Vijayadasami 2012 date

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Vijayadasmi is celebrated on the tenth day of the waxing phase of the moon of the Aswayuja month or the sukla paksha dasami of the Ashwayuja month of the lunar calendar. The date of Vijayadasami for the year 2012 is 24th October 2012.

Vijayadasami means a day of Victory. There are different legends for celebrating Vijayadasami.

Vijayadasami is celebrated to commemorate the killing of demon Mahishasura by goddess Durga. Vijayadasami is a festival that is celebrated all across India. In north India effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Indrajeet are burnt as it is believed that Lord Rama had killed Ravana on this day. It is believed that Pandavas have finished the Agyat Vas on Vijayadasami. Pandavas are believed to have hidden their weapons on a Sami tree or Jammi Chettu. Hence people visit Sami tree or Jammi chettu on Vijayadasami.

Ayudha Puja is performed in few states on Vijayadasami, where all the instruments which are used in manufacturing or designing are cleaned and worshipped. Even vehicles are cleaned and worshipped on Vijayadasami.

Vijayadasami is believed to be a day that is good for starting any business or work. It is believed that success is guaranteed if it is started on Vijayadasmi. The other two days of the year which are good to start new work or business are Akshaya Tritiya and Ugadi or Gudi Padwa.

Vijayadasami is also known as Dasara or Dussera or Dashain.

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