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Dussehra 2023: Important Rituals And Astrological Tips To Follow

By October 9, 2023No Comments
Dussehra 2023

The festival of Dussehra takes us back to the time of Ramayana and reminds us of the legendary battle between Lord Rama and the demon king Ravana. Right? Well, Dussehra is not just about the celebration of good over evil, but it also marks the end of Sharad Navratri. Along with the burning of the models of the demon king Ravana, you can make the most out of this festival by following some astrological tips and rituals.

Do you know that the day of the Dussehra 2023 festival is not just the day to seek blessings from god but also to attract good luck and abundance in our lives? So, be with us until the end to learn more about the significance, rituals and amazing astrological tips to make your Dussehra 2023 special. 

  • Dashami Tithi Begins: 23rd October 2023, Monday (5:44 PM) 
  • Dashami Tithi Ends: 24th October, 2023, Tuesday (12:00 PM) 
  • Vijay Muhurata: 2:18 PM- 3:05 PM (24th October, 2023) 

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Understanding the Significance and History of Dussehra 2023 

Growing up, we all have heard the story of how Lord Rama defeated the mighty demon king Ravana. This time, we will talk about the significance and history of this festival that revolves around the victory of good over evil but in more depth. Let’s start by breaking down the name ‘Dussehra’. The word Dussehra comprises two words: Dus (10) and Ahara (day). Combine these two words together, and we get the tenth day, which means Dussehra.

The significance of this festival changes varies from different states. If you go to the northern states of the country, you will find people celebrating the festival by honouring Lord Rama and burning the models of Dasara Ravana, Meghanada and Kumbhkarana. 

Whereas in the western parts of the country, such as West Bengal, Jharkhand or Bihar, this festival is celebrated as Durga Pooja or Vijayadashami 2023 to honour the victory of Maa Durga over Mahishasura. But do you know what is the most interesting factor? The theme or significance of the Dasara festival 2023 remains the same: the victory of Dharma(good) over Adharma (evil). 

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Important Rituals to Follow During Dussehra 

After getting our hands on the Dussehra 2023 history and significance, how about taking a glance at the famous rituals followed during Dussehra all over the country? So, below are the famous rituals followed on this auspicious day! 

1. Ramlila Performances 

How can a festival of Dussehra be completed without Ramlila performances? The whole story of Ramayana is portrayed in dialogues, songs and poems. Right from Lord Rama’s birth to the legendary battle between Lord Rama and the demon Ravana, every aspect of Ramayana is depicted during these theatrical performances. The burning of the models of Ravana, Meghanada and Kumbhkarana put an end to the Ramlila performances. 

2. Durga Pooja 

Now let us shift our focus towards the rituals followed in the eastern parts of the country: Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. Here, people worship Maa Durga with pure devotion in their hearts and honour her victory over Mahishasura, the demon. For ten days, people worship the life-size idols of Maa Durga, place them in the pandals and ask for her blessings. 

3. Ayudha Pooja 

If we go a little south, we find the ritual of Ayudha pooja celebrated in the states such as Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The word ‘Ayudha’ has been derived from the Sanskrit word which means ‘weapon’. So, as the name suggests, people from the southern parts of the country worship their tools or instruments as part of Dussehra festival rituals. If we go by the popular beliefs, doing this brings prosperity, abundance and happiness into our lives. 

Astrological Tips to Make the Most of Dussehra 2023 

Do you also feel that life is giving you a tough time? What if we say that with the Dasara Festival 2023, you can handle all the problems one by one life serves you? Problems in love paradise, empty wallet or lack of motivation, these simple and effective astrological tips can be your secret weapon. So, are you ready to bring good luck and prosperity into your lives? 

1. Right Direction to Worship

Well, the direction you worship also matters as per Hindu traditions. If you are worshipping the Goddess Durga in a different direction, make sure to know the right direction. As per Vastu shastra and hindu tradition, the Ishan Kona of the house or the north-east direction is considered the best to worship Maa Durga. 

2. Placing the Idol in a Correct Manner 

Make sure the idol of Maa Durga is facing towards the East direction. Hindu mythological beliefs talk about why the idol of the deities should be placed in the East direction. It says that the East direction symbolises a new beginning or a new phase. This is why make sure you place all the idols in the correct manner and direction this 2023 Dussehra date. 

3. Apta Tree Leaves 

In Hindu mythology, the leaves of Apta are treated no less than gold or sona. This is why Apta tree leaves are known as ‘sonpatta’. So, this astrological tip talks about donating apta tree leaves to your loved ones. This is done to open the doors of financial abundance and prosperity in your lives. Donating Apta leaves on the day of the Dussehra festival is a way of getting direct blessings from Lord Kuber. 

4. Worship Shami Tree 

Do you know that the ritual of worshipping the Shami tree on Dussehra dates back to Mahabharata? Pandavas kept their weapon under the Shami tree and worshipped for their victory over the Kauravas. So, if you worship the Shami Tree and light an oil lamp on the day of Dasara 2023, especially during the Pradosh Kaal, you might get the direct address of fortune and good luck per popular beliefs. This is because the Shami tree is one of the dearest and favourite things of Lord Shani. Lord Shani takes care of all your problems and protects you from enemies. 

Also Read: Why Garba Is Played in Navratri? Know The History Behind It


Well, that’s all about astrological tips and rituals for the Dasara 2023 festival. Not only should you spread joy and happiness to others, but you also welcome good luck and fortune in your lives by following the special astrological tips and rituals we talked about. We hope that this Dussehra 2023, you find the address of happiness, peace and health. 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

1. When is Dussehra in 2023?

This year, the festival of Dussehra will be observed on 24th October 2023, Tuesday. The tenth day of Navratri is celebrated as Vijayadashami or Dasara 2023. This is to honour the victory of good over evil as Maa Durga defeated the demon king Mahishasura on the 10th day of battle.

2. Is Vijaydashami and Dussehra the same?

Yes, Vijayadashami and Dussehra are the same. The reason why we call the festival of Dussehra Vijayadashami is because Lord Rama defeated the king of Lanka, Ravana, on the 10th day of the Ashwin month. This day is celebrated to honour Lord Rama’s victory over Rama, who kidnapped his wife, Sita.

3. Why do you celebrate Vijayadashami 2023?

As per Hindu mythological beliefs, there are two reasons why people Vijayadashami 2023. One of them talks about the victory of Maa Durga over the demon Mahishasura. The other one includes the victory of Lord Rama over Dasara Ravan.

4. What is Dussehra Puja time?

According to astrological calculations, Dussehra puja time will start from 01:58 PM to 02:42 PM (24th October 2023). However, the Dashami tithi begins at 5:44 p.m. on October 23, 2023, and will end at 12:00 p.m. on 24th October 2023.

5. What rituals are performed on Dussehra?

The rituals performed on the day of Dasara 2023 included Ramlila performances followed by the burning of the models of the demon king Dasara Ravan. However, in some parts of India, such as West Bengal, Bihar or Jharkhand, people also observe the rituals of Durga Puja.

6. What things to avoid during Dussehra 2023?

There are several things that one must avoid during Dussehra 2023. One of them includes avoiding non-vegetarian meals. Moreover, as per popular belief, to attain the blessings of God, one must only consume sattvic food. Along with this, people must focus on performing good karmic deeds and avoid humiliating others.

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Kasak Shirotriya

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