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Today – October 24, 2012 – is Vijayadasami – Dussehra

Today – October 24, 2012 – is observed as Vijayadasami and Dussehra. It is believed that Goddess Durga vanquished Mahisha and other demons on Vijaya Dasami.

In North India, the 10-day Dussehra festival celebrates the victory of Rama over Ravana, the victory of good over evil on earth and today is the final day.

In Karnataka, Dussehra celebrates the victory of Goddess Chamudeswari over Demon Mahishasura.

In eastern parts of India, Durga Puja comes to an end on Vijaya Dasami day. 

Vijaya Dasami is observed as Vidhaya Arambham in Kerala

The Navratri festival which commences on the first of the bright half of Ashwina month (September-October) ends with Vijaya Dashami celebrations in most parts of India.

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 on the day. Many people start learning music, art and new courses on the Vijayadasami 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.

Vijaya Dasami 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 beginning – Vijaya Dasami.

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