Here is Dashain Vrat Katha, Story of Dashain.. Which story is associated with Dashain festival of Nepal?
Dashain is the 15 day national religious festival of Nepal. It is the Dasara of Nepal. People in Nepal celebrate it for about 15 days and in the year 2016, it is celebrated from October 1 to October 16.
The tenth day of Dashain is Vijaya Dashami or the tika day which is celebrated on October 12, 2016. In the traditional Bikram Sambat calendar Dashain starts on Ahsoj 15, 2073 and ends on Ashoj 30, 2073. The main day is the Dashain Tika day of 2071 on Asoj 26, 2073.
Dashain is celebrated by worshipping Goddess Durga in all her manifestations by offering pujas which include the ritualistic animal sacrifices in Nepal. During this festival, people working elsewhere return to their home towns and celebrate the festival with their families. Most of the government offices, educational institutions and other offices in Nepal remain closed for nearly seven days during Dashain.
Legends of Dashain
Lord Ram kills Ravana
A fierce battle ensued between Lord Ram and the ten headed demon Ravan when the demon had taken away Sita with him to Lanka. It is said that Lord Ram was able to kill the demon after worshipping the Goddess Durga and getting her blessings. Finally Lord Rama killed Ravana on the day of Vijayadashami and Dashain is celebrated to commemorate this victory of the good over the evil.
Goddess Durga kills Mahishasura
Mahishasura was a demon with a human body and a buffalo head. He did severe penance and acquired great powers. But he misused his powers and started to attack the Gods.
The Gods then approached the trimurthis to help them. Then Goddess Durga was created with the power of all the Gods in the world and hence she was considered the most powerful Goddess of all beings.
Then the battle between the Goddess Durga and Mahishasura went on for nine days and nine nights and finally on the day of Vijayadashami, mahishasura was killed. Dashain is also celebrated to commemorate the victory of the Goddess.