23 October 2011, Rama Ekadasi, Govatsa Dwadasi, Vasubaras

Today, 23 October 2011 is Rama Ekadasi, Govatsa Dwadasi, Vasubaras & Waghbaras. Rama Ekadasi falls in Krishna Paksha of Kartik month as per North Indian Hindi calendars and in Krishna Paksha of Ashwin month (Ashwayuja masam) as per Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu & Kannada Panchangams.

Rama Ekadasi vrat katha and the importance of this observance are mentioned in the Brahma Vaivartha Purana as a conversation between Lord Krishna and King Yudhistira.

Govatsa Dwadasi is a festival dedicated for Gopuja (cow worship). Nandini Vrat is the main ritual to observe on Govatsa Dwadasi.

Vasubaras in Maharashtra and Waghbaras in Gujarat have the similar rituals as Gopuja and Nandini Vrat.

The pujas and rituals of Diwali will begin with Govatsa Dwadasi Puja.

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