Dussehra 2020: The festival of Vijaya Dashami is celebrated as a symbol of the victory of good over evil by Lord Rama. According to mythological texts, on this day, Shri Ram killed Asuraraj Ravana (Ravana) and restored peace on earth. Dussehra or Vijayadashami is celebrated in different regions of the country by following different customs and practices. This festival celebrates the tenth day of Sharad Navratri. This time there is some dilemma regarding the date of Dussehra whether this festival will be celebrated on 25 October or on 26 October! Let us know what our Jyotishacharya says about the festival of Dussehra, worship, traditional story and original date.
When is Dussehra on 25 or 26 October?
The festival of Vijayadashami is celebrated every year on the tenth day of the bright fortnight of Ashwin. This year, the festival of Navratri and Dussehra are coming a month late due to the Malamas (Adhimas). According to astrologers, this year the festival of Dussehra will be celebrated on 25 October 2020. On this day, the Sun will be in Libra and the Moon in Capricorn. Dhanishtha Nakshatra will also be on this day. The festival of Dussehra comes 20 days before Diwali. This time Navratri is being completed in eight days. Durga Puja of Ashtami and Navami Tithi will be on the same day. On October 24, it is Ashtami at 6.8 in the morning and after that Navami will take place. Dashami will start from 07.11 am on October 25 and Dashami will continue till 08.59 am on October 26. Therefore, the festival of Dashmi will be celebrated on 25 October.
Vijayadashami auspicious time
Vijay Muhurta (October 25) from 07.41 minutes in the morning
Dashmi will remain till 08.59 am (October 26)
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Arms worship is done on Dussehra
There is also a law for arms worship on Dussehra. In Hinduism, both weapons and scriptures have great importance. Weapons have been used in a religious way to protect and self-protect the scriptures. In ancient times, people of the Kshatriya dynasty used to declare war on this day with the desire of victory over the enemies. Before going to war, they duly worshiped their weapons. The same tradition continues today. In all the princely states and government arsenals, arms worship is done with great pomp on the day of Vijayadashami.
Traditional tale of dussehra
According to the mythology, during the exile of 14 years, Lankapati Ravana had taken mother Sita captive in his kingdom during the exile of 14 years, as per the order of father King Dasaratha. After Hanuman ji discovered Sita ji, Sri Ram invaded Lanka with the help of Vanararaj Sugriva, Hanuman, Angad, Nal-Neel and Jamwant and his vanar army. A prolonged war between the two sides continued. Finally, Shri Ram worshiped Maa Durga for nine days, killed Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghnad and brought back Mother Sita and liberated the Lankan residents from Ravana’s atrocities. It is believed that Shri Ram killed Ravana on the day of Shukla Paksha of Ashwin month, so as a symbol of the victory of justice over injustice, we celebrate the festival of Vijayadashami and burn effigies of Ravana, Meghnath and Kumbhakarna at sunset.