Dasara is one of the most important festivals celebrated in India, especially in the southern part of the country.
It is also referred to as Vijayadashami or Dusshera. It marks the victory of good over evil, as it commemorates the triumph of Lord Rama over Ravana.
As per the Hindu mythology, Lord Rama had set an example of how truth and righteousness always triumph over falsehood and wickedness.
The festival of Dasara is celebrated with much religious gusto and enthusiasm in India.
People observe fast and perform a variety of rituals and pujas to offer their obeisance to the Almighty.
This includes worshipping the weapons of Gods and Goddesses, which is believed to bring them good luck.
People display their devotion and faith by procuring the sacred weapons such as swords, arrows and sickles.
Apart from the religious significance, Dasara has also social and cultural importance.
People of diverse religions, cast and creed, come together to celebrate the festival. Special festivities are organized in the state of Karnataka and Maharashtra to mark the occasion.
The festival is marked by colorful parades, performances of traditional folk dance and music by professional troupes, processions and colorful decorations.
Some of the distinctive rituals include burning of effigies of Ravana and Pancha-Kavya.
Dasara also holds significance for the local communities living in many parts of South India.
On this day, communities in these areas engage in traditional markets and fairs, where people shop for their wares.
The melas held during Dasara are known for their unique cultural features, including a plethora of stalls selling a variety of items to ornate vehicles.
Another popular event during Dasara is the Jamboo Savari procession, which is attended by dignitaries from all across the country.
Overall, the Dasara festival marks an auspicious occasion in the Hindu calendar, and is celebrated with great verve and vigor.
Dasara is symbolic of the indomitable spirit of righteousness, which is sure to lead us all to victory over evil forces.