Hours 21 Mins


Dashami Tithi Begins = 23:49 on 29/Sep/2017

Dashami Tithi Ends = 01:35 on 1/Oct/2017

 

Dussehra Calendar
Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type
Sun Oct 17 2010 Dussehra Gazetted Holiday
Thu Oct 6 2011 Dussehra Gazetted Holiday
Wed Oct 24 2012 Dussehra Gazetted Holiday
Sun Oct 13 2013 Dussehra Gazetted Holiday
Fri Oct 3 2014 Dussehra Gazetted Holiday
Thu Oct 22 2015 Dussehra Gazetted Holiday
Tue Oct 11 2016 Dussehra Gazetted Holiday
Sat Sep 30 2017 Dussehra Gazetted Holiday
Fri Oct 19 2018 Dussehra Gazetted Holiday
Tue Oct 08 2019 Dussehra Gazetted Holiday
Sun Oct 25 2020 Dussehra Gazetted Holiday

 


History of Dussehra

  • The significance of Dussehra is tremendous in India. There is a popular legend behind this festival that on this important day, Lord Shri Rama killed the demon king Ravana
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  • This demon king had abducted Sita, wife of Lord Shri Rama. Lord Rama after killing Ravana rescued his abducted wife. In the war against Ravana, a huge army of monkeys and his most devoted follower Hanuman helped Lord Shri Rama. This war lasted for ten long days.
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  • Another significant day which marks the homecoming of Lord Shri Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Lakshman after 14 long years of exile is called Diwali.
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Dussehra Celebrations

  • In India, Dussehra celebrations symbolize the cultural, social and religious aspirations and traditions. This festival is celebrated with immense joy and fanfare throughout the country.
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  • In northern parts of India, on the occasion of Dussehra, people burn the huge effigies of Ravana, his son Meghnath and his brother Kumbhkarna by placing crackers and other fireworks inside these effigies. 
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  • Moreover several plays are organized portraying the final battle moments of Lord Shri Rama, his wife Sita and devoted brother Lakshmana.
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  • At the festive time of Dussehra, big fairs known as 'Ramlila' are also organized. In fact, it is said that the popular fairs are some of the main attractions of Dussehra. 
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  • Legends also suggest that on Dussehra, Goddess Durga killed 'Mahishasura', the buffalo demon king. In West Bengal, Goddess Durga idols are immersed in sacred water body. It is one of the main traditions of this festival.
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  • On the other hand, in the southern states of the country, mainly in Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, Dussehra or 'Vijayadashmi' holds special importance. On this day, a tradition called Vidyarambam, which means beginning of study, is performed by the people. Moreover, people perform Saraswati puja on this particular day.
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  • It can be said that Dussehra actually means the culmination of Navratri's nine day celebrations. In other words, the nine day celebrations of Navratri are preceded by Dussehra.
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  • The mood and spirit of the celebrations of Dussehra is same throughout the country. The main motive behind this celebration is to spread the message of peace and cheer all around. It is commonly said that when the huge effigies of Ravana is killed, people generally burn the evils within themselves.
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  • People consider this day as a very sacred day to begin a new venture such as pursuing education and learning some art forms. It is a common belief that if we start anything on this day it will surely be a success.
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Dussehra Cards

Dussehra Messages

Duniya Me Naam Ho Roshan Tumhara
Dusro ko Dikha do tum kinara
Yehi Sapna Hai Hamara
Mubarak ho tumko Happy Dussehra!
Vijaya dashami ka shubh absar
apke aur apke parivar ke jivan mein sukh,
samradhi aur shanti bharde.
Happy Dussehra!!
Happy Dussehra to all of you. Hope this festive season brings lots of joy to all of you.
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Dussehra Quotes

Jai Shree Ram
May god shower his
Choicest Blessings on you and
You win over every Hurdle in Life!
On this auspicious day of Dussehra
I wish you every happiness
And the fulfillment of all your dreams.
Long experience the convention of Hindu society,
as the eras have cruised by,
Hindu society is getting more grounded and more grounded
lets keep it up.
Happy Dussehra
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