Why we celebrate ‘Dushara’ ?
Dushara is one of the most important festivals of Hindus, celebrated in various forms, across the India. It is referred by various name in different parts of the world : Vijayadashmi , Dashain, or Durgotsav.
It is celebrated on the tenth day of Ashwin month, and after navatri period, which ends on the ninth day. The tenth is celebrated as ‘Dashara’ because Maa Durga killed the demon ‘Mahishasur’ after nine days of fighting.
Another reason for the celebration is Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana, the King of Lanka, which was a great devotee of Lord Shiva. Shiva gave him so many boons with supernatural powers. Ravana misused his powers and created havoc like situation on earth. As Shiva boons can only be substituted by Vishnu’s power. Hence, Vishnu took birth as Rama on earth to kill the Ravana.
When Ravana captured Rama’s wife, rama decided to kill Ravana. At last Rama killed Ravana and his army with the help of Hanuman and Monkey’s army. Since then the death of Ravana is celebrated as Dushara( a symbol of victory over evils). This all is written and decribed in Ramayan, the holy scripture of Hinduism.
It is a festival to unite the people of different caste and creed and also teaches us moral lesson to behave in the life such as truthfulness, devotion, dedication and faithfulness. Basically, we worship weapon and vehicle on this day which is known as ‘Shastra Puja’.