Vanita Thakkar is an accomplished singer-composer-poetess-author; a performer since childhood; teaches music; is life-long student of music.
Condolence Message To Devil On Dussehra
On the demise of
Yet another of your dreams
To destroy me.
Helpless you are
Against your pangs of
Attraction and Repulsion,
Entangled you are
In self-made snares of
Insecurity and fears.
Could you not see yourself
Turning into a battle-field of
Hidden appreciation and expectations,
And implemented, gross degradation ?
I wish tiredness
To your misled eyes
For their scavengerly ventures
So that they can have
Time and space
For better dreams and aspirations.
- Vanita Thakkar (28.09.2009)
Note : Tomorrow - 25-10-2020 - is Dussehra. Every year the date of the festival is different due to differences in the solar and lunar calendars.
Dussehra - The Celebration of Victory of Good over Evil ....
Dussehra is the Indian Festival that celebrates victory of Good over evil. It is celebrated in memory of the victory of Lord Raama over the mighty demon king Raavana, to free his wife, Seetaa from Raavana's captivity.
The story in brief is as follows :
King Dasharatha of Ayodhya (in North India, on the banks of the holy River Sarayu) had three Queens namely, Kaushalya, Sumitra and Kaikeyi. He had four sons - Raama, the son of Kaushalya; Laxmana and Shatrughna - the sons of Sumitra and Bharata - the son of Kaikeyi. Raama - the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the Deity that Protects, Preserves and Sustains Creation - is a personification of Truth, Love and Compassion and dear to one and all.
Sensing the right time to initiate a change over, King Dasharatha decides to hand over the charge of his reign to his crown prince Raama and with the ready and happy consent of his courtiers and people, starts preparations for the crowning ceremony. However, under the influence of her old and crooked care-taker maid, Mantharaa, Queen Kaikeyi asks for two boons that the king had promised her long back, which shatters the joy and peace in the kingdom. She demands that the crown be given to her son Bharata and that Raama goes for a Vanavaasa (meaning, stay in forests) - an exile (of fourteen years) to the forests, away from human habitats / kingdoms. The King, extremely upset at the turn of events, pleads in vain to spare Raama of such hardships, but Kaikeyi is too adamant to give in.
On knowing about the whole matter, Raama willingly and gracefully accepts to go to the forests for Vanavaasa of fourteen years to fulfill his father's vow. Raama's loving wife Seetaa, not ready to accept separation from her husband in his hour of hardships and ordeals, accompanies him, as also his devoted younger brother, Laxmana.
During the last year of their stay in the forests, the sister of demon king Raavana named Shoorpanakhaa spots Raama, gets attracted towards him and in trying to persuade him to marry her, tries to kill Seetaa. Laxmana intervenes and punishes her by chopping off her nose and ears. Infuriated Shoorpankhaa's vengeance takes her to her brother Raavana, whose lust she provokes by describing the divine, unparalleled beauty of Seetaa.
Raavana conspires to abduct Seetaa. In the disguise of a hermit begging alms, he draws the dutiful Seetaa out of the safety of her hermitage, which he or anyone could not enter, and abducts her, in the absence of her husband and brother-in-law. Raavana had conspired to ensure that both men are away from the hermitage as he fulfills his plan of abducting Seetaa.
Raavana takes Seetaa away to his far off kingdom - Lankaa (present day Shri Lanka) - in the middle of the sea. He imprisons her and demands her to marry him. Seetaa - a devoted, dutiful wife and a lady of principles, refuses to accept his proposals, in spite of threats and hardships.
Raama traces Seetaa with the help of his devotee Hanuman and gets a bridge built on the ocean, to be able to reach Lankaa with the army of his friend, King Sugreeva of Kishkindhaa. A fierce battle ensues between the armies and the great warriors of both the armies. The final and fiercest battle that took place between Raama and Raavana is said to have lasted for about seven days. And finally, on the tenth day of the Shukla Paksha (the brighter half of the month - the fortnight between new moon to full moon) of the Ashwin month as per the Indian Lunar Calendar, Raama kills Raavana. That day is celebrated as Dussehra every year, ever since and is marked as a day to celebrate the victory of Good over evil.
(This is just a brief summary, an essence of the background behind the Dussehra festival. The detailed story of the epic Raamaayana can be read in any of the many authentic texts available. Several movies and TV serials are also made on the Raamaayana. Songs and anecdotes from the great epic are a regular feature of day to day life in India.)
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