Durga slays Mahisasura, Temple sculpture in Mahabalipuram, India
When is Vijaya Dashami?
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|Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga|
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Vijaya Dashami is the tenth day of Durga Puja celebrations.
Traditions of Vijaya Dashami
Vijaya Dashami is one of the important days of Durga Puja.
Durga Puja is a Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates the worship of the goddess Durga.
Durga Puja celebrates the ten-armed mother goddess, and her victory over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura.
The world was under threat from the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura, that no man or god could defeat. To vanquish the demon, Durga emerged from the collective energies of all the gods. Each of her ten arms brandished the deadliest weapon of each god.
Also known as Dashain or Tenth day of Navratri or Durgotsav, Vijaya Dashami commemorates the day that Durga appeared riding a lion to slay the Mahisasura. Statutes of Durga are paraded through the streets, then immersed in water.
Other Key days during Durga Puja
The rituals of Durga Puja last ten days with the start and the last five days being special festivals that are refelected in public holidays in some states in India.
Mahalaya marks the start of the Durga Puja festival. Read more about Mahalaya.
On the seventh day (saptami) of Durga Puja, the goddess started her epic battle against Mahishasura. Read more about Maha Saptami.
This is the eighth day of Durga Puja celebrations, when the weapons used by Durga are worshipped. Read more about Durga Ashtami.
This is the ninth day of Durga Puja. On this day, the victory of Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura is celebrated. Read more about Maha Navami.