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Bijoya Dashami and Mishti

Vijayadashami (Bengali: বিজয়াদশমী) also known as Dasara, is one of the most important festivals celebrated in various forms, across India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Dasara/ Dussehra is derived from Sanskrit Dasha-hara meaning “remover of bad fate” meaning remover of ten heads of Ravana’s.

It is also referred to as Navratri and Durgotsav. It is also written as DashaharaDussehra Bengali: দশেরা.

Dasara is celebrated on the tenth day of the Hindu autumn lunar month of Ashvin, or Ashwayuja which falls in September or October of the Western calendar, from the Shukla Paksha Pratipada, or the day after the new moon which falls in Bhadrapada, to the Dashami, or the tenth day of Ashvin. The first nine days are celebrated as Maha Navratri(Sanskrit: नवरात्रि, ‘nine nights’) or Sharada Navratri (the most important Navratri) and culminates on the tenth day as Dasara.

The day marks the victory of Goddess Durga over such demons as Shumbh and Nishumbh. It is a day when devotees worship Goddess Shakti. Shakti represents strength, ability and courage. This day also celebrates the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana.

On this day a lot of activity happens related to bengali sweets wherein the sales of sweets in shops increases drastically. Also in traditional Bengali families with zamindari lineage, the mishtis are prepared with great love in the kitchens in large quantities. Also families visit each other and gift sweet boxes to each other.

I took this context as an inspiration and developed the artwork. I wanted to concentrate on the activity wherein married ladies feed the Goddess the sweet to seek her blessings and bid her goodbye so that she can come back next year. This artwork was developed for a 2 color screen printing experiment.

The Bijoya Dashami Artwork in process.

Bijoya Dashami- Final Artwork

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