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