VIJAYADASHAMI – THE VICTORY OF GOOD OVER EVIL
The Epic Ramayana showcases that good and evil subsist
And thrives side by side
If good exists so is the evil
It is an individualistic desire to follow good path
Or follow a path full of negative thoughts and action
But one thing is certain without any suspicion
That each one of us is constrained to suffer the pangs of his/her karma
Of his own creation
Your reward is good
Follow evil and evil doer
Our life would be dreadful
We ought to keep in mind
The ultimate decision rests on us
Whether to follow good or not so good path
We have to face the music of our own creation though.
There are people who are more prone to wickedness
Owing to their line of thinking or due to their personal choice
Or due to race or origin where they follow violence as a cult
Ravana from demonical origin
Was knowledgeable and a staunch Bhakta of Lord Shiva
Yet did despicable karmic deeds of lowest worth
By abducting Sita Maa the consort of Lord Rama
Sullied and devalued his wisdom to the lowest ebb
And, we all are aware the result of his action ultimately.
Then evil orientation is not the male domain only
Even females too are known to have committed such acts so lowly
It was the jealousy of females that Lord Rama was exiled for 14 years
Then King Ravana’s sister Shroopnaka too was wicked to the core
Due to her only there was battle between Lord Rama & Ravana
In which Ravana met his end along with his entire family
Then Lord Rama did not want to kill Tataka
Who used to kill and spoil the Yajnas of the Sadhus
Rama did not want to kill Tataka since he did not want to kill a woman
But Sage Viswamitra persuaded Lord Rama
Saying that a woman of demonic tendencies
Loses all the fair considerations of a woman
Since she is involved in evil deeds.
When Demon king Ravana was killed by Lord Rama
Sita Maa was released from the captivity of Ravana
But in order to prove her chastity
She had to undergo fire test of purity
She proved that her purity was above any shred of doubt.
The most sacred of all festivals
Devout celebrate this day as a victory of goodness over evil
And take lessons so exemplary
That evil cannot have always its sway
Meaning, end of wickedness will come about
Indeed without a shred of doubt
However, powerful may be the perpetrator – an evil doer
Thus become a shining example for us all to follow at any rate
Even in situations seemingly desperate.
Lord Shri Ram, the embodiment of righteousness
With most adorable traits with immense prowess
A reservoir of humility with simplicity in abundance
Tolerance, harmony and elderly reverence
That an offspring should profusely be possessing
For the parents most adoring.
Lord Rama left for exile, leaving everything in Ayodhya
When his father Shri Dashratha
Is constrained to act on the promises made in the past
To his wife Kakai – the mother of Shri Bharata
And step-mother of Lord Shri Rama
Who had saved Shri Dashratha’s life once
By endangering her own life in the midst of forest
Consequently, extracting two promises for fulfilling
At a time and occasion of her own choosing.
Manthra – the courtier of Kakai too showed her true color
In making Queen Kakai realize the promises
Crown for her son Shri Bharata
And 14 years in exile for Shri Rama.
Shri Ramji, as expected
Accepted exile for fourteen long years
And that too without slightest demur
He embraced the life so hard in the forest
Subsisting on the fruits and herbs that existed there
Truly speaking, that is the crux of a lesson for today’s younger generation.
Maa Sitaji the consort of Shri Rama
With brother Lakshmana too accompanied Shri Rama.
The demon king Ravana
King of Sri Lanka
With intent so evil
And with utter deception, abducted Sita Maa
The loving consort of Shri Rama
Kept her in his garden called Ashok Vatika
Then exhorting Sitaji to marry him
Sita Mata, being a wife so ideal of an ideal husband – Shri Rama
Sita Maa spurned his proposal with a contempt it deserved above all
Ravana, despite his knowledge of Vedas and Shashtras
And one of the fondest Bhaktas of Lord Shiva
Ruined his name and fame earned through penance so hard
Along with the knowledge he had attained over a period of time
With his acts so highly depraved
An immorality of highest order – by any imaginable yardsticks
A battle between the two armies ensued
Due to which Ravana lost his everything dear to him
His nears and dears and his forces perished unsung
Including his brother mighty Kumbkarna and dear son Methnada
And finally himself – the so called invincible Ravana!
By the sharp arrows of Lord Rama
There is eternal lesson for all of us from this epic Ramyana
Evil and the evil doers meet their doom in the end
Burn it out the evil intention we nurture inside us for others
Like the burning of effigies of the three
Who had mixed into the elements ultimately
We should always keep in mind the lesson
That nothing remains but only the truth prevails at the end
The sooner it is done the better for us humans.
As we burn the effigies of Ravana
Along with Kumbkarna and Meghnada
Showcasing that evil meets its end.
Vijaydashmi should establish a kingdom of love for all
Overflowing with peace and prosperity with fellow feeling in abundance
Profuse the goodwill and tolerance
A kingdom of love for everybody, leaving none
For it is a celebration for destruction of evil in all its forms
And a win for TRUTH an ultimate ONE
O Omnipotent One, do realize our prayer O Omniscient One.
Vijayadashami or Dushehra is one of the well-known Hindu festivals and is celebrated at the end of Navratri. It is an annual festival– on the 10th day of the Hindu month of Ashvin which falls in the month of September – October. Vijayadashami personifies victory of goodness or righteousness over evil or wickedness. Vijay means victory and dashmi means falling on the tenth day.
It is significant to note that Dushara is derived from two syllables: Dus means evil or bad and hara means to destroy or to remove or to annihilate – by combination, we deduce Dushara as a day which we observe as a sign of annihilation of evil from amongst us. There is, in fact, a lesson for us all og us– the forces representing evil will meet their end ultimately now or after sometimes afterwards is the potent question.
REASONS FOR ITS CELEBRATION IN THE EASTERN AND NORTHERN STATES OF INDIA
Marks the end of Durga Puja wherein the devout remember Goddess Durga’s win and ultimately his death of Demon king Maheshasur thereby restoring the law of Dharma. Maheshasura wanted to establish the rule of demons; for this, he killed many sages/sadhus and even defiled their Yajna fires besides killing general masses for establishing his rule.
• It also marks the end of Navratri, represented by Nine Devis with different traits.
RAMLILA -PLAYED BY DEVOTEES DEPICTING THE LIFE OF LORD RAMA
In many parts of India Ramlila is enacted wherein different artists play various roles (Lord Rama, Lakshman, Bharat, Shatrugun, Sita Maa, Demon King Ravana, brother Kumbhkarna and Babishna, son Meghnadh etc) from beginning i.e. births of Rama and his brothers, Sita Devi is described as the daughter of Prithvi (the Earth) because she was found in a pot by Mithla King Janaka while ploughing the fields. She was brought up by the king. Janaka. All the situations are enacted as though it was happening in real life till, of course, on a ninth day on the death of demon king Ravana who is symbolized as the personification of evil. On the tenth day, the effigies of Ravana, his brother Kumbhkarna and son Meghnadh are burnt to showcase to the masses at large that the evil, however, powerful ends ultimately.
WORSHIP OF MOTHER DIVINE
People also take out processions, carrying the statues of Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesha etc accompanied with the chants of songs and dances and immersed in the water. After immersion of statues, the devotees pray to Maa Durga for blessing them with her bounties for the entire year.
PEOPLE START PREPARATION FOR DIWALI
After Dusheshra people start preparation for DIWALI – another festival in connection with reception of Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana by the Ajodhya gentry. They illuminated their homes and street for welcoming their beloved Lord Rama.
SIGN OF RESPECT FOR LORD RAMA IN VARIOUS PARTS OF INDIA
In Northern India, Dashara (ten days) is celebrated to pay respects to Lord Rama. The plays based on the life of Lord Rama and his humble and benevolent rule too Is also depicted in the form of plays and dramas with light and sound accompanied by music and dance. Finally, the effigies of Ravana, Kumbkarna, and Meghnatha are burnt for depicting the end of evil and supremacy of the goodness. In Kullu Valley, there is a big fair and people come to witness this fair with gaiety and enthusiasm to enjoy it.
In South India (Karnataka) also Dashehra is celebrated with the worship of Durga Maa. In the south, the festival is dedicated to Lordess of Knowledge Saraswati and worship the books and musical instruments. Children are initiated to studies, it is considered auspicious to start new business ventures and new houses, cars and other properties are purchased.
In western regions (In Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Gujarat), people install their deities and immerse the same on Vijaydashmi. Lord Rama and Goddess Durga are worshipped. The famous dandia dance known as Garba in traditional dresses is one of the wonderful attractions in Gujarat.
In eastern regions, the Durga Maa statues are immersed in rivers. Vijayadashami has special significance in West Bengal. Besides worshipping Maa Durga they have singing and dance competitions besides competitions on other literary features.
It is, therefore, in the fitness of things to say that all of us should follow the path of sanity, a righteous path so that we may also transform others and make them virtuous on whom no evil can cast a spell. It is my sincere prayer to Maa Dhurga Ji & Lord Rama to shower us with their blessings and graces.
LESSONS OF VIJAYADASHMI
- We should be obedient to our parents and the older members of our society.
- We should have simple living and high thinking.
- Truth wins at the end.
- Evil doers always get the consequence of their acts.
- We get what we give others. In other words, what we sow, we reap.