12 October, 2015

Dussehra celebration in Telugu household

Welcome to the festival season! Today is an auspicious day in Telangana as it is the starting day of Bathukamma festival. In October month, we have 2 more festivals coming up - Dussehra and Deepavali.

Dussehra festival is celebrated for 9 days and this year it is celebrated from 13th October to 22nd October.

Significance of Dussehra:
There are many stories about the significance of Dussehra celebration. One being the victory of good over evil. Goddess Durga fought with a demon Mahishasura for all these 9 days and killed him on Vijaya Dasami. There is also a legend that Rama fought with Ravana and killed him on Vijaya Dasami.

Celebration: We celebrate this festival for 9 days by performing puja to Goddess Durga in 9 forms. We offer different prasadams on each day and perform pooja. Many women read Lalitha Sahasra namam and do kumkuma Archana in the evenings.

Naivedyam (Offering)
1 (13th oct)
Balatripura Sundari Devi
Salt pongal and Chickpeas
2 (14th Oct)
Gayatri Devi
Pulihora (Lemon/ tamarind rice)
3 (15th Oct)
Annapurna Devi
Kobbari annam (Coconut rice)
4 (16th Oct)
Lalita Tripura Sundari Devi
Allam Garelu (wada flavoured with Ginger)
5 (17th Oct)
Saraswati Devi
Dadhojanam (Curd rice)
6 (18th Oct)
Maha Lakshmi Devi
Ravva Kesari (sweet prepared with Bombay rava)
7 (19th Oct)
Sri Durga Devi
Kadambam (Vegetable rice/ Pulav )
8 (20th Oct)
Mahishasura Mardhini
Bellam annam (Jaggery rice/ Jaggery Pongal)
9 (21st Oct)
Sri RajaRajeswari Devi
Paramannam (Kheer/ Payasam)

Other than the puja, we also do Ayudha puja on 21st October, which means, we perform pooja to machines, instruments, weapons and vehicles. Pooja is done for books and musical instruments also on that day.

 Another important celebration is Boomala koluvu. Many idols of different colours and idols of Gods and Goddesses are arranged in a hierarchical way. Hosts arrange small gathering and invite girls and women. During this festival, a few also perform puja to small girls treating them as Goddess Durga and offer them bangles and flowers.

So, thisw is how we celebrate Dassehra in our household. I hope, this Dussehra brings health and happiness in your households.

Until next time,

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