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Story of Dassera Utsav (Vijayadashmi)

According to the Indian culture, the tenth day of the month of Ashvin is celebrated as Vijayadashmi or Dassera. The nine days that precede this day are the ‘navaratri’. In the times of the Treta yug, it was during this very period that Shree Ram fought a fierce war with Ravan and by the grace of  Aadimata Mahishasurmardini, Shreeram was victorious. It was in this period  that the reign of Ram was established in Lanka and Bibheeshan was crowned as its ruler.
It was on the day of Vijayadashmi that Shreeram returned to Ayodhya after the completion of His exile of fourteen years. This very victory of Shreeram over Ravan, now symbolic of the victory of the good over the evil or that of virtue over vice, is what we celebrate in today’s times on the day of Dassera. It is also customary to exchange the leaves of the ‘Apte’ tree, symbolic of gold.

Thousands of years down the line, after the times of the Ramayan and still further across the Dvapar era, we are now in the thick and intense phase of the Kaliyug. The moral decadence was evident along this journey in time; aggravating it further  to make us  believe it to be  the reign of Ravan in today’s times.

Celebration of Dassera Utsav

Sadguru Shree Aniruddha Bapu began His mission in 1996 and declared the concept of “RamRajya”.  If walked on right paths of life, we will be ushered in an era where  the circumstances  will prevail like those in the kingdom of Lord Shriram. It is indeed His vision for all of us  and that will happen and be celebrated in the year 2025. That is His Word, His assurance and His pledge. Thus,  Vijayadashmi or Dassera is a very special day and the Shree Aniruddha Upasana Foundation  celebrates it with zest.

Vijayopasna

On this day the shraddhavan do the Vijayopasana or Dassera utsav as directed by Shree Aniruddha Bapu. The weapons and tools like the mace used in the ancient Indian martial arts, that Aniruddha Bapu revived, are worshipped.

  • The program begins with the recitation of the Ramraksha stotra
  • The recitation of the Hanuman Chalisa.
  • The mantra ‘Om kripasindhu mahabalotkata shree aniruddhaya namah’ is chanted 54 times.
  • The upasana ends with the gajar addressed to Swami Samartha of Akkalkot – ‘Shree Swami Samartha Jai Jai Swami Samartha;  Ajoba Shree Swami Samartha Jai Jai Swami Samartha’.

Vijayadashmi – Victory of the good over the evil

But then, is Vijayadashmi to be celebrated only on the day that the calendar specifies?

Sadguru Shree Aniruddha Bapu says no doubt that the tenth day of the month of Ashvin is auspicious and holy. But if it signifies the triumph of the good over the evil, it assumes a wider dimension and must be celebrate every time this occurs in human life. Also, strife and struggle invariably occur before the good or virtue triumphs into  the final victory.

We retain the memory of the strife and also consequently of the pain that accompanied it. The pain that we went through, no doubt, deserves respect because it called for perseverance and strength. Nevertheless,we must think of the positive, the ultimate victory of the good that forced the evil to beat the retreat. The strength and the perseverance came because of the loving grace of the Sadguru and so did the final victory. We must recall all such moments of  victory of the good over the evil and offer them at the feet of the Sadguru. That is indeed the golden moment, in fact the gold, the most valuable treasure that we offer. Every such moment is the Vijayadashmi that needs to be celebrated.

Golden moments

Doing it year after year, we will eventually realize that not only are we able to recall many such precious instances but the number and frequency of such victorious moments is rising. More the love and gratitude for His Grace, more the capacity to fight the evil and as a result,  more ‘golden moments’ in life.

This is the ‘gold’, the ‘treasure’ that we need to plunder in life which  we need to offer to the Sadguru. The equation of ‘His’ love is very strange!!  More  the gold  you offer,  more of it comes your way.

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