When the battle was over, Ravana was killed by Rama. Mandodari, Ravana’s queen saw his dead body and she grieved and said many things. An entire chapter is dedicated to her in Ramayana.
The meaning goes like this, “In the past, by performing a great penance, you conquered the senses and conquered the three worlds. Now, as if revenging that enmity, those very senses conquered you.”
And it is a great reminder to all of us that no matter what we possess. Indulging in worldly things like anger and revenge can take it away and cost us dearly. So while it may be difficult to achieve a victory it is equally or rather more difficult to maintain it. That’s our takeaway from this Vijayadashmi.
It is an ancient saying that one should live like Rama and not like Ravana: Rama and Ravana are two men of contrasting characters in the Ramayana. Both had knowledge, wealth and power. Ravana had studied the Vedas but did not have any modesty. He tried to rule the three worlds himself and used his power to harm the noble and the pious. In contrast, Rama used his power and wealth to serve the people.
The defeat of evil by the good means something for us. Both the evil and the good are within us, and it is an eternal fight. We’ve made a handy post to help us burn the evils and strengthen the good within us.
Source – Kavyaprakash, written by Mammat. [Ullas 1, Shlok 2]
Vijayadashmi is the tenth day that comes after nine nights or Navratri. Do read our post that explains Navratri in details.