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Hats off to the individual who first entered the story regarding the shami vriksham, and quoted the Sanskrit shlokam. He certainly knows his mythology. Which makes me wonder how he could make the error of saying that the Pandavas spent the 13th year of exile in Panchala, which was the court of Draupadi's father & brother. This was emphatically NOT the case - - indeed, Draupadi came close to being molested by Keechaka during this period, an event that could never have happened in her own home.
The name of the king that the Pandava's served during this year was Viraata; his daughter, Uttara, niece of Keechaka, was later married to Abhimanyu. Unless I am greatly mistaken, the name of the kingdom was MATSYA. Somebody please confirm this.
I have edited this page with a view to improving the English and adding certain details. I have purposely worded the section on the Pandava episode to make no mention of the name of the kingdom; please leave it so for the time being until I am able to confirm this detail.
There is definately no ambiguity or two views on the meaning of the word "Vijayadashami". Vijaya = Victory; Dashami = 10th day of every Paksham or fortnight, of which there are two in every Hindu lunar month. Vijayadashami refers to the day of victory.
I have found quite a few different interpretations of the word Vijayadasami on the net. At places it has been interpreted as "vijayata" + "sami" as meaning that victory comes to the worshipper of the "sami" tree.
Another and the more obvious one is to name it as "Vijay Dashami" which means victory on the 10th day (?). Also the significance of the festival is tied alongwith the 'Navratri', the 9 days of fasting and worship before Vijayadasami. The meaning and significance of the 'Navratri' itself seems to be a huge issue of contention amongst Hindus.
StupiDeity 21:59, 26 Dec 2003 (UTC)
well, don't think wether its a huge issue of contention. But, vijaya dashami is a word originating from Sanskrit ( विजय दशमि ) meaning the tenth day of the clanedar when victory was achieved by the good over evil. so, its not 'vijaya dasami'... but 'vijaya dashami'. But in Tamil usage, the letter 'sh' is absent. so, speaking in Tamil, it can be called 'vijaya dasami' and not otherwise.
--Hpnadig 09:26, 15 Oct 2004 (UTC)
In some parts of India, Dasara is not celebrated for all the 10 days. But the last day is celebrated all over the country. In those places, the 10th day in particular is known as Dussera, meaning the 10th night in the lunar cycle. Vijaya Dashami is celebrated in that name in Northern part of India.
Dussera redirects to here but there is no mention of Dussera in the article. Can someone add an explanation of it ("...also called Dussera" or "...formerly known as Dussera" or whatever). I am from Indiana—not India :-)—and ignorant of the whole thing; I just came here to learn about it when friends in India mentioned that yesterday was the holiday. Thanks! --Tysto 18:17, 14 October 2005 (UTC)
There are no images. Maybe we could post images of burning effigies, since they are almost same everywhere?--The world salutes the Rising Star...Try to be One 09:38, 2 October 2006 (UTC)
- I have posted an image shot persoanlly by me Image:TYPICAL Dussehra Celebrations 02 Oct 2006.jpg, kindly evaluate--The world salutes the Rising Star...Try to be One 20:29, 2 October 2006 (UTC)
Also, what do you feel re this page (photojournalism) on the festival containing images/video: http://jalandharphotos.blogspot.com/2006/10/dussehra-vijayadashami-celebrations.html , is this page worthy of being in External Links?--The world salutes the Rising Star...Try to be One 20:29, 2 October 2006 (UTC)
Name of the article
I think the names should be changed to Dussehra because it is a more famous term. --Ujjwal Krishna 15:40, 18 October 2006 (UTC)
- Google has around 430,000 pages for Dussehra and about 23,700 for Vijayadashmi- so Dussehra should be, but I personally feel that Dussehra is mentioned in the first four words AND atleast people would get to know of Vijayadashmi too
- I get to know Vijayadashmi from http://wikipedia.info :-)
- So, maybe let the title as Vijayadashmi--The world salutes the Rising Star...Try to be One 17:16, 21 October 2006 (UTC)
I want to clarify here that, Dasara or Navarathri is celebrated for different reasons in different parts of India. In the west and North of India it is the Ram Leela. In east and south it is Durga Puja for all the 10 days. each of the 3 days of the first 9 days is associated with one goddess. The Last day is devoted to the combined power of all the 3 Goddess and their combined effort which won over the Evil. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Sriramancva (talk • contribs) 17:44, 13 October 2007 (UTC)
It is shocking to see that ignorant people are posting fairy tales on Wikipedia. There is no contention about what "Vijayadashmi" means or about its significance. "Dashami" refers to the tenth day of the lunar cycle, and "vijaya" means "victory". "Vijayadashmi" means "dashami" of victory. The only victory that took place on the dashami day was Rama's over Ravana. Durga's victory over Mahisasura took place on the ninth day of Navaratri that immediately preceds Vijayadashmi. I have modified the significance section to reflect this change. Also, this article and Dussehra should be merged (as I belive they already are), while Navaratri and Durga Puja must be separate article(s) from this (as they already are). User:apalaria 188.8.131.52 (talk) 18:20, 6 October 2008 (UTC)==Merge== It should be merged with Dasara or vice versa. They both are the same. Unnecessary duplication. Randhirreddy 19:08, 25 November 2007 (UTC)
I heard that before going to war with Ravana to save Sita, Ram performed Durga Puja in Ashwin rather to wait until Chaitra. If that is correct how he could finish the war and the victory was celebrated on the 10th day of this occassion. The celebration must be to celebrate Ma Durga's victory over Mahis-asura. Probably, the signification of Vijaya Dashami is realated to original puja in Chaitra, and we follow the same with Ram's puja time in Ashwin.
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