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Dasara 2017 date - 10-Day Dussehra Festival Dates in 2017

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 2017 date is September 30 - effigy burning of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghnand. The festival begins on September 21. 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 Mysore, 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.

In 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 India. There is only a change in name – both the festival marks the victory of good over evil. In Bengal, Goddess Durga immersion or Visarjan takes place on the day.

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