12 December 2016 is Ananga Trayodashi Vrata (Ananga Vratham).
Anang Trayodashi is a Vrata observed in Chaitra month and Margashirsha month. Anang Trayodashi is dedicated to worship Lord Shiva.
When to observe Ananga Trayodashi Vrata?
Anang Trayodasi Vrata is observed in different months in various regions of India. As per the traditional Marathi and Gujarati Calendars, Anang Trayodasi Vrata is observed on the 13th day in first half (Shukla Paksha) of Chaitra Masam.
According to traditional Marathi and Gujarati Calendars, in 2016, the date to perform Anang Trayodasi Vrata is April 19.
In other North Indian states, Anang Triodasi Vrata is observed on 13th day of Margashirsh Month (Shukla Paksha Triodasi in Margashirsh Month).
Importance and Significance of Anang Trayodashi Vrat
According to the Garuda Purana, observing of Anang Trayodashi Vrata helps the devotees to attain health, wealth and prosperity. It is also believed that Lord Shiva blesses the performers of Anang Vrata with great bliss and salvation.
On the day of Anang Trayodasi, along with Lord Shiva, Kamadev (Lord Manmatha) and his consort Rati Devi are also worshipped.