- Adhika maasa is an additional month in the Hindu calender.
- Hindu calender is based on the lunar cycle which contains 354 days in a lunar year'
- The solar cycle contains 365 days
- There is a difference of 11 days between the two cycles and this accumulates to full month or 29 days roughly every 32 months.
- So Adhika maasa occurs every 32 months,16 days and 8 ghadis.
- Adhika maasa is considered to be an auspicious month for giving daanas
- Since adhika maasa comes once in 33 months, 33 deities each one representing a form of Vishnu are invoked. Hence the significance of #33.
- This maasa is also known as Purushothama maasa.
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