Govatsa Dwadashi (Nandini Vrat) is observed on Krishna paksha Dwadashi in Kartik Month as per North Indian calendars. In 2016, Govatsa Dwadasi date is October 26.
As per other calendars, this festival falls on Krishna Dwadasi day in Ashwin month. This fast observed by women for longer life of their sons.
The legend and the significance of Govatsa Dwadasi vrata are mentioned in the Bhavishya Purana. This vrat katha is associated with Nandini, the divine cow, and her calf. During the puja, pictures or idols of Nadini and her calf are worshipped. Devotees offer sprouted moon and gram to the divine cow, Nandhini. People avoid drinking milk and other milk products on this day.
Govatsa Dwadasi is observed as Guru Dwadasi in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and some parts of Gujarat. On this day, Sripada Vallabha Aradhana Utsav are held at Pithapuram Datta Mahasamsthan in Andhra Pradesh. In Gujarat, Govatsa Dwadasi day is observed as Vagh Baras or Wagh Baaras. Vasubaras is the name for this vrat in Maharashtra.
Panchang, Govatsa Dwadashi – 26 October 2016
Suryodayam (Sunrise) 06:32 Suryastamaya (Sunset) 17:48
Chandrodayam (Moonrise)27:29 Chandrastama (Moonset)15:24
Paksha (Fortnight) Krishna Paksha
Tithi (Lunar Day) Ekadashi – 14:30
Nakshatra Purva Phalguni – 25:04*
Yoga Brahma – 19:32
Karana Kaulava – 27:19*
Purnimanta Month Kaartika
Amavasyanta Month Ashwin
Shaka Samvatsara: Durmukhi
Vikram Samvat Varsha: Saumya
Rahu Kalam: 12:10 – 13:35
Gulika Kalam: 10:46 – 12:10
Yama Gandam: 07:57 – 09:21
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Tula
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Simha
Amrita Kalam 18:08 – 19:52
Time to Avoid
Varjyam Kalam 07:43 – 09:28
Durmuhurthams: 11:48 – 12:33
In 2015, Govatsa Dwadasi date was November 8.
In 2014, Govatsa Dwadasi date was October 20.
In 2013, Govatsa Dwadasi date was October 31.
In 2012, Govatsa Dwadasi date was November 11.
Govatsa Dwadasi 2011 date was October 23.