When is Dussehra in 2013?
This year Dussehra Festival, Vijaya-Dashami is celebrated on 'October 14 2013'. I.e. second Monday of October Month.
Dussehra Festival Information - India
Dussehra Festival of Durga Mata is a popular Hindu Festival Celebrated in India and is widely known as Vijayadashami, Maha Navaratri, Durgotsav, Dushera, Dasara, Durga Puja, Durga Mata Festival Etc. In Nepal this festival is called as Dashain. Dushera is the most Auspicious Festival for Hindus, celebrated with great fervor throughout India.
Goddess Durga Mata is worshipped for 9 nights (nava-rathri) with 9 different avatars (incarnations) and the 10th day is celebrated as Dussehra / Vijayadashami. This Festival usually falls in the months of Mid September & October. Dussehra is the most Auspicious & Biggest festival of the year, celebrated throughout India with great fervor & respect Especially in West Bengal.
This Festival refers to all six days observed as Mahalaya, Shasthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Navami and Vijayadashami. More than just a festival Durga Pooja is a carnival of life, culture, popular customs and traditions. It is a time relocates, reunion and rejuvenation to love, to share and to care.
The History of Dussehra festival lays back to the story of Mahisasur, a powerful daemon also called as the Buffalo Daemon. Through several years of intense praying and worship he got blessings from Lord Brahma that no power could making him invincible. But once the great powers were blessed upon him, he started ravaging the entire world and assassinating people and eventually wanted to uproot the deities too. The Gods, finally decided to combine their powers to create a pleasant maiden, and each placed his or her most powerful weapon in one of her ten hands riding a lion. Godess Durga killed Buffalo Daemon and won the paradise back for the Gods. Her return in every year occurs in the Bengali month of Aswin (September-October) commemorates Rama's invocation of the goddess Shakti before he went into fight with Ravana and defeated Ravana in the battle.
Dates of Maha Navaratri festival in 2013:
Find dates of Vijayadashami/Dussehra Festival performed in October 2013.
October 5, 2013 - Day 1 of Navratri - Ghatsthapana
October 6, 2013 - Day 2 of Navratri - Chandra Darshan
October 7, 2013 - Day 3 of Navratri - Sindoor Tritiya
October 8, 2013 - Day 4 of Navratri - Varad Vinayak Chaturthi and Lalit Panchami
October 9, 2013 - Day 5 of Navratri - Upang Lalita Vrat - Lalitha Panchami
October 10, 2013 - Day 6 of Navratri - Saraswati Awahan
October 11, 2013 - Day 7 of Navratri - Saraswathi Puja - Maha Lakshmi Puja
October 12, 2013 - Day 8 of Navratri - Maha Gauri Puja - Durga Ashtami
October 13, 2013 - Day 9 of Navratri - Ayudha Puja - Durga Visarjan - Mahanavami
October 14, 2013 - The tenth day is celebrated as Dussehra, Dushera or Vijaya Dashami.
Dussehra Festival Video: