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Vijaya Dashami – The ‘Abar Esho Ma’ Emotion Of Bengali’s Gala Festival

The beat of the ceremonial drums, shiuli flowers’ fragrance, Ashtami’s Anjali, lip-smacking feast of Bengali delicacies, Devi Durga’s Bodhon, and pandal hopping, are just a few emotions of Durga Puja. The cool breeze is filled with discernible scent of the autumn season when Durga Puja is celebrated in the heart of Bengal, Kolkata. While the arriving of Bengali’s gala festival is surely worth a wait, there’s no denying the moroseness when Vijaya Dashami finally comes! It is true that the aftermath of Durga Puja is seriously depressing for every Bengali living in Kolkata; Dashami is the time when people enjoy the day, one last time. Want to know more on this front? Keep reading on!

Significance of Conducting Rituals on Vijaya Dashami

The day not only marks the last day of celebration, but it also holds the last day of Goddess Durga’s stay! This is the day when Goddess Durga prepares to leave for Kailash from her paternal house. After all, Goddess Durga is also incarnated as a Kanya (in Kumari Puja). So, to bid farewell to Bengal’s Kanya, people celebrate the day in a gala manner. This year Vijaya Dashami 2019 date is held on October 8. The rituals performed on this day have been mentioned below.

Vijaya Dashami – The ‘Abar Esho Ma’ emotion of Bengali’s Gala Festival
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  • Atchala Puja

Shakti’s manifestation has taken multiple various forms to destroy evil. Dashami is the day when the celebration of the good over the evil is conducted.

  • Durga Baron and Shidur Khela

According to what Bengalis believe, Durga comes to her paternal house once every year. She stays for five days in total. The last day of the puja celebrates Matri Baron by all married women. The ritual also involves Shidur Khela (putting Vermillion on married women’s face. This red powder is a symbol for the marital status of Goddess Durga.

  • Dhunuchi Nach

This happens to be a colorful and vibrant ritual which gives you a fascinating sight for beholding on a felicitous day! This celebration is enhanced with dancing on the beats of the ceremonial drums (Dhunuchi Nach). The ritual also involves offering snacks and sweets to one another. The younger ones touch the elder ones’ feet to seek blessings.


Religious Significance of Dashami

Parvati or Shakti defeats and kills Mahisasura during the time of Sandhi Puja! The Skanda Purana stories indicate that the Mother Goddess’s victory defeats evil and protects Divine Mother’s progenies from all miseries.

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Mahabharata story indicates that Dashami marks Agyatvas’s end for Pandavas. After twelve years of spending in exile, the Pandavas, at last, completed the thirteen years and returned for claiming the rightful kingdoms!

Vijaya Dashami – The ‘Abar Esho Ma’ emotion of Bengali’s Gala Festival
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According to the Dussehra festival story, Vijayadashami is also known as Dussehra when Lord Rama wins over the King of Lanka, Ravana. This is the day when Lord Rama rescues his spouse, Sita, who was imprisoned in Lanka. India celebrates this Dussehra festival story as Dussehra all over the world, when Bengal conducts Dashami in an entirely different way!

The Link between Dussehra and Dashami

While Durga Puja is one such festival that is celebrated even in Belur Math, Dussehra has its own share of rituals conducted in the north Indian parts (mostly). Hence, people are already excited about Dussehra 2019! Similar to Dashami, the primary motif of Dussehra is to celebrate the victory of good over the evil (the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana). This year, Dussehra 2019 and Vijaya Dashami 2019 date are held on October 8.

Vijaya Dashami is the day when Bengalis celebrate the closure of Durga Puja, for the last time of the year! After conducting Baron and Shidur Khela, the entire crew gets ready for the final departure where the idol of Goddess Durga is floated in the River Ganges. This is the time when every Bengali heart pours teardrops and utters the three words inside – ‘Abar Esho Ma’ (come soon, Mother)!

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