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Dussehra

The festival of Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day of the Dussehra day in Asauj (September-October). Dussehra literally means the tenth day. The festival is celebrated for 10 continuous days .It marks the end of the nine days of Navratri. The first nine nights are spent to worship Goddess Durga and hence these nights are known as Navaratri. The tenth day of the Dussehra day is in honor of Durga Devi.

The festival of Dussehra, is also known as "Vijayadashmi" as it is said that the festival is also celebrated in honor of the victory of Rama over Ravana. History says that Ram did Chandi-Puja inorder to get the blessings of Durga Devi to kill Ravana, the ten-headed king of Lanka who had abducted Sita. Durga tell the secret to Ram how to kill Ravana. Then at last Ram defeated him, and he victoriously returned to Ayodhya with Sita and Laxman . Dussera is also called as "Dasa-Hara", means the cutting of the ten heads of Ravana.

On the occasions, big fairs are held in Jagraon, Khanna, Payal and Raikot. A big mela is held in Ludhiana in Dresi Ground, Model Town Extn, Aggar Nagar, Kitchlu Nagar etc. In Ludhiana, the festival is celebrated with conducting 'Ramleela', a folk play, which tells the various incidents of Rama's life , performed for the nine days of Navratri ,ends on Dussera, the day Rama kills Ravana, and the reunion of Ram, Sita and his brother and the returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile are all performed ,Songs are sung in praise of Rama. Images of Ravana are burned, inorder to signify the victory of good over evil.


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