Matsya Dwadashi – Celebrating the First Incarnation of God
Matsya Dwadashi is a Hindu festival dedicated to Vishnu. More specifically, it is dedicated to the first incarnation of VishnuVishnu
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Matsya Avatar was the first Avatar of Vishnu, among the Dashavatara... who came to earth during the Satya Yuga. It is also known as the Age of Truth. It is the age when humanity and morality governs the society and every action is performed with intrinsic goodness. It is believed that in this age, umanityis governed by Gods The name Matsya Dwadashi is a conjugation of two Sanskrit words “Matsya” and “Dwadashi”. “Matsya” means “fish” and “Dwadashi” means“twelfth lunar day.” Hence, the festival of Matsya Dwadashi celebrated on the twelfth day of the growing moon phase from November to December. The festival is one the most important and popular festivals of the followers of Vishnu all around the world and is celebrated with great devotion and zeal.
On the day of Matsya Dwadashi, people are supposed to wake up early in the morning, take a bath, and wear neat and clean clothes. The devotees then visit a nearby temple of Vishnu and offer prayers to the deity, along with fruits and flowers, sandalwood paste and incense sticks. The most ardent worshippers of Vishnu observe fast for the whole day, and meditate and worship the Matsya form of Vishnu to please the deity and seek his blessings for happiness, joy and prosperity in life. They mediate on this form of Vishnu.
Beliefs and Significance
It is believed that worshipping the Matsya incarnation of Vishnu on this day with full sincerity and devotion removes all the sins and evils of the person. The festival holds great significance to those women who are childless and want to beget a meritorious child, as it is believed that worshipping the deity on Matsya Dwadashi pleases him, and the women are blessed with virtuous children. Knowledge and wisdom turn out to be their greatest virtues. The day also signifies the opportunity of attaining