The wait is over for one of the most anticipated festivals of India, Dussehra 2023, dedicated to Maa Durga and her ultimate victory over pure evil. This year the festival will be celebrated on the 5th of October. The word Dussehra is derived from the world’s oldest language ‘Sanskrit’ also called Devbhasha, in which ‘Dasha’ denotes ‘Ten’ and ‘Hara’ means ‘Defeat’. Also, this day marks the victory of Lord Rama over the 10-headed demon king of Lanka.
Significance of Dussehra
To every Maa Durga devotee across the globe this festival, also known as Vijayadashami, celebrated on the tenth day of Navratri or Shukla Paksha Dashmi, holds great importance. The high significance of this auspicious nine-day festival marks the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana, the 10-headed demon king, and the victory of Goddess Durga over demon Mahishasura. Dussehra celebration also marks the upcoming festival of light called Diwali, 20 days before.
As per the Hindu Lunar calendar, the Hindu festival Dussehra falls on the 10th day of Navratri or Shukla Paksha Dashmi. For this year, the 5th of October is chosen to celebrate this holy day and to mark the end of Navratri and the beginning of the wait for Diwali.
Dussehra festival denotes the ultimate attainment of good over evil with its two associated stories of Hindu Mythology. One speaks about the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura after a furious battle that lasts nine days. And the second one speaks about the victory of Lord Rama over the 10-headed demon king, Ravana, of Lanka.
Puja Muhurat For Dussehra
As per Drikpanchang, “the puja muhurat falls on October 5 from 02:07 pm to 02:54 pm while the Durga Visarjan muhurat is from 6:16 am to 8:37 am.”
All Timings of Dussehra 2023:
- From 02:07 PM to 02:54 PM will be Vijay Muhurat
- From 01:20 PM to 03:41 PM will be Aparahna Puja Time.
- Dashmi Tithi will commence from 02:20 PM on October 04, 2023
- Dashmi Tithi will end at 12:00 PM on October 05, 2023
- From 10:51 PM on October 04, 2023, Shravana Nakshatra will commence till 09:15 PM on October 05, 2023
List of Sweets For Celebrating The Pure Occasion of Dussehra
Some of the tastiest mithais or sweets feasted on this auspicious day are:
Jalebi is one of the most favoured mithai or sweets in India. It tastes mouth-watering when it’s hot and crispy and dipped in chasni or sugar syrup. You can devour this sweet with Dahi or rabdi to enhance the flavour.
My favourite and the Mango of the mithai world is Gulab Jamun. Nobody can resist this sweet, which also tastes divine when eaten hot while dipped in sugar syrup. This sweet is so powerful that even a person who doesn’t like sweets much cannot resist it.
Celebration of any festival is incomplete without this classic Bengali mithai or sweet called Rasgulla. These are soft and spongy while balls melt as soon as it gets inside the mouth, dipped in white sugar syrup or chasni.
A traditional Bengali cuisine, Rasmalai, is a craze among people. When it comes to celebrating the first name that every person irrespective of their age thinks about is Rasmalai. This sweet will be available across the country no matter which corner you explore.