Dwadashi (Sanskrit: द्वादशी, romanizedDvādaśī), also rendered Dvadashi, is the twelfth lunar day (Tithi) of the shukla (bright) or krishna (dark) fortnight, or Paksha, of every lunar month in the Hindu calendar.[1]

Dwadashi is regarded to be suitable for the veneration of the sacred tulasi tree and the worship of Vishnu. It marks the end of the three-day ekadashi fast, starting on dashami.


  • The Kurma Dwadashi is dedicated to the worship of Kurma, the second avatar of Vishnu.
  • The Govinda Dwadashi or Narasimha Dwadashi, which falls in the month of Phalguna, celebrates the Narasimha Avatar of Vishnu, before Holi.
  • The Rama Lakshmana Dwadashi is important for begetting a son.
  • The Govatsa Dwadashi is the first day of celebrations on Diwali, on which cows are worshiped as symbolic to mothers; nourishing mankind, and being the chief means of livelihood and religious sanctity in rural India.[2]
  • The Dwadashi marks the Sripada Vallabha Aradhana Utsav of Sripada Sri Vallabha, at Pithapuram Datta Mahasamsthan in the state of Andhra Pradesh.[3]
  • The saint-poet Annamacharya died on Phalguna Bahula (Krishna) Dvadashi (12th day after full moon) in the year Dhundhubhi, on 4 April 1503 after living for 95 years.
  • The Shukla Paksha Dvadashi is the prophesied date for the birth of the Kalki avatar of Vishnu.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Verma, Manish (2013). Fasts and Festivals of India. Diamond Pocket Books (P) Ltd. p. 10. ISBN 978-81-7182-076-4.
  2. ^ 2020 Govatsa Dwadashi
  3. ^ Goseva at Sripada Srivallabha Mahasamsthanam[1][2][3]