All you need to know about Phalguna Month
The last month of the Hindu Lunar Calendar is known as the Phalguna Masam which is February – March in Gregorian Calendar. It begins when Moon aligns with the Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra and the Sun moves from Kumbha Rasi to Meena Rasi.
Important Days and Puja
· Purana prescribes the first 12 days pooja from Sukla Padyami to Dwadasi, for Lord Vishnu
along with goddess Lakshmi Devi (Lakshmi Sametha Narayana).Worshipping them during these 12 days would be equivalent to 12 months of worshipping Vishnu and hence it is also known as Payo Vratham.Godanam would be very important as well as donating money and clothes are auspicious in this month.
· First day of Shukla Paksha is for Avigna Vrat for praying to the Lord for removing all obstacles.
· Fourth day or Chaturthi is to pray to Lord Ganesha for Child and hence it is also known as Putra Ganapati Vrat.
· Vijaya Ekadasi is the Krishna Paksha Ekadasi. Vijaya is known for victory and it is widely believed that Lord Sri Rama was able to oust the Rakshasa as a result of the Ekadasi Vrat. Those who seek success in their endeavors should fast and pray to Lord Vishnu.
· Krishna Paksha of Phalguna masam also signify the Union of Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati which is also known as Maha Shivaratri.
· Amalaki Ekadasi occurs on the 11th day of Phalguna Masam. Vasista Muni prescribed this fast and said that those who observe this fast would receive wealth and freedom from all kinds of sins.on this day we have to pray to Amalaki (Amla tree) and odonate Amla. It is also very crucial to have Amla during this time as one would get all the qualities of Amla during this time as it is the richest natural source of Vitamin C.
· Govida Dwadasi takes place right after the Amala Ekadasi and it is believed that on this day Lord Vishnu is known to take bath in river Ganges. If one cannot access Ganges then he or she can take bath at any nearby river. It cures health issues.
· Phalguni Purnima is known for Holi which is an auspicious day. It is also known for Holika Dahan as people burn the effigy of demoness Holika who tried to kill Prahlada, the child devotee of Lord Vishnu. The next day is known as the day of Holi or the festival of Colors.
· Bahula Ashtami is known as the birth day of goddess Sita devi.
· This month is filled with auspicious days as it is quite evident from it’s very name Phalguna – Phala (Merit) + Guna (Qualities)
· It is also very healthy to have Amla during this month as one would get all the qualities of Amla which is the richest natural source of Vitamin C.
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