Dasara (Dussehra, Dashara) is observed on the tenth day in Shukla Paksha of Ashwin or Ashwayuja month. It is also called as Vijaya Dashami. Dussehra is the final day of Durga Navratri Puja.

On Dasara, Shami Puja is performed in some places. Mysore Dasara and Kullu Dasara culminate on this day. Ayudha Pujais also one of the main rituals during Dussehra. 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. 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.

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