Dasara is observed on the tenth day of the waxing phase of moon in Ashwin month. Dasara marks the end of the Navratri festival and Durga Puja. Dasara 2013 date is October 13 - effigy burning of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghnand. The festival begins on October 4. Symbolically, Dasara is the victory of good over evil. The most colorful and popular Dasara festival takes place in
Mysore in Karnataka and in North India.
In Karnataka, especially in
, Dasara festivals are held for 10-days and the final day celebrates the victory of Goddess Chamundi or Goddess Chamudeswari over Demon Mahishasura. Here the 10-day festival is known as Dasara – not just the final day. Mysore
North India, Dasara is believed to be the day when Lord Ram annihilated Ravana. On the final day of Dasara celebrations, huge effigies of Ravana, Kumbakarna and Meghnath are burned.
Dasara is also observed as Vijaya Dasami in many regions in
. There is only a change in name – both the festival marks the victory of good over evil. In India Bengal, Goddess Durga immersion or Visarjan takes place on the day.