Dasara (Dussehra) is celebrated on the 10th day in Shukla Paksha of Ashwayuja, Ashwin month. In 2014, Dasara date is October 3 in India.
It is also called as Vijaya Dashami. Usually, Dussehra is the final day of Navratri Durga Puja.
As this is the last day for Durga Pooja, Goddess is worshipped with utmost devotion. Aparajita is another name of Goddess Shakti. Aparajita Pooja is observed on this day.
In Maharahstra, Simollanghan is celebrated on Dasara. Simollanghan is also celebrated in parts of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
For Kerala people, Vijaya Dashami is a big event. Malayalis perform Vidyarambam for their children on this day.
Ramlila, a colourful folk play, is culminated on this day. Durga Visarjan is also performed on Vijaya Dashami.
The unique aspect of Kullu Dussehra, a cultural fair held in Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh, begins on Dussehra day and lasts till Ashwin Purnima.
Dussehra 2014 in other countries
Dussehra 2014 date in USA – 3 October
Dussehra 2014 date in Canada – 3 October
Dussehra 2014 date in UK & other European countries – 3 October
Dussehra 2014 date in UAE & other Gulf countries – 3 October
Dussehra 2014 date in Singapore – 4 October
Dussehra 2014 date in Malaysia – 4 October
Dussehra 2014 date in Australia – 4 October
Dussehra 2014 date in New Zealand – 4 October
Dussehra 2014 date in South Africa & African countries – 3 October
Panchang, Dasara – 3 October 2014
Suryodayam (Sunrise) 06:12 Suryastamaya (Sunset) 18:04
Chandrodayam (Moonrise)13:50 Chandrastama (Moonset)25:51
Paksha (Fortnight) Krishna Paksha
Tithi (Lunar Day) Navami – 09:58
Nakshatra Uttara Ashadha – 20:17
Yoga Atiganda – 10:30
Karana Taitila – 20:44
Purnimanta Month Ashwin
Amavasyanta Month Ashwin
Shaka Samvatsara: Jaya
Vikram Samvat Varsha: Plavanga
Rahu Kalam: 10:39 – 12:08
Gulika Kalam: 07:41 – 09:10
Yama Gandam: 15:06 – 16:35
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Kanya
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Makara
Amrita Kalam 14:18 – 15:48
Abhijit: 11:44 – 12:32
Time to Avoid
Varjyam Kalam 23:57 – 25:25*
Durmuhurthams: 12:32 – 13:19