Dussehra 2021: As we step into the festive season this year, the preparations have already started with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm. As Hindus across the country gear up for Navratri, they are also eager to celebrate Dussehra, a day after the last day of Navratri. Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashami, marks the victory of good over evil. This time this festival will be celebrated on 15 October. Dussehra marks the end of the nine-day Navratri holiday and overlaps with the Bengali festival of Durga Puja, which leads to Diwali. All these festivals are widely enjoyed across the country, lighting up everything around us.
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Dussehra 2021: Date and Time
- Vijay Muhurta – 14:01 to 14:47
- Aparna Puja Timings – 13:15 to 15:33
- Dashami Tithi starts – 18:52 October 14
- Dashami date ends – 18:02 October 15
- Shravan Nakshatra starts – October 14 at 09:36
- Shravan Nakshatra ends – 09:16 October 15
Dussehra 2021: History and Significance
Dussehra commemorates the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana, the ruler of Lanka in the epic Ramayana. Ravana was defeated by Lord Rama, and his wife Sita was rescued from Ravana’s captivity. The word Dussehra is derived from two Sanskrit words: ‘Dasha’, which represents the ten heads of Ravana, and ‘Hara’ which means ‘to lose’. Thus, the festival of Dussehra marks the victory of good over evil.
Dussehra 2021: How the festival is celebrated
To mark the victory of Lord Rama, many people make huge effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna (Ravan’s brother) and Meghnad (Ravan’s son) and burn them. It is believed that by setting fire to the effigies of mythical demons, the devil within you is also extinguished.
Dussehra 2021: 5 Festive Meals To Make On Dussehra
1. Pindi Chane
Spicy chickpeas and potatoes are mixed with flavor in a variety of spices. A celebration is not complete without the classic pairing of Pindi Chole and Bhature or Lachha Paratha.
2. Paneer Kundan Buds
Paneer slices cooked with onions, tomatoes and traditional whole spices in a yogurt sauce. This delicacy ends with a hint of garam masala and dried rose petals, which lend a subtle flavor to the food.
3. Soya Murtabaki
The traditional murtabak recipe has been given a vegetarian makeover. It is essentially a soy-stuffed pancake that is a filling and delicious option for a small gathering.
4. Sweet Potato and Chana Chaat
A simple spicy sweet potato and chana chaat are so much fun to eat! When guests visit this Dussehra, make this simple snack and make the evening more special.
5. Paneer Cholia Vegetable
Paneer cubes are marinated with an aromatic blend of spices including chickpeas, khoya, turmeric and coriander. This dish is easy to make and very tasty to eat.
Happy Dussehra 2021 everyone!