By CJ Suman

I, since childhood has connected Dussehra to elaborated fetes, rides and the toys in the forms

of Dhanush Baan (bow and arrow) and also the famous Hanumanji’s gada (mace) and having

these toys after bargaining with the local sellers were a joy I cherish even today. It is sad to

see the younger generation shying away from these festivals. That’s all together a different

story to talk about at some other time. My son who is 10 asked me the meaning and significance

of Dussehra and this is what I told him, the actual meaning of Dussehra, Dasha Hara

Dasha Hara is a Sanskrit word which means removal of ten bad qualities within you
1. Kama vasana (Lust)
2. Krodha (Anger)
3. Moha (Attachment)
4. Lobha (Greed)
5. Mada (Over Pride)
6. Matsara (Jealousy)
7. Swartha (Selfishness)
8. Anyaaya (Injustice)
9. Amanavta (Cruelty)
10. Ahankara (Ego)
It’s also known as ‘Vijaydashami’ which means Vijaya over these ten bad qualities.

Happy Dussehra!

PIC Courtesy: online media sources

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