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AASHWAYUJA SHUKLA DASHAMI - (The Tenth day of the bright half of the lunar month of Aashwayuja)

DurgaIn Samskritam, 'Vijaya' means Victory and 'Dashami' means 10th day. 'Vijaya Dashami' means victory on the 10th day.

This is among the most auspicious days in the Hindu calendar and comes as the finale of the nine-day festival, Navaraatri. This festival of victory is preceded by worship of Saraswati the Goddess of Learning, Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and of Durgaa the Goddess of Strength. Grand processions of all Gods and goddesses are taken out in every town and village on this day, signifying the victory of the forces of righteousness over those of wickedness. Various have been the names of the Goddess of Strength - Durgaa, Mahaa Kaali, Mahishasura Mardini etc., under which that supreme protector of the good and the holy put to rout, time and again, the demoniac forces and established the supremacy of the righteous.

This shows that the victory is possible only when one has strength, wealth and knowledge.

Truly has it been said, ' Sanghe shaktih kali yuge ' Being together holds the key to strength in Kaliyuga. And this is the one single, most important lesson which the Hindu people have to learn today.

Vijayadashami is the day when Sri Rama killed the demon Ravana.

Symbolic of the victorious occasion, Raama-Leela is observed with great enthusiasm and eclat in the northern parts of Bharat.

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