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Pradosh January 2018 dates – Monthly Shiva Pradosham Vrat and Fasting in January 2018

Pradosh, also known as PradoshamVrat, is an auspicious day associated with Shiva and Parvati. January 2018 Pradosh Vrat dates are January 14 (Sunday) and January 29 (Monday). Pradosh occurs twice in a Hindu month – once each during the waning (Krishna Paksha) and waxing phase (Shukla Paksha) of the moon.

The Pradosh on January 14 is also known as Ravi Pradosham as it falls on Sunday.

The Pradosh on January 29 is  known as Som Pradosham as it falls on Monday

The Pradosha period is in the evening from 1.5 hours before sunset and 1 hour after sunset. The fast which began at sunrise is broken during the period.

Most devotees make it a point to be present at a Shiva temple or offer prayers at home.

Sashti Viratham January 2018 date – Monthly Shasti Vratam or Fasting for Muruga in January 2018

Sashti Viratham, or Shasti, is a monthly fasting dedicated to Hindu God Muruga. Sashti Virtham January 2018 date is January 23 (Tuesday). Shashti falls on the sixth day after Amavasi (no moon) and Pournami (full moon) in a traditional Hindu calendar. The Sashti day after Amavasi is considered highly auspicious by Muruga devotees and many observe a fast on the day.

Shasti Fasting is considered highly auspicious and many Muruga devotees observe a 24-hour fast, while some take a single meal on the day.

Muruga is also known as Skanda, Shanmugha and Subramanian. In North India, Lord Muruga is known as Kartik or Kartikeya.

On Sashti day, devotees visit Lord Muruga temples from early morning and some people only eat the Prasadam given from the temple.

Some temples conduct special pujas and spiritual discourse on the day. There are also temples that provide food to devotees.

Shasti Fasting is widely observed in South India, Malyasia, Singapore especially by Tamilians and Malayalis.

Amavasya in January 2018 date and time in Hindu Calendar - No Moon Day or Amavas in 2018

Amavasya is the no moon day (some refer it as new moon day) in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. Amavasya January 2018 date is January 16 and January 17.  Amavasya Vrat is marked on January 16, 2018 - a single meal is taken while fasting on the day by some Hindu communities.

The famous Thai Amavasya is observed in calendars followed in Tamil Nadu on January 16.

The day is observed as Mauni Amavasya in many regions.

It is an important bathing date during Magh Mela.
Shradh and Tarpan rituals are to be performed on the morning of January 16, 2018.

The fortnight that starts with Amavasi is the Shukla Paksha or the waxing phase of the moon.
January 16, 2018 Amavasya is the Magh Amavasya in calendars followed in North India.
In calendars followed in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh it is the Paush Amavasya. Magh month begins in these regions from the next day.

Purnima February 2018 Date and Time – Full Moon Day in Hindu Calendar in Feb 2018

Purnima, also known as Pournami or Poornima, is the full moon day in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. In February 2018, there is no purnima.  There is no purnima fasting. The previous purnima was on January 31 and the next is on March 1.

Some Hindu communities observe fast on Purnima day. Special pujas and rituals are performed in many temples.
Satyanarayan Vrat is also observed on the day.

This Purnima is the Magh Purnima in calendars followed in North India and other regions.

Purnima January 2018 date – Full moon day Vrat and Pujas in January 2018

Full moon day in a Hindu lunar month is referred as Purnima. Vrat (fasting) and special pujas are held on the day. Purnima January 2018 date is January 2 and January 31. The day is an important bathing date during the Allahabad Magh Mela 2018.
This is the Paush purnima in most calendars. In Tamil Calendars, it is the Thai Purnima.
Magh Mela – Snan at Prayag in Uttar Pradesh begins on Paush Purnima (This year Magh Snan coincides with the Kumbha Mela). Magh Snan is an important bathing ritual at Sangam in Allahabad. There is a popular belief that taking a holy dip at Sangam on the Paush Purnima day will help in attaining Moksha.
The day is also sacred for Shakambari Ma devotees. This Poornima also marks the end of Shakambari Navratri. Many temples in India conduct important pujas and rituals on the day. Shakambari Jayanti is held on the day.

Ekadashi January 2018 date – Monthly Fasting for Hindu God Vishnu in January 2018

Dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu, Ekadashi Vrat is observed on the eleventh day of a fortnight in a Hindu lunar calendar. Ekadashi January 2018 dates are January 12 and January 28 (Smarta Ekadasi is marked on January 27, 2018). A fasting from sunrise to next day morning sunrise is generally observed by many Hindus on the day. Some observe the fast from the start time of Ekadasi Tithi and break the fast at the beginning of Dwadasi Tithi.

January 12, 2018, Ekadasi is known as Shattila Ekadashi.January 28, 2018, Ekadasi is known as Jaya Ekadashi The preparation for Ekadashi fasting begins on the Dasami day – the day before Ekadasi. On the Ekadasi day, devotees observe complete fast. The day is meant for hearing religious discourses and performing pujas.
There are also devotees who do not observe total fast. They avoid grains especially rice and consume fruits, nuts and milk.
The fasting comes to an end on the Dwadashi day with the consuming of food cooked in one’s house.

Sankashti Chaturthi January 2018 date – Ganesh Sankatahara Chaturti Vrat in January 2018

Sankashti Chaturthi, or Ganesh Sankatahara Chaturti, is dedicated to Hindu God Ganesh. Sankashti Chaturthi January 2018 date is January 5, Friday and the Chandrodaya or Moon rise time is 9:44 PM (IST). Ganesha devotees observe Sankashta Chaturti day from sunrise till the sighting of the moon. The day falls on the fourth day during the waning phase of moon or Krishna Paksha in a Hindu lunar month.
Fasting on Sankashti day is believed help in attaining peace, prosperity and knowledge. The fast is mainly observed in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. The day is known as Sankatahara Chaturti in Tamil Hindu culture.
The importance of Sankashta Chaturthi Vrata is found in the Narasimha and Bhavishaya Puranas. The greatness of the Vrata was explained by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandava brothers.