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Hats off to the individual who first entered the story regarding the shami vriksham, and quoted the Sanskrit shlokam. He certainly knows his mythology. Which makes me wonder how he could make the error of saying that the Pandavas spent the 13th year of exile in Panchala, which was the court of Draupadi's father & brother. This was emphatically NOT the case - - indeed, Draupadi came close to being molested by Keechaka during this period, an event that could never have happened in her own home.

The name of the king that the Pandava's served during this year was Viraata; his daughter, Uttara, niece of Keechaka, was later married to Abhimanyu. Unless I am greatly mistaken, the name of the kingdom was MATSYA. Somebody please confirm this.

I have edited this page with a view to improving the English and adding certain details. I have purposely worded the section on the Pandava episode to make no mention of the name of the kingdom; please leave it so for the time being until I am able to confirm this detail.

There is definately no ambiguity or two views on the meaning of the word "Vijayadashami". Vijaya = Victory; Dashami = 10th day of every Paksham or fortnight, of which there are two in every Hindu lunar month. Vijayadashami refers to the day of victory.

hey all,

I have found quite a few different interpretations of the word Vijayadasami on the net. At places it has been interpreted as "vijayata" + "sami" as meaning that victory comes to the worshipper of the "sami" tree.

Another and the more obvious one is to name it as "Vijay Dashami" which means victory on the 10th day (?). Also the significance of the festival is tied alongwith the 'Navratri', the 9 days of fasting and worship before Vijayadasami. The meaning and significance of the 'Navratri' itself seems to be a huge issue of contention amongst Hindus.

StupiDeity 21:59, 26 Dec 2003 (UTC)

well, don't think wether its a huge issue of contention. But, vijaya dashami is a word originating from Sanskrit ( विजय दशमि ) meaning the tenth day of the clanedar when victory was achieved by the good over evil. so, its not 'vijaya dasami'... but 'vijaya dashami'. But in Tamil usage, the letter 'sh' is absent. so, speaking in Tamil, it can be called 'vijaya dasami' and not otherwise.

--Hpnadig 09:26, 15 Oct 2004 (UTC)


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