Govinda Dwadashi is an auspicious Hindu observance that falls on the ‘Dwadashi’ (12th day) of the Shukla Paksha (the period of bright fortnight of moon) during the month of ‘Phalgun’ in the traditional Hindu calendar. For those following the English calendar, this date falls between mid-February to March. Govinda Dwadashi is very important for Lord Vishnu devotees. On this day Hindu devotees worship Lord Vishnu to seek His divine blessings for a happy and prosperous life. Govinda Dwadashi is also celebrated as ‘Narasimha Dwadashi’ as the ‘Narasimha’ avatar of Lord Vishnu is worshipped on this day. The celebrations of this festival are very elaborate and significant at the Jagganath Temple in Puri. Besides the festivities of Govinda Dwadashi is also popular in Dwarka Tirumala Venkateshwara Swamy Temple, Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple and other prominent temples of Lord Vishnu. Govinda Dwadashi is celebrated with great enthusiasm and reverence in the southern states of India as Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka.

Govinda Dwadashi 2017 was on March 09 Thursday

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Lord Vishnu

Lord Vishnu

Rituals during Govinda Dwadashi:

  • On the day of Govinda Dwadashi, devotees get up before sunrise to perform the ceremonial bathing ceremony in sacred rivers likes Ganga, Saraswati, Yamuna and Godavari. If one cannot visit these holy rivers, this ritual bath can even be done in any lake or close by rivers. However while doing so; devotees must chant the names of Goddess Ganga and Lord Vishnu. Thousands of devotees also visit the Mahodadhi Teerth on the Puri coast on the day of Govinda Dwadashi, to take a holy dip owing to unique Hindu astrological significance.
  • Devotees worship the ‘Pundarikaksha’ form of Lord Vishnu on Govinda Dwadashi. They make several offerings to the Lord in the form of fruits, flowers, sandalwood paste, til (sesame seeds), dhoop and incense sticks.
  • On this day devotees also observe strict fasting that is known as Govinda Dwadashi vrat. The observer of this vrat eats only once after completing the puja rituals. Consumption of alcohol or non-vegetarian food is not allowed on this day.
  • On Govinda Dwadashi, devotees visit Lord Vishnu temples during the evening to participate in the puja rituals held there.
  • Chanting the name of Lord Vishnu and reciting ‘Sri Narasimha Kavach’ mantra is considered to be very propitious on Govinda Dwadashi.

Important Timings On Govinda Dwadashi

Sunrise09-Mar-2017 06:45 AM
Sunset09-Mar-2017 18:29 PM
Dwadashi Tithi Begins08-Mar-2017 22:49 PM
Dwadashi Tithi Ends09-Mar-2017 21:39 PM
Place : Ujjain [ India ] Time Zone : IST (+05:30)

Significance of Govinda Dwadashi:

The religious significance of Govinda Dwadashi is stated in several Hindu religious scriptures like ‘Agni Purana’. This day is considered to be highly auspicious for followers of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that by worshipping Lord Vishnu on this day and performing the Govinda Dwadashi vrat bestows all the happiness in this world to its observer. The person also receives salvation in the end and goes straight to ‘Vaikuntha’, the heavenly abode of Lord Vishnu. As per the Hindu legends, Lord Vishnu in His Narasimha avatar killed the Asura King Hiranyakashyap and saved the life of His Bhakt (devotee) Prahlad. Hindus believe that by observing Narasimha Dwadashi liberates them from all their past sins. This is because; the festival of Govinda Dwadashi celebrates the triumph of good over evil.

Govinda Dwadashi festival dates between 2014 & 2024

YearDate
2014Thursday, 13th of March
2015Monday, 2nd of March
2016Saturday, 19th of March
2017Thursday, 9th of March
2018Tuesday, 27th of February
2019Monday, 18th of March
2020Friday, 6th of March
2021Thursday, 25th of March
2022Monday, 14th of March
2023Friday, 3rd of March
2024Thursday, 21st of March
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