Dussehra marks the triumph of Sri Rama over the 10-headed demon king Ravana, who abducted Rama’s wife, Mother Sita. Dussehra is also the culmination of the nine-day Navaratri festival. Ayudha Puja, worship of weapons, is done on the 8th day of the festival. In South India, especially in Kerala, worship of Mother Saraswathi, Goddess of knowledge and wisdom, is an important element. School-going children get a break from mandatory daily-learning when books and pencils are kept for worship on the 7th day, and taken after worship on the last day.
‘Ravana represents lust… Ravana’s lust cost him as well as other demons dearly’.
‘Real happiness lies in controlling the senses. When lust is sublimated and not suppressed, it is transformed into divine love, giving us inexhaustible joy. And the chanting of the holy names of God helps us sublimate lust’.
Om Kama Krodha Dhwamsine Namaha