Diwali also known as the "festival of lights", is a five day festival which starts on Dhanteras, followed by Kaali Chaudas, Diwali, New Years Day and ends on Bhaibeej.
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Chaturmaas: July - November 2014
Chaturmaas starts on Ashadh Sud Ekadashi (9th July 2014). It is the 11th day of the bright half in the month of Ashadh and this day is known as "Padma Ekadashi" or "Devshyani Ekadashi" (commonly referred to as the Neem Ekadashi). Chaturmaas begins on this day and ends on Prabhodhini Ekadashi in the month of Kartik. "Chatur" meaning four and "Maas" means months, thus it is a period of four auspicious (blessed) months.
According to the Purans, from this day onwards Lord Vishnu takes rest in Kshir Sagar (ocean of milk) instead of Vaikunt. It is said that when a devotee observes severe austerities and penance related to God during these months, they will become free from all sins and achieve indescribable merits...
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