We celebrated “Dussehra” virtually with great energy and enthusiasm under the guidance of our teachers. Dussehra is popularly known as Vijayadasami, which is celebrated all over India. This festival symbolizes the victory of good over evil. It lasts for ten days starting with 9 nights which is known as Navaratri. The 10th and last day is called Vijayadasami which has a lot of significance in Indian culture and tradition.
As always, we started the celebration with a prayer to Amma, followed by a welcome dance featuring Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva, and Goddess Parvathi. Then we narrated a story, sang a melodious song about Goddess Durga, chanted Mahalakshmi ashtakam, performed a classical dance portraying Astalakshmi, and chanted Mahishasura Mardini stotram.
“Bathukamma” is one of the regional dances performed during Navaratri. It is a floral festival celebrated predominantly in Telangana and some parts of Andhra Pradesh. Our students prepared Bathukamma with colorful seasonal flowers and danced around it.
Finally, we concluded the program by describing the 18 Shaktipeethas, performing Devi aarthi and chanting Shanti Mantra.