Many customs are followed on Dussehra. People follow different customs depending upon their local traditions. Lets find out.
Dussehra is celebrated as victory of Rama over Ravana. i.e. Victory of good over evil. On Dussehra, people take a resolution of destroying the evil tendencies lie inside them.
Various customs are performed on the day of Dussehra reminding us to step on the path of Dharma (Duty).
Dussehra puja is performed with great enthusiasm and devotion. In many places, a holy image of Dusshera is drawn on the floor and worshiped. Before 10 days of Dussehra i.e. first day of Navratri, barley seeds are sown. On 10th day, the grown barly shoots are used in Dussehra Puja.
In some of the places in Himachal, Puja starts on the day of Dussehra and lasts for 7 days.
Burning Ravan At Home
Some devotees create Ravan from cow-dung and burn that in evening.
A Brahmin Puja is performed and food, clothes, dakshina (A respected gift) is offered to Brahmins for successful achievement.
In some parts of the North India, on Dussehra, a teeka ceremony is organized and just like Raksha Bandhan, sisters apply teeka (Mark on forehead) on brother’s forehead. In some places, the ceremony is done by younger to elders.
Respect for profession
This day is considered very auspicious for professional instruments. People respect for their duty and worship the things which are used in their profession. i.e. Drivers clean their vehicles. Carpenters, Mechanics worship their tools. Army men worship their weapons.
In northern India, the tradition of burning the dummies of Ravan, his brother Kumbhkaran and son Meghnad is followed since ancient times.