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Hal Shashti 2024 Date - Hala Sashti Vrat Dedicated to Balaram in 2024

Hal Shashti, also known as Hala Sashti Vrat, is dedicated to Hindu God Balarama, the elder brother of Lord Krishna. Hal Shashti 2024 date is August 24. It is observed on the sixth day during the Krishna Paksha or dark phase of moon in Bhadrapad month as per traditional calendar followed in North India. Hala or plough is the weapon of Balaram and the popular belief is that He appeared on this day on earth.

How is Hal Shashti Observed?

Pujas and prayers are offered to Lord Balaram on the day. A partial fasting is undertaken on the day.

Most people, mainly married women, only consume buffalo milk and curd on the day in some regions. Worship is performed for a peaceful life and for the welfare of the children.

Hala Sashti Vrat Dedicated to Balaram

A designated place is plastered with cow dung and branches of trees like ber, gular, and palash are planted and worshipped on the day.

Unmarried women undertake Chandr Shasti Vrat on the day.

The day is also observed as Balaram Jayanti in some regions.

Story of Hal Sasti

Legend has it that Lord Balram 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, Balaram 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.