Soubhagya Gauri Vratam, also known as Soubhagya Thadiya, Sowbhagya shayana vratham, Gauri Tritiya vrata, Dola Gauri vrata, Ganagouri puja or Gangaur festival, is observed on Chaitra Shukla Tritiya or the third day in bright fortnight of Chaitra month. In 2014, Soubhagya Gauri Vratham date is April 2.
This vratham is observed by married women for the better health and longer lives of their husband.
The legend or Soubhagya Gauri vrata vrat katha mentions that Goddess Parvati observed the vrata to get Lord Shiva as her husband. After burning herself in Yagnagundam during Daskha Yagnam, Sati Devi was born as the daughter to Himvanth and observed a severe penance for Lord Shiva. Her penance was succeeded on Chaitra Shukla Thaidya. Since then, on that day Soubhagya Gouri Vratam is performed.
In Andhra Pradesh and some parts of Karnataka Soubhagya Gauri Vrat is also observed on Phalguna Shukla Tritiya. The main Gauri Puja is observed during Ganesh Chaturthi festival in all parts of India. In Tamil Nadu, Gauri Vratham is celebrated as Karadiyan Nonbu.
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In 2013, Soubhagya Gauri Vratham date was April 13.
Soubhagya Gauri Vratam 2012 date was March 25.