Today, 25 March 2012 is Matsya Jayanti (Matsyotpatti). It is the first appearance day of Lord Vishnu’s first avatar (fish incarnation). Among Vishnu’s Dashavatar, Matsya Avatar is the primary and the first avatar from which evolution has started. Matsya Jayanti falls on the third day in Shukla Paksha of Chaitra Month.
Matsya Jayanti is celebrated in Vishnu temples all around India. Nagalapuram Veda Narayana Swamy Temple (the one and only Matsyavatara Temple in the world) near Tirumala Tirupati is the best temple to visit during Matsya Jayanti. Theppotsavam (boat festival) is celebrated here during the festival.