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Vijay Dasami Rituals

Important ritual of this festival is Shastra Ayudhi Puja wherein the important articles of the household is worshipped. In the earlier days the soldiers used to worship their weapons on this day.

Excerpts from Ramanaya are enacted for nine days. In the evening of the tenth day, the last episode is enacted wherein Rama shoots an arrow of fire on the effigy of Ravana. The effigy burns while the watchers rejoice the end of Evil.

Ravana is worshipped in the morning of Dussehra and everyone performs the ritual before eating anything. All the members of the family should take bath early in the morning, wear clean clothes and get ready to sit in Pooja. Then, prepare 10 balls i.e Kanda from the cow's dung and apply curd on each of them.

Barley is grown on the first day Navratra. This plant is then kept on the Kand and then the god is worshipped with Dhoop, Diya, Rice and Roli. At some places there is a ritual to keep barley on the ear of son in a family and are offered to Lord Rama. The 10th Kand of cow's dung is considered to be the symbol of 10 heads of Ravan and these Kands are offered as bhog or food.

Vijaydashami Muhurta
After worshipping Ravana in the morning, his mannequin is burnt into ashes in the evening on the rise of the "Vijaya" star. The burning of his mannequin takes place before sunset because according to Hindu culture cremation is not performed after sunset.


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