The 10th day of Ashwin in Shukla Paksha, i.e. Dashami Tithi is celebrated as Dussehra or Vijayadashmi. It marks the beginning of Diwali, the festival of lights, which occurs 15 days after Dussehra. Vijayadashmi is widely observed in northern India, especially in Varanasi, Ayodhya, Vrindavan, Madhubani, Almora, and parts of Uttarakhand, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh.
This day is commemorated by performing an Astra (weapons) puja. Lord Ram and his brothers Lakshman, Bharat, and Shatrughan are all prayed to. Roti, rice, jaggery, vegetables, flowers, churas, and coins are offered to the divine during the puja. Diyas, along with dhoop and agarbatti, are lit as part of the ceremony.
The 10th day of Ashwin in Shukla Paksha, i.e. Dashami Tithi is celebrated as Dussehra or Vijayadashmi.
The list of samagri required for Dussehra puja is as follows:
- Aarti samagri
- Incense sticks