Celebrations become divine in the city with the observation of Dussehra here. Navi Mumbai was also fully engrossed with the rituals and prayers giving the city a new look. On this occasion Navi Mumbai News too wishes its viewers a very happy dassera. Dussehra is a very important day and is celebrated throughout the nation in the Hindu month of Ashwin. Following a 10-day celebration including worship of Goddess Durga during Ramleela falls this tenth day called Vijayadasmi. The tenth day after the Navaratri is celebrated as Dussera or Vijayadashami. Goddess Shakti took assumed nine different forms during the nine nights and on the tenth day she killed the demon Mahishasura with the blessings of Lord Shiva. Devi Durga was seen with ten hands holding the weapons. She killed the demon Mahishasura and saved the Gods and the Devas. Dussera is celebrated as a mark of the death of the demon Mahishasura. Special poojas are performed throughout these nine days. On the tenth day, poojas for the Goddess is performed in all the houses. They keep their books, household things for the pooja. The whole of ten days is dedicated to the Goddess Durga. People decorate the entrance of their homes with ‘thoranams’ with flowers and mango leaves. One more legend associated with this day is that, on this day Sri Rama killed the demon, Ravana of Srilanka, and rescued Sita. It has been believed that, Rama worshipped the Goddess Durga and got the blessings from her to kill the demon. The Lankha battle was believed to be held on this day. Thus, dussera, the festival celebrating the victory of good over the evil, was celebrated today with fervour and gaiety and is a day that marks the culmination of the Durga Puja and Navratri festivals. Even in Navi Mumbai every street of every node of the city had a story to relate about the divine celebrations that have been a part of the city on the occasion of Dussehra.

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