We are on the last day of Navratri, and TODAY (5th October 2022) is the most awaited auspicious day for all of us. As per panchang, Vijayadashmi will be observed on the last day of Navratri, and it signifies the triumph of good over evil.
Vijayadashmi, also known as Dussehra, marks two celebrations; first the victory of goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura and the victory of Rama over Ravana.
We are all reminded of these powerful stories in order to instil morality in us and carry it in our lives eternally. However, there are few enlightening facts of celebrating Vijayadashmi that you might not be familiar with!
Let’s take a look at those enlightening facts of celebrating Vijayadashmi which might amaze you:
Why the idols are immersed?
Immersing the idol on Vijaydashmi symbolises how a deity moves from the formless (clay) to form (the idol) and then again to formlessness in water — bringing balance to nature and celestial energy.
Asoka became a Buddhist on this day
The great conqueror Asoka converted to Buddhism on Vijaydashmi — vowing never to lift a weapon again.
The real battle is inside us
Vijaydashmi focuses primarily on spiritual development. There is a battle between good and evil inside each one of us and we must strive to conquer the inner negativity.
Why Ravana had 10 heads?
Ravana’s 10 heads represent his knowledge of the six “Shastras” and the four “Vedas.” But some say they stand for the 10 human vices that we must symbolically burn in our quest for salvation. His ten heads were Kama (lust), Krodha (anger), Moha (delusion), Lobha (greed), Mada (pride), Maatsyasya (envy), Manas (mind), Buddhi (intellect), Chitta (will) and Ahamkara ( the ego) – all these constitute the ten heads. And so Ravana had all these ten qualities.
Besides inheriting spiritual awareness, Vijayadashmi is an IMPORTANT auspicious as it reaffirms our faith in the fact that evil cannot win and that a divine power is watching over us.
A time for celebration, A time for victory of good over bad, A time when the world sees the example of the power of good. Let us continue the same “true” spirit.