January 2023

January 10 (Tuesday) Sakat Chauth
Married woman, especially from the state of Rajasthan come together to fast for the well-being of their sons on this day. The day is dedicated to Lord Ganesha who is known for blessing his followers with prosperity and happiness.

January 15 (Sunday) Pongal, January 15 (Sunday) Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti or Pongal is a Hindu harvest festival celebrated all over India in different forms. This day also marks the end of winter solace and the arrival of spring or harvest season.    

January 21  (Saturday) Mauni Amavasya
Mauni Amavasya is celebrated to test one's patience and controlling powers. On this day people observe Maun Vrat or Toungue-Tied Fast, donate goods and bathe in holy river.

January 26 (Thursday) Vasant Panchami
Vasant Panchami marks the beginning of spring season. This day is also dedicated to Goddess Saraswati who is worshiped to attain knowledge and to get rid of lethargy.

January 28 (Saturday) Ratha Saptami
This day is dedicated to the Sun God Surya. People bath in holy rivers to get rid of the sins they committed in this or the previous births. It is said to be a very auspicious day for Hindus. 

January 28 (Saturday) Bhishma Ashtami
Bhishma Ashtami is the death anniversary of Bhishma Pitamah (from the epic Mahabharta) who was given a boon to decide the time of his death. This festival is a reverence for his loyalty, devotion and self-denial.

February 2023

February 01 (Wednesday) Jaya EkadashiJaya Ekadashi is a day devoted to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Devotees observe the Jaya Ekadashi Vrat in order to attain Moksha and abolish all sins committed.

February 05 (Sunday) Magha Purnima It is a full moon day in the auspicious month of Magha or Maghi. Lord Satyanarayana is worshiped on this day and it is said that doing charity and bathing in river Ganga on this day is highly fruitful.

February 13 (Monday) Kumbha SankrantiKumbha Sankranti is dedicated to Goddess Ganga and devotees pray for her blessings by taking bath in Ganges on this day. Making offerings to cows is considered highly auspicious according to Hindu customs.

February 16 (Thursday) Vijaya EkadashiThe major belief behind this practice is the observance of this Vrat by Lord Rama before he headed towards crossing the river to defeat Ravana and save Sita Maiyya. Since then people are observing this fast to celebrate the victory of good over evil.

February 18 (Saturday) Maha Shivratri Maha Shivratri is the day when Lord Shiva married Parvati. On this day people flock outside Shiva temples to offer Jal, Milk, Bael or golden apple leaves on Shivlingas.


March 2023 - मार्च 2023

March 15  (Wednesday) Meena Sankranti 
This day marks the beginning of the last month in the Hindu solar calendar. Donating Land during this Vrat is considered highly auspicious.

March 03 (Friday) Amlaki Ekadashi
Amla Trees are worshiped on this day to gain blessings from Lord Vishnu who is believed to be residing in them. Devotees fast on this day and priests are offered gifts to gain prosperity.

March 07 (Tuesday)  Holika Dahan
Holi Dahan celebrates the death of Holika who tricked Prahlad into the fire. Bonfires are lit day before Holi and people dance around it to celebrate this day.

March 8 (Wednesday) Rangwali Holi
Holi, the festival of colors, is one of the major festivals of Hinduism which marks victory of good over evil. The tradition of celebrating Holi with colors was first started in Mathura by Lord Krishna.

March 15 (Wednesday) Basoda, Sheetla Ashtami
Sheetla Ashtami is dedicated to Goddess Sheetla and is celebrated 8 days after Holi. Families don't lit fire to cook on this day and consume food prepared in bulk from the previous day.

March 18 (Saturday) Papmochani Ekadashi
Papmochani Ekadashi Vrat is exclusively for eliminating the sins committed and the guilt associated with them. This Vrat is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

March 22 (Wednesday) to March 31 (Friday), March 22 (Wednesday) Chaitra Navratri, Gudi Padva, Ugadi
Gudi Padva/Ugadi marks the beginning of the new year in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Since, Lord Brahma created the whole word, he is worshiped
specially on this day.

March 8 (Wednesday) to March 24 (Friday) Gauri PoojaGangaur
Gangaur is a colorful festival of Rajasthan and some parts of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat as well wherein consorts of Lord Shiva and Gauri are worshiped by married and unmarried women to gain blessings of health, long life and marital bliss.

March 30 (Thursday) Ram Navami
Ram Navami is celebrated as the birth of the 7th incarnation of Lord Vishnu - Lord Rama. This day falls on the ninth day of the month of Chaitra and is celebrated with huge fervor and delight all round the country.

April 2023

April 01 (Saturday) Kamada Ekadashi
This day is devoted to Lord Vishnu and it is believed that whoever will worship Ekadashi will liberate themselves of the cycle of life and death. On Kamada Ekadashi, the devotees fast for the whole day without water and are forbidden to consume rice.
April 06 (Thursday) Hanuman Jayanti
This day is celebrated as the birthday of Hanuman or the Vanara God who was the ardent devotee of Lord Rama and Sita.

April 16 (Sunday) Varuthini Ekadashi
It is believed that by observing this Vrat, a person becomes free from all health problems. It also frees a person from the cycle of life and death and are blessed with wellness and prosperity.

April 22 (Saturday) Parshuram Jayanti
Parashurama Jayanti is the birth anniversary of the 6th incarnation of Lord Vishnu. According to the Hindu belief, Parshuran still lives on earth and will be the martial guru of Shri Kalki the final incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

April 22 (Saturday) Akshaya Trithiya
According to Hindu mythology, Akshaya Tritiya brings success and good luck and buying gold on this day brings prosperity and wealth in the coming future. It is also believed that anything bought on this day would continue to grow and will never diminish.

April 27 (Thursday) Ganga Saptami
Ganga Jayanti or Ganga Pujan is the day when holy river Ganga was reborn. Taking bath in Ganges on this day is considered to be highly auspicious.

April 29 (Saturday) Sita Navami
The birth anniversary of Goddess Sita is known as Sita Navami or Sita Jayanti. It is said that if married women keep fast on Sita Navami, Goddess Sita will grant long lives of their husbands.

April 20  (Thursday) Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipse)
As per Indian mythology, a solar eclipse is considered to leave a negative impact on the lives of people. So to minimize it, people fast and pray to Lord Surya for well-being on this day.

May 2023

May 01 (Monday) Mohini Ekadashi
Mohini Ekadashi Vrat is observed to get rid of the sins one did in their past births. It is a day when Lord Vishnu is worshiped and asked for forgiveness. People break their fast by drinking milk instead of water.

May 04 (Thursday) Narsingh Jayanti
Narsingh Jayanti or Narsimha Chaturdashi is mainly to celebrate the victory of good over evil when Lord Narsimha appeared as Prahlada Maharaj to save Dharma and Bhakti. The day is celebrated with fasting in the name of the Lord.

May 05 (Friday) Buddha Purnima
Buddha Purnima is referred to Buddha's birthday informally. According to southern customs, it commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha. It is also known as Vesak or Wesak.

May 6 (Saturday) Narad Jayanti
Narad Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Devrishi Narad (also famous as Narad Muni) who traveled the world continuously communicating information and messages. He is also believed to be the inventor of Veena, a musical instrument.

May 15 (Monday) Vrishaba Sankranti
According to the Solar Hindu Calendar, Vrishabha Sankranti marks the beginning of the second month of the year. It is a great day to do charity and help the poor and needy.

May 15 (Monday) Apara Ekadashi
Apara Ekadashi is also known as Jyeshtha Krishna Ekadashi. Fast is observed on this day to gain unlimited benefits as the way they are expected. People who fast on this day attain Moksha and get rid of all sins.

May19 (Friday) Shani Jayanti
Shani Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Lord Shani. People pray for a hurdle free, easy and successful life from Shani Dev. People believe that observing fast on this day ensures bad omens to stay far from your life.

May 23 (Tuesday) Ganga Dussehra
It is the day dedicated to Goddess Ganga on which she descended on Earth. People flock at Allahabad confluence to take a holy dip in the river and wash away their sins.

May 19 (Friday) Vat Savitri Vrat
According to a legend Savitri tricked Lord Yama (the lord of death) and compelled him to return the life of her husband Satyawan. Since then, on this day, married women observe Vat Savitri Vrat and worship Vat (Bargad) tree and Devi Savitri for long life and well-being of their husband.

May 31 (Wednesday) Nirjala Ekadashi
On this day people refrain from drinking water and a strict fast is kept throughout the day. A person observing this fast is not allowed to sleep and should chant mantras and bhajans till the next morning.

June 2023

June 15 (Thursday) Mithuna Sankranti
According to the Solar Calendar, Mithuna Sankranti marks the beginning of the third month of the year. Donating or gifting clothes on this day is considered highly auspicious.

June 14  (Wednesday) Yogini Ekadashi
Lord Krishna narrated the importance of the Yogini Ekadashi fast along with the legend associated with it to King Yudishthara in Mahabharata. Keeping fasts on this day helps people get rid of past sins.

June 20 (Tuesday) Jagannath Yatra
On this day people offer prayers to Lord Jagannatha in the morning. This is also an 8- days long chariot festival which is held at the Jagannath Temple of Puri.

June 29 (Thursday) Devshayani Ekadashi
Devshayani Ekadashi or Ashadi Ekadashi is a day to fast for prosperity and luck. People worship Lord Krishna on this day and ask for his blessings.

July 2022 

July 3 (Monday) Guru Purnima
Guru Purnima is also famous as Vyasa Puja. This day is the birth anniversary of Veda Vyas and devotees spend their day in meditation and fasting.

July 16 (Sunday) Karka Sankranti/Dakshinayana Sankranti
Dakshinayana, which is period of six months, begins with Karka Sankranti. It also marks the southern journey of Lord Surya. This is also the counterpart of Makar Sankranti and is considered significant for charity or daan-punya.

July 13 (Thursday) Kamika Ekadashi
Kamika Ekadashi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and offering Tulsi leaves to him today proves to be very auspicious. This fast is equivalent to the positivity gained after bathing in sacred rivers or reading holy scriptures.

August 2023

August 19 (Saturday) Hariyali Teej
The festival is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. As the festival is celebrated during the Shraavana month. it was on the day of Hariyali Teej when Lord Shiva finally agreed to marry Goddess Parvati.

August 25 (Friday) Varalakshmi Vrat
Varalakshami Vratam is observed to please Goddess Lakshmi. Married women ask for blessings from Varalakshmi for their husbands and usually for a progeny.

21 August (Monday)  Nag Panchami
On this day people pray to snakes for the protection of their families and worship them with milk, haldi, chandan and kesar. Ploughing land is forbidden on this day as it might kill the snakes living there.

August 27 (Sunday) Sharavana Putrada Ekadashi 
It is the most auspicious day for couples who do not have a child. On this day both female and male observe strict fasting and pray for a child to Lord Vishnu. It is said that those couples will be blessed with a baby boy if they do it religiously.

August 30 (Wednesday)  Raksha Bandhan,  August 31 (Thursday) Narali Purnima
Raksha Bandhan is a festival celebrating the bond of love, unity and duty between a brother and a sister. In Maharashtra, it is celebrated as Narali Purnima or the Coconut Festival.

August 17 (Thursday) Simha Sankranti
This days marks the shifting of the Sun from the Karka Rashi (Cancer) to Simha Rashi (Leo). Devotees offer prayers to Lord Sun by bathing in holy rivers. It also marks the beginning of the Malayalam Calendar in Kerala.

September 2023

September 02 (Saturday) Kajari Teej
On Kajari Teej (also Kajali Teej) married and unmarried women keep fast and pray to Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva for their blessings. People worship the Neem Tree on this day and welcome monsoon after scorching summers.

September 7 (Thursday) Krishna Janmashtami
Janamashtami marks the birth anniversary of the 8th incarnation of Lord Vishnu - Shri Krishna! Night long prayers are offered to him and it is a great celebration all over India especially in Mathura, Vrindavan.

September 19 (Tuesday) Ganesh Chaturthi
This day marks the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha, the son of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva.

September 18 (Monday) Hartalika Teej
The fast on Hartalika Teej is a Nirjal fast kept by the women of the family for their husbands. The unmarried girls pray to goddess Parvati to get a good husband in their future.

September 10 (Sunday) Aja Ekadashi
This Vrat is associated with the observance of this fast by Raja Harishchandra who got his kingdom, wife and son back after he prayed to Lord Vishnu.
September 20 (Wednesday) Rishi Panchami
Rishi Panchami is a fasting day observed by women to pay homage to the Sapta Rishis and to get purified from Rajaswala Dosha. This day is also known as Rushi Panchami.

September 23 (Saturday) Radha Ashtami
Radha Ashtami is the birth anniversary of Goddess Radha and is also known as Radha Jayanti.
September 25 (Monday) Parivartini Ekadashi
According to Hindu legends, Lord Vishnu turned from one side to another while reclining over the Adishesha. This reclination is known as Parivartan and the name of this Ekadashi became famous as Parivartani Ekadashi.

September 28 (Thursday) Anant Chaturdashi, Ganesh Visarjan
Anant Chaturdashi is the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival and it is popularly noted as the Ganesh / Ganapati Visarjan or the immersion of Ganesha idols after Vinayaka Chaturthi.

September 29 (Friday)  Bhadrapada Purnima,  Pratipada Shradh is done for the deceased family members who died on Pratipada Tithi. It is believed that performing Shradh brings prosperity and happiness at home.

September 29 (Friday) to September October 14 (Saturday) Pratipada Shraadh
This day is dedicated to the people who died on the Pratipada tithi. Family members perform shradh to appease the souls and bring prosperity at home. It is also a very auspicious time to perform the shradh of the maternal grandfather and grandmother.
September 17 (Sunday) Vishwakarma PoojaKanya Sankranti
On this day all the workers in the workshops and offices worship their tools and instruments in front of Lord Vishwakarma, which are generally used in their profession. kanya sankranti is also celebarte on this day.

September 14 (Saturday) Sarvapitru Amavasya
This is also known as Mahalaya Amavasya. It is intended for all departed souls in general, irrespective of the lunar day they died on. 

October 2022

October 10  (Tuesday) Indira Ekadashi
Indira Ekadashi fast is observed to get rid of the sins committed in your past. It is advised to keep a picture of Lord Vishnu in front of you along with a few tulsi and banana leaves.

October 15 (Sunday) to October 24 (Tuesday)  Navratri Prarambh
This day marks the beginning of the 9 days festivity and fasts are observed all throughout the period in worship of Goddess Shakti. It is also famous as Maha Navratri.

October 18 (Wednesday) Tula Sankranti
This day marks Tula Sankranti which is also known as Garbhana or Garvana Sankranti.

October 20 (Friday) Saraswati Awahan
Saraswati Awahan (invocation) is the first day of Saraswati Puja during Navratri Puja Avahan.

October 23 (Monday) Maha Navami
Maha Navami is the final day of celebrations of the Navratri. On this day Goddess Durga is worshiped as Saraswati.

October 24 (Tuesday) Dussehra, Vijaydashmi
Vijaydashmi or Dussehra is the day to celebrate the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana. It is a day to celebrate the triumph of good over evil.
October 25 (Wednesday) Papakunsha Ekadashi
People who indulge in donations and charity and perform Jagran at night attain the pleasure of heaven by Lord Vishnu. It is said that no Ekadashi fast is equivalent to its impact. 

October 28 (Saturday) Kojagari Puja
The full moon day of Ashwin month is known as the Kojagari Purnima on which Puja is performed by the devotees to please Goddess Durga.

October 31, Tuesday to November 01 (Wednesday) Karva Chauth
On this day married women fast from sunrise to moonrise for the long life and safety of their husbands. This fast has a lot of cultural and traditional importance attached to itself.

October 5 (Sunday) Ahoi Ashtami
On this day the women of the house worship the Ahoi Ma or Ahoi Ekadashi Bhagwati and fast all day long for their son(s).

October 9 (Thursday) Rama Ekadashi, Govatsa Dwadashi
On Govatsa Dwadashi cows and calves are worshiped and are offered wheat products to eat. On this day, people observing this fast refrain from consuming milk and wheat products. It is also known as Nandini Vrat. By keeping the Rama Ekadashi Vrat a person can get rid of his past sins.
October 10 (Friday) Dhanteras
On Dhanteras, Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kuber are worshiped who provide prosperity, well being, assets and wealth.

October 12 (Sunday) Naraka Chaturdashi, Kali Chaudas
The day is mostly dedicated to Goddess Kali, however, in Gujarat, Lord Hanuman is worshiped on this day. People pray to Maa Kali and special pujas are performed as a symbol of the day when she killed Asura, the demon. Naraka Chaturdashi is the day to the worship the Mahakali or Shakti.

October 12 (Sunday) Diwali , kali pooja
Diwali or the festival of lights is celebrated as the victory of light over darkness. On this day Lord Rama returned home with Goddess Sita and Lakshmana after 14 years of exile. On this day Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha are worshipped together in every home.

October 13 (Monday) Govardhan Puja 
Govardhan Puja is the day when Lord Krishna defeated Lord Indra and lifted the Govardhan Hill. It is also known as Annakut or the heap of grains. 

October 14 (Tuesday) Bhaiya Dooj 
The celebrations on this day are similar to Raksha Bandhan. Bhai Dooj celebrates the bond of love between brothers and sisters and sisters pray for the long life and well being of their brothers.

October 17 (Friday)  Vrischika Sankranti
Vrischika Sankranti marks the sun entering into the Vrischik or Scorpio zodiac sign. Snan (bathing in holy water) and Daan (Charity) is highly beneficial.

October 19 (Sunday) Chhath Puja
Surya, the Sun God or the god of energy and life-force, is worshiped during the Chhath Puja to promote progress, well-being and prosperity. It is also famous as Chhathi, Surya Shashti and Dala Chhath.  

November 2023 

November 22 (Wednesday) Kansa Vadh
On this day Lord Krishna finally killed King Kansa. This day signifies the freedom from the oppressive rule of King Kansa. It is celebrated as a great day in Mathura, as it was the birthplace of Lord Krishna.

November 23 (Thursday) Devutthana Ekadashi
With this Ekadashi, the auspicious marriage season begins according to the hindu calendar. According to one one legend, it is also believed that Lord Vishnu wakes up from his sleep on this day who was supposedly sleeping from past 4 months.

November 24 (Friday) Tulsi Vivah
Tulasi (Tulsi) Vivah is the ceremonial marriage of the Tulsi plant (holy basil) to Lord Vishnu. This festival has a very interesting legend attached to it.

November 27 (Monday) Kartik Purnima
Kartik Purnima is celebrated as the birth of Lord Vishnu's first incarnation in the fish avatar. It is also the birthday of Vrinda (the epitome of the Tulsi plant)and of Lord Kartikeya, the son of Shiva.

November 05 (Tuesday) Kaal Bhairav Jayanti
On this day,people worship Lord Bhairav to get rid from sufferings and pains, especially from the paranormal world. The devotees who do so cherish health and success from everywhere.

December 2023

December  03 (Saturday)  Mokshada Ekadashi, December 23 (Saturday) Gita Jayanti
This day is observed by the Vaishnavas as a 24-hour fast to please Lord Krishna. This is also celebrated on the same day as the Gita Jayanti.

December 17 (Sunday) Vivaha Panchami
This day is observed as the Vivaha Utsav of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita. It is also said that Sita was born at Janakpurdham and got married to Bhagavan Sri Ram in Nepal.

December 08 (Friday) Utpanna Ekadashi

It is fast dedicated to Lord Vishnu and only fruits are offered on this day. This is done by the devotees to get salvation as a boon from Lord Vishnu.

December 16 (Saturday) Dhanu Sankranti

It is the auspicious day when the Sun enters the Dhanu Rashi or the Sagittarius. In the Hindu Calendar, it marks the beginning of the ninth Hindu month. Lord Jagannath and Lord Surya are worshiped on this day.

December 26 (Tuesday) Dattatreya Jayanti , Margashirsha Purnima

Dattatreya Jayanti commemorates the birthday of the Hindu God Dutta or Dattatreya Datta who was a combined form of Hindu male divine trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (Shiva). On this day Lord Satyanarayana is worshiped. Fasts are kept by the devotees on the Margashirsha Purnima and kathas are organized which is considered to be very auspicious.

वर्ष 2023 के व्रत एवं उपवास हिंदी में पढ़ने के लिए यहां क्लिक करें


#1 Rajkumar 2018-06-16 12:56
A nice compilation.

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