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Vaishakh Month – Importance of Vaishakaha Masam

Vaishakha Mahina, or Vaishakh Masam, is an auspicious month in calendars followed in Kannada and Telugu culture (Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh). It is one of the highly auspicious months associated with Lord Vishnu. The month is also important in Gujarati and Marathi calendars. It is the second month in a traditional Hindu calendar in Kannada, Telugu and Marathi culture. Vaishakha mahina is associated with prosperity and Akshaya Tritiya is observed on third day of the month.

Significance of Vaishakh month is mentioned in the Puranas and the famous Vaishakh Snana takes place in the month. It is believed that taking bath in Holy Rivers and Sacred teerths on the day will help in redemption of sins. The month is believed to be the ideal month to conduct pujas, homas etc for prosperity, off springs and well being.

Importance of Vaishaka month can be gauged from the fact that three of Lord Vishnu’s incarnations happened in this month – Parashuram, Narasimha and Kurma. (Those people who consider Balaram as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu can add one more as Lord Balram too is believed to have manifested in Vaishaka month.

Numerous auspicious days associated with Lord Vishnu is observed in the month. Akshaya Tritiya, Parashuram Jayanti, Narasimha Jayanti and Kurma Jayanti are observed in the month.

It must be noted that Vaishakh Mahina in traditional calendar followed in North India begins early – after Chaitra Purnima.