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Thursday, October 22, 2015
Interfaith Days: Dussehra
In Hinduism, today is Dussehra, or Vijayadashami, or Durga Puja. It celebrates the victory of the Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasur, and it also celebrates the victory of Lord Rama over the ten-headed demon Ravana. The day comes at the conclusion of the Navratri festival that began October 13th. As this site indicates, the days of Navratri had focused upon different aspects and incarnations of the goddess: Durga and Kali, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. On this tenth day, a worshiper celebrates liberation. See also this site.