Hi friends, Happy Dasara to all.
Each and every festival which is celebrated around our globe may be having many more significances apart from spiritual (religious) one. There may be many stories attached to different festivals and our present generation may not be interested to digg them may be because of lack of interest, busy time schedule or may be because of the inevitable mind set change arising out of cultural pollution or dilution. Moral tags are associated with these stories which tell us what is right and wrong with respect to ethics. But, irrespective their lack of understanding about all these moral stories it is heartening to see active participation of younger generation in all festivals. I always believe that main purpose of festival celebration is for entertainment and other things are secondary. Spiritual part of any festival may be for inner happiness which is difficult to understand but in a given day anybody can enjoy participating in a festival with family and friends. India is a great country carrying the richest cultural heritage of the world and under the fold of Hinduism which is a way of life; more than a billion people from different faiths are celebrating different festivals in their own way. Vijaya dasami the last day of navaratri festival which is popularly called as dasara (Dussehra) is one of India’s major festivals and people from different parts of the world are attracted towards it. Wheather it is Mysore dasara in Karnatak(South India) where Goddess Chamundeshwari is worshipped or Dussehra in West Bengal where Goddess Durga is worshipped or Ramleela in Northern India, people from different faiths are participating for enjoyment. World famous Mysore Dasra is celebrated in a most traditional way and millions of people gather on the streets of Mysore on Dasara day to see and enjoy the most colorful Elephant procession (Jamboo Savari). In India, most of our festivals are based on stories in which evil forces were defeated by God and apart from mere enjoyment we can adopt the moral of the stories for the betterment of society as a whole. On this auspicious day I wish the evil force of international terrorists may be destroyed for ever by combined effort of rest of us. Today if any body watches the act of evil forces without supporting the victim as a mute spectator, then tomorrow may be his turn where he will be at the receiving end from terrorists. In the Mahabharata battle field Lord Krishna tells Arjuna that in Dharma Yuddha (war for right and wrong), one cannot remain neutral and everybody should take one side or the other.