Acara Kandha 136-144
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The Sravana Dvadasi Vratam
1-2Brahma said: -I shall now dell with the mode of performing Sravana-Dvadasi Vratam, a practice where of grants enjoyment and salvation to the person who practises it. The day of the eleventh or twelfth phase of the moon’s increase, marked by the asterism Sravana is called Vijaya. A Puja done unto the God Hari on that day bears immortal fruit.
3-4A night meal, or a single meal in the daytime, or a meal voluntarily offered to the votary without any solicitation on his part and taken by him on the occasion, does not vitiate the vow of Dvadasi Vratam. He should refrain from using any utensil of bell-metal, honey, lentil and collyrium, and renounce all false talk, greed, physical exercise and sexual intercourse.
5The day of the twelfth phase of the moon’s increase in the month of Bhadra marked by the asterism Sravana, is called Mahati Dvadasi. A fast observed under the auspices of this astral combination, bears immortal fruits.
6Great is the merit of a ceremonial ablution performed at a junction of streams on the occasion, specially it the combination happens to fall on a day when the moon is in opposition with the Mercury.
7-10Gems should be immersed in water contained in a pitcher of gold which should be covered with a pair of cloths, and the god Vamana should be worshipped with offerings of umbrella, shoes, etc. Naivedyas consisting of Payasam. and clarified butter should be offered to the God, and the votary should pass the night in a holy vigil, and make gifts of Modakas and water-pitchers to the Brahmanas,
11Then having bathed and taken some light refreshments (water according to others,) on the day following, he should again worship the Dwarf Manifestation of the God, and address him as follows: “Salutation unto Govinda, who is the presiding Deity of the asterism Sravana, and who is also called the Mercury.
12Expiate my sins, O lord, and bless me with all the pleasures and comforts of this life. Be pleased with me, O thou the God of the gods.” The Vratam may be as well performed on the bank of a river.