Friday, October 3, 2014

Dussehra/Durgotsav - Muhurat of Dussehra & Durgotsav

Festival of Dussehra and Durgotsav are one of those few days which spread the message of righteousness. All the negativity burns with the burning of effigies of Ravana and destruction of demon Mahishasura. Welcome positivity in life with Dussehra & Durga Puja. Read on to know more...

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Dussehra is the festival that conveys the message that immorality or evil always face defeat from the powers of goodness. Being a popular festival with celebration throughout the country, Dussehra is also known as Vijayadashmi or Dashain. Here, in this article, we will discuss every major aspect which is associated with this grand festival. Not only this, but we will also talk about Durgotsav, a 5 day long celebration that ends with Durga Visarjan.

Let’s first take a take a look on Dusshera 2014 Puja Muhurat:

Dussehra 2014 Puja Muhurat:

  • Puja Muhurat at home: 6:40 p.m. to 7:49 p.m.
  • Abhijit Muhurat: From 11:49 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
  • Demolition of Ravana idol (burning of Ravana idol): 4:25 pm to 6:05 pm
These were the Shubh Muhurats for performing Dussehra Puja. Let us now proceed further with Durgotsav Muhurat 2014.

Durga Visarjan 2014 Puja Muhurat:

  • Durga Visarjan 2014 Muhurat: 06:13 pm - 07:24 pm

Durgotsav is a 5 day long celebration that is mainly celebrated in Bengal and some parts of South India as well. Durgotsav ends with immersion of Durga idols in ponds, rivers, or lakes and this tradition is known as Durga Visarjan. Durga Visarjan and Dussehra are celebrated on the same day, i.e. on the tenth day of Sharad Navratri.

Durgotsav is celebrated in the context of victory of Maa Durga over the demon Mahishasura. If we go by ancient legends, Maa Durga was engaged in a fight with Mahishasura, which lasted for a period for nine days. Mahishasura was killed by Durga on Vijaya Dashami (the tenth day) and she freed mankind, ultimately from the evil clutches of Asura.

Let’s now take a look on the legends of Dussehra and Durgotsav:

Dussehra: Victory Of Lord Rama - Legend

Lord Vishnu incarnated himself on earth as Lord Rama, to destroy demon Ravana. Shri Ram entered into a fight with Ravana accompanied by Lord Hanuman, his brother Lakshman and Vanar Sena (army of monkeys). It all happened when Ravana kidnapped Mata Sita and imprisoned her in his palace, Lanka.

Lord Rama successfully defeated Ravana and released his wife Sita from his clutches. Ravana was killed by Lord Rama on the day of Dussehra. Along with the demon Ravana, Lord Rama destroyed aggravation, depravity and evil from earth.

Durgotsav: Victory Of Maa Durga - Legend

Maa Durga was created by the divine energies of Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara. Durga Mata. She was brought to life to demolish Mahishasura and save people from his tormenting reign.

Mahishasura was a demon who was spreading immorality and crime all around by killing innocent people. He also wanted to take over the powers and kingdom of Gods. Maa Durga entered into a fight with Mahishasura and destroyed him successfully, on the day of Dussehra or Durgotsav.

Dussehra Celebrations & Puja

Dussehra is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm. Ramlila, which is a nine day long theoretical representation of Lord Rama’s life is organized at different places around the city for the spiritual awakening of people. This event ends with the burning of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Megnath effigies after the sunset.

Dussehra 2014 Puja Rituals

The main items needed for the Dussehra Puja are limestone, flowers, rice, sweets, nine day old sprouts (norate), incense sticks, moli, roli etc.
  1. Get up early in the morning and get ready after taking a bath and wearing clean clothes.
  2. Clean the Puja Sthan (place of worshiping), prepare the Dussehra image on floor, perform the Puja with water, moli, roli, flowers, incense sticks, rice and sprouts.
  3. On this day, a tradition is followed where the sisters put sprouts behind the ears of their brothers. They apply Tilak (vermilion mark) on their brothers’ forehead and pray for their long life and well-being.
  4. Businessmen also perform Puja of their accounts and pray for the increase in wealth.
  5. Dakshina (offerings in the form of money) and food is offered to the priests.
Perform Dussehra Puja at home by following the above mentioned points, they will help you to attain maximum benefits of this pious day.

We wish you a very happy and blessed Dussehra…

Event Of The Day!

Today is the day of Shastra Puja. Shastra or weapons/tools are worshipped on this day to imbibe the divine energy of mother goddess in them. Tools are worshipped because income of many individuals depend on them.

Today is the day of Aparajita Puja. This is final Puja that is performed by the devotees before bidding farewell to mother goddess. Devotees pay gratitude to mother goddess for saving them from Adharma.

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