About Vasu Baras – Govatsa Dwadashi – Vagh Baras

Diwali celebrations are mainly spread over five days, from Dhanteras to Bhaiduj. However in some places like Maharashtra and Gujarat a day prior to Dhanteras known as Vasu Baras marks the start of Diwali festival.

Nandini Cow Photo - Govatsa Dwadashi

Vasu Baras or Bagh Baras or Govatsa Dwadashi is the 12th day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) of Ashwin month which is dedicated to the worship of the cow. In the hindi word Govatsa Go or Vasu means ‘cow’ and vatsa means calf while the world.

In India people, especially in rural areas symbolically consider that, the cow represents motherhood. In rural India, for thousands of families cow is the sole economic source. Keeping this in mind married women offer special pujas for the well being of cows a calf on this day. Images of Cow and Calf are also adorned with turmeric and kumkuma.

Vasu Baras : Photo of Kamadhenu depicted as containing various deities within her body

Vagh Baras is an name for the same festival in gujarati. The word ‘Vagh’ refers to repaying one’s financial debts. Therefore people clear their account books today and do not enter into new transactions. They start using new ledgers after Labh Pancham. In some regions, it is strictly prohibited to drink cow milk, ghee and curd on this day.

Vasu Baras 2017 Date :

In 2017, Vasu Baras will be celebrated on 16th October 2017.

Vasu Baras / Govatsa Dwadashi Dates for Next 10 Years :

In 2018, Vasu Baras / Govatsa Dwadashi will be celebrated on Sunday, 4th November 2018.

In 2019, Vasu Baras / Govatsa Dwadashi will be celebrated on Friday, 25th October 2019.

In 2020, Vasu Baras / Govatsa Dwadashi will be celebrated on Thursday, 12th November 2020.

In 2021, Vasu Baras / Govatsa Dwadashi will be celebrated on Monday, 1st November 2021.

In 2022, Vasu Baras / Govatsa Dwadashi will be celebrated on Friday, 21st October 2022.

In 2023, Vasu Baras / Govatsa Dwadashi will be celebrated on Thursday, 9th November 2023.

In 2024, Vasu Baras / Govatsa Dwadashi will be celebrated on Monday, 28th October 2024.

In 2025, Vasu Baras / Govatsa Dwadashi will be celebrated on Friday, 17th October 2025.

In 2026, Vasu Baras / Govatsa Dwadashi will be celebrated on Thursday, 5th November 2026.

In 2027, Vasu Baras / Govatsa Dwadashi will be celebrated on Tuesday, 26th October 2027.

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