As Navratri draws to a close and the month of Ashwin ends, the Hindu calendar sees the dawn of a new day and another festival – Dussehra, which is celebrated at the end of 9-day Navratri festivities. Also known as Vijay Dashami, it is traditionally considered one of the most auspicious days in the Hindu almanac. People buy new things, start new projects and invest in gold and silver to mark the day and also ensure their success.
Vijay Dashami or Dussehra is considered to mark the triumph of good over evil, the coming together of all the positive forces and rendering the negative elements completely toothless. One of the key features of the Dussehra celebrations is the burning of Ravana’s effigy and bringing in Shami leaves to our homes. While burning Ravana’s effigy indicates nullifying the demonic forces, the incoming of the Shami leaves signals prosperity and success.
What Is A Shami Leaf?
Shami is traditionally a tree found in the Thar Desert region of Rajasthan; it is also common in several other parts of the world. In different countries, Shami is known by different names and constitutes as an important fodder for the animals in heat. The extreme weather turns everything lifeless, but the Shami manages to beat all odds and remain green and full of life all year round. Its flower is called Minjr and the fruit Sangri. Even its wood is important for farmers to burn as well as make furniture.