Significance Of Dussehra In South India

Vijayadashami or Dussehra is one of the most important festivals of the Hindus. According to Hindu mythology, Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day of the month of Ashwin, the seventh month of the lunisolar Hindu calender The first nine days are celebrated as Maha Navratri while the last day is celebrated as Dussehra.

Dussehra is celebrated in all the states across India but in various names. It is widely celebrated across India, Nepal and Bangladesh. When it comes to southern part of India, Mysore Dussehra is the most significant one. On the 10th day of the celebration, goddess Chamundeshwari is worshipped. Then, in a grand procession on a golden Elephant mounted throne, the goddess is being taken around the city of Mysore from the Mysore Palace to the pavilion.


In rest of Karnataka, The ninth day of Navratri is celebrated as the Ayudha Puja, where all daily used articles including computers, books, vehicles, or kitchen tools. Buses, trucks and machines in factories are decorated and people do pooja to avail blessings from God in the coming years.


Things are different when it comes to Tamil Nadu. Here goddesses Lakshmi, Saraswati and Shakti are worshipped for Navratri. In Kulasekarapatnam located 20 km from Tiruchendur, Dussehra is celebrated in a unique style. Both Shiva and Shakti are seen in the shame temple. It is said that more than a lakh people assemble here every year to celebrate Navratri. People dress themselves as different gods and goddesses and collect money from the people, which are later offered to the temple.


Things are even more different in Kerala. The last three days of Navratri are celebrated as Saraswati Pooja in Kerala. It is the time when small children start their Vidyarambham. Elders make small children write their first letter in mother tongue on a plate covered with rice grains after making them write Hari, Shri, Ganapathaye Namah.


They are also made to recite them after it is written on their tongue using a coin. It is also the time when children and elders keep their study materials and work things for pooja. It is called pooja veppu and no one is allowed to read or write for the three days, until the pooja is over. The books and other things kept for pooja are taken back on the third day known as Pooja eduppu. Ayudha Pooja is also celebrated on the same day.

Vijayadashami plays a key role in Telangana as well. All important events right from starting up a new business to any other rituals takes place on this auspicious day. Goddess Durga is worshiped with much importance on Dussehra though all goddess are worshiped during Navratri. Dasara & Navratri are celebrated every year in an age-old temple of Sri Durga Malleswar Swami, which is witnessed by more than thousands of devotees.


All celebrations get concluded on the Vijayadashami day.During Vijayadashami day, Teppa Utsavam is celebrated in Vijayawada, where goddess Durga’s idol is placed on a big boat decorated with flowers and lights, and is celebrated in the evening.


These are the main significance of Dussehra in different parts of South India. The festival is nearing and the preparations to celebrate the festival are on. People are busy shopping new things including clothes, gifts, jewellery and many other household things as they believe it is the right time to get new things at home and this is also the time when Navratri offers and Diwali offers are launched by online retailers as well as traditional retailers.

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