Today – November 14, 2012 – is the day after Diwali and numerous rituals and pujas are held today by Hindu communities. The most important rituals are Govardhan Puja, Annakut, Bali Pratipada and Hindu Vikram Year 2069 or Gujarati New Year begins on the day after Diwali.
Bali Padyami, or Bali Pratipada, is observed after Deepavali in Karnataka and
celebrates the reign of Asura King Balindra, popularly known as Mahabali, who
was killed by Vamana, an incarnation of Vishnu. Legend has it that due to a
boon given by Lord Vishnu, King Balindra gets an opportunity to rule to entire
universe for one day and this day is Bali Padyami.
New Year in
celebrated on the day after Diwali and it is known as Hindu Vikram New Year.
Vikram Year is the first day of the financial New Year in North
India and the New Year begins on this day in Gujaratas per
traditional Hindu Gujarati calendar. Vikram Year 2069 begins on November 14,2012 and is also referred as Vikram Samvatsar and Hindu New Year in the