The significance of Vijayadashami

The significance of Vijayadashami

from a reading of Sathya Sai Baba (translation from ‘Zeven dagen Shirdi Sai‘)

Vijayadashami is the last day of the ten-day Dasharafeest. The word Dashara is derived from the Sanskrit words dasha (ten) a hara (remove). The festival is also known as Navarathri, (nine nights) because in the first nine days the Divine Mother Durga Devi worshiped in its various forms is.

'Devi' stands for the divine power that his fiery form adopted to suppress demonic forces and protect pure forces. When the forces of injustice, immorality and untruth have grown to monstrous proportions and surrender to their deadly dance, when selfishness and self-interest dominate, if people any sense of kindness and compassion have lost, then takes the form of Shakti, the divine principle in its fiery character and focuses on destroying the evil elements. As the goddess in terrible anger kindles to destroy the bad elements, it takes a fearsome form. To vote favorably worship the goddess girls hair with red powder. When the goddess red powder on her feet looks, it is assured that the wicked are overcome and she takes her benevolent form.

During the ten days of Dashara the demons are eradicated. These demons are not actual beings, they symbolize the bad qualities in man. Ravana is the king of the demons. He is depicted with ten heads represent greed, anger, delusions, covetousness, despite, jealousy, thinking, the mind, the will and the ego. Each of us can decide for himself whether he is a Ravana or Rama, depending on its properties.

Rama is the destroyer of bad habits. When he destroyed these bad qualities, He took his fiery, passionate form. But even his fiery nature is connected with its pure serene nature, so we can see at the moment when he drove off Ravana's ten heads are compassion and love even. It was the only way Ravana could be freed.

Therefore, the last day of Vijayadashami Dasharafeest: Victory on the tenth day '. It is the day that is celebrated Rama returned after he had vanquished Ravana and Sita recovered. On this day, the story of Rama stepped up and told.

In the state of Maharashtra is celebrated at the end of every-day Vijayadashami Simollanghanfeest, crossing the boundaries of the village. As night falls, the villagers go beyond the boundaries of the village as the Shamiboom[1] worship. The leaves of the tree are given as gifts to neighbors and gold leaves, a symbol of the victory spoils. In earlier times, kings used it Dasharafeest to cross the borders of their empire and war against neighboring kingdoms war. This crossing of the border was known as 'Simollanghan'. As previously Dashara also marked the beginning of the war season.


[1] Acacia polyacantha, medicinale boom, o.a. used for snake bites and repelling pests

 

 

 

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