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Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashami, is a major Hindu festival celebrated in various parts of India. It marks the triumph of good over evil and the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana. Here is an overview of the origin and history of Dussehra in India:

  1. Ramayana and Lord Rama: The origins of Dussehra can be traced back to the ancient Hindu epic Ramayana. The festival commemorates the return of Lord Rama, his wife Sita, and his brother Lakshmana to Ayodhya after their exile of 14 years and the defeat of Ravana.

  2. Rama's Battle with Ravana: According to the Ramayana, Ravana, the demon king of Lanka, abducted Sita, leading to a fierce battle between Rama and his army of monkeys against Ravana and his forces. After a long and intense struggle, Rama eventually defeated Ravana on the tenth day, known as Vijayadashami.

  3. Significance of Victory: The victory of Lord Rama over Ravana symbolizes the triumph of righteousness, truth, and dharma (moral and ethical values) over evil forces. It represents the ultimate victory of good over evil.

  4. Celebration of Dussehra: Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day of the Hindu month of Ashwin, which usually falls in September or October. The festival is observed with great enthusiasm and reverence across India.

  5. Rituals and Traditions: Dussehra celebrations vary in different parts of India, but common traditions include the staging of Ramayana plays, known as Ramleela, which depict the life and epic battles of Lord Rama. These performances often culminate with the symbolic burning of effigies of Ravana, his brother Kumbhakarna, and his son Meghanada, signifying the victory of good over evil.

  6. Worship of Goddess Durga: In some regions, Dussehra also marks the end of Navaratri, a nine-night festival dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga and her various forms. Devotees engage in fasting, prayer, and cultural festivities during Navaratri, leading up to the final day of Dussehra.

  7. Cultural Celebrations: Dussehra is a time for celebration and joy. It is marked by processions, music, dance performances, and cultural events. People dress up in traditional attire, exchange greetings, and visit fairs and markets to enjoy various forms of entertainment and indulge in festive foods.

Dussehra is a festival that symbolizes the victory of righteousness and the power of good over evil. It holds cultural and religious significance, reminding people of the importance of upholding moral values and standing against injustice. The celebration of Dussehra brings communities together, fostering unity, harmony, and the spirit of righteousness.

List of dates

Year Weekday Date Name Time
2024 Saturday Oct 12, 2024 Dussehra 5 months from now
2025 Thursday Oct 2, 2025 Dussehra 1 year from now
2026 Tuesday Oct 20, 2026 Dussehra 2 years from now
2027 Saturday Oct 9, 2027 Dussehra 3 years from now
2028 Friday Oct 27, 2028 Dussehra 4 years from now
2029 Tuesday Oct 16, 2029 Dussehra 5 years from now
2030 Sunday Oct 6, 2030 Dussehra 6 years from now
2031 Saturday Oct 25, 2031 Dussehra 7 years from now
2032 Thursday Oct 14, 2032 Dussehra 8 years from now
2033 Monday Oct 3, 2033 Dussehra 9 years from now
2034 Sunday Oct 22, 2034 Dussehra 10 years from now
2035 Thursday Oct 11, 2035 Dussehra 11 years from now
2036 Monday Sep 29, 2036 Dussehra 12 years from now
2037 Sunday Oct 18, 2037 Dussehra 13 years from now
2038 Thursday Oct 7, 2038 Dussehra 14 years from now
2039 Wednesday Oct 26, 2039 Dussehra 15 years from now
2023 Tuesday Oct 24, 2023 Dussehra 5 months ago
2022 Wednesday Oct 5, 2022 Dussehra 1 year ago
2021 Friday Oct 15, 2021 Dussehra 2 years ago
2020 Sunday Oct 25, 2020 Dussehra 3 years ago
2019 Tuesday Oct 8, 2019 Dussehra 4 years ago
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Notice, in particular, conversion from the other calendar to the Gregorian calendar, there may be discrepancies.