Valmiki Jayanti celebrates the birth anniversary of Valmiki, also known as Maharishi Valmiki, who is revered as Adi Kavi (first poet) in Sanskrit literature. His birth anniversary is celebrated on auspicious day of Sharad Purnima (full moon) of Hindu month of Ashvin which as per the Georgian calendar corresponds to the month of September or October. The Valmiki Jayanti is observed on October 5 in 2017. Maharishi Valmiki was a great sage and author of the first epic poem Ramayana. Ramayana consists of 24,000 shlokas (verses) and 7 kaṇḍas (cantos) including Uttara Kanda.
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The festival celebrates the victory of forces of good over evil.
The celebration of victory of good over evil.
The nine-day Navaratri festival culminates with the celebration of Dussehra or Vijayadashami (victory on tenth day). Dussehra is celebrated as the victory of Lord Rama over demon king Ravana of Lanka. Dussehra also commemorates the triumph of warrior Goddess Durga over the buffalo-headed demon called Mahishasura, giving the goddess her name Mahishasura-Mardini (the slayer of Mahishasura).