Hindus Celebrate Vijaya Dashami

October 11, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On October 11, 2002 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "the Hindu version of Mother's Day pays tribute to heavenly and earthly moms. Tuesday, the faith will celebrate Dashara, or Vijaya Dashami, which comes at the end of a nine-day period of prayer and fasting worship of Durga, the Divine Mother. Durga is a name of the Devi, the warrior goddess who slew the buffalo demon and saved the world from evil. Depictions of Durga show her riding a lion and having eight arms. She holds weapons to combat evil and protect her devotees. Other forms for Devi include Parvati, the gentle wife of Shiva, and Lakshmi, goddess of wealth and good fortune."