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Aashwin Shukla 10
There are four main festivals in North India, one each for four Varn. Rakshaa Bandhan for Braahman, Dashaharaa for Kshatriya, Deepaavalee for Vaishya and Holee for Shoodra. These characteristics manifest themselves in the method of their celebrations also. Holee is celebrated in a rash way as of Shoodra nature, Rakshaa Bandhan in a very quiet and decent way as of Braahman way, Dashaharaa with weapons in Kshatriya way, and Divaalee in a prosperous way as of Vaishya way.
Dashaharaa, or Vijayaa Dashamee falls on Aashwin Shukla Dashamee - after the Sharad Nava Raatri ends. It is believed that Raam killed Raavan on this day. Dashaharaa is a compound word, Dash + Haraa. Dash mans ten and Haraa means taking away of or abduction of something Because this day Raam took away Raavan's ten heads that is why it is known as Dashaharaa. In the same way we should also resolve on this day to cut the ten heads of passion, (1) pride, (2) anger, (3) greed, (4) infatuation, (5) lust, (6) hatred, (7) jealousy, (8) selfishness, (9) crookedness of the demon, and (10) Ego which is in everybody in a small or big way, and thus justify the celebration of Dashaharaa.
Since this festival is mainly for Kshatriya, they worship their weapons on this day. If the guns etc have been kept for some time un attended, they are taken out, cleaned and used at least once. May people read Raam Raavan fight and Raavan's killing incident from Raamaayan today.
At some places in UP, sister puts Teekaa (Tilak) on her brother's forehead and the brother gives some money to her. Good tasty food is prepared and people go to burn Raavan and to attend fair with their children after taking food in the afternoon. At several places in the city, the statues of Raavan and Kumbhkarn made from wood, straws and grass etc are erected with lots of fire crackers. Raam Raavan's mock fight takes place and Raam kills Raavan. Those statues are set on fire and they burn with lots of noise of fire crackers. Fairs are organized and men, women and children all enjoy these fairs equally.
This festival is important for farmers also in Northern India. Farmers exchange their barley shoots which they have grown during the last nine days, to check whose produce will be good. They go out to look for special bird "Neelkanth" (whose neck is indigo blue) in their farms. If they find it there they feel happy because in that way their farms will be protected from harmful insects.
And thus ends the 10-day long festival.
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Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/05
Updated on 10/13/13