॥ यत्र रामः भयं न अत्र न अस्ति तत्र पराभवः ॥


Vijayadashamī

On the tenth day of bright-half of Ashvina month Vijaya festival of Bhagavan Shri Rama is celebrated.

आश्विने शुक्लदशमी विजया सा प्रकीर्तिता ॥
(श्रीनारद महापुराणम्, पूर्व भाग, ११९.२०)

āśvinē śukladaśamī vijayā sā prakīrtitā॥
(Śrī Nārada Mahā Purāṇa, Pūrva bhāga, 119.20)

“The Shukla-dashami (the 10th day of bright-half) of the Ashvin month is called Vijyaya day of Bhagavan Shri Rama.”

Vijayadashami is celebrated to mark the victory of Bhagavān Śrī Rāma, the embodiment of Dharma (righteousness) over Ravana the evil demon king, the success of good over evil in our history, to rejoice the valorous pastimes of the cosmic hero, and so that it could inspire all in the world to tread on the path of righteousness!

The battle between Sri Rama and Ravana can be likened only to the battle between Sri Rama and Ravana, there is no other such battle ever happened in history, nor it will ever happen in future. Therefore, only this victory is called Vijaya festival in scriptures which brought happiness and peace to all the worlds.

May Shri Rama take abode in the heart of his devotees and eliminate the evil tendencies present inside in the form of Kama (lust), Krodh (anger), lobh (greed), moh (ignorance, infatuation), mada (arrogance, intoxication), matsar (envy, jealousy), ahamkara (ego, pride), himsa (cruelty, injuring others by speech, mind, and body), kapat (deceit, hypocrisy) and bhaya (fear), and all such vile and ignoble qualities.

Ravana was embodiment of all these aforementioned evil qualities.

Ravana was used to abduct and rape the daughters sisters, and wives of devas (celestials), asuras (demons), Gandharvas, Humans, Vanaras, Nagas, etc and keep them in his gynaeceum.

देवासुरनृकन्यानामाहर्तारं ततस्ततः॥
शत्रुस्त्रीशोकदातारं नेतारं स्वजनस्य च ।
(वाल्मीकि रामायण ६.१११.५५ख-५६क)

dēvāsuranṛkanyānāmāhartāraṃ tatastataḥ॥
śatrustrīśōkadātāraṃ nētāraṃ svajanasya ca ।
(Śrī Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa 6.111.55b-56a)

“Ravana was used to abduct the daughters (women) of Deva (celestials), asuras, humans, etc from here and there. He was tormentor to wives of his enemies and a leader for his people.”

उच्छेत्तारं च धर्माणां परदाराभिमर्शनम् ॥
(वाल्मीकि रामायण ३.३२.१२)

ucchēttāraṃ ca dharmāṇāṃ paradārābhimarśanam ॥
(Śrī Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa 3.32.12)

“Ravana used to cut all dharmas by their roots and molest others' wives.”

He used to destroy the Yajna and kill sages. He had become a terror for all the worlds and all the living beings.

आप्तयज्ञहरं क्रूरं ब्रह्मघ्नं दुष्टचारिणम्।
कर्कशं निरनुक्रोशं प्रजानामहिते रतम् ॥
रावणं सर्वभूतानां सर्वलोकभयावहम्।
(श्री वाल्मीकि रामायण ३.३२.१२)

āptayajñaharaṃ krūraṃ brahmaghnaṃ duṣṭacāriṇam ।
karkaśaṃ niranukrōśaṃ prajānāmahitē ratam ॥
rāvaṇaṃ sarvabhūtānāṃ sarvalōkabhayāvaham ।
(Śrī Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa 3.32.12)

“Ravana used to disrupt Vedic Yajnas at their final stage. He used to kill brahmins of those Yajnas. He was ruthless, harsh, and merciless. He was involved in the activities against human welfare. In short, he become a terror for all the living beings and all the worlds.”

Therefore, to eliminate Ravana, Bhagavan himself appeared to bring peace and happiness in all the worlds.


(Heartiest Greetings of Vijayadashami, the victory of Bhagavan Shri Rama over Ravana)

As per puranas, Bhagavān Śrī Rāma eliminated Ravana along with his demonic army on the 9th day of Shukla Paksha (bright half) of Ashvina month and on the 10th day, finals rites of Ravana was done. And on the 10th day, Hanuman brought the good news to Śrī Rāma that Śrī Sita Ji is unharmed and safe and only after hearing this news Śrī Rāma and his monkeys armies celebrated the victory.

Therefore, people burn Ravana on the 10th day and celebrate victory of Shri Rama over Ravana, the victory of dharma over adharma.

May this nation and the people here who are all proud of Sri Ram as their ideal hero could defeat the terror, injustices, cruelty corruption, and progress towards the Rama-Rajya (the rule of righteousness and bliss) and bring harmony in the society by remembering their true hero Sri Ram!

यत्र रामः भयं न अत्र न अस्ति तत्र पराभवः॥
(श्री वाल्मीकि रामायण २.४८.१५)

yatra rāmaḥ bhayam na atra na asti tatra parābhavaḥ ॥
(Śrī Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa 2.48.15)

“Wherever there is Sri Ram, there is no fear and never defeat (fall, ruin) !”

The battle between Sri Ram and Ravan was the most fierce battle ever seen in the history, the war between Rama and Ravana can be likened to the battle between Rama and Ravana only :

गन्धर्वाप्सरसां संघा दृष्ट्वा युद्धमनूपमम् ।
गगनं गगनाकारं सागरः सागरोपमः ॥
रामरावणयोर्युद्धं रामरावणयोरिव ।
एवं ब्रुवन्तो ददृशुस्तद्युद्धं रामरावणम् ॥
(श्री वाल्मीकि रामायण ६.१०७.५२-५३)

gandharvāpsarasāṃ saṃghā dṛṣṭvā yuddhamanūpamam ।
gaganaṃ gaganākāraṃ sāgaraḥ sāgarōpamaḥ ॥
rāmarāvaṇayōr-yuddhaṃ rāmarāvaṇayōriva ।
ēvaṃ bruvantō dadṛśustadyuddhaṃ rāmarāvaṇam ॥
(Śrī Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa 6.107.52-53)

“Seeing that matchless struggle and observing that the sky is its own compeer and the ocean is its own analogue, the battle between Sri Rama and Ravana can be likened only to the battle between Sri Rama and Ravana, the hosts of Gandharvas the celestial musicians and Apsaras, the heavenly nymphs, looked on that battle between Sri Rama and Ravana.”

When Raghunandan killed the evil demon king Ravana, Gods from heaven poured flowers over chariot of Sri Rama!

निपपातान्तरिक्षाच्च पुष्पवृष्टिस्तदा भुवि ।
किरन्ती रघवरथं दुरवापा मनोहरा ॥
(श्री वाल्मीकि रामायण ६.१०८.२८)

nipapātāntarikṣācca puṣpavṛṣṭistadā bhuvi ।
kirantī raghavarathaṃ duravāpā manōharā ॥
(Śrī Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa 6.108.28)

“Pouring over the chariot of Sri Rama quite fascinating shower of flowers, which was difficult to be accomplished (elsewhere), fell from the heavens to the earth on that occasion after killing of Ravana.”

Gods started doing Stava of Shri Rama, proclaiming Shri Rama Jayam!

राघवस्तवसंयुक्ता गगने च विशुश्रुवे ।
साधु साध्विति वागग्य्रा देवतानां महात्मनाम् ॥
(श्री वाल्मीकि रामायण ६.१०८.२९)

rāghava-stava-saṃyuktā gaganē ca viśuśruvē ।
sādhu sādhviti vāgagyrā dēvatānāṃ mahātmanām ॥
(Śrī Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa 6.108.29)

“Excellent pronouncements of the great-souled gods saying "well done! Bravo!", combined with a panegyric in praise (Stava) of Sri Rama, was distinctly heard in the sky.”

Everyone in all the three worlds rejoiced the victory of Shri Rama over the demon Ravana who was the basket of evils and terror to good people and women of gods and men.

आविवेश महान् हर्षो देवानां चारणैः सह।
रावने निहते रौद्रे सर्वलोकभयंकरे ॥
[श्री वाल्मीकि रामायण ६.१०८.३०)

āvivēśa mahān harṣō dēvānāṃ cāraṇaiḥ saha ।
rāvanē nihatē raudrē sarvalōkabhayaṃkarē ॥
(Śrī Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa 6.108.30)

“When Ravana, the cruel demon and the terror of all the worlds, was killed, a great rejoice filled the hearts of gods and charanas the celestial bards.”

After Ravana was eliminated, his wife Mandodari lamented a lot and she revealed the real nature of Bhagavān Śrī Rāma in front of all...

व्यक्तमेष महायोगी परमात्मा सनातनः ।
अनादिमध्यनिधनो महतः परमो महान् ॥
तमसः परमो धाता शङ्खचक्रगदाधरः ।
श्रीवत्सवक्षा नित्यश्रीरजय्यः शाश्वतो ध्रुवः ॥
मानुषं रूपमास्थाय विष्णुः सत्यपराक्रमः ।
सर्वैः परिवृतो देवैर्वानरत्वमुपागतैः ॥
सर्वलोकेश्वरः श्रीमान् लोकानां हितकाम्यया ।
सराक्षस परीवारम् हतवांस्त्वां महाद्युतिः ॥
(श्री वाल्मीकि रामायण ६.१११.१४-१७)

vyaktamēṣa mahāyōgī paramātmā sanātanaḥ ।
anādimadhyanidhanō mahataḥ paramō mahān ॥
tamasaḥ paramō dhātā śaṅkhacakragadādharaḥ ।
śrīvatsavakṣā nityaśrīrajayyaḥ śāśvatō dhruvaḥ ॥
mānuṣaṃ rūpamāsthāya viṣṇuḥ satyaparākramaḥ ।
sarvaiḥ parivṛtō dēvairvānaratvamupāgataiḥ ॥
sarvalōkēśvaraḥ śrīmān lōkānāṃ hitakāmyayā ।
sarākṣasa parīvāram hatavāṃstvāṃ mahādyutiḥ ॥
(śrī vālmīki rāmāyaṇa 6.111.14-17)

Mandodari, the great Sati says —
“(Oh my dead husband Ravana!) This Rama is certainly the greatest Yogi (Mahāyōgī of this cosmos), the Supreme soul (Paramātmā), an eternal person, having no beginning middle or end, greater than all great ones and distinguished gods (paramō mahān), the one beyond ignorance, the supreme nourisher of all living beings, the Lord who wields a conch a disc and a mace is subordinate (adhara) to him, having the 'Srivatsa' mark on his chest, of lasting beauty (the most beautiful personality), incapable of being conquered, a perpetual one, being the constant soul of the universe, truly mighty, the lord of all the worlds, the prosperous one having a great splendour and the all pervading Supreme soul (Vishnu) or two armed Vishnu, with a wish to benefit all the worlds, assuming a human form surrounded by all the gods in the form of monkeys, Rama killed you, surrounded by demons.”

समर बिजय रघुबीर के चरित जे सुनहिं सुजान।
बिजय बिबेक बिभूति नित तिन्हहि देहिं भगवान॥121 क॥
यह कलिकाल मलायतन मन करि देखु बिचार।
श्री रघुनाथ नाम तजि नाहिन आन अधार॥121 ख॥

"The Lord rewards with everlasting victory, wisdom and worldly prosperity those men of good understanding who listen to the stories relating to the victory of Sri Rama (the Hero of Raghus line) in battle. Ponder well and see for yourself, O my mind: this age of Kali is the very home of impurities. There is nothing to fall back upon in this age, other than the name of the illustrious Lord of the Raghus." [Sri Ramcharitmanas 6.121A, 121B]

So Hail in high pitch on this day '' Shri Rama Jaya Rama Jaya Jaya Rama!!!''

Let this festival of Vijayadashmi shouldn't become the celebration of mere symbolic burning of the effigy of evil Ravana and his associate, lets burn all the Ravanas inside and collectively outside !

Jai Sri Rama!

ŚrīŚrī SītāRāma-caraṇa-cañcarīk,
SiyāRāghavendra Sharan

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