Dasara is celebrated all over India as a religious as well as a social festival. Nava means nine and rathri means night and so Navarathri means nine nights. Some call it as Navarathri, some as Vijaya Dashami, and some as Dussehra. Doesn’t matter what you call, does it?
This year Dasara is celebrated from October 5th – 13th 2013. Please check the dates in the country you are residing.
Also, this year I will be in India celebrating the last few days of Dasara. Hopefully, I can capture a lot of pictures and post it as soon as I am back from India.
From day one of the festival, it is customary to keep a Kalasha (ಕಲಶ), this is filled with water(ನೀರು) and 4 betel leaves(ವೀಳೆದೆಲೇ) are arranged as shown below in the pictures.Apply Haldi (ಆರಿಶಿನ) , Kumkum(ಕುಂಕುಮ), and flowers, gejje vastra (ಗೆಜ್ಜೆ ವಸ್ತ್ರ) as shown again. This Kalasha is kept in front of the Pattada Gombe (ಪಟ್ಟದ ಗೊಂಬೆ) which is given during the marriage to the bride. This ಪಟ್ಟದ ಗೊಂಬೆ signifies Lord Srinivasa and Goddess Padmavathi. Again, see pictures below. These ಪಟ್ಟದ ಗೊಂಬೆ are decorated with different jewelery, crown, bangles, dresses every few years.
If you are keeping an elaborate Gombe (Dolls), than the Kalasha and the Pattada Bombe are placed on the top shelf. And all other arrangements follow next.
Even though all the 10 days and nine nights are important, there are a few major days where pooja is done with great devotion and pomp.
Those days are as follows:
- Saraswathi Awahana – October 10th
- Saraswathi Pooja – October 11th.
Read more about Saraswathi Pooje here.
- Durgasthami – October 11th
- Ayoodha Pooja – Mahanavami – October 12th. Read more about Ayoodha Pooja here.
- Vijayadashami – October 13th
Devotional Songs for Dasara:
Dasara Pictures around the world:
Food Prepared during Dasara
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