Dussehra or Vijaydushmi is a festival which is celebrated on 10th day of the shukl paksh of the hindi month ‘Ashwin’. On this day, Lord Rama killed Ravana. Many people in entire Hindu prominent regions burn effigies of Ravana to celebrate the victory.
Since my Dussehra holidays are going on, I’m still at home. Moreover, I can now feel the creative juices flowing again in my brain. That’s why I’m writing this blog post.
In this post, I suppose to tell you how is Dussehra celebrated in North Indian Households. Though, this is not completely practical to say that these traditions are in every home, as the customs may vary from community to community and caste to caste.
What I’m explaining to you is based on how North Indian Baniyas/Vaniks/Vaishyas (Synonyms for the corporate community of India) celebrate Dussehra.
First of all, A symbolic image of Lord Rama is drawn. Traditionally, it is drawn with flour on floor or any flagon. But, since, nowadays, everyone is busy, the same figure can be drawn on a paper with pen.
On the figure, 10 balls made of cow dung are kept. In absence of cow dung, Wheat flour balls can be kept.
As Dussehra succeeds Navratri, during Navratri grass of either wheat or barley is grown. They are then kept on the balls.
On another paper, Ram, Lakshman, Bharat and Shatrughn are drawn symbolically.
Some strands of grass are kept in the books and tied with the weapons as well.
Lakshmi ji and Ganesh Ji are worshipped as well.
After the puja, a parikrama is done around the pooja sthan. A diary is maintained on which every Dussehra the then prevalent rates of some commodities are mentioned. The signatures of all the present family members are recorded. This practice is really beneficial, and we can trace this tradition to our ancestors ideology of keeping regular economic and genealogical record.
Sweets are distributed as prasad.
|Sweets are the soul of Indian Festivals.|
Afterwards, Sisters keep the grown wheat/barley grass, which are also called ‘norte‘ on their brothers’ right ears.
Though, not very famous but Dussehra is really a beautiful festival.