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Pakshavardhini Dwadasi – Paksha Vardhini Mahadwadasi

Pakshavardhini Dwadasi, also known as Paksha Vardhini Mahadwadasi, is a significant day in the Hindu lunar calendar, particularly revered by Vaishnava followers. It falls on the 12th day of both the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of the moon) and Krishna Paksha (waning phase of the moon) in a given month. What distinguishes Pakshavardhini Dwadasi is that it occurs two days prior to Purnima (full moon) or Amavasya (new moon).

To qualify as Pakshavardhini Dwadasi, the 12th day must precede Purnima or Amavasya, and these phases should follow after two sunrises from the Dwadasi day. This unique timing adds to the auspiciousness of the occasion.

Vaishnava devotees hold Pakshavardhini Dwadasi in high regard and often observe fasts on this day. Sri Hari Vishnu, a central deity in Vaishnavism, is worshipped and propitiated with devotion and rituals. The day is believed to carry special blessings and opportunities for spiritual growth and purification.

Through fasting, prayers, and other religious practices, devotees seek blessings, forgiveness for past transgressions, and spiritual elevation on Pakshavardhini Dwadasi. The observance of this day varies among different regions and sects within Hinduism, but the underlying significance of devotion to Lord Vishnu remains central.