Vasudev Dwadashi is celebrated every year in the month of Ashadh and at the beginning of Chatur month. Vasudeva Dwadashi is observed to honour Lord Krishna (Vasudeva is one of his 108 names)Vasudeva Dwadashi is also known as Sri Krishna Dwadashi or Maha Dwadashi. The Vasudeva Dwadashi is observed to seek blessings of Lord Krishna, this special day is dedicated to him. The Vasudeva Dwadashi is celebrated one day post the Devshayani Ekadashi. As it is the start of Chaatur Maas (the four holy monsoon months) during the Ashada Mash, the Vasudeva Dwadashi is observed to seek blessings of both Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Krishna. According to Puranas, Lord Vishnu represents Ekadasi and Goddess Mahalakshmi represents Dwadasi.
This year, Vasudev Dwadashi is observed on 21st July.
Vasudeva Dwadashi History –
Vasudeva Dwadashi holds significant meaning for many devotees for ages now. Its prevalence was discovered in the Varaha Purana. As per, mythology Deva Rishi Narad suggested Lord Krishna’s parents to observe strict fasts on this important day. Hence, only after the couple observed fasts with full dedication and pure intentions, Vasudeva and Devaki were blessed with a child in the form of Krishna. The Chaturmas Vrat also starts with the Vasudeva Dwadashi celebration.
The day marks the beginning of Chaatur Maas. Devotees worship Lord Krishna and Goddess Lakshmi. Devotees undergo strict penance for the four months of Ashada, Shravan, Bhadrapada and Ashwin to gain numerous benefits and salvation of the soul. Donating rice, fruits, and clothes to priests is considered auspicious on this day.
There are rituals performed in the Lord Vishnu Puja:
- The devotees take bath early in the morning and wear clean clothes.
- They observe a day long fast to honour Lord Vishnu/Lord Vasudeva.
- The devotees perform puja for Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi.
- They offer flowers, incense, water, lamp and a hand fan to the Lord’s idol.
- The devotees should offer Panch Amrit to the God and Goddess; it is contemplated endearing to the God.
- Singing Bhajans euloging Lord Vishnu appeases the Lord and the devotees are blessed with a peaceful soul and a prosperous life.
- Chanting Vishnu Sahasranam and other Lord Vishnu mantra are considered profusely auspicious.
Performing Lord Vishnu Puja on this propitious day is believed to remove every kind of suffering and hindrances coming in the way of the devotees.
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