Vijaya Dashami


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.

Rituals

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.

Benefits

  • Worshipping Saraswathi on this day bestows knowledge, wisdom and great career success.
  • This pooja helps us perform well in education and career by providing a window to deepen intellect.
  • Vijayadashami shuns ignorance, ego, and pride. Fills us with the light of wisdom and inclusiveness.
  • Educational programs when commenced on this day ensures sustenance and success.

Important Timings On Vijaya Dashami

Sunrise

October 24, 2023 6:31 AM

Sunset

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

Vijay Muhurat

October 24, 2:04 PM - October 24, 2:49 PM

Shravana Nakshatra

November 19, 12:06 AM - November 19, 10:48 PM

Vijaya Dashami festival dates between 2020 & 2030

Year

Date

2020

Sunday, 25th of October

2021

Friday, 15th of October

2022

Wednesday, 5th of October

2023

Tuesday, 24th of October

2024

Saturday, 12th of October

2025

Thursday, 2nd of October

2026

Tuesday, 20th of October

2027

Saturday, 9th of October

2028

Wednesday, 27th of September

2029

Tuesday, 16th of October

2030

Sunday, 6th of October