Dasara or Vijayadasami is a main festival in India. This festival is celebrated as a symbol of victory of good over evil. legend says Goddess Durga killed demon Mahisha and people celebrate for this reason. This festival also has link with the most important Hindu epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata. Irrespective of the reason behind it, Dasara is celebrated with great pomp and joy all over India. Devotees pray to goddess Durga with utmost devotion and fasting is also a part of this custom.
During the recent visit of Indian Prime Minister Mr.Narendra Modi to the USA, Modi was on fasting and took only honey with lemon water for all the nine days due to this reason.
Mandapams or stages are set up and idols of the Goddess Durga are worshipped with great respect and devotion for all the nine days. Special religious customs are performed in all temples. Many parents get “Aksharabhyasam” or “custom of introducing education to children” during these days and believe that it brings very good luck to their studies.
Relatives and family members gather together for celebrating this festival and it is often the Indian villages that get decorated with the festival colors more than the cities. New Sons in law and daughters in law are often treated with most love and affection and it is a perfect time to increase their bonding with other relatives and family members.
Colorful rangolis or design patterns are adorned in front of the houses and sweets, special recipes often join the menu at houses. Dasara celebrations are celebrated with great pomp at Mysore and Kolkata which are world renowned for the same.
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