Significance of Dussehra

lord-rama-killed-the-ten-headed-ravana-1-1Today being Vijaya Dashmi or Dussehra is a very special meditation as well as celebration. The great sages have established these festivals according to historical pastimes of the Lord and his devotees. Vijaya Dashmi is historical and symbolic simultaneously. Historically, it is actually on this day that the Supreme Personality of Godhead who had descended as the son of Dashrath and Kaushalya in Ayodhya, Sri Ramchandra, fulfilled a very essential purpose of his incarnation. He liberated the world and the universe from the dreadful cruelty of Ravana.
Today represents good over evil, godliness over godlessness, morality over immorality, love over hate and envy. Today represents Bhakti, devotion, taking shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead as the only force that could conquer all the obstacles on the path of Krishna consciousness. Dussehra is the day that we celebrate victory: victory of defeating Maya and all of her powers with the mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Today is the day of hope. Today is the day to build faith. Today is the day of taking serious vow, to take whole hearted shelter of the only shelter in all of creation, the Supreme Lord who has so mercifully appeared in this age of Kali in his holy names.

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