Vaikasi Visakam 2023 Date

Vaikasi Visakam 2023 Date

Vaikasi Visakam is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Murugan during Visakam Nakshatra in Tamil month Vaikasi. Vaikasi is the second Solar month in Tamil Calendar and Visakam is the sixteenth star out of twenty-seven stars which prevails once in a month. Vaikasi month is known as Vrishabha month and Visakam Nakshatra is known as Vishakha Nakshatra in other Hindu Calendars. Vaikasi Visakam usually falls in the month of May or June.


Tamilians not only in India but all over the globe like Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa etc. celebrate the birth anniversary of Lord Muruga, who is also known as God of Courage, Wealth and Wisdom. Lord Muruga, who is also known as Kartikeya, is the younger son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and brother of Lord Ganesha. Lord Muruga, who was the General of the army of Devas, is also known by the names of Karthikeya, Skanda, Kanda, Senthil, Subramanyam, Kumaran, Saravana, Dandayudhapani, Shiva Kumara, Kartik, Shanmukha, Palaniandavar and Swaminatha. Lord Murugan has six faces and that's why he is also known as Lord Arumugam. Because of six faces, Lord Murugan can see in East, West, North, South, Heaven and Patala (netherworld) all at once. The six heads represent his 6 attributes that are- Jnana (wisdom), Vairagya (detachment), Bala (strength), Keerti (fame), Shree (wealth) and Aishwarya (divine powers). Lord Murugan was created from Lord Shiva’s power to save the world from the powerful demon Soorapadam.


He is known to have six abodes and these are :-
1. Thiruparakundram Murugan Temple
2. Tiruchendur Murugan Temple
3. Palani Murugan Temple
4. Swamimalai Murugan Temple
5. Tiruthani Murugan Temple
6. Pazhamudircholai Murugan Temple

When is Vaikasi Visakam 2023? Vaikhasi Vishakam Muhurtam

Vaikasi Visakam 2023 Date - Saturday, June 03, 2023

Visakam Nakshathram Begins - 06:53 AM on Jun 02, 2023
Visakam Nakshathram Ends - 06:16 AM on Jun 03, 2023

Significance of Vaikasi Visakam:


On Vaikasi Visakam, the day when the Nakshatram Visakam coincides with the full moon or Pournami, devotees take out a procession and carry milk to Subramania temples to perform milk Abhishekam or with panchamrit to the deity. Some carry milk pots called ‘Pal Kudam’ to perform Abishekam at the temples. Many devotees also take kavadi on the day. Thousands of devotees visit Lord Muruga shrine on Vaikasi Visakam, especially at Lord Subramaniaswamy Temple at Tiruchendur and Muruga Temple at Tirupparankundram.

Muruga was born from Shiva's third eye in the form of six fire sparks. The fire sparks were immersed in a river called Saravana Poigai. Each of the six sparks became an infant. Goddess Parvati merged all the infants into one single child, and he came to be known as Muruga. For this reason, Muruga has six faces and twelve hands. 

Muruga was born to destroy three demons - Soorapadman, Singamuhan, and Tarakan. The demons had great powers. Only Shiva had the power to defeat them through his third eye, from which Muruga was born.

Lord Murugan has the capability of destroying the evil forces. Lord Murugan establish dharma, provide supreme protection and wisdom to the entire world. He rides on a peacock.

The sacred day of Vaikasi Visakam is mostly celebrated with great enthusiasm at Arupadai veedu Murugan temple in Tamil Nadu. Lord Murugan holds a special significance among South Indians in India and in other parts of the world. People celebrate the day indoors, observe fast, and distribute milk and fruits. The devotees offer prayers, chant mantras. Many people even practise meditation on the day and distribute prasadam as a part of the Vaikasi Visakam's rituals.

It is believed that those, who worship Lord Murugan with full dedication and devotion, Lord Murugan provides protection to the devotees against sorrows, enemy, evil eye and black magic.

Vaikasi Visakam festival signifies that Lord Murugan will destroy the dark forces present in a person’s life in the same way he destroyed the demon Soorapadam.

Vaikasi Visakam also spelled as Vaikasi Vishaka or Vaikhasi Vishakam.

Celebration of Vaikasi Visakam at Subramanya Swami Temple in Thiruparankundram near Madurai

Thiruparankundram Temple is dedicated to Subrahmanya Swami and major celebrations take place on Vaikasi Visakam festival in this temple in Tamil Nadu. Around 50,000 - 1,00,000 people participate in this annual event.

Devotees carry pots of milk and perform abhishekam on the murti of Shanmuganathan, Goddess Valli and Goddess Devayani at the Visaka Mandapam in the temple complex.

Special abhishekams are performed on Subramanya Swamy inside the temple too.

The ten day festival which begins nine days before the Vaikasi Visakam date attracts more than 100,000 devotees.

Happy Vaikasi Visakam 2023!

Vaikasi Visakam 2024 Date

Vaikasi Visakam 2024 Date

Vaikasi Visakam is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Murugan during Visakam Nakshatra in Tamil month Vaikasi. Vaikasi is the second Solar month in Tamil Calendar and Visakam is the sixteenth star out of twenty-seven stars which prevails once in a month. Vaikasi month is known as Vrishabha month and Visakam Nakshatra is known as Vishakha Nakshatra in other Hindu Calendars. Vaikasi Visakam usually falls in the month of May or June.

When is Vaikasi Visakam 2024? Vaikhasi Vishakam Muhurtam

Vaikasi Visakam 2024 Date - Thursday, May 23, 2024

Visakam Nakshathram Begins - 07:47 AM on May 22, 2024
Visakam Nakshathram Ends - 09:15 AM on May 23, 2024

Lord Murugan has the capability of destroying the evil forces. Lord Murugan establish dharma, provide supreme protection and wisdom to the entire world. He rides on a peacock.

The sacred day of Vaikasi Visakam is mostly celebrated with great enthusiasm at Arupadai veedu Murugan temple in Tamil Nadu. Lord Murugan holds a special significance among South Indians in India and in other parts of the world. People celebrate the day indoors, observe fast, and distribute milk and fruits. The devotees offer prayers, chant mantras. Many people even practise meditation on the day and distribute prasadam as a part of the Vaikasi Visakam's rituals.

Happy Vaikasi Visakam 2024!

Vaikasi Visakam 2025 Date

Vaikasi Visakam 2025 Date

Vaikasi Visakam is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Murugan during Visakam Nakshatra in Tamil month Vaikasi. Vaikasi is the second Solar month in Tamil Calendar and Visakam is the sixteenth star out of twenty-seven stars which prevails once in a month. Vaikasi month is known as Vrishabha month and Visakam Nakshatra is known as Vishakha Nakshatra in other Hindu Calendars. Vaikasi Visakam usually falls in the month of May or June.

When is Vaikasi Visakam 2025? Vaikhasi Vishakam Muhurtam

Vaikasi Visakam 2025 Date - Monday, June 09, 2025

Visakam Nakshathram Begins - 12:42 PM on Jun 08, 2025
Visakam Nakshathram Ends - 03:31 PM on Jun 09, 2025

Lord Murugan has the capability of destroying the evil forces. Lord Murugan establish dharma, provide supreme protection and wisdom to the entire world. He rides on a peacock.

The sacred day of Vaikasi Visakam is mostly celebrated with great enthusiasm at Arupadai veedu Murugan temple in Tamil Nadu. Lord Murugan holds a special significance among South Indians in India and in other parts of the world. People celebrate the day indoors, observe fast, and distribute milk and fruits. The devotees offer prayers, chant mantras. Many people even practise meditation on the day and distribute prasadam as a part of the Vaikasi Visakam's rituals.

Happy Vaikasi Visakam 2025!

Vaikasi Visakam 2026 Date

Vaikasi Visakam 2026 Date

Vaikasi Visakam is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Murugan during Visakam Nakshatra in Tamil month Vaikasi. Vaikasi is the second Solar month in Tamil Calendar and Visakam is the sixteenth star out of twenty-seven stars which prevails once in a month. Vaikasi month is known as Vrishabha month and Visakam Nakshatra is known as Vishakha Nakshatra in other Hindu Calendars. Vaikasi Visakam usually falls in the month of May or June.

When is Vaikasi Visakam 2026? Vaikhasi Vishakam Muhurtam

Vaikasi Visakam 2026 Date - Saturday, May 30, 2026

Visakam Nakshathram Begins - 10:38 AM on May 29, 2026
Visakam Nakshathram Ends - 01:20 PM on May 30, 2026

Lord Murugan has the capability of destroying the evil forces. Lord Murugan establish dharma, provide supreme protection and wisdom to the entire world. He rides on a peacock.

The sacred day of Vaikasi Visakam is mostly celebrated with great enthusiasm at Arupadai veedu Murugan temple in Tamil Nadu. Lord Murugan holds a special significance among South Indians in India and in other parts of the world. People celebrate the day indoors, observe fast, and distribute milk and fruits. The devotees offer prayers, chant mantras. Many people even practise meditation on the day and distribute prasadam as a part of the Vaikasi Visakam's rituals.

Happy Vaikasi Visakam 2026!

Nirjala Ekadashi 2022 Date, Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat Katha

Nirjala Ekadashi 2022, Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat Katha

Nirjala Ekadashi Date in 2022 - 10th/11th (Fri/Sat) June 2022

Nirjala Ekadashi is the most important and sacred Ekadashi among all the twenty four Ekadashis that comes in a year. Nirjala means without water and Nirjala Ekadashi fasting is observed without any food or water. As this fasting is Nirjala Ekadashi Vratam, it is the toughest among all Ekadashi's of the year due to a strict fasting rules. Nirjala Ekadashi and also all the Ekadashi's are dedicated to Lord Vishnu. While observing Nirjala Ekadashi fast, Vishnu devotees do not take food as well as water the whole day and the fast is only over the next day after ekadashi.

Nirjala Ekadashi Fast 2022

As this Nirjala Ekadashi fast is highly sacred, it is recommended to all the devotees that those who are not able to observe fast on all twenty four Ekadashi's of the year should definitely observe this single day of Nirjala Ekadashi fasting. It is a strong belief and is said that fasting on Nirjala Ekadashi gives all the benefits of twenty four Ekadashi fasting of the year.

Nirjala Ekadashi/Bhima/Pandava Ekadashi


Nirjala Ekadashi is also known as Pandava Ekadashi or Bhimseni or Bhima Ekadashi because of the legend associated with Pandavas and particularly Bhim. Bhimsen, the second brother among Pandava's could not control having food and thus was not able observe the strict Ekadashi fasting. All Pandava's Yudhishthir, Arjuna, Nakul and Shahdeva, along with their wife Draupadi and mother Kunti except Bhim observed all Ekadashi fasting of the year. Due to this, Bhima, got upset and thought that he was disrespecting Lord Vishnu. Bhima then went to met Sage Maharishi Vyasa for his advises and getting answers to his problem. Then Vyasa rishi suggested Bhima to observe the single Nirjala Ekadasi fasting and thus it acted as the compensation for not observing all Ekadashi's of the year. Thus, Nirjala Ekadashi also came to known as Bhimseni Ekadashi or Pandava Ekadashi.

Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat Katha in Hindi


Nirjala Ekadashi Importance/Significance of Nirjala Ekadashi

It is a strong belief that those who fast on this day of Nirjala Ekadashi are received by messengers from Vaikuntha, the abode of Vishnu, after death, and not by Yama, the god of death. It is also believed that Lord Vishnu transformed himself into Ekadashi to make all the humanity get rid of their sins.Observing this fast is equal to going to pilgrimage. The sins of this life and the previous one are considered burned by observing this fast. Nirjala Ekadasi fast helps in getting longevity, happiness, salvation, wealth, and prosperity with the blessings of Lord Vishnu. It is recommended not to fast on this day of Nirjala Ekadashi for those who are undergoing treatments or medications, if one can observe they can have fruits and milk, tea but not any form of atta or wheat and salt. It is a known fact that one should not eat rice on any ekadashi day including Nirjala Ekadasi.

Nirjala Ekadashi fasting falls on Shukla Paksha of Jyeshtha month particularly in month of May or June. Nirjala Ekadashi falls just after the Ganga Dussehra (which is the appearance or coming up of Maa Ganga on earth on this day). It is also possible that Ganga Dussehra and Nirjala Ekadashi might occur on the same day.

Rules of Ekadashi/Nirjala Ekadashi Fasting

Ekadashi fasting is over on next day of Ekadashi fast after sunrise. It is necessary to observe breaking of Ekadashi fast often known as Parana within Dwadashi Tithi unless Dwadashi is over before sunrise. Not observing Parana within Dwadashi is not seen good. Parana or breaking the ekadashi fast should not be done during Hari Vasara. If Hari Vasara period gets over, then only one should break the Nirjala Ekadashi fast. Hari Vasara is the period of first one fourth duration of Dwadashi Tithi. Pratahkal is regarded as the most preferred time to break the fast.One should also avoid breaking the fast during Madhyahna and if it's not possible to break ekadashi fasting during Pratahkal then it should be done after Madhyahna.

Things you can Do on Nirjala Ekadasi

  • Offer prayers to Lord Vishnu early in the morning and also the whole day.
  • Listen to Bhagavad Purana or chanting bhajans dedicated to Lord Vishnu
  • Light a diya in front of Lord Vishnu and offer Tulsi leaves and flowers.
  • Observe a waterless fast for the whole day. If not able to fast the whole day without water, then one can take fruits and tea, milk, water but should not eat salt and "atta" or wheat.
  • Prepare Panchamrita, a mixture of five foods: milk, curd, ghee, honey and sugar and offer to Lord Vishnu.
  • Donate food grains, clothes, fruits, milk, umbrellas, hand-fans, matakas filled with water, to Brahmins.
  • Next morning, after bath, donate food, fruits, sherbet, water, milk, clothes etc. and then break fast by drinking water.

Nirjala Ekadashi 2022 Date and Parana

Nirjala Ekadashi 2022 Date - Friday, June 10, 2022
On 11th Jun, Parana Time - 01:44 PM to 04:29 PM
On Parana Day Hari Vasara End Moment - 11:09 AM
Ekadashi Tithi Begins - 07:25 AM on Jun 10, 2022
Ekadashi Tithi Ends - 05:45 AM on Jun 11, 2022

Gauna Nirjala Ekadashi 2022 Date - Saturday, June 11, 2022
On 12th Jun, Parana Time for Gauna Ekadashi - 05:27 AM to 08:13 AM
On Parana Day Dwadashi would be over before Sunrise
Ekadashi Tithi Begins - 07:25 AM on Jun 10, 2022
Ekadashi Tithi Ends - 05:45 AM on Jun 11, 2022

Ganga Dussehra 2022, Ganga Dussehra 2022 Date

Ganga Dussehra 2022

The role of Ganga River in the life of Indians

River Ganga plays an extremely important role in the life of the Indians. It can easily be called the river of life and hold a very sacred position in the lives of Indians. Indians pray to Goddess Ganga to continue to bless them with the ever-flowing holy waters. Millions of people depend on Ganga for their livelihood and as a mark of respect they offer prayers to Ganga in the form of Ganga Puja also called Ganga Dussehra.

Ganga Dussehra is observed during Dashami Tithi of Jyeshtha Shukla Paksha, usually in the month of May or June. Ganga Dussehra is also known as Gangavataran meaning the descent of the holy river Ganga on earth. Usually Ganga Dusshra is celebrated one day before Nirjala Ekadashi but Ganga Dussehra and Nirjala Ekadashi might be observed on the same day in some years.
Ganga Dussehra is dedicated to Goddess Ganga and this day is celebrated as the day when Ganga was descended to the Earth so that the cursed souls of Bhagiratha's ancestors gets moksha. Goddess Ganga was residing in Kamandal of Lord Brahma before coming down to the Earth.

Ganga Dussehra Festival celebrations

The Ganges River flows through the Northern Indian plains after coming down from the Great Himalayas. Hrishikesh, Hardwar, Varanasi are some of the religious cities of pilgrimage through which River Ganga flows. Ganga Dashahara is celebrated for 10 days and people take bath in the holy water of Ganga to purify themselves of all sins.Taking bath in Maa Ganga's water and doing Dan-Punya on Ganga Dussehra day is highly beneficial for the soul. A holy dip in Goddess Ganga's water on Ganga Dussehra day removes all type of sins.

The legend of the descent of Ganga

Gangapujan Dashara is celebrated as the birthday of mother Ganges, also known as Ganga Ma. In the Puranas,  Ganga flowed in the heavens. Sage Bhagiratha brought about the descent of Ganga through severe penance and hence the river is also known as Bhagirathi. It is said that in the olden days, some demons disturbed the performance of religious rituals of hermits. The hermits approached Rishi Agastya in desperation. Agastya drank all the water of the ocean where the demons were hiding. But this caused a severe drought all over the world. It was then sage Bhagiratha came to the rescue by bringing down Ganga from the heavens.


People often visit Prayagraj, Garhmukteshwar, Haridwar, Rishikesh and Varanasi to take a holy dip in Ganges. Ganga Dussehra celebrations are traditional and famous in Varanasi. Lakhs of people participate in Ganga Aarti at Dasaswamedh Ghat in Varanasi or Har ki Paudi in Haridwar after Ganga Snan. A person must not confuse Ganga Dussehra with Ganga Jayanti when the Goddess Ganga was reborn.

Ganga Dussehra 2022 Date

Ganga Dussehra 2022 Date - Thursday, June 9, 2022
Dashami Tithi Begins - 08:21 AM on Jun 09, 2022
Dashami Tithi Ends - 07:25 AM on Jun 10, 2022
Hasta Nakshatra Begins - 04:31 AM on Jun 09, 2022
Hasta Nakshatra Ends - 04:26 AM on Jun 10, 2022
Vyatipata Yoga Begins - 03:27 AM on Jun 09, 2022
Vyatipata Yoga Ends - 01:50 AM on Jun 10, 2022

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