Kurma Dwadashi
 

About 2016 Kurma Dwadashi

 

Kurma Dwadashi 
20th January 2016 (Wednesday)
 
 
Kurma Dwadashi is celebrated on the twelfth day of the waxing phase of moon in the month of Paush, which corresponds with the months of December-January of the Gregorian calendar. The day is dedicated to the incarnation of Lord VishnuVishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,..
in the form of a tortoise and this form of his known as Kurma. The most visited temple on this day is located in Andhra Pradesh, and it is named as a SrikurmamKurmanathaSwamy temple in Srikakulam district.
 
Rituals
 
Though the day is celebrated on the twelfth day, the preparations begin from the tenth day itself. People take a ritualistic bath to clean them. This is known as a purification ritual. They meditate on Vishnu’s name and make preparations for the fast that they have to observe on the following day.
 
Devotees of Vishnu fast on Ekadashi, but this fast is for KurmaKurmaKurma
Kurma, also popularly known as Koroma, is a Hindu deity who is regarded as the second...
Dwadashi too. They sing hymns in the name of the Lord and also visit various temples to seek his blessings. Special pujas and Abhishekams are arranged and performed in temples dedicated to Kurma or Vishnu.
People observe a strict, full day fast without even drinking water. Though some might opt for an easier option and keep a fast in which they can consume water and fruits. Mostly people combine the fast observed for Ekadashi and Kurma Dwadashi. The only difference is that people worship Kurma form on this day specifically. The fast is ended on the twelfth day, in the morning. Devotees consume prasadam that was initially offered to Kurma.
 
Significance
 
It is believed that observing a fast on this day can lead a human to a better and happier life. All his sins get absolved, and he moves towards the path of salvation, with a free and lighter spirit.
 
 

 


 



 

 
 
 

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