~Happy Dusshera ~
Vijaydashmi commonly known as Dusshera is one of the
most important festivals celebrated with great enthusiasm
throughout India. The day is celebrated to commemorate the
victory of Lord Rama over the ten headed demon king Ravana.
Besides this, the day also marks the victory of Goddess Durga
over the demons. The festival of Dusshera spreads the
message of victory of truth and goodness over evil.
Ravana - the ten headed demon
As per the Hindu mythology king Rama along with his
younger brother Laxman and a huge army of monkeys headed
by monkey deity Hanuman fought a great battle to get Sita, his
abducted wife back from the demon. The entire narrative is
beautifully recorded in the religious epic Ramayana. Several
plays and performances known as Ramleela are performed
throughout the fortnight. Actors dress up in colorful masks and
attire and beautifully enact the life and chivalry of Rama.
Ravana, the primary antagonist of epic Ramayana was a great
scholar, his ten heads depict his immense knowledge and power
but his unethical desires and proud transformed him to a demon.
His 10 heads depict lust, anger, delusion, greed, pride , envy ,
destructive mind and intellect , ill will and ego. Huge effigies of
Ravana are burnt to remind the mortals that it is very necessary
to channelize our five senses and five bodily instruments into
the right direction.
The share of Dusshera ......
We are currently enjoying a Dusshera break here !! While my
daughter was busy playing with her friends I decided to
treat them the Little Food Junction way. Watching the tiny hands
sharing ,eating and laughing is definitely festivity at its best.
Garlic and white bean dip ,crackers and veggies.
Eyes- cheese and capers ( use a small piece of straw to cut tiny
circles), moustache and brow- radish greens, hands- carrot and olives ,
dress - red bell pepper, ground - cucumber shavings (using a peeler)
May Almighty keep showering his blessings upon you,
To make your life prosperous and trouble free throughout.
Happy Dusshera to all my dear readers !!!
Facts ref - Wikipedia.org , goindia.about.com, indiadivine.org