By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Vijayadasami, VijayadaZami, Vijayadashami
Festivals and sacred days observed by the people are not only days of personal austerity but also occasions for joyous reunions. One of the most popular of such festivals is the Vijayādaśamī. It is considered as one of the three most auspicious days in the year. It is on this day that images of Mother Durgā, worshiped during the Navarātra festival are ceremonially immersed in water. Śrī Rāma is said to have killed Rāvaṇa on this day and got victory. Hence it came to be known as Vijayādaśamī.
- Vijayādaśamī is the tenth day in the bright half of the month of Āśvayuja or Āśvina in September or October.
- Vijayādaśamī liteerally means Daśamī of Victory.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore