Dussehra is the occasion of victory of Lord Ram over Demon king Ravana of Lanka. It is said that on this day Lord Rama killed the demon Ravana and rescued his abducted wife Sita. Many people do not know about Dussehra festivals much. So here, we have listed few interesting and unknown facts about Dussehra festival.
1 – In Nepal, Dussehra festival is known as “Dashain”.
2 – Another unknown fact about Dussehra is that “Dasara” is the national festival of Nepal.
3 – In Himachal Pradesh, It is celebrated as “Kullu Dussehra” in Dhalpur maidan of Kullu valley.
4 – Dussehra is also well known by the name of Viajayadashmi, the meaning of Viajayadashmi is the victory on the tenth day.
5 – The Dussehra festival is not celebrated only in India but also celebrated in other countries like Bangladesh, Nepal and Malaysia with great zeal.
6 – The large effigy of demon Ravana, Kumbhkarna and Meghnath was burnt on this day along with firecrackers.
7 – Dussehra celebration was started in the 17th century in Mysore.
8 – It is believed that on the day of Dussehra, the great Ashoka was converted to Buddhism.
9 – On the day of Dussehra, Dr. Ambedkar converted to Buddhism religion. It is also an unknown fact of Dussehra.
10 – Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day of Navratri festival, which is also the day of Durga Puja Festival.
11 – Another interesting fact of Dussehra is this that farmers celebrate it as harvest festival also. Farmers harvest the Kharif crop after Dussehra while Rabi crop is being planted after 20 days of Dussehra.
12 – Ravana has ten heads and each head represents the one evil so the ten evils are Jealousy, Anger, Pride, Ego, Lust, Selfishness, Injustice, Greed, Attachment and Injustice. Dussehra is the festival to win over these evils.
13 – According to mythology, The Ram Setu (30 Km long bridge) was built by the monkey Gods (Vanaras).Lord Rama takes this path to reach demon king Ravana and killed him.
14 – On the day of the Dussehra, Devotees immersed the idols of Goddess Durga after Durga puja.
15 – At the time of Durga Puja, people also worship the Weapons.
16 – In South India, Goddess of Knowledge, Saraswati Puja has been performed by the devotees. During Puja, students also worship the books.