Padmanabha Dwadashi is dedicated to one of the incarnations of Vishnu, known as Padmanabha. It is celebrated on the twelfth day of the bright lunar fortnight in the month of Ashwin, which corresponds to September-October, according to Gregorian calendar. The day is observed on the very next day of Pasankusa Ekadashi.
Like the previous day of Pasankusa Ekadashi, people get up early in the morning and take bath before the sunrise. They then visit a temple dedicated to VishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,.. or worship his idol at their own house. Offering life flowers, betel leaves, sweets, fruits and incense sticks are made. Sandalwood paste and turmeric may also be offered.
Temples are beautifully decorated with flowers and lights and priests perform a special Puja It is a prayer ritual performed to make offerings, honoring, evoking or worshipping gods. The ceremony can also be performed to pay homage to the beloved ones who are deadfor the day. Devotees read scriptures dedicated to Vishnu and sing hymns in his honor. Some may also mediate on his name throughout the day by taking a vow of silence. People also prefer staying vigil at night and chant recite the Vishnu Sahasranama. The thousand names of Vishnu The rituals can be performed both in the morning and at night. Brahmans can also be fed and needy people can be provided with alms and food.
Vishnu is one of the most beloved Gods as he helps in attaining salvation. Devotees pray to him for spiritual enlightenment and physical pleasures. Followers of Vishnu do not believe in renouncing the world. They wish to lead a happy, healthy and prosperous life in the present and secure a way for themselves to heaven by worshipping Vishnu and performing good deeds. Thus performing charity on the day is also a part of the ritual.
People wanting to start a new venture can work towards it on this day. Finding a bride or a groom on this auspicious date can also be fruitful.