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6 Dussehra Stories From India

6 Dussehra Stories – Why Indians Celebrate Dussehra Festival
Six Dussehra Stories

Six Dussehra Stories That Will Make You Reflect On The Meaning Of The Festival

  • Story no. 1:

Dussehra is the festival celebrated to commemorate the victory of Ram over the ten-headed king of Rakshasas or Devils, Ravana. This is probably the most popular story all Indians associate with the Dussehra festival. When Sita was abducted by Ravana, Rama, along with his brother Lakshmana, his follower Hanuman and an army of ape-men, waged a war against Ravana.

The conflict culminated with the defeat of Ravana and his death in the war. This happened on the day of Dussehra. It is this occasion that people celebrate by burning effigies of Ravana. It is said that before leaving Lanka, Rama had prayed to Durga for his victory. Durga, who is associated with Shakti, had blessed Rama.


  • Story no. 2:

Another story that is associated with Dussehra is the one about Durga vanquishing the Rakshas or Devil Mahishasur. When Mahishasur wreaked havoc and had defeated all gods, Vishnu, Brahma, and Shiva combined their powers and created Shakti in the form of Durga to destroy Mahishasur. The victory of Durga over Mahishasur is celebrated as Vijayadashami or Dussehra.

After the three-day celebration of the Durga puja, the fourth day is celebrated as Vijayadashami. This is the last day of Durga puja when idols of Durga are consigned to water.


  • Story no. 3:

A lesser-known story that is associated with Dussehra is that of the Pandavas. After the Pandavas lost the game of dice to the Kauravas, they were exiled for 13 years. During the final year of their exile, the Pandava had to live in hiding.

Before they left the forest, they hid their powerful weapons under a Shami tree so that no one could find them. When they returned after a year, it was they found their weapons lying under the tree untouched. The Pandavas declared war on the Kauravas soon after this and won the battle against them.

Since then the exchange of Shami leaves has become a custom among people as it symbolizes goodwill and victory. In many parts of the country, people worship the Shami tree on Dussera.


  • Story no. 4:

According to another story, in Ayodhya, there lived a boy called Kautsa, the son of a Brahmin called Devdutt, who had pursued his education from Rishi Varatantu. When it was time to pay his Guru Dakshina, the rishi asked him for 140 gold coins. Unable to pay his guru Dakshina, Kautsa requested the King to help him.

Kautsa's wish was answered when Kuber (the God of wealth) showered gold coins from the sky near the Apati tree. Kautsa collected the gold coins and gave his Guru Dakshina. The remaining coins were distributed to the poor in the days of Dussehra. Since that day, people have offered leaves of the Apati tree to each other considering them to be a symbol of gold.


  • Story no. 5:

The festival of Dussehra also marks the beginning of the war. It is said that in ancient times, Kings used this festival to cross borders and fight against their neighboring enemies. This custom was known as Simollanghan.


  • Story no. 6:

The celebration of Dussehra in India, however, started in the 17th century when the King of Mysore had ordered the celebration of the occasion on a large scale. Since then, the festival of Dussehra has been celebrated with great pomp and enthusiasm. This festival is symbolic as it enables people to overcome their fears and celebrate the victory of good over evil.


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