Vijaya Dashami celebrations at ISKCON Mysore
Fruits, flowers and goodies marked the last two days of Dasara. Sweets are no doubt a part of any festive season. ISKCON Mysore was a full-house of devotees celebrating this festival with great enthusiasm. We give you glimpses of the Vijaya Dashami celebrations at ISKCON Mysore Dasara festival. Also read more about the significance of celebrating the Vijaya Dashami festival.
The upcoming monumental Sri Radha Krishna Temple and Cultural Centre on a nine-acre campus
Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa, President ISKCON Bangalore, Sri Chanchalapathi Dasa, Senior Vice-President ISKCON Bangalore and Sri Jai Chaitanya Dasa, President ISKCON Mysore and other devotees performing the ‘Ground Breaking Ceremony’ at Nava Brindavan Dham.
On the auspicious day of Vijaya Dashami, ISKCON Mysore performed the ‘Ground Breaking Ceremony’ for its upcoming Nava Brindavan Dham project of building a monumental Sri Radha Krishna Temple and Cultural Centre on the nine acre campus.
Taking the opportunity to blend the unique cultural and spiritual elements of God consciousness into the festivities, ISKCON Mysuru organized the seventh annual ISKCON Dasara festival on its premises to commemorate the victory of Lord Rama over the demon King Ravana.
Vijaya Dashami celebrations
Deities of Lord Krishna and Balarama dressed as Lord Rama and Lakshmana
nara-devatvam apannah sura-karya-cikirsaya
samudra-nigrahadini cakre viryany atah param
In the eighteenth incarnation, the Lord appeared as King Rama. In order to perform some pleasing work for the demigods, He exhibited superhuman powers by controlling the Indian Ocean and then killing the atheist King Ravana, who was on the other side of the sea.
The Supreme Lord appeared as Lord Rama, the son of Dasaratha. He was exiled, and His wife Sita (the daughter of King Janaka) and brother Lakshmana accompanied Him.
Valmiki’s Ramayana chronicles the life of Lord Rama when He was in exile for 14 years. His wife Sita was abducted by Ravana, the ten-headed demon.
Hanuman, an ardent devotee of Lord Rama, also known as Pavan-Suta (son of the wind-god) helped Rama in locating Sita. He set Lanka on fire, and killed many of Ravana’s warriors including his son Aksha.
Hanuman instructed Ravana to release Sita; but, Ravana’s refusal to do so led to the mighty war between Rama and Ravana, in which Ravana was killed.
Triumph of Good over Evil
Effigy of Ravana
To commemorate this victory of Rama, an effigy of Ravana is burnt on the day of Vijaya Dashami. This signifies the triumph of good over evil.
At ISKCON Nava Brindavan Dham in Mysuru, Vijaya Dashami was celebrated in a grand manner.
The highlights of the festival included:
- Sri Rama Dasha Sahasrarchana (chanting the 10,000 names of Sri Rama) and
- Gaja Vahana (the presiding Deities, Sri Sri Krishna Balarama adorned in Rama-Lakshmana alankara ride on the Gaja vahana)
- Ravana Dahana (burning the effigies of Meghanadha, Kumbhakarna and Ravana)
Chant the holy name ‘Hare Krishna'
Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa, President, ISKCON Bangalore
Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa, President, ISKCON Bangalore, a recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri award gave an inspiring talk on the spiritual significance of Dasara and the importance of Nama Sankirtana which is the only means for victory over the evils of Kali-yuga.