Legend Of Dussehra
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Rama, killed the
great demon and king of Lanka, Ravana, who had abducted Ram's wife Sita. Ram,
along, with his brother Lakshman, follower Hanuman, and an army of monkeys
fought a great battle for ten days to rescue his wife Sita. This victory of
Rama is regarded as the victory of good over evil and light over darkness.
That is why by celebrating Dussehra we commemorate victory of Lord Ram.
Another legend that is linked to Dussehra is that of the Goddess Durga slaying
the buffalo-demon, Mahishasura. According to popular mythology, the gods were
compelled to grant Mahishasura indomitable powers for his unparalleled
meditation. As expected, the omnipotent buffalo-demon Mahishasura raised hell
at the gates of heaven, astounding the gods with his mammoth dominion. The
infuriated gods then created Durga. It is believed that Durga was actualised
by the combined effort of all deities. Durga possesses a weapon of each god
and is said to be more powerful than all of them put together.
There is one more myth associated with the celebration of Dussehra. Kautsa,
the young son of Devdatt, a Brahmin, was living in the city of Paithan. After
studying under the guidance of Rishi Varatantu, he insisted on his guru
accepting a present, or gurudakshina. Initially the guru refused but later
asked for 140 million gold coins, one hundred million for each of the subjects
taught. The obedient student went to the King Raghu to ask for the money, as
the king was renowned for his generosity. Within three days the king made the
God of Wealth Kuber make a rain of gold coins near the shanu and apati trees.
After giving the promised amount to the guru, Kautsa distributed the rest of
the coins among the needy on the day of Dussehra. Even today, in Ayodhya, the
capital of King Raghu, people loot the leaves of the apati trees and present
to each other.
Rituals Of Dussehra