Dussehra is the festival which signifies the conquest of good over evil, as this was the day when Lord Rama defeated the evil demon Ravana in the battle to bring Sita back home. The festival reinforces the fact that virtue has been and will always be victorious over evil forces. This is why the festival is celebrated with great pomp and show for centuries now.
Here is a list of 10 most interesting and unknown facts about Dussehra:
#1. Dussehra comes from a Sanskrit word Dasha+Hara, which literally means the defeat of the sun. it has been said that the sun would not have risen had Ravana not been defeated by Rama.
#2. Dussehra is also known by the name of Vijayadashmi, which means the victory on the tenth day. It signifies the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon called Mahishasura, who was killed by the Goddess on the tenth day of the lunar calendar.
#3. Mahishasura was the king of the asuras or demons who became very powerful and tortured the innocent people. At that time, Shakti was created by combining the powers of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. A battle waged between the demon and Shakti and it ended on the tenth day when the Goddess killed him.
#4. Dussehra is celebrated on the conclusion of the Durga Puja festival, which falls on the tenth day. According to the legend, Goddess Durga visits her maika during Durga Puja and she goes back to her home on Dussehra. Her devotees immerse the idol of Goddess Durga in water to bid farewell to her.