Vijaya Dashami

Vijaya Dashami, or Vijaydasami, is observed after the nine-day Navratri festival. It is observed as the final day of Dusshera in North India and Karnataka. In 2013, the date of Vijaya Dashami is October 13. Durga Puja comes to an end on the day. Vijaya Dasami is observed as Vidhaya Arambham in Kerala. All tools and books that were untouched during the previous day (which is the Ayudha Puja day) are taken up after blessings from the Goddess.

Vijaya Dashami is the victory of good over evil – Goddess Durga annihilating Mahisha and Lord Ram defeating Ravana. Symbolically, it is the prolonged struggle against the ego and ignorance in each human being. After the struggle there is the day of new beginnings – Vijaya Dasami.

Many people start learning music, art and new courses on the Vijaydasami day. Children are initiated into the world of letters on the day. People also use the day to begin new businesses and make new investments.


In North India and Karnataka, the 9 day Navratri festival and the 10th day Vijaya Dashami festival is at times together referred as Dusshera. Some people only refer the last day (10th day) as Dusshera.

In North India, Dusshera or Vijaya Dasami is considered to be the day when Ravana was killed by Lord Ram. The 10-day festival reaches a climax on Dussehra with the burning of effigies of Ravana, Kumbakarna and Meghnath.