DUSSEHRA or Vijayadashami is a major Hindu celebration that marks the end of a nine day festival of music and worship.
Gods and Goddesses are worshipped in the festivities, which also mark the beginning of preparations for Diwali.
When is Dussehra 2017?
Dussehra, known as Vijayadashami in eastern and northeastern India, is an important Hindu festival held at the end of Navratri.
It celebrates the victory of good over evil.
This year Dussehra celebrations took place on Saturday, September 30.
In eastern and northeastern states of India people celebrate the goddess Durga’s victory over the buffalo demon.
Durga, the warrior goddess, is usually depicted riding a tiger and wielding many weapons in her eight arms.
In the northern, southern and western states people remember the god Rama’s victory over the demon Ravana, who had kidnapped his wife Sita.
How is the end of Navratri celebrated?
Dussehra and Vijayadashami are held at the end of Navratri, a nine-day festival of worship, dance and music.
In eastern and northeastern India Vijayadashami marks the end of the festival and is celebrated by carrying clay statues of gods and goddesses, including Durga, to water.
Worshippers play music and chant before immersing the images in water.
In northern, southern and western states Dasara is celebrated by the burning huge effigies of the demon Ravana before setting off fireworks to celebrate the destruction of evil.
How long does it fall before Diwali?
The festivals of Dussehra and Vijayadashami also mark the start of preparations for Diwali, which is celebrated 20 days later.
This year Diwali – the festival of light – will be marked on Thursday October 19.
The festival celebrates the victory of light over darkness and good over evil.
Celebrations see neighbourhoods covered in lights.