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 Dussehra 2023 – History, Wishes, Muhurat & when to celebrate

Know the right date, Puja Muhurat, Puja Vidhi and new ways to wish someone in Dussehra 2023. Just when the Navratri, celebrated in the time of Sharad Ritu, ceremoniously comes to an end, Dussehra or Vijayadashmi arrives with the signs of purity and morality. We annually celebrate Dussehra on the tenth day of the month Ashvina, Shukla Paksha. In Hindu culture, Dussehra is celebrated with exceptional beauty and enthusiasm. Therefore, the festival is divinely and religiously significant.

After celebrating Navratri for nine days with pure hearts and peaceful minds, we also have the ritual of visarjan of the statue of Maa Durga on the tenth day and subsequently, celebrate Dussehra. Let us now understand the date and timing of Dussehra in 2023. According to the calendar, in the year 2023, the tenth day of the month Ashvina, Shukla Paksha begins on 23rd October at 5:44 pm in the evening till 24th October at 3:14 pm in the afternoon. As a result, when considering udaya tithi, we will be celebrating Dussehra on 24th October this year. 

Dussehra History:

We celebrate Dussehra every year but do you know the history behind the festival? Well, Dussehra is the festival celebrated as a representative of the triumph of good and moral over evil and immoral. There are numerous mythological beliefs and stories about the history of Dussehra that symbolizes this triumph. In the Southern part of India, mainly Karnataka, it is believed that on this day Devi Durga killed Mahishasur, the demon. In the Northern part of India, it is celebrated as a day when Lord Ram, one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu, defeated and killed Ravan, the evil king of Lanka and arrived back home.

When we try to break this Sanskrit name, Dussehra into two, then the meaning of the festival automatically appears before us; ‘duss’ meaning ten and ‘hara’ meaning defeat. Therefore, it is the festival of the defeat of the ten-headed evil king, Ravan. To represent this defeat of evil and wickedness, we prepare a dummy or effigy of Ravan, his brother Kumbhakaran, and son Meghanad and then burn it with fire crackers in big grounds. Children visit the Dussehra fair with great excitement and happiness. 

Top 10 Dussehra Wishes: 

  • Together with the burning of evilness on this day, may all the evilness harming you this year burn too. Happy Dussehra!
  • May your truth win the same way like Lord Ram’s truth won on this auspicious day of Dussehra!
  • Today when we are celebrating goodness, I wish you and your dear ones all the goodness in the world. Happy Dussehra!
  • I pray that this festival of Dussehra may bring you morality and positivity to the fullest. Happy Dussehra! 
  • May Lord Ram bring you peace and health all the year. Happy Dussehra to you and your loved ones!
  • I wish you all the light and wisdom on this great festival of Dussehra! 
  • In the same way as the demon burns in the flames of fire today, I hope all the demons in the form of problems and anxiety burn in the flames of your positivity too. Happy Dussehra! 
  • May Lord Ram gives you the power to follow the path of victory and truth. I wish you a very Happy Dussehra!
  • I deliver you and your family the parcel of bullishness and happiness through my wishes on this divine day of Dussehra! 
  • The festival of truth with showers of love and delicious taste of sweets, may you receive on this pure day, happiness for a thousand times and more. Happy Dussehra! 

Vijayadashami Puja Shubh Muhurat:

The auspicious beginning of Vijayadashami puja is from 11:42 am to 12:27 pm in the morning and then from 1:19 pm to 3:37 pm in the afternoon. In addition to this, we also have auspicious time for Shastra puja from 1:58 pm to 2:43 pm in the afternoon. 

Ravan Dahan Muhurat:

This year the burning of effigy or Ravan Dahan can take place at the auspicious time of 5:43 pm in the evening and can continue till the next two and a half hours. We always practice the ritual of Ravan Dahan on the day of Dussehra in Pradosh Kaal which means the time duration between the end of the day and the beginning of the night. 

Vijayadashami Puja Vidhi:

It is generally accepted that Lord Ram prayed to Maa Durga for nine days and then defeated Ravan on the tenth day. Together with Maa Sita and Lakshman he then returned back to Ayodhya. Thus, on this day, we worship with our pure hearts to Lord Ram, Maa Sita, Lakshman, Lord Hanuman and Devi Durga on the auspicious time of the day. We decorate a thali for puja with roli, chawal, diya and sweets. Dussehra’s auspicious time is considered as one of the most significant times to worship in Hindu culture and therefore some people buy and worship their vehicles, house or jewelry on this day so that everything good happens in their favor. It is also said that if we are looking for a day to start a career or business then, the day of Dussehra is the best day for it. Shastra puja is also done between the auspicious time of the day where people worship their weapons and instruments with tilak, diya and sweets.  

What is the date of Dussehra 2023?

Dussehra will be celebrated on 24th October in 2023.

What is the Shubh Muhurat of Vijayadashami puja 2023?

The auspicious beginning of Vijayadashami puja is from 11:42 am to 12:27 pm in the morning and then from 1:19 pm to 3:37 pm in the afternoon. 

What is the Muhurat for Ravan Dahan 2023?

This year the burning of effigy or Ravan Dahan can take place at the auspicious time of 5:43 pm in the evening and can continue till the next two and a half hours.

What are the rituals of Vijayadashami 2023?

We worship with our pure hearts to Lord Ram, Maa Sita, Lakshman, Lord Hanuman and Devi Durga on the auspicious time of the day. We decorate a thali for puja with roli, chawal, diya and sweets.

Why do we celebrate Dussehra? 

It is celebrated as a day when Lord Ram, one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu, defeated and killed Ravan, the evil king of Lanka and arrived back home.

How to wish someone Happy Dussehra? 

The top Dussehra wishes may include- Together with the burning of evilness on this day, may all the evilness harming you this year burn too. Happy Dussehra!

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