October 11, 2016
|Last Year Celebrated on||22 October 2015|
|Present Year Celebrated on||11 October 2016|
|Next Year Celebrated on||30 September 2017|
Vijayadashami also known as Dussehra is one the most popular festival of Hindus. It is celebrated in several Asian countries majorly in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and also in some parts of Pakistan. The festival is celebrated the victory of Lord Rama over the Ravana who had kidnapped and kept her wife Sita in Lanka.It is also celebrated victory of Durga over the demon Mahishasura. The Goddess killed the demon after a ferocious battle of ten days and nine nights. After the twenty days of Vijayadashami, Diwali festival is celebrated.
According to the Hindu calendar, Vijayadashami is celebrated in the month of Ashvin. The first nine days navratri is celebrated and on the tenth day Dussehra is celebrated. The day is celebrated in different ways in different parts of India. Like in Northern part of India people create the large statues of Ravana, Kumbhkarna(brother of Ravana) and Meghnath(son of Ravana) in an open place where hundreds of people can gather to watch the ramlila(play that tell people about Ramayana) and at the end of it the big statues are set to the fire. The burning of these statues symbolizes the destruction of evil and the victory of Goodness.
While in Western part of India like in West Bengal, Goddess Durga is worshipped for five days and the pratima (statue) of Goddess is immersed in Holy River on the fifth day. The immersion ceremony is called Durgavisarjan.
People participate in prayers and other rituals during these ten days of festival. Sweets and other delicious dishes are being distributed among the relatives, friends and neighbor. Many states organize carnival and fair on this festival, children enjoy these festive days a lot.