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Ashoonya Shayana Vrata

Ashoonya Shayana Vrata is a sacred observance cherished by married couples seeking blessings for a harmonious and enduring marital life. Held on the second day of the waning phase of the moon in the Hindu months of Ashada, Shravana, Bhadrapada, and Ashwina, this ritual entails special pujas and ceremonies dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu.

To properly conduct the Vrata, couples acquire murtis (sacred idols) representing Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu. These murtis are placed upon a decorated bed and revered with Shodashopachara puja, a ritual comprising sixteen symbolic offerings to the deities.

During the Vrata day, participants observe a fast from sunrise until moonrise, demonstrating their devotion and commitment to the divine couple, Lakshmi and Vishnu.

Upon completion of the Ashwina Ashoonya Shayana Vrata, it is customary to donate the murtis to another married couple, thereby extending the blessings of happiness and longevity in marriage to others. This act of generosity symbolizes the spirit of sharing blessings and fostering goodwill within the community.