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Dwidala Vrat – Dvidala Vrata during Chaturmasa

Dwidala Vrat is part of the Chaturmasa Vrata and is the last phase of the four-month Chatur Mas Vrat. Dvidala Vrata begins on the Dwadashi day in Shukla Paksha (12th day during waxing phase of moon) of Ashwin month and ends with Kartik Shukla Ekadasi. In 2017, Dwidala Vrat begins on October 2 and ends on October 31. Dvidala Vrata is also known as Bahubeeja Vrat.

Dwidala here implies those grams, lentils and seeds that break into two equal parts. Such lentils and grams are avoided during the period. Those lentils that are avoided are black gram, green gram, bengal gram, masoor al, horse gram, red gram, etc,.

Some people also avoid green leaves during the period and those plants that produce vegetables with numerous seeds.

Dwidala Vrat is only observed by some Hindu communities.

Ramayana in Indonesia

The earliest known reference of Ramayana in Indonesia dates back to the 9th century AD and is in the form of bas-reliefs in Prambanan in Central Java. The various written version of Ramayana in Indonesia are Kakawin Ramayana, The Serat Ram, The Javanese Uttarakanda, the Carit Ramayana, the Serat Kanda, and the Rama Kling.Kakawin Ramayana is credited to Yogishvara and is considered to be the oldest version of Ramayana in Indonesia. It is believed to have been written between the 10th and 13th century AD. It sticks to the original version and is believed to be a translation of Bhattikavya, a 5th century version of Ramayana in Kashmir. The Uttarakanda and Balakanda are not found in Kakawin Ramayana.Two of the popular modern adaptations of Kakawin Ramayana are Serat Ram and Carit Ramayana. The Javanese Uttarakanda is an independent literary work and describes mainly the genealogy of demons and Vanar Sena (Monkeys). The Serat Kanda and Rama Kling version of Ramayana in Indonesia has strong…

Padmanabha Dwadashi

Padmanabha Dwadashi is observed on the 12th of Shukla Paksha (during the waxing phase of moon) in Ashwin month (September – October). Padmanabha Dwadashi 2018 date is October 21. Lord Vishnu is worshipped in the form of Anantha Padmanabha on the day. The worship on the day is a continuation of previous day, which is known as Pasanakusa Ekadasi.
On Pasankusa Ekadasi day, the Anantha Padmanabha form of Lord Vishnu is worshiped.
Worship on Padmanabha Dwadashi helps a person attain liberation and his desired results. Staunch Vishnu devotees believe that worship on Ekadasi and Dwadashi of the Anantha Padmanabha will help them attain Moksha.