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Santhana Gopala Vratham

Santhana Gopala Vratham is dedicated to Sri Krishna and is observed on the Purnima day in Ashwin month as per traditional calendar followed in South India. Santhana Gopala Vratham 2024 date is September 18. Santana Gopala Vrata is observed on the Purnima day in Kanni month in Kerala.

The Vrata is observed by those married couples who wish to have children. Parents observe it for the welfare of their children.

Prayers on the day are dedicated to Sri Krishna. Devotees also visit Sri Krishna temples and make special offerings - especially Venna (butter) and sweet pal payasam.

The Santhana Gopala Mantra is also chanted on the day while offering prayers -

Om Devaki Sudha Govinda
Vasudeva Jagath Pathe
Dehimey Thanayam
Krishna Thwamaham
Saranam Kadhahaa
Deva Deva Jagannatha
Gothra Vridhi Karap Prabho
Dehimey Thanayam Sheegram
Ayushmandham Yashashreenam!

Three is a popular belief that observing the Vratam will help in curing all kinds of pregnancy related problems. A fast is undertaken on the day from sunrise to next day sunrise. Feeding cows and calf is considered highly meritorious on the day.