09 October, 2018

Dussehra Celebration

Dussehra festival is celebrated for 9 days and this year it is celebrated from 10th October to 18th October.

Dussehra 2018

Significance of Dussehra:
There are many stories about the significance of Dussehra celebration. One is 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 (10th oct)
Shailaputri Navadurga
Chalimidi (Sweet with rice flour), Vadapappu(soaked moong dal) and Payasam (Kheer)
2 (11th Oct)
Balatripura Sundari
Sweet Boondi and chickpeas
3 (12th Oct)
Gayatri Devi
Ravva Kesari and Pulihora
4 (13th Oct)
Lalita Tripura Sundari Devi
Pulihora (Tamarind Rice) and Pesara Boorelu (Wadas made of lentils)
5 (14th Oct)
Saraswati Devi
Dadhojanam (Curd rice)/  Atukulu (puffed rice), Jaggery (bellam), Sanagapappu (split skinless chickpeas)
6 (15th Oct)
Annapurna Devi
7 (16th Oct)
Sri Maha Lakshmi
Ksheerannam (Sweet with rice and milk)/ Jaggery Rice 
8 (17th Oct)
Sri Durga Devi
Gaarelu (Wada) , Lemon rice with Ginger
9 (18st Oct)
Mahishasura Mardhini
Chakkara Pongali (Sweet made with rice, milk, and Jaggery)

On the 10th day, we worship Sri Rajarajeswari Devi by offering Pulihora (Tamarind Rice) and Garelu (Wada) as naivedyam.

Source: https://hindupad.com/nine-types-of-naivedyam-for-navaratri-in-south-india/

Dussehra 2018
Happy Dussehra

Other than the puja, we also do Ayudha puja on 18th 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 Bommala koluvu. Many idols of different colors 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, this is how we celebrate Dussehra in our household. I hope, this Dussehra brings health and happiness to your households.

Until next time,

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