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Tilak Vrat in Chaitra Month

Tilak Vrat is annually observed on the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra Month. It is observed on the Hindu New Year day in North India. In 2024, Tilak Vrat date is April 9.

The greatness of the Tilak Vrat is mentioned in the last chapter (Uttara Parva) of the Bhavishya Purana.

The Vrat is also referred as Samvatsar Pratipada Vrat as it is observed on the first day of the New Year – Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada.

By observing this vrat one can get rid of problems associated with ghost, Pishach and other supernatural beings. The vrat is also suggested to those have horoscope related problems due to the bad position of the planets.

On Vrat day a devotee should wake up in the morning take bath and offer prayers to Ishta Devata. Only vegetarian food is eaten on the day. The person has to read scriptures. Prayers dedicated to the person’s favorite deity can be chanted on the day. Making food donation on the day is considered highly meritorious.