Food Items That Are Believed To Be Auspicious On Dussehra
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One of the most well-known celebrations in India is Vijayadashami, also known as Dussehra, which strongly emphasises the "winning of virtue over evil."

Everywhere in the nation, the celebration of Dussehra is observed with considerable fanfare. The preparation of the cuisine, which is an important component of the celebration, varies from state to state much as the manner of celebrating does. There are numerous delicacies produced specifically for Dussehra that are not only mouthwatering but are also said to bring luck. These are made from North to South and East to West.

Jalebi Fafda

Jalebi and fafda, a speciality of Gujarat, are a must-have on the day of Dussehra. Fafda and jalebi are consumed on this day for a variety of reasons. The myth claims that Lord Ram cherished a treat named Shashkuli, which is today known as Jalebi. He loved this treat so much that he consumed Jalebi to mark his triumph over Ravana. Fafda and jalebi are served together because, in Hindu tradition, one must break their fast by consuming a dish made with gramme flour (besan).

Sweet Dosa

Sweet dosa, a sugary treat created in the Indian state of Karnataka, is regarded as a lucky meal on the day of Dussehra. This delicious delicacy, which is prepared with jaggery, coconut, rice flour, and wheat flour, is served as prasad at the Saraswati Puja on Vijayadashmi. Because it uses jaggery as a sweetener, sweet dosa is not only simple to prepare but also low in calories.


Similar to the rest of the nation, West Bengal has a special food that is eaten on Vijayadashami that is thought to bring good fortune. Another delicious treat that originates in the east is the spongy, soft rasgullas that are dunked in sugar syrup. Rasgullas, which are made with milk, chenna, and sugar, are a unique offering for both Navratri and Dussehra.


On the day of Dussehra, paan, or betel leaf, is not only consumed but also offered to Lord Hanuman. Paan is reportedly a symbol of love and respect that honours the "winning of good over bad." On the day of Vijayadashami, Kumbhakana and Meghnath allegedly consumed paan to express their happiness and commemorate Lord Ram's triumph. In Bihar and UP, eating pan on this day is a common tradition.


Eating dahi-cheeni before starting something new is a long-standing custom that's said to be lucky. Curd is one food item that is not only enjoyed with various meals during the Dussehra celebration but is also offered to Goddess Durga. Women bring cooked rice soaked in water and curd to the Goddess, especially in Orissa. Following this, the Ravana dehan ceremony is carried out.