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Dasara is a festival dedicated to Godess Durga (Shakthi).

Legend of Durga:
The Devas and Asuras had a constant battle (Good vs evil). An asura by name Mahishasura, who was in the form of a buffalo, gained prominence and defeated the devas. No one was able to defeat him, and the world was suffering at his hands. So all the Gods came together and gave their powers or Shakti to a single being, a young beautiful goddess named Durga. The battle between Mahishasura and Durga raged for 9 days, and at the end Durga killed Mahishasura. Different forms of Durga Devi are worshipped on each of the 9 days of the Dasara festival.

The 9 forms worshipped in Andhra are: Sri Bala Tripura Sundari, Sri Gayathri Devi, Sri Mahalakshmi Devi, Sri Annapurna Devi, Sri Lalitha Tripura Sundari Devi, Sri Saraswathi Devi (Moola nakshatram), Sri Durga Devi, Sri Mahishasura Mardini, and Sri Rajarajeswari Devi.

Another story associated with Dasara is the death of Ravanasura at the hands of Lord Rama (an incarnation of Vishnu). At most places in India this is celebrated by burning an effigy of Ravana with his 10 heads, each representing an evil afflicting man.

As with all Indian festivals, a special meal is cooked, and served as naivedyam to the dieties. So this year, on Vijaya Dasami, this is the meal I prepared:

Items:
Bendakaya Kura (also called bindi subzi)
Utti Pappu
Mukkala Pulusu (with tomato, sorakaya)
Pulihora
Velakkaya pacchidi (prepared by my mother-in-law)
Vada
Semiya Payasam (with cashew and kishmish)
Plain Rice
Ghee
Curds

Enjoy the meal πŸ™‚ and Vijaya Dashami Subhakankshalu

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