The day also marks the victory of Goddess Durga on the demon Mahishasur. It’s a 10 days long celebration that marks the triumph of good over evil.
Goddess fought with evils for 9 nights and 10 days. The name Vijayadashami is also derived from the Sanskrit words “Vijaya-dashami” literally meaning the victory on the dashami (Dashmi being the tenth lunar day of the Hindu calendar month). Diwali the festival of lights is celebrated twenty days after Dussehra.
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