Bada Itvaar vrat is an auspicious puja observed in Bhadrapada Month as per North Indian Hindi calendar. It is dedicated to Surya Bhagavan (Sun God). On this day along with Surya Bhagavan, cow and calf (Go Maata) are also worshipped.
In 2012, Bada Itvaar vrat dates are: August 5, August 12, August 19, August 26, September 2, September 9, September 16, September 23 and September 30 as per North Indian Hindi calendars.
As per Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu & Kannada calendars, August 19, August 26, September 2, September 9, September 16, September 23, September 30, October 7 and October 14.
Special recipes are offered to Surya Dev and Gomaata.
On Bada Itvaar vrat, the performer takes the food without salt. After offering the special recipes for Gomaata, performer needs to consume the food before sunset.