Legend Behind Dassehra :
Vijaya Dashami is celebrated in the remembrance of victory of Good over Evil as it is the day when Lord Rama killed the Demon Ravana. Demon Ravana had kidnapped the Lord Rama's beloved wife Sita and held her captive in his kingdom (Lanka), to win Sita's love but Devi Sita suffered all tortures of Demon Ravana bravely and waited for Lord Rama. Lord Rama had performed the Chandi Homam and invoked the blessings of Goddess Durga, who blessed him with secret knowledge of the way to kill Demon Ravana. Lord Rama, his brother Lakshmana, their follower Lord Hanuman and the monkeys fought a great battle to rescue Devi Sita. The war lasted for 10 days and on the day of Ashwin Shukla Dashmi, Lord Rama and his team found Goddess Sita and defeated the Demon Ravana. The glorious victory of Lord Rama was celebrated with great happiness, which continues to be followed till date in the form of Dussehra / Vijaya Dashmi.
Celebration of Dassehra :
Dussehra is celebrated with religious observance. Indian people celebrates the festival with great enthusiasm and zeal. The effigies (in the form of wood and paper) of Demon Ravana are burnt on bonfires in the evening to symbolize the victory of Lord Ram. In many parts of India, people celebrates the festival in the form of Drama from a short version of epic Ramayana which is known as Ramlila.Puja of Dassehra :
Dussehra / Vijaya Dashmi Puja is performed with strict rituals and devotion. In many households across India, a holy image of Dussehra is drawn on the floor and worshipped. A printed illustration of Dussehra may also be worshipped. While both men and women can perform the puja, people usually call upon a priest to perform the ritual. Customary rituals including doing the puja with water, cow dung, offerings of grain, flowers, fruits and sweets along with the lighting of Incense Sticks and Deepak followed by the parikrama are observed. After the Puja, Food and Dakshina are given to the Brahmins.