Navratri is a Hindu festival dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga aka Shakti, last day of this festival is called Dussehra (Dasara) or Vijayadashami (Victory) and it is celebrated 22.10.2015. Navratri is marked by celebrations, fasting as well as relishing on various delicacies, dance and prayers, this festival also includes certain myths and a number of do’s and don’ts ( one should not get hair or nail cut, stitch clothes, consume alcohol, and non-vegetarian food items including onion and garlic, students should not study on Dussehra).
According to the Hindu epos of Ramayana Lord Rama, the eight incarnation of Lord Vishnu, killed king of Lanka – Ravana. People believe this happened somewhere under Ella maybe in the fields of Kataragama. Ravana kidnapped Sita, Rama comes with Hanuman, the monkey God, to save his wife. Many places of Sri Lanka are dedicated to the stories or Ramayana and in the temples you can find Rama with Sita celebrating victory over Ravana.
Other tradition says that Goddess Durga have guns of Pandavas to win over Kauravas (epos Mahabharata), Pandavas emerged victorious. The event took place in dasami and since good had achieved victory over the evil, it came to be known as Vijayadashmi. Since then, people hug each other under the shami tree and exchange its leaves.
Dashera is a Sanskrit word which means removal of ten bad qualities within you •Kama vasana (Lust) •Krordha (Anger) •Moha (Attachment) •Lobha (Greed) •Mada (Over Pride) •Matsara (Jealousy) • Swartha (Selfishness) •Anyaaya (Injustice) •Amanavta (Cruelty) •Ahankara (Ego)
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