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Alpa Dwadasi

Alpa Dwadasi is the term used in Hindu Panchangam to refer to a short Dwadasi tithi – 12th day of lunar fortnight. Alpa Dwadasi is important to those people who break the Ekadasi fasting on Dwadasi day.

Ekadasi fasting is observed on the 11th day of the Lunar fortnight and is dedicated to Vishnu. Most people observe fast from sunrise to next day morning sunrise. But there are people who exactly follow the start and end of Tithi.

Such people fast during Ekadasi Tithi and break the fast during Dwadasi Tithi. People who observe tithi time for fast should break the fast before Dwadasi gets over as Alpa Dwadasi is only for a short period.

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