Dasara, also called the Naada Habba( festival of the state) of Karnataka, celebrates the victory of Goddess Chamundi over the buffalo Demon Mahishasura and also Lord Rama over Demon Ravan. Dasara is also known as Dussehra or Vijayadashami.
Dasara was celebrated by the students of National Public School, Hosur Road with tremendous fervor. Highlighting the diversity in the celebration of the festival across the country, students partook in different activities. Commemorating our splendid Mysore Dasara, students decorated pictures of the Mysore Jambu Savari. Marking the celebrations in East India, the face of Ma Durga was decorated. To enable our students to become cognizant of our Indian mythology, they were told the stories behind the celebration of Dasara like the slaying of Mahihasura by Goddess Chamundi and slaying of Ravan by Lord Rama and how good always wins over evil. They made colourful Golu dolls acknowledging the celebrations in South India. Role of the dandiya dance in Gujarat’s Dasara celebration was highlighted through making of vibrant dandiya sticks. Vivid elephant mobiles were made emphasising our glorious Mysore Dasara procession. Students decorated their bulletin boards with messages and illustrations based on Dasara. They spread the message that Dasara serves as a reminder that only the truth shall exist, and the evil shall perish, that good will always be triumphant over evil. The school was filled with a festive atmosphere with the arrangement and display of traditional Golu dolls in the school quadrangle.
These activities exposed our students to the fact that the same festival is celebrated with so much distinction across various parts of our country, and to the wealth of our Indian traditions and culture along with informing them the significance of the festival.
Significance of celebrating Dasara/Vijaydashmi is to inspire everyone to transform into a better human beings by getting rid of the ten negative qualities(represented by each of the ten heads of Ravana) - Kama(Lust), Krodha(Anger), Moha(Attraction), Lobha(Greed), Garva(Pride), Irshya( Jalousy), Swartha( Selfishness), Anyaaya( Injustice), Amanavata( Cruelty) and. Ahankara ( Ego). This Vijayadashami, let us all slay the Raavan in us.