In ancient times kings used the feast of Dasara
to cross the
frontier and fight against their neighboring kingdoms. This border crossing
is known as "Simollanghan
". Thus Dasara also marks the
beginning of the war season.
This was also the day to worship the weapons. According to legend, Pandav
went to dwell in the forest. On the way he hid his weapons in the hole of a
. After one year he returned from the forest
and on Dussehra day he took again his weapons and worshipped the shami tree
and the weapons. Hence the custom of worshipping weapons on this feast.
People decorate the entrances of their homes with torans, flower studded
strings, and worship the tools of trade, vehicles, machinery, weapons and
even books. As the evening falls, the villagers cross the border, and
worship the Shami tree. The leaves of the Apta tree are collected and
exchanged among friends and relatives as gold.