Vijayadashami is a combination of two phrases Vijaya and Dashami, which means “Success” and “Tenth”. Vijayadashami is well known as Dasara, Dusshera or Dussehra.
The festival is celebrated in the month of Ashwin on the tenth day of Shukla Paksha. It marks the end of Navratri.
Dussehra is one of the major festivals in India and celebrated in a different way in different regions for different reasons.
In the northeast states & some other parts, it is celebrated as Durga Puja and it marks the goddess Durga’s victory over the demon Mahishasura. In other parts of India Vijayadashami is celebrated as Dussehra, which marks god Rama’s victory over the demon Ravana.
On Dasara, effigies of Ravana are filled up with woods and burnt with fireworks, indicating the destruction of evil.