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When is Dussehra 2022: Day, date, history, significance and rituals

Dussehra or Vijayadashmi, for the year 2022, will be celebrated on October 15 (Friday)  with much fervour and zeal.

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When is Dussehra 2022: Dussehra denotes victory of good over evil and there are two stories that are associated with the festival in Hindu mythology.

Dussehra or Vijayadashmi, for the year 2022, will be celebrated on October 15 (Friday)  with much fervour and zeal.

The Hindu festival is observed on Shukla Paksha Dashmi during the month of Ashwin as per Hindu lunar calendar and a day after Maha Navami or at the end of Shardiya Navratri.

It is said that it was on this day that goddess Durga defeated Mahishasura after a fierce battle lasting for more tha`n nine days. In many parts of the country, it is celebrated to mark the victory of Lord Rama over ten-headed demon king of Lanka, Ravana.

Dussehra 2021: Significance and rituals

More common in North Indian states and Karnataka is the term – Dussehra, while the term Vijayadashami is more popular in West Bengal.

In North India, Dussehra is celebrated with much fanfare and Ram Lila, an enactment of Lord Rama’s story, is organized on all nine days of Navratri culminating with the killing of Ravana and burning of his life-size effigy on the day of Dussehra or Vijayadashami along with those of Meghnad and Kumbhakaran. Dusshehra also signifies getting rid of sins or bad qualities as each head of the Ravana symbolizes one bad quality.

Dussehra for many means beginning preparation for Diwali, which is celebrated 20 days after Vijayadashami, the day when Lord Rama reached Ayodhya with Sita.

Worshipping Shami tree on the day of Vijayadashami holds a great significance in some parts of the country as it is believed that Arjun hid his weapons inside Shami tree during his exile. Shami Puja is also known as Banni Puja and Jammi puja in some of the southern states in India.

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Muhurat for Durga Visarjan

On Dashami, devotees also bid adieu to Maa Durga and the visarjan is done either during Aparahna time or Pratahkala while Dashami Tithi is prevailing.

Dussehra 2022: Date

In 2022, Dussehra will be celebrated on October 5th, 2022. On this same occasion, Bengalis observe Bijoya Dashmi, which marks the tenth day of Durga Puja.

Dussehra 2022: Time

Dashmi tithi begins at 02:20 PM on October 4, 2022

Dashmi tithi ends at 12:00 PM on October 05, 2022

Dussehra 2022: History

There are many mythological stories behind this festival. This day in some parts of India signifies the day on which Goddess Durga Killed Mahishasur.

That is how all the nine avatars of Goddess Durga are worshipped in the Navratri.

The mythology also says that Goddess Durga should be immersed in water with the devotees, signifying the departure of Goddess Durga.

In south India, the Dussehra festival is observed as the day when Chamundeshwari killed the demon Mahishasura.

Dussehra 2022: Significance

Dussehra is the festival of the victory of good over evil. This festival signifies those wrongdoings on some of the other days that come in front of everyone.

So, Dussehra is considered a day for starting new businesses or new investments.

For South India people, admitting young children to schools is considered auspicious on this day.

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