Vijayadashami is celebrated in the Southern India to mark the victory of good over evil. Vijayadashami is translated to “Vijaya” means winner or the act of winning and dasami/dashami is the tenth day or tithi of the Ashwina month. This day celebrates the victory of Goddess Durga over the buffalo headed demon king Mahishasura. This festival is also called Dussehra- dasha- ten and hara means defeat. This festival is celebrated as Dussehra in Mysore in Karnataka and Vijayadashami in other Southern states. Vijayadashami marks the culmination of Durga Puja or Navratri festival.
Vijaya Dashami 2023
Tue , 24th Oct 2023
Vijayadashami celebrations in South India
Vijayadashami is celebrated in a variety of ways in South India. Celebrations range from grand decoration of Durga temples, major forts like Mysore Maharaja palace and Chamundeshwari temple. This is a special day to worship Durga and to display colourful figurines and idols known as golu, in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. People visit temples and gather together to celebrate the spirit of Dussehra and Vijayadashami. All the Three Supreme Goddesses, Saraswathi, Lakshmi and Parvathi are worshipped in the form of Mahashakthi on this day.
Another dimension to this festival is the Vidhyarambham ceremony where children are initiated into the art of learning. Most of the schools begin their admission process and first day of new classes on this day. People commence new co-curricular courses or music and other art classes on this auspicious day.
Devotees perform a simple pooja to the Goddess idol in the altar and remove the books, stationery, and spiritual books from the worship to read and write. This act of commencing their first read or write is believed to cultivate a deep understanding in education and bestow success. Craftsmen and artists commence their new projects on this day. Machinery and tools are put back in use. As a tradition, people try and use the instruments/tools placed in the worship altar since they have been blessed by the Goddess Saraswathi during the last three days of pooja.
In Tamil Nadu, the households that host Golu function is visited by the people in the neighbourhood for worship on this day. The host gives a small gift and offers a sattvic salad or sweet made from different lentils.
Important Timings On Vijaya Dashami
October 24, 2023 6:31 AM
October 24, 2023 5:50 PM
Aparahna Kaal Timing
October 24, 1:19 PM - October 24, 3:34 PM
Dashami Tithi Starts
October 23, 2023 5:45 PM
Dashami Tithi Ends
October 24, 2023 3:14 PM
October 24, 2:04 PM - October 24, 2:49 PM
November 19, 12:06 AM - November 19, 10:48 PM
Vijaya Dashami festival dates between 2020 & 2030
Sunday, 25th of October
Friday, 15th of October
Wednesday, 5th of October
Tuesday, 24th of October
Saturday, 12th of October
Thursday, 2nd of October
Tuesday, 20th of October
Saturday, 9th of October
Wednesday, 27th of September
Tuesday, 16th of October
Sunday, 6th of October