Vijayadashami also known as Dasara, Dashahara, Dussehra, Dashain , Navratri
Vijayadashami also known as Dasara, Dashahara, Dussehra, Dashain , Navratri or Durgotsav is one of the most important Hindu festivals celebrated in various forms, across Nepal, India and Bangladesh.
The name Dussehra is derived from Sanskrit Dasha-hara literally means The sun will not rise and Hara referring to Lord Rama's victory over the ten-headed demon king Ravana.The day also marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the demons Mahishasur. The name Dussehra is also derived from Sanskrit Dasha + Ahaha = Dasharahaha = Dasharaha. Ahaha means day. Example Aharnisha is derived from Ahaha+nisha. 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 Dasara.