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Balarama Purnima – Balram Purnima

Balarama Purnima is observed on the Shravan Purnima day in North India. Some Hindu communities believe that it is on this day that Balaram appeared on earth. In 2018, Balarama Purnima date is August 26.

Legend has it that Balarama was transferred from the womb of Devaki to the womb of Rohini to avoid persecution by Kamsa. In Vrindavan, after the arrival of Lord Krishna, Balarama and Krishna participated in numerous adventures. Balaram was also the Guru of Duryodhana and Bhima. He avoided joining the army of either Pandavas or Kauravas in the 18-day Mahabharata war.

The popular belief is Lord Balram is an incarnation of Ananta – the snake on which Lord Krishna sleeps. 

Special prayers are offered on this day in Lord Krishna temples. Lord Balaram symbolizes strength and devotees pray for physical strength and a healthy life.