Ksheerabdi Dwadasi is an auspicious day in the month of Karthik, also called as Chiluka Dwadasi, Yogeeswara Dwadasi ,HariBodhini Dwadasi. It falls on 12th day of Karthik month.Lord Vishnu sleeps on Ashada Shudda Ekadasi, after four months of cosmic sleep he wakes up, this day is well known as Uthana Ekadasi which falls before the day of Ksheerabdi Dwadasi. So Ksheerabdi Dwadasi is considered as a special day.
On this day Tulasi & Indian gooseberry (amla) plants are worshipped. Like Diwali, Goddess LakshmiDevi is worshipped with coins. It is believed that Lord Vishnu along with Goddess LakshmiDevi & Lord Brahma reaches Brindhavan. Therefore who performs pooja to Lord Vishnu on this day with whole hearted dedication & bakthi will be blessed with good health, wealth and prosperous life.
During Ksheera Sagara Mathanam(Churning of milk ocean),many things erupts out such as Kamadhenu (Cow), Kalpa vriksham, Iravatham (White elephant) ,Amrutam(Nector) and A woman appeared . This woman is none other than Goddess Lakshmi. Lord Vishnu married Goddess Lakshmi on this day which makes it an auspicious day.
In Karthik month, lighting lamps (diyas) is considered as tradition. There is a significance to lighten lamps on Dwadasi, Chathurdasi & Pournami days. The lighting of lamps on this day itself gives infinite punyam (virtue) to everyone.
* Ksheerabdhi Dwadasi (Photos) 2012