Vijaya Dashami - Celebrations durga visarjan, navratri parana rituals

Dusshera also known as Vijayadashami is one of the major festivals practiced in India. People worship the great Goddesses with a lot of pomp and show.

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Origin Of Dusshera Puja

This day marks the death of the most evil creature on existence that is Ravana. Ram an incarnation of Lord Vishnu had killed Ravana on this particular day since he had abducted Goddess Sita.
This day also states the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura after fighting for consecutive nine nights and ten days. It is said that Mahisasura was destroying the Devlok and hence Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva together created a bolt of lightning from which Goddess Durga was formed. She was beautiful and mild but took a fierce avatar to kill the destructive demon.

Auspicious Time

Ashvin Shukla Dashami is the time when Dusshera is celebrated. This year on 2107 Dusshera falls on the 30th of September.

Vijay Muhurat = 14:12 to 15:00
Duration = 0 Hours 47 Mins
Aparahna Puja Time = 13:24 to 15:47
Duration = 2 Hours 22 Mins
Dashami Tithi Begins = 23:49 on 29/Sep/2017
Dashami Tithi Ends = 01:35 on 1/Oct/2017

Worshipping Goddess Durga

  • Establish a photo or deity of Goddess Durga.
  • Lit an oil lamp and incense sticks.
  • Wear yellow clothes during the puja.
  • Use a Rudraksh and chant the Mul mantra till 11 malas.
  • Consider singing the Durga aarti as well.
  • Offer dakshina and food to little girls and Brahmans.

Northern India observes Ramlila where the entire Ramayana is depicted in a short play. At the end of Ramlila, people burn figures and dummies depicting the demon Ravana. It is believed that on this day all the evils from the world are burnt and is the perfect time for a fresh and positive start.

Mantras For Dashami Puja

Om Bhrim Maa Mahismardini Swaha||
Namo Durga Mahadurge Navdurgaswaroopini
Kaivalyavasini Devi Shantadurge Namostu Te||
(This is the mul mantra for Vijayadashami)


Durga visarjan is done when the Dashami Tithi is prevailing. People celebrate this day as the end of Navratri and break their fasts as well which is known as Navratri Parana. Navratri Parana that is the breaking of fast can be observed after 06:15. Depending on the family traditions, many break the fast either on Ashtami or Navami after doing Kanya puja.

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Mantra for breaking the fast: अथ नवरात्रपारणानिर्णयः। सा च दशम्यां कार्या॥
It is believed that after the puja of Goddess Durga, her idol is to be sacrificed to the holy water and hence the practice of Visarjan comes in.

Auspicious Time

Durga Visarjan Time = 06:15 to 08:38
Duration = 2 Hours 22 Mins
Dashami Tithi Begins = 23:49 on 29/Sep/2017
Dashami Tithi Ends = 01:35 on 1/Oct/2017

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