Significance, Festivals and Fasting of Vaishakh Month 2024

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  • Vaishakh Month 2024
  • Vaishakh Month Start : Wednesday, 24 April 2024
  • Vaishakh Month End : Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Vaishakh is the name of the second month in Hinduism, which is called Vaishakh month in the lunar Hindu calendar. According to Hindu religion Vikram Sawant is the second month. The months of April and May are in the Gregorian calendar.

Vaishakh month is starting from 24th April 2024 and ends on 22nd May 2024. According to the Hindu calendar, each month has its own importance, thus Vaishakh month also has its importance.

The month of Vaishakh is the second month in Vikram Samvat. The names of the Hindu months are based on the constellations. In Hinduism, the change of month depends on the lunar cycle, the constellation on which the moon is located, that month is named on the basis of that constellation. On the full moon of Vaishakh month, the moon stays in Visakha constellation, hence this month is called Vaishakh month. In the Vaishnava calendar, Madhusudan rules this month.

Importance of Vaishakh Month

It is believed that Lord Vishnu took many incarnations on the day of Akshaya Tritiya on the Shukla Paksha of this month. Such as the incarnations of Nar-Narayan, Parashurama, Narasimha and Hayagriva. On the ninth day of Shukla Paksha, Goddess Lakshmi appeared from the earth in the form of Sita.
It is also believed that Tretayuga also started from the month of Vaishakh. Due to the holiness and divinity of this month, later the dates of Vaishakh month were associated with the opening of doors of many deity temples and celebration of festivals in folk traditions.
This is the reason that the doors of Badrinath Dham, one of the four dhams of Hindu religion, open on Akshaya Tritiya of Vaishakh month. On the second day of Shukla Paksha of this Vaishakh, another Hindu pilgrimage Dham Puri also takes out the Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath. Devvriksha Vat is worshiped on the new moon day of Vaishakh Krishna Paksha.

Vaishakh Purnima is celebrated as Buddha Purnima or the birthday of Gautama Buddha among Buddhists of South and Southeast Asia, Tibet and Mongolia.

Vaishakh Shukla Panchami is celebrated as the birthday of Adi Shankaracharya, the great philosopher and theologian of Hinduism.

Vaishakh Purnima known as 'Vaikasi Visakam' in Tamil Nadu is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Murugan. He is the eldest son of Lord Shiva.

Vaishakh Shukla Chaturdashi is celebrated as Narasimha Jayanti festival at Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamivari Temple in Simhachalam.

Major fasts and festivals of Vaishakh Month

  • Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat
  • Shri Shitla Ashtami 
  • Varuthini Ekadashi
  • Pradosh Vrat
  • Amavasya 
  • Parashurama Jayanti
  • Akshaya Tritiya
  • Ganga Saptami
  • Sita Navami
  • Mohini Ekadashi
  • Pradosh Vrat 
  • Narasimha Jayanti
  • Buddha Purnima
  • Kurma Jayanti​

Upcoming Festivals & Vrat 2024

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