This Wednesday (24 Oct) is Vijaya-Dashami.
Vijaya-Dashami marks the end of
Navaratri / Durga Puja. This is also known
as Dushera.

Vijaya-Dashami falls on the Dashami (tenth)
Tithi of the Chandramana month of Aashvina.

Vijaya-Dashami literally means the
'victorious tenth'.

It marks the end of the Navaratri festival.

In Devi Bhagavata Purana, the Navaratri
Vrata as observed by Rama is described :

Sita has been abducted. Rama is dejected.

Narada stops by, consoles him and suggests
that he do the Navaratri Vrata. So, Rama
performs the Puja to Devi under the
guidance of Narada for nine days.

On the eight day, Devi appears before him,
blesses him saying that he will be victorious
against Ravana.

On the tenth day (Vijaya-Dashami),
he competes the final (vijaya) puja. [+]

In the northern traditions this day is celebrated
as the day Rama was victorious.
In the southern traditions this is absent.

This story in the Purana is probably an explanation
for celebrating it as the end of the Lanka war ?
When the Navaratri vrata is done,
victory is a foregone conclusion ?!
[+] Devi Bhagavata Purana 3:30:1-60

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