Vagh Barash – Vagh Baaras during Diwali

Diwali celebrations in Gujarat begin with Vagh Baaras, or Vagh Barash. It can be considered as the first day of Diwali celebrations of Gujarati people. In 2014, the date of Vagh Barash is October 20. Vagh Barash is also known as Govatsa Dwadashi and Guru Dwadashi. Cows and other domestic animals are worshipped on the day. It is also the last day of transactions in the financial year for businesses and those who maintain account books.

Vagh during Diwali also refers to clearing of all financial deals and debts. New transactions begin only from Labh Pancham day.

At Nathadwara, Navnit Priyaji (Lord Krishna) appears newly dressed before the devotees on the day. Temples and sacred places are decorated beautifully on the day in all places.

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