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September 07, 2020

Dussehra- Celebration of The Victory of Good Over Evil:

As the sweltering summer bids good bye and nature welcomes the pleasant Autumn, you know that it is the time of festivals; it is time for Dussehra celebration. It’s time to revamp your wardrobe, time to relish traditional Indian delicacies and it is time for a get together with your loved ones.

DussehraHistory of Dussehra Festival:

So, as you gear up to celebrate this hundreds of years old Indian festival, let us give you a sneak peak into the it’s history.

Dussehra celebrates the victory of Lord Rama over the demon kind Ravana. During the exile of 14 years, Lord Rama, along with his brother, Laxmanaand wife Devi Sita plans to stay at the forest Panchavati.  Here Suparnaka, the beloved sister of Demon King Ravana meets Lord Rama and Laxmana and wishes to marry either of them. When denied, she threatens to kill Devi Sita. This angered Laxmana and he cut off Suparnaka’s nose and ears.

To avenge his sister’s insult and injuries, Ravana kidnaps Devi Sita and the brothers challenge Ravana to a battle to rescue her. The day when Lord Rama along with his brother and friend Lord Hanuman won over Demon King Ravana is celebrated as Dussehra Festival.

How Is Dussehra Celebrated Across India?

The importance of Dussehra is just not restricted to South India but is a major part of Indian celebrations across the country.

Dussehra CelebrationNavratri:

In few parts of India, like Gujarat the occasion is celebrated as Navratra or Navratri. Devotees fast for 9 days and then celebrate on Dussehra. Garba or Dandia Night, a folk dance of Gujarat is the prime attraction of Navratri. The nine days of Navratri 2020 starts on 17th October and is still 25th October.


Devotees follow a strict diet during this phase and hence you must stock up the pantry accordingly. Rock salt, dry fig, raw peanuts, dry fruits, nuts, seeds to cereals like millet and buckwheat flour, if you are looking for the essentials for Navratri, try out grocery shopping at the online Indian sites, serving USA and Canada.

Vijaya Dashami/ Durga Puja: 

On the other hand, in West Bengal, the celebration is bidding goodbye to Goddess Durga who returns to her abode at Kailash after visiting her parents. Popularly called Vijaya Dashami, in Bengal the idol of Goddess Durga and her 4 children (Laxmi, Ganesh, Kartik and Saraswati) are immerses after 4 days worship. Bengalis across the world eagerly wait for Durga Puja. On Vijaya Dashami people deck up in new traditional wear and bid adieu to Ma Durga. After the immersion of the idol they invite the friends and family to treat them to sweets and authentic Bengali delicacies. The online sites can provide with the gorgeous silk brocade and cotton sarees to make you feel like a Diva this Durga Puja; the huge platter of sweets and snacks available from top brands like Vellanki Foods and G. Pulla Reddy Sweets can be the best delicacies you can offer your guests on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami.

Vijaya Dashami/ Durga Puja

Ram Leela:

At present, people in North India celebrate this day as Ravana Dahan in which idols of the Demon King Ravana and his brothers Meghanad and Kumbhakaran are burnt. This is also called Ram Leela.

Ravana Dahan

Now the celebration of this colourful festival is incomplete without shopping and meeting your loved ones. The travel restrictions due to Covid-19 however have put a big question mark on the Indian festival shoppingfor this year. So, what is the solution? Try out Dussehra online shopping. The online Indian sites at Canada and USA can help you get all the utilities you need for Dussehra shopping. From traditional women clothes and men clothes, Indian jewelry to food items, you can get everything delivered at your doorsteps.

Dasara Festival:

The Dasara celebration at Tamil Nadu needs special mention here. Also termed as Kulasekarapattinam Dasara, this festival is celebrated around the Mutharammam Temple, the hotspot of dance, drama and music at the state.On the 10th day of Navratri people gather around the temple to celebrate Dasara. In this festival people them guise as Goddess Kali and dance around the temple.

Golu Bommai Festival:

An integral part of nine days of Navratri celebration is the Golu Bommai festival. Specially celebrated in South India, this festival the idols representing different characters from the Hindu mythology are arranged on a shelve for display. Devotees visit each other’s house on the occasion to checkout the idols. They also exchange sweets and gifts on the occasion. Now Golu Bommai online shopping is available at the Distacart online shopping site. You can also find a wide array of return gifts and sweet boxes that you can exchange on this occasion.

Golu Bommai Festival

Dussehra FAQs:

1. What is the moral of Dussehra?

Dussehra signifies the victory of good over evil. This festival inspires everyone to follow the path of righteousness and truth. The festival is also celebrated as Navratri and Vijaya Dashami at different states.

2. What should be done on Dussehra?

On the occasion of Dussehra special prayer meetings are arranged. Devotees offer food to god at home or at temples and wish each other Happy Dussehra. The effigies of Demon King Ravana and his brothers are burnt on the occasion. People usually get decked up in traditional attire like hand woven silk and cotton sarees for the occasion.

3. What is done on the 8th day of Navaratri?

On the 8th day of Navratri Ma Mahagauri is worshipped. You need to adorn her with white clothes and traditional jewellery before the pooja. Night blooming jasmines are also offered to the Goddess. You can get all the essentials for the pooja on online Indian sites.

4. What is done on the first day of Navaratri?

The first day of Navaratri worships Ma Shilaputri. Besides the normal pooja essentials, you will also require jasmine flowers and seeds of nine, seven, five, three or one crop.

5. What is done on Navaratri Day 3?

Navratri celebrates the 9 avatars of Ma Durga. On the third day of Navratri, Goddess Chandraghantais worshipped. You need red hued flower (jasmine is best) and redsaree for the Goddess.

6. Where can I do Navaratri Golu dolls online shopping?

Navratri Golu dolls are available on Distacart. These dolls are essential to complete the rituals of Navratri. A wide range of Kondapalli soft wood dolls and toys are available at Distacart.

7. Can I shop Mylapore golu dolls at Canada?

Mylapore is at Chennai and renowned for its Golu dolls. These handcrafted dolls represent different characters from Hindu mythology. Distacart may be your online Mylapore Golu dolls shop at Canada. You can get original Golu dolls delivered right at your doorsteps. You may even ask for gift packaging and direct delivery of the dolls to the recipient address.

8. What are the must buys for Indian festival shopping?

Indian festivals are the perfect combination of spirituality, lip smacking delicacies and gorgeous apparels. So, while the shopping list is infinite, few essentials for Indian festival shopping include silk and cotton sarees, dhoti, pooja essentials like kumkum, haldi and utensils like pooja thali, incense burners and bells.

9. What do we eat on Durga Puja?

As a part of Durga Pooja festivities you must meet and greet friends. On Vijaya Dashami you should treat the guests with namkeen and sweets.

10. What is the best return gift for Navratri?

You can gift kumkum holders, ethnic clutch or potli on Navratri. The Indian online shopping sites like Distacart also has a great range of handcrafted Golu dolls which you can gift during Dussehra or Navratri.

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