The month of Bhadrapada in the Hindu lunar calendar holds special significance in Hinduism. According to astrology, the beginning of every new Hindu month follows the day after the full moon, and Bhadrapada is the month that begins after the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan, which falls on the full moon day of the preceding month, Sawan. Bhadrapada, also known as Bhado, is marked by numerous important festivals and observances.
Bhadrapada is associated with devotion to Lord Vishnu, and it is during this month that the birth celebrations of Lord Krishna take place with great fervor and grandeur. Lord Krishna’s birth is not the only celebration during Bhadrapada; the birth of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed deity, is also commemorated. Additionally, several significant fasts and festivals are observed during this month. Let’s explore some of the prominent observances in Bhadrapada:
September Fasts and Festivals:
- September 2: Kajari Teej.
- September 3: Heramba Sankashti Chaturthi, dedicated to the worship of Lord Ganesha.
- September 4: Raksha Panchami.
- September 5: Teacher’s Day and Hal Shashti.
- September 6: Budh Ashtami Vrat and Kala Ashtami Vrat.
- September 7: Krishna Janmashtami, the birth celebration of Lord Krishna, and Rohini Vrat.
- September 8: Goga Navami.
- September 10: Aja Ekadashi, a day dedicated to the worship of Lord Vishnu.
- September 12: Bhauma Pradosh Vrat, dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva.
- September 13: Monthly Shivaratri, a day devoted to Lord Shiva.
- September 14: Bhadrapada Amavasya, a day of significance for performing rituals and offerings for ancestors.
- September 16: Chandra Darshan.
- September 17: Vishwakarma Jayanti and Varaha Jayanti.
- September 18: Hartalika Teej, celebrated widely across the country.
- September 19: Ganeshotsav and the commencement of Ganesh Chaturthi.
- September 20: Rishi Panchami.
- September 22: Mahalakshmi Vrat begins, along with Durva Ashtami.
- September 23: Radha Ashtami and Durga Ashtami Vrat.
- September 25: Parshva Ekadashi Vrat.
- September 26: Vaishnav Parshva Ekadashi Vrat.
- September 27: Pradosh Vrat.
- September 28: Ganesh Visarjan and Milad un-Nabi.
- September 29: Bhadrapada Purnima and the beginning of Mahalaya Shradh Paksha, a period of ancestral rituals.
These observances are an integral part of the cultural and spiritual tapestry of Hinduism. They provide opportunities for devotees to express their faith, seek blessings, and come together in celebration. The month of Bhadrapada holds a special place in the hearts of Hindus as it encompasses various festivities that inspire devotion, unity, and reverence for divine beings.