Kedara Gauri Vrata or Kedareshwara Gowri Vratham is an observance to perform on Diwali Amavasya. In 2022, Kedara Gauri Vratam date is October 24 or October 26. Actually, Kedara Gauri Vrata is observed on Deepavali Amavasya but due to Surya Grahan on 25th October, some pandits prefer to observe on either October 24 or October 26.
Usually, on the day of Kedara Vratam, married women or married couple worships Kedareshwara, Lord Shiva. Kedareshwara is another name of Lord Shiva. In some places, Kedara Gauri Vratam is observed from Ashwayuja Bahula Ashtami (8th day in the second phase of Ashwayuja masam) and concluded on Ashwayuja Amavasya (No Moon day of Ashwayuja masam). But, in practice Kedara Gauri Vratham is performed for on a single day i.e. Deepavali Amavasya day.
Devotees perform Kedareshwara Gowri Vratam to get rid of their sorrows and sins and to lead the life with happiness and pleasure. Performing Kedara Gauri vrath gives almost all joys for devotees.
In Andhra Pradesh and some places of Karnataka and Maharashtra, Kedara Vratham is a main ritual for farming communities. Farmers and their families observe the vrata by decorating and worshipping their wealth of animals. The day after Deepavali, in Hyderabad and some other Deccan places of South India, Sadar Festival is celebrated.
Sadar is a colourful festival during which buffaloes are decorated and worshipped in a spectacular way. In the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, Sadar festival is celebrated by Yadav communities with utmost enthusiasm.
Kedar Gauri Puja is also known as ‘Gauramma Nomu in tribal places of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.