When is Dussehra

Dussehra marks the end of the Navratri and this is the time when preparations for Diwali begin. As per the Hindu calendar, Dussehra is celebrated on the 10th day of the Shukla Paksh (bright half) in the month of Ashvin (between September and October) according to the western calendar) every year.

This year Dussehra is on Friday, October 19, 2018.

Dussehra is the 10th day that culminates the Navratri. Each and every day has its own significance and importance. Each day is devoted to different god and goddess and rituals are performed to invoke those gods on these particular days.

10 days of Dussehra

The first three days are devoted to Goddess Durga, also known as Kali who is the spiritual force. She is worshipped and invoked in order to destroy all our impurities and evil aspects.

The next three days are devoted to the Goddess of wealth and prosperity, Goddess Lakshmi to bestow on her devotees inexhaustible wealth.

The last three days are devoted to Goddess of wisdom, Goddess Saraswati to seek her blessings in order to achieve success in all spheres of life with intelligence and wisdom.

The eighth day is known as 'Durgashtmi', which is mainly celebrated in Bengal. Beautiful congregations are setup for public prayers and rituals.

On the ninth or the eighth day, 'Kanya Pujan' is held wherein pre-pubescent girls are invited to houses and for feats and are worshipped.

The ninth day is basically devoted to the Sraswati puja and the tenth day is known as 'Vijayadashmi'. On this day effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkarana and Meghnatha are burnt in public 'Ramlila' to mark the death of the evil.

Dussehra Calendar for 10 years



2011 6th October, Thursday
2012 24th October, Wednesday
2013 14th October, Monday
2014 4th October, Saturday
2015 22nd October, Thursday
2016 11th October, Tuesday
2017 30th September, Saturday
2018 19th October, Friday
2019 8th October, Tuesday
2020 25th October, Sunday

Last Updated on : October 12, 2018