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Vijayadashami

Vijayadasami, celebrated in a variety of ways in South India, is seen as a day to express gratitude for success in life.[better source needed] Celebrations range from worshipping Durga to displaying colorful figurines, known as a golu. To respect the deities' sacrifices, Hindus revere Murties (small statues of gods and goddesses) during festivals.

In Maharashtra, the deities installed on the first day of Navratri are immersed in water. Observers visit each other and exchange sweets. The bidi leaf (apta) tree is worshiped, and its leaves (signifying gold) are exchanged as wishes for a bright, prosperous future. The tradition of apta leaves is symbolic of Raghuraja, an ancestor of Rama and Kubera. Communities of artisans worship their tools, resting them on this day. Saffron-coloured marigolds, popular during the festival, are used for worship and decoration.

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