Vijayadashami which is also know as Dussehra or Dasara or Dusshera is one of the major Hindu festivals. Every year dussehra is celebrated at the end of Navaratri. Usually it falls in the month of October or September.
The reasons for Dasara celebration varies for each geographic region. For eastern and northeastern parts of India, Vijayadashami marks the end of Durga Puja, remembering goddess Durga’s victory over the buffalo demon Mahishasura to help restore Dharma.
In the northern, southern and western states of India, the festival is synonymously called Dussehra (also spelled Dasara, Dashahara and is usually celebrated as victory of Lord Rama over Demon Ravana. In Nepal Dasara is celebrated as Dashain. Vijayadasami celebrations include processions to a river or ocean front that carry clay statues of Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesha and Kartikeya, accompanied by music and chants, after which the images are immersed into the water for dissolution and a goodbye. Elsewhere, on Dasara, the towering effigies of Ravana symbolizing the evil is burnt with fireworks marking evil’s destruction.
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