Bhubaneswar: The ten-day celebrations of auspicious Durga Puja comes to an end today on the occasion of Vijay Dashami. It is believed that by celebrating this day in the right way, it can bring success and victory into your life. While it is celebrated in different ways in different parts of India, but most importantly it is about feminine divinity.
According to mythology, Durga was created by the Gods by pooling in their spiritual powers as they wanted to create ‘Shakti’ that was ultimate and could annihilate demon-god Mahishasur. This day marks the journey of Goddess Durga back to Kailash after ten days of stay at her parent’s house on Earth. Every year, Mother Durga visits her paternal house along with her four children—Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kartikeya and Ganesha.
Vijayadashami celebrations include processions of idols of Maa Durga and her coterie of Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesha and Kartikeya to a water body. The procession is accompanied by music and chants, after which the images are immersed into the water for dissolution and a goodbye.
Dusshera also marks the end of epic war between Sri Ram and Lankan kind Raavan. The effigies of ten-headed demon king Raavan along with his brother Kubhakaran and son Indrajit are burnt with fireworks marking evil’s destruction.
The festival also starts the preparation for one of the most widely celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights, which is celebrated twenty days after Vijayadashami.