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Kedareshwar Vrata 2018 – Kedar Gauri Vrat 2018 date During Diwali

Kedareshwar Vrata, also known as Kedar Gauri Vrat, is observed on the Amavasi day during Diwali. Kedareshwar Vrata 2018 date is November 7. Kedara Gauri Vrat is observed on Kartik Amavasi in North India and the corresponding Amavasya in other regions is Ashwin Amavas. The Vrat is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is based on Goddess Parvati's attempt to merge with Lord Shiva.

Initially, Kedareshwar Vrata used to begin on the Ashtami day or eighth day of the Krishna Paksha of Ashwin or Kartik month and end on Amavasi day during Diwali. But now most people only observe the Vrat on the Amavas day.

Most Shiva devotees observe a fast on Kedareshwara Vrata day. Some people only perform a partial fast.

Kedareshwar Vrata is observed for attaining Moksha and merging with the Supreme Being.

Story of Kedareshwar Vrata

Legend has it that Kedareshwara Vrata was observed by Goddess Parvati to merge with Lord Shiva and be part of his body.

Once a Gana (attendant of Lord Shiva) performed puja of Lord Shiva and did Pradakshina or circumambulation of Lord Shiva. The Gana did not do Pradakshina of Goddess Parvati.

Goddess Parvati asked Shiva why the Gana ignored Her. Shiva was in a playful mood and said that those who know the Supreme Being have nothing to do with Parvati and so he did not do the circumambulation of Her.

Goddess Parvati got angry and left Kailash and started living in a forest on earth. She met Gautama Rishi at the forest and wanted to know how to be part of the body of Lord Shiva. Sage Gautama advised her to perform Kedareshwara Vrata.