Govinda Dwadashi is an auspicious Hindu observance that falls on the ‘Dwadashi’ (12th day) of the Shukla Paksha (the period of the bright fortnight of moon) during the month of ‘Phalgun’ in the traditional Hindu calendar. For those following the English calendar, this date falls between mid-February to March. Govinda Dwadashi is very important for Lord Vishnu devotees. On this day Hindu devotees worship Lord Vishnu to seek His divine blessings for a happy and prosperous life.
Govinda Dwadashi is also celebrated as ‘Narasimha Dwadashi’ as the ‘Narasimha’ avatar of Lord Vishnu is worshipped on this day. The celebrations of this festival are very elaborate and significant at the Jagganath Temple in Puri. Besides the festivities of Govinda Dwadashi is also popular in Dwarka Tirumala Venkateshwara Swamy Temple, Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple, and other prominent temples of Lord Vishnu. Govinda Dwadashi is celebrated with great enthusiasm and reverence in the southern states of India as Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, and Karnataka.
Govinda Dwadashi 2021 is on March 25 Thursday
Significance of Govinda Dwadashi
The religious significance of Govinda Dwadashi is stated in several Hindu religious scriptures like ‘Agni Purana’. This day is considered to be highly auspicious for followers of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that worshipping Lord Vishnu on this day and performing the Govinda Dwadashi vrat bestows all the happiness in this world to its observer. The person also receives salvation in the end and goes straight to ‘Vaikuntha’, the heavenly abode of Lord Vishnu. As per the Hindu legends, Lord Vishnu in His Narasimha avatar killed the Asura King Hiranyakashyap and saved the life of His Bhakt (devotee) Prahlad. Hindus believe that observing Narasimha Dwadashi liberates them from all their past sins. This is because; the festival of Govinda Dwadashi celebrates the triumph of good over evil.