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Kaisika Dwadasi - Only Day When Ugra Srinivasa is Taken Out in Tirupati Balaji Temple

Kaisika Dwadasi is observed in the Kartik month and is of great significance in Vishnu temples in South India, especially TirumalaTirupatiBalajiTemple. Kaisika Dwadasi 2018 date is November 20.
The Kaisika Puranam, which is part of Varaha Purana, is read in certain Vishnu temples on the day in South India.
The festival is of great significance at the TirupatiBalajiTemple, the murti of he Ugra Srinivasa is brought out of the main sanctum sanctorum only on this day in a year. It is then taken out in a grand procession around the mada streets on a golden palanquin flanked by his consorts Bhudevi and Sridevi. The murti returns to the main sanctum sanctorum before sunrise.
Hundreds of devotees arrive at Tirumala to witness this once in a year darshan of Ugra Srinivasa – fierce form of Balaji.

Kaisika Dwadasi is observed on the Shukla Paksa Dwadasi or the 12th day during the waxing phase of moon as per traditional Hindu calendar.

Utthana Ekadasi – Dev Prabodhini - Importance of Dev Uthani Gyaras - Hari Prabodhini Ekadashi

Utthana Ekadasi, or Prabodhini Ekadashi, (also known as Dev Uthani Ekadasi and Hari Prabodini) is observed during the waxing phase of moon in the month of Kartik (October – November). In 2018, the date of Utthana Ekadasi or Dev Prabodhini Ekadashi is November 19. The importance of Dev Prabodhini Ekadasi narrated to Sage Narada by Brahma. The divine conversation is found in the Skanda Purana. Observing this Ekadasi is believed to help in getting rid of the guilt associated with sins committed and is also a path to liberation (Moksha). Ekadasi is an important fast dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

This Ekadasi is known by numerous names including:
Dev Pradodini Ekadasi, Hari Prabodini Ekadasi, Uttahana Ekadasi Dev Uthani GyarasDev Uthani and Bada Ekadasi.Importance of Utthana Ekadasi

Lord Vishnu goes into sleep on the Ashada Shudha Ekadasi (July – August). He remains in deep slumber during the period and this is known as the Chaturmasa period. He wakes up on the Kartik Shukla Ekadasi and this d…

Swami Vivekananda – We have to learn distinction between essentials and nonessentials in everything

There are two sorts of truth we find in our Shastras, one that is based upon the eternal nature of man — the one that deals with the eternal relation of God, soul, and nature; the other, with local circumstances, environments of the time, social institutions of the period, and so forth. The first class of truths is chiefly embodied in our Vedas, our scriptures; the second in the Smritis, the Puranas, etc.
We must remember that for all periods the Vedas are the final goal and authority, and if the Puranas differ in any respect from the Vedas, that part of the Puranas is to be rejected without mercy. We find, then, that in all these Smritis the teachings are different. One Smriti says, this is the custom, and this should be the practice of this age. Another one says, this is the practice of this age, and so forth. This is the Achara which should be the custom of the Satya Yuga, and this is the Achara which should be the custom of the Kali Yuga, and so forth. 
Now this is one of the mos…