Monday 14 October 2013

Cutting Chai with Bhawana Somaaya - Day 208

Vijaya Dashmi
14.10.2013, Mumbai 

This is a rare year when Vijaya Dashmi spreads over two days. The day is significant in the Hindu calendar for several reasons.   
The first reason is widely known as it is the day Lord Ram conquered Ravana and Ayodhya got in a festive mood to prepare for the return of their king after an exile of 14 years.

 The second reason, also well known is that it was on this day that mother Goddess Durga after a battle of nine days and nine nights vanquished the demon Mahisasura and emerged victorious.
The third, also the less talked about reason is that it was on this day that Goddess Parvati visited her parents with her two friends Jaya and Vijaya.

The fourth reason according to the legend is that the Pandvaas cursed into an Agyaatvaas by the Kauravas had hidden their valuable weapons inside of a hole of a tree trunk which they extracted on the Dessara day before returning to Hastinapur. Ever since weapons have been worshiped on this particular day.

This time of the year is harvest time and old guards believe that the harvest will be good if initiated with the blessings of mother goddess therefore Dassera is also associated with harvest time.

Maharishis term Dessara as a festival of new beginnings and that is why we buy new home, vehicle and ornaments on this day. We garland our homes and decorate our office with flowers and fragrance.

Bhawana Somaaya / @ bhawanasomaaya


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