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Today is a rather unique day - it is both navmi (and that ends in an hour at 12 noon) and dashmi that begins thereafter. So two lunar dates have merged on the same Gregorian date - the local paper called it 'extremely auspicious' or rather 'abujh muhurat' (i.e. a date so auspicious that one doesnt have to consult anyone for the auspicious time!)

Most people in India will celebrate Vijayadashmi today. In the north there wil be Ravan dahan (or burning of the effigy of Ravana, the principal villain of the epic tale of Ramayana). On the road sides in Jaipur, perhaps every few kilometers one finds small, crudely made effigies for sale. Most are several feet high - a part of Jaipur turns into ''Ravan Mandi'' or literally the market where Ravan effigies are sold (photo below) -

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The bigger one - that I will go to witness the burning of - is approximately 100 foot high (I went on Monday to get a photo but the light was very bad). Per Jaipur tradition, a Muslim family from Mathura has been building an effigy for that location for the last five generations. It's a much nicer looking ravan actually.

If anyone else has any photos of Dussehra, the way it is celebrated in your part of the country, do post it here -

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Anecdotally Dasha Hara in sanskrit means removal of ten bad qualities -

🎆Kama vasana (Lust)
🎆Krodha (Anger)
🎆Moha (Attachment)
🎆Lobha (Greed)
🎆Mada (Over Pride)
🎆Matsara (Jealousy)
🎆Swartha (Selfishness)
🎆Anyaaya (Injustice)
🎆Amanavta (Cruelty)
🎆Ahankara (Ego)

That burning of the effigy or Ravana is not universal across the diaspora. It is also supposedly the Hindu Labor Day a.k.a Vishvakarma puja

(courtesy of diasporian pillow)
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post It is also supposedly the Hindu Labor Day a.k.a Vishvakarma puja
That's interesting. Viswakarma puja is celebrated in Bengal in mid September. Its a must do for all enterprises remotely connected to engineering - from huge iron and steel plants to your neighborhood lathe machine workshop or car repair shed.

Its also the Bengali kite flying day.
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I just read that the Bijoya Dashami in Bengal is coinciding this year with the festival of Muharram.



Source :http://www.newsmen.in/news-item/no-i...e-to-muharram/
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In many puja pandals Dashami will be celebrated tomorrow as well. In fact we are going to shoot at such a pandal tomorrow. :-)
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Originally Posted by nayan View Post That's interesting. Viswakarma puja is celebrated in Bengal in mid September. Its a must do for all enterprises remotely connected to engineering - from huge iron and steel plants to your neighborhood lathe machine workshop or car repair shed.
Interesting indeed. My informant is a labor activist in a country with a substantial diasporic population, and a rather observant person. I vaguely remember the pujo in WB - It has not a school holiday.
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Not going OT - In my part of the country we do not have Ramlila on dassehra/dashami.

First - dashami puja and in the end baran and sidurkhela
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-X...rrba-Baran.jpg
http://www.nagpurtoday.in/wp-content...era2012-10.jpg

then We have the immersion of the goddess.
From the net http://media2.intoday.in/indiatoday/...1513023938.gif

Then - treats
gaja - https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com...aa4ce49284.jpg
Chandrapuli - http://images.peekncook.com/Content/...andrapuli2.jpg
narkel naru - http://cdn.203.se/img.php?u=http%3A%...=1&w=300&h=245
nimki - http://amarpujotoronto.org/blog/images/Ritu_Nimki.jpg

All pics from google.
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Originally Posted by theyyamdancer View Post I just read that the Bijoya Dashami in Bengal is coinciding this year with the festival of Muharram.



Source :http://www.newsmen.in/news-item/no-i...e-to-muharram/
edited - confusion on my part.

This is very common actually. In the past it has lead to many incidents.
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I have no idea either. Simply reporting what I read in the press.


Here also:
http://publicholidays.in/west-bengal/



Possibly depending on whether you calculate by the Gregorian calendar or by the Islamic calendar ?
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check my edited post
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Ah.

So will this make it difficult to do the immersions in the Hooghly ?
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so immersions are supposed to be all done today. Not on 23rd or 24th.

Normally on a shortened puja like this time immersions would have happened tomorrow.
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Muharram started on 12th October and will conclude tommorrow on 23rd. Its the same in Jaipur. Tommorrow is when the tajiyas (floats that resemble the tombs of Ali and husain) will be taken out as a procession. These will be buried on 24th.

Jaipur royal family also sends their own Tajiya every year. Its 300 year old and is made of silver and gold. It only participates in the procession but isn't buried.
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Here, and among the Tamil diaspora, Vijayadashami is the day that students kneel at the feet of their guru and recite the guru mantra, either for the first time, on joining the class, or as a reaffirmation. At the end of the day, the guru's cupboard is overstocked with fruit, and their wallet is somewhat fatter from the contents of the small envelopes that accompany it.

Guru Brahmaa Guru Vishnu
Guru Devo Maheshwarah
Guru Saakshaata Parabrahma
Tasmai Shri Guruve Namah


As well as making my own offerings to my guru, I used to attend at my veena-teacher friend's house, where here son (who is now a doctor), a couple of other small boys and myself would provide the percussion accompaniment to a short performance from each and every student, from beginner to advanced. If it was a weekend day, it could take all day and into the night.

The music, the company, the fun... those were some of my best days ever!
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In Tamil Nadu that is called as Saraswati Puja where books are kept in front of Goddess Saraswati. My sister used to keep her anklets that she used while giving her arangretram. We did that yesterday.

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