Matsya Dwadashi is observed on the twelfth day in Shukla Paksha of Margashirsha Month. In 2016, Matsya Dwadashi date is December 11.
On Matsya Dwadasi day, devotees worship Matsya Avatara (Fish incarnation) of Lord Vishnu. It is the first avatara of Sri Maha Vishnu. Shodashopachara Puja, 16 steps of Puja vidhi, is performed to Srimannarayana and appropriate charity is offered to Brahmins.
Women perform this Vrata for marital bliss and good health of their husband and children. Men observe Matsya Dwadasi vratham for health, wealth and prosperity.
There is only one temple in India dedicated to Lord Matsya – Nagalapuram Veda Narayana Swamy Temple near Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh.
Panchang, Matsya Dwadashi – 11 December 2016
Suryodayam (Sunrise) 07:02 Suryastamaya (Sunset) 17:38
Chandrodayam (Moonrise) 15:33 Chandrastama (Moonset) 28:47
Paksha (Fortnight) Krishna Paksha
Tithi (Lunar Day) Dwadashi – 16:31
Nakshatra Bharani – 27:34*
Yoga Parigha – 13:18
Karana Kaulava – 26:47*
Purnimanta Month Margashirsha
Amavasyanta Month Margashirsha
Shaka Samvatsara: Durmukhi
Vikram Samvat Varsha: Saumya
Rahu Kalam: 16:18 – 17:38
Gulika Kalam: 14:59 – 16:18
Yama Gandam: 12:20 – 13:39
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Vrischika
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Mesha
Amrita Kalam 23:18 – 24:43*
Abhijit: 11:59 – 12:41
Time to Avoid
Varjyam Kalam 14:46 – 16:11
Durmuhurthams: 16:13 – 16:56