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KAMIKA EKADASHI VRAT 2017

Kamika Ekadashi is celebrated during Krushna Paksha of Shravana maas. Worshiping Lord Vishnu on this special day washes away all sins and gives Moksha. It also helps a person to acquire Punya which is equal to that obtained by performing an 'Ashwamedha Yaga' or donating a cow or performing a sacrifice or Yagnas. .

Significance -

On this day people take bath early in the morning and then pray to Lord Vishnu by Panchamrut Abhishek. He is also worshiped with colorful and fragrant flowers' Tulsi leaves is considered as the most auspicious deed. Fruits, milk and sesame seeds are offered to Lord Vishnu. People fast on this day, do deepdan (light lamps) and donate clothes and money to Brahmins. They do Jagaran on Ekadashi night and spend their time in singing bhajans and reading Holy Scriptures. On Dwadashi, which is the next day of the Ekadashi people break their fast.

Visiting various pilgrim centers and taking bath in Tirthas are also witnessed on this day. It's an important day in the temples of Lord Vishnu. Abhishek, puja, aarti and bhajans are performed here throughout the day. Lamps are lighted using cow ghee and a variety of Bhog is offered to Lord Vishnu in these temples.

Kamika Ekadashi has a lot of significance in one's life. A person worshiping Lord Vishnu on this auspicious day is immensely blessed and his desires are fulfilled. This worship relieves one from Pithru Dosha. It also frees oneself from all worldly desires and help in attaining moksha or salvation.

Worshipping Lord Vishnu with Tulsi leaves clears all diseases and sins acquired by a person.  It is believed that the person, who fasts and does jagaran on this day, would never experience the anger of Yamaraj, the God of Death.

Legends-

There is an interesting story that depicts the glory of Kamika Ekadashi. There lived a landlord in a small village. Once he had a fight with the Brahmin of that village and accidentally killed him. Then he repented and wanted to be a part of his last rites. But the villagers refused his request. Later the landlord approached a saint to get rid of the sin that he had acquired by killing a Brahmin. The saint advised him to keep a fast and worship Lord Vishnu on Kamika Ekadashi. That night when he slept beside Lord's idol, the Lord appeared in his dream and relieved him of his sins.

The importance of Kamika Ekadashi was told by Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe, to his son sage Narada.  He told his son that this sacred day even eradicates the sin of killing a Brahmin. He also told him that the one who performs Ekadashi Vrat or atleast listen to the glory of it, straight away goes to Vaikhunta. 

Devshayani Ekadashi 2017

Devshayani Ekadashi is considered to be the most significant one. The day of Devshayani Ekadashi is observed during the Shukla Paksha of Ashadha Maas on 4th July 2017. Please offer Draksh , Resins to Shri Thakurji in Bhog Samagri .

Devshayani Ekadashi is also known by the following names of Maha Ekadashi, Ashadhi Ekadashi, Toli Ekadashi, Padma Ekadashi, Devpodhi Ekadashi and Hari Sayana Ekadashi.

Devshayani Ekadashi is known as Ashaadi Ekadashi in Maharashtra. The famous Pandharpur Yatra comes to an end on this day.

Devshayani Ekadashi is known as Toli Ekadashi in southern part of India. On this day, the Vaishnava Mutts wear heated seals on their own body. This practice is popularly known Tapta Mudra Dharana.

On the day of Devshayani Ekadashi, Shri Hari Vishnu and Maha Lakshmi is worshipped. It is believed that on day of Devshayani Ekadashi, Shri Hari Vishnu goes off to sleep in Ksheer Sagar , on Shesha Naga for a period of four months. These four months are also known as Chaturmas. Vrat is observed at the beginning of this month. Post four months, Lord Vishnu wakes up from his sleep. This day is known as Prabodhini Ekadashi or Devuthi Ekadashi and is observed in the Kartik Maas.

 Rituals for observing Devshayani Ekadashi -

  1. Devotees wake up early in the morning and take a holy bath.
  2. Thousands of devotees also take a holy dip in Godavari river on Devshayani Ekadashi and pay their homage to Lord Rama (incarnation of Lord Vishnu) at Kala Ram temple in Nashik.
  3. Devotees observe Devshayani Ekadashi fast and Lord Vishnu idols are established at the Puja Sthan .
  4. Lord Vishnu idols are decorated with Shankh , Chakra , Gadha and yellow color clothes are offered.
  5. Flowers, Paan , Supari , incense sticks and Bhog are offered to Lord Vishnu.
  6. During evening, most of the devotees have the same Bhog Prasad.

Observe the Devshayani Ekadashi Vrat and receive the Lord's blessings to glorify your life. 

Significance Of Devshayani Ekadashi -

Devshayani Ekadashi Vrat Katha is narrated to Narada Muni by Lord Brahma. There was a king by the name Mandhata. He ruled over a highly prosperous and wealthy kingdom. His people were kept exceptionally happy by their king.

But there came a time, when his kingdom suffered famine and drought. There was extreme scarcity of rains for three years. People were suffering from illness and starvation. The people of his kingdom told him that it was because of his sins, the people of the kingdom were in utter suffering.

King Mandata was unable to figure out what mistake did he make in the past, because of which his people were suffering. Hence, he went out for a long journey, where he met a lot of holy men but nobody was able to provide him with a solution. Hence, he decided to carry on his journey till he found the solution for this problem.

On his way Mandhata, met Sage Angira who told him that it is not the reason which is significant but, how can you get rains for your people was the most important thing to be thought of at that point of time. Sage Angira told him to worship Lord Vishnu on the day of Devshayani Ekadashi and observe a fast in his name with complete rituals.

Thus, finding a solution for his problem Mandhata returned to his kingdom and observed the Devshayani Ekadashi Vrat along with his entire family. Soon, the results of his Devshayani Ekadashi Vrat were witnessed by the people of his kingdom. The kingdom found its lost glory and rains returned resulting in happiness & prosperity.

Thus, it is believed that people who observe the Devshayani Ekadashi Vrat are blessed with peace, happiness and prosperity by Lord Vishnu.

Devotees who observe the Devshayani Ekadashi Vrat with full devotion, dedication, faith and with complete rituals are liberated from the cycle of birth and death. These devotees attain salvation or Moksha.

YOGINI EKADASHI -2017

Yogini Ekadashi will be marked on 20th June 2017, the 11th day of Krushna Paksha in the month of Aashadh. Devotees observe fast on this day to please Lord Shri Hari Vishnu in order to get rid from their sinful deeds done in their past life... It is believed that observing fast on the day of Yogini Ekadashi leads to the boon of salvation after death.
 

Significance of Yogini Ekadashi -

The legend is of Hemamali, a Yaksha who was working for Kubera, the king of Alakapuri. Hemamali was assigned to bring flowers daily from the Mansarover Lake. His carelessness in doing the task was soon noticed by his master, Kubera.

Kubera had ordered a servant to enquire about the reason for Hemamali’s negligence toward his duties. The servant investigated and came up with the information that Hemamali was negligent in his duties because of the distraction by his gorgeous wife. This enraged Kubera and he cursed Hemamali with white leprosy. Thus, Kubera was able to separate him from his wife.

When Hemamali met Sage Markandeya, he advised him to observe Vrat on Aashadh Ekadashi to get rid of his curse. He followed the sage’s advice and was finally able to regain his original appearance. He lived rest of his life happily with his wife. Since then, the day of Yogini Ekadashi came into being.

Following are the rituals that are to be carried out on Yogini Ekadashi:

  • The rituals of fast are generally observed from Dashami, a day prior to Ekadashi.
  • Devotees who observe Vrat are abstained from taking normal food items. Only Satvik food is consumed by the devotees.
  • A spiritual bath is taken by the devotees at a nearby holy river.
  • Flowers, incense sticks and Bhog of Sakar or SUGAR CRYSTALS  are offered to Lord.

 Yogini Ekadashi eliminates your past life sins, one needs to do is to invoke the blessings of Lord Shri Hari Vishnu with a pure heart.

NIRJALA EKADASHI VRAT 2017

Nirjala Ekadashi falls in the month of Jyestha in the Shukla paksha , on 5th June 2017 Monday - it is also called "Jyeshtha Shukla Ekadashi" or "Bhimsani Ekadashi" (Bhimsen, the second Pandav Brother, had observed this difficult fast). Amongst the 24 Ekadashi's observed throughout the year, the fast (Vrat) observed on Jyeshtha Shukla Ekadashi is considered to be the most beneficial, if one properly observes a fast on this day it is said to give the fruits of 24 Ekadashi observed throughout the year. Complete fast is observed on this day without even water in take. People observe strict fast and offer pooja to Lord Vishnu to ensure happiness, prosperity and forgiveness of transgressions and sins. On the preceding day that is on the 10th lunar day, Sandhya (evening prayer) is performed and only one meal is taken.
 
Please offer Mangoes to Shri Thakurji in Bhog samagri in any form .

The Story Of Mahabharata-

Origin of Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat is found in the legend of Mahabharata. As per the story mentioned therein, out of the five Pandavas, Yudhisthira, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva used to observe Ekadashi Vrat along with Kunti mata and Draupadi ..But Bhima, their second brother, was not able to do so, as he was fond of eating and controlling hunger was impossible for him. Once, he expressed his wish to observe the fast, but wanted to eat as well. However, as eating was against the ritual of Ekadashi fast; therefore, he went to his grandfather (Ved Vyasa) to seek help. On this, Vyasa suggested him to observe Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat, as it is equivalent to observing all the 24 Ekadashi Vrats. He also told him that observing this fast will compensate him for not being able to observe all the other Ekadashi Vrats of the year. Bhima followed his grandfather’s advice and observed the fast with faith and dedication. As a result of observing Nirjala Ekadasi fast and not consuming anything, he became unconscious on the very next morning. To get back to his senses, he offered Ganga Jal to Tulsi plant and ended his fast. After this, Nirjala Ekadashi came to be known as Bhima Ekadashi, Bhimseni Ekadashi, and Pandava Ekadashi.

How to Observe Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat -

The literal meaning of Nirjala is “without water”. This reason makes Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat the most difficult as well as the most sacred. Devotees find this fast more difficult and strict than others, as it falls in the summer season when surviving without water is not an easy task. Being a 24-hour long fast, Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat starts from sunrise of the day and ends on the sunrise of the next day i.e. Dwadashi (the twelfth day). This holy day is spent in the dedication of Lord Vishnu and chanting Mantras. However, if someone is unable to observe the Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat due to any reason, they can make donations to the needy people for seeking blessings of this meritorious day.

 Rituals Of Nirjala Ekadashi

  1. Bathe Shri Hari Vishnu’s idol with Panchamrit 
  2. Worship deity of the day, Lord Vishnu, by lighting Diyas, offering Tulsi leaves and fruits.
  3. Donate clothes, food, gold, Pitcher of Drinking water, Fruits , Sweets, sugar , fans  and other useful things to the needy people.

Observe Nirjala Ekadasi fast to achieve longevity, happiness, salvation, wealth, and prosperity.

Though Nirjala Ekadashi is not easy to observe, still performing it with the right rituals can open doors of success for you. Observe Nirjala Ekadasi and get the blessings of Lord Vishnu along with the washing off all your evils. If you are not able to observe the other Ekadasi Vrats of this year, then Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat can help you in compensating for each one of them.

APARA EKADASHI VRAT 2017

Apara Ekadashi is observed on the Krushna Paksha, in  month of ‘Jyeshtha’.on 22nd May 2017 Monday . It is believed observing Apara Ekadashi vrat all the sins of the person will be washed away. This ekadashi is also popular by the name of ‘Achla Ekadashi’ and gives divine and auspicious results.

The word ‘apar’ in Hindi implies ‘limitless’, as by observing this vrat the person is believed to get unlimited wealth, this ekadashi is called as ‘Apara Ekadashi’. Another meaning of this ekadashi is that it gives unlimited benefits to its observer. The significance of Apara Ekadashi is stated in the ‘Brahma Purana’. Apara Ekadashi is observed with full commitment all across the country. It is known by the different names in varied regions of India. In the state of Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir and Haryana, Apara Ekadashi is celebrated as ‘Bhadrakali Ekadashi’ and worshipping Goddess Bhadra Kali is considered propitious on this day. In Orissa it is referred as ‘Jalakrida Ekadashi’ and is celebrated in honour of Lord Jagannath.

Please offer Cucumber in any form to Shri Thakurji in Bhog Samagri .

Rituals of Apara Ekadashi:

  • The observer of Apara Ekadashi needs to take special care of the puja. All the rituals must be performed with complete devotion and dedication. The observer of this vrat should get up before sunrise and take bath. The devotees then offer Tulsi leaves, flowers, dhoop and lamp to Lord Vishnu. Sweets are prepared for this occasion and offered to the lord. The devotees also recite the Apara Ekadashi vrat katha or story. ‘Aarti’ is then performed and the ‘Prasad’ is distributed among other devotees. The devotees also visit temples of Lord Vishnu, in the evening.
  • The fast of this ekadashi begins on the ‘dashami’ (10th day). The person eats only one meal on this day so that the stomach remains empty on the day of ekadashi. Some of the devotees keep strict fast and spend the day without eating or drinking anything. Partial vrat can also be kept for those who are unfit to observe strict fast. They can then eat ‘falahar’ all day. The fast starts from sunrise and ends on the sunrise of the ‘dwadashi’ (12th day). On the day of Apara Ekadashi eating of all kinds of grains and rice is prohibited for all. Applying oil on body is also not allowed.
  • The fast of this ekadashi does not mean only to control the eating but one should also keep the mind free from all negative thoughts. The observer of this vrat should not tell lies or speak badly about others. Their mind should only have thoughts about Lord Vishnu. Reciting ‘Vishnu Sahastranam’ on this day is considered to be auspicious. The observer of the Apara Ekadashi vrat must be engaged in bhajans and kirtans in praise of Lord Vishnu.

Significance of Apara Ekadashi:

The greatness of Apara Ekadashi was foretold by Lord Krishna himself to King Yudhisitira, the eldest son of King Pandu. Lord Krishna also stated that a person keeping this ekadashi vrat will be very renowned due to their meritorious deeds. It is believed that the Apara Ekadashi vrat is highly beneficial for persons who are suffering from guilt of their committed sins. By observing a strict fast and worshipping Lord Vishnu with devotion, all his/her sins will be pardoned. One can even attain moksha by keeping the Apara Ekadashi fast. This ekadashi vrat will make a person prosperous and rich. It is also stated in the Hindu scriptures and puranas that by keeping this sacred fast the person gets the same benefits as taking a bath in the holy Ganges during the auspicious month of ‘Kartik’. The importance is equivalent to donating cows or performing sacred yagyas. The Apara Ekadashi fast is a ray of light that can remove the darkness of one’s sins.

MOHINI EKADASHI VRAT.

Mohini Ekadashi on 6th May 2017, Saturday, 11th day of Shukla Paksha of Vaishakha maas.. On this day, devotees observe fast and worship Shri Hari Vishnu to attain a serene life.It is a divine carrier of blessings and boons for the devotees

 Mohini is a disguised form of Shri Hari Vishnu. Mohini Ekadashi eliminates all kinds of troubles and sadness from a person’s life.

Please make offerings of Sweet juicy fruits, flowers, sandalwood paste , camphor , dhoop and deep top up with offerings of Tulsi dal manjaries ...give in charity cool drinking water and lemonades, juices to combat heat of the summer .

Legend about Mohini Ekadashi-

The legend is about son of Dhanapala, Dhristabuddhi. Dhanapala was an ardent Lord Vishnu’s devotee, but his son was just the reverse of his character. Dhanapala was a rich merchant, residing along the banks of Saraswati. He spent his whole life in charity and benevolent deeds, although his son proved to be big disappointment for him.

The son abandoned by his father due to his bad associations and misdeeds. This did not change him much and he resorted himself to robbery, in order to sustain his life. To quench his hunger, Dhristabuddhi also started killing up animals in forests. Thus, he was able to satiate his starvation after being thrown out of the house.

After a certain point of time, he felt to be guilty as he realized his ill deeds. Thus, one day he arrived at the Ashram of Kaundinya, a sage. This proved to be the turning point in his life. As Dhristabuddhi tried to annul his guilts, Kaundinya advised him to observe Ekadashi Vrat in the auspicious Vaisakha maas to honor Shri Hari Vishnu.

It is believed that after observing the Ekadashi Vrat, he was able to purify his past life sins and attained Moksha (salvation).

How To Observe Mohini Ekadashi -

Following are the rituals associated with the day of Mohini Ekadashi:

  • The rituals of fast are carried out from Dashami, the preceding day. Devotees should not have meal in bronze utensils.
  • On the day of Ekadashi, devotees should wake up before sunrise.
  • A spiritual bath is taken at a river or lake. A paste of Kush and Til is used in bathing.
  • Only Satvik food is taken by the devotees who observe the Vrat.

So, dedicate the day of Mohini Ekadashi to Bhagwan Shri Hari Vishnu and eliminate all your past life misdeeds. Follow Lord Vishnu with a devout heart, and you will be blessed with salvation.

VARUTHINI EKADASHI VRAT 2017

Varuthini Ekadashi comes in the Krushna Paksh of ‘Vaishakh’ maas , it is on the 22nd April 2017 Saturday .On the day of Varuthini Ekadashi, God Vamana, who is known to be the 5th avatar of Lord Vishnu, is worshipped with complete devotion. Shrimad Vallabhacharya Mahaprabhuji's auspicious pragatya diwas is celebrated on this day in Pushti Sampradaay .

For Bhog samagri - Shakar Teti / Musk Melon / Cantaloupes .

The word ‘varuthini’ in Hindi means ‘protected or armoured’ and so it is believed that a person who observes the Varuthini Ekadashi vrat will be protected from all the evils and even be bestowed with good fortune and wealth, name, fame and prosperity.

Rituals for Varuthini Ekadashi:

  • Like all ekadashis, devotees keep a strict fast on Varuthini Ekadashi. They pass the day without eating or taking a drop of water. One who observes a fast should eat only one meal the day before, on dashami. The vrat continues then on ekadashi till the sunrise on ‘dwadashi’ (12th day). On Varuthini Ekadashi eating rice, chickpea, black gram, lentils, betel nut, betel, honey and non-vegetarian food is strictly prohibited. On ekadashi one must not eat in bell metal utensils is not allowed.
  • Lord Vishnu’s incarnation, Vaman Bhagwan  is worshipped on the day of Varuthini Ekadashi. Devotees make special puja arrangements for this day and also follow some specific rules to make it more fruitful. On Varuthini Ekadashi day, one must stay away from sleep, anger, gambling, applying oil on the body and fostering any ill feeling for others. Sexual activity and violence should be completely avoided.
  • On the day of Varuthini Ekadashi it is a good practice to read Holy Scriptures like ‘Vishnu Sahastranaam’ and ‘Bhagawad Gita’. Devotees spend their time by listening to and singing bhajans in honour of Lord Vishnu.
  • Offering donations on Varuthini Ekadashi is considered very auspicious as it brings good luck. Some of objects that should be donated on this holy day include sesame seeds, land, elephant and horses, water , sweetend cold drinks, sweet ripe fruits.

Significance of Varuthini Ekadashi:

The greatness of Varuthini Ekadashi is mentioned in the ‘Bhavishya Purana’ in the form of conversation between Dharam Raja Yudhisthira and Lord Shri Krushna. As per the Hindu legends it is believed that the benefits of Varuthini Ekadashi is same as donating gold at Kurukshetra on the day of solar eclipse or making any form of donations on the chosen days. The observer of the vrat will be freed from all the sins and also get freedom from the continuous cycle of re-birth. 

VAISHAKH MAAS -2017

Vaishakh Maas is from April 12 to May 10, 2017 , current year in  Hindu Calendar is Vikram Samvant 2074.

A person who baths in river Narmada before sunrise, in this month, all his sins are cancelled. And doors of Vishnu Lok are opened for him. People who can not have a bath in river Narmada should bath in any other holy river. 

 A person born in this month, enjoys all comforts and luxury of this life. He never faces the lack of wealth. He has a gentle and beautiful nature. Such a person gets quite angry when things don’t go in his manner. His eyes contain delights and beauty. 

This month is specially known for bathing in river. Akshaya Tritiya or Akha Teej is celebrated in this month. An auspicious work can be done on this day. In all the Paksha of Muhurat, this day is considered auspicious. 

The most important ritual during the period is the Vaishakh Snana, Akshya Tritiya and Ganga Saptami.

Ganesh Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat is on April 14, 2017.

Auspicious Days in Vaishakh Mahina 2017 

April 28 – Parashuram Jayanti

April 28 – Akshaya Tritiya

April 30 – Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti

May 2 – Ganga Puja and Ganga Saptami

May 4 – Sita Navami

May 9 – Narasimha Jayanti

KAMADA EKADASHI VRAT -2017

Kamada Ekadashi falls on the Shukl Paksh of the ‘Chaitra Maas’ ,on 7th of April , Friday 2017 .It is the first ekadashi observance after the celebrations of the Hindu New Year. Like all other ekadashis observed by Hindus, this ekadashi is also observed to honour Shri Krushna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. As Kamada Ekadashi falls after the Navratri celebrations it is also commonly known as ‘Chaitra Shukl Ekadashi’. ‘Kamada’ signifies ‘fulfilment of desires’ and therefore Kamada Ekadashi is believed to be a spiritual observance that fulfills all worldly desires.
 
Offer Cloves / Laung in the Bhog Samagri of Shri Thakurji .
 
Rituals during Kamada Ekadashi:
  • The day of Kamada Ekadashi starts at sunrise with an early bath. The devotees then make preparations for worshiping Shri Hari Vishnu. Bhagwan Shri Krushna is worshiped with sandalwood, flowers, fruits and dhoop ,deep. 
  •  The observer of this fast can eat one simple meal that comprises of milk products, fruits, vegetables, nuts and dried fruits. The food should be ‘saatvik’ and purely vegetarian. Even for those not keeping a fast, eating rice, moong dal, wheat and barley is not allowed on the day of Kamada Ekadashi.
  • The fast of Kamada Ekadashi begins from the ‘dashami’ tithi of the Chaitra Shukl Paksh. On this tithi the person should take only one meal before sunset. The fasting continues for a period of 24 hours from the sunrise of ekadashi to the sunrise of the following day, Dwadashi. During this period, the person must abstain from eating food and drinking a sip of water. The fast is broken on the next day, after offering food and some ‘dakshina’ to a Brahmin.
  • On this day devotees do not sleep during the afternoon as well as night. They chant Vedic mantras and bhajans in praise of Shri Krushna. Reading of religious books, chanting ‘Vishnu Sahastranaam’ is considered to be very auspicious. On this occasion special yagyas, discourses and speeches are held in Lord Vishnu temples all over India.
  • The observer of the vrat must also listen to the Kamada Ekadashi vrat katha. This katha was formerly narrated by Saint Vasistha to Maharaja Dilip, who was great grandfather of Shri Ram.

PAAPMOCHINI EKADASHI VRAT

Papmochani Ekadashi is on the 24th March , Friday 2017 int he Krushna Paksh of Chaitr Maas. Offer Charoli , Chironji in Bhog Samagri to Shri Thakurji 

Papmochani Ekadashi Vrat Katha :

Once upon a time there was a sage named Medhavi who did his tapasya in chaitaratha van. He was an adherent devotee of Lord Shiva. He was well know for his meditation practices, which could not be interrupted even after alluring distractions. However an apsara named Manju Ghosha was successful in luring the sage and eventually they married each other.

After years of married life, apsara Manju Ghosha told the sage that she wanted to return to devaloka from where she had come. The sage refused to let her go, but she disobeyed the sage and went away. Getting angry on this, the sage cursed her and turned her into a witch.

Soon the sage felt that he had done a wrong deed by cursing the apsara. So he gave her a solution that she would be relieved from the curse and would regain her human body only after she performed Papmochani Ekadashi vrat.

The sage himself felt guilty of having committed a sin of falling into the trap of apsara Manju Ghosha and on advice of his father sage Chyavana, even sage Medhavi performed the Papmochani Ekadashi vrata to get rid of his sins and the guilt associated with it.

It is believed that apsara Manju Ghosha religiously performed the Papmochani Ekadashi vrata and regained her human form and since then devotees have been performing the Papmochani Ekadashi vrata to get rid of their sins and guilt’s associated with it.

Papmochani Ekadashi Puja Vidhi :

The Puja Vidhi performed during Papmochani Ekadashi is similar to that followed during other Ekadashi’s.

Devotees of Lord Vishnu observe a strict fast on the day of Ekadashi which is broken on the next day during the parana time. Those who are unable to keep a whole day fast keep a partial fast by consuming fruits and milk and avoid eating rice and other grains for the whole day.

Papmochani Ekadashi Mantra :

You can chant any one of these Vishnu Mantra and Slokas on this auspicious day of Papmochani Ekadashi – Guru mantra, Om Namo Bhagavate Vaasudevaaya Mantra, Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram or Vishnu Ashtottaram.

AMALAKI EKADASHI / KUNJ EKADASHI 2017.

Amalaki Ekadashi /  Kunj Ekadashi 2017 -

Amalaki Ekadashi is observed on the Shukl Paksh of Fhagun Maas - its on the 8th March Wednesday 2017.  Indian gooseberries / AMLA are worshiped on this day in an exclusive manner. The best reason for devotees to observe this day is that Lord Vishnu is highly believed to reside in the tree of DHATRI / AMLA . Devotees seek the divine blessings of the deity on this specific day.

Please offer Amla / Gooseberry in the bhog samagri .

Importance of Amalaki Ekadashi -

 Amalaki Ekadashi is celebrated with the beginning of grand celebrations of HOLI Worshiping a tree by referring it to God is one of the symbolic representations of Hinduism from a broader perspective. Devotees are known to offer their sincere prayers to the God when needed the most. With the widespread belief that the Universal Spirit resides in the Amla tree, more worshipers are known to offer their prayers to the God by each passing year.

Goddess Lakshmi is considered to be the omnipresent deity during certain instances because of which people offer their sacred prayers to the Goddess of Wealth. Also, it is highly speculated that Lord Krushna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, along with his beloved Radha is known to reside near the tree. People have totally different motives in mind whenever they are praying to the Amla tree. For instance, the most significant health benefits from a medicinal perspective, the Amla tree is known to offer prosperity and health to all those who pray to it. Amla tree is largely used for the manufacture of modern medicines that are included with Vitamin C.

Story of Ekadashi -

According to one of the mythological inscriptions, King Chitrasena along with his followers too had observed this fast . During one of his hunting experiences, the mighty king got captured by a group of demons who never relented to release him. However, they were successfully destroyed after a divine power emerged right from the body of King Chitrasena to which everyone remained aghast and speechless. After getting back to his conscious self, the king learned from Akashvani that it was because of the Amalaki Ekadashi Vrat that he got protected.

Vijaya Ekadashi Vrat 2017

Vijaya Ekadashi occurs during the Krushna Paksha on February 22nd 2017 Wednesday. The greatness of this Ekadashi is mentioned in the Skanda Purana and observing of Vijaya Ekadashi helps in removing all the guilt associated with sins committed and also helps in attaining victory. It is believed that Lord Ram observed Vijaya Ekadashi to cross the ocean to reach Lanka to defeat Ravana.

The importance of Vijaya Ekadashi was narrated to Narada by Lord Brahma. Legend has it that when Lord Ram and his army – the Vanar sena – was searching for a means to cross the ocean to reach Lanka, Lakshmana mentioned about a great a Sage who lived nearby and said that perhaps he might provide us with a solution.

It is this sage who mentioned about Vijaya Ekadashi to Lord Ram and its benefits – observing it will help in being victorious.

All the normal rules associated with Ekadashi fasting is observed during Vijaya Ekadashi. Some people don’t sleep on the day. Grains and food made of rice are strictly avoided.

Offer Peda in bhog samagri to Shri Thakurji .

JAYA EKADASHI VRAT 2017

Jaya Ekadashi is on February 7, 2017. Lord Krishna is worshipped on this day in order to reverse the past sins,it falls in the month of Maagh, Shukl paksh . Devotees observing fast on this day is likely to achieve Moksha after death.
 

It dates back to the ancient age when Malyavan was one of the classical singers in Lord Indra’s court. While singing, Malyavan started to sound cacophonous as he was often lost in the dreams of his newly wed wife and could not concentrate on his singing. This enraged Lord Indra.

As a result, Lord Indra cursed that Malyavan’s wife would turned into a Rakshasa (demon) and also suspended Malyavan off his court. When Malyavan returned home, he found that his wife had turned into a demon. This distressed him. Even after persistent trials, she could not regain her actual form.

One day, Malyavan met Sage Narada, accidentally.Narada advised him to perform the Magha Ekadashi Vrat with severe devotion to transform his wife into her original form. Malyavan followed his advice and performed the Ekadashi Vrat in the month of Magh. As a result, his wife was freed from the curse and finally, got transformed into a human being. Since then, the day of Jaya Ekadashi came into being.

Now, let’s take a look at the rituals that are to be carried out on Jaya Ekadashi.

Following are the rituals that are to be carried out on Jaya Ekadashi:

  1. A holy bath is taken early morning on the day of Jaya Ekadashi.
  2. Morning prayers are performed to Lord Krishna and Lord Vishnu on this day.
  3. Devotees follow a fast for 24-hours on Jaya Ekadashi.
  4. Hymns and songs are sung in praise of Lord Krishna.
  5. The fast is terminated according to the Parana Muhurat.

Observe the day of Jaya Ekadashi and let divinity triumph over negativities around you. Don't miss the chance to invoke the blessings of Lord on Jaya Ekadashi.

SHAT TILA EKADASHI VRAT -2017

JAI SHRI KRUSHNA,

Shat Tila Ekadashi is observed in the Krushna Paksh of ‘Maagh Maas", Shat Tila Ekadashi is also dedicated to worshipping of Lord Vishnu and by observing a fast on this day devotees can end all their miseries and misfortunes.

 ‘Shat’ implying ‘six’ and ‘til’ meaning ‘sesame seeds’. On this day til or sesame seeds are used in six different ways. Use of ‘til’ is considered to be very auspicious on this day as it provides both, religious merits and spiritual purification.Merits such as donating sesame seeds to the poor and hungry. On Shat Tila Ekadashi there is also a custom of offering sesame seeds and water to the forefathers or ancestors. This ekadashi also has the supremacy to wash away all the evil deeds or sins of a person, committed during one’s lifetime.

Rituals during Shat Tila Ekadashi:

 On Shat Tila Ekadashi there is great significance of taking a bath with water that is mixed with sesame seeds. Devotees also consume ‘til’ on Shat Tila Ekadashi,devotees must only have spiritual thoughts and do not let greed, lust and anger take over their thoughts.

Devotees keep a religious fast on Shat Tila Ekadashi and refrain from eating or drinking all day long. If however, you are unable to keep complete fast, partial fasting is also allowed. This is so because affection to Lord is more significant than strict fasting rules. However there are specific foods that all must avoid on the day of ekadashi like grains, rice and pulses.

Lord Vishnu is the main deity on Shat Tila Ekadashi. The statue of the lord is bathed in Panchamrit, to which sesame seeds should definitely be mixed. Later various offerings are made to please Lord Vishnu.

On Shat Tila Ekadashi, devotees stay awake all night and chant Lord Vishnu’s name with immense devotion and perseverance. In some places, devotees also organize yagna on this revered day in which sesame seed preparations constitute an important ingredient.

Significance of Shat Tila Ekadashi:

The greatness of Shat Tila Ekadashi is explained in the ‘Bhavishyottara Purana’ as a conversation between Pulastya Muni and Sage Dalbhya. It is believed that a person observing Shat Tila Ekadashi will be bestowed with infinite wealth and good health. As per the Hindu legends they will attain salvation and get freedom from the continuous cycle of rebirth. By donating sesame seeds or ‘til’ on Shat Tila Ekadashi, devotees will be liberated from all their sins done knowingly or unknowingly in their present or past life. Furthermore by offering sesame seeds mixed with water one can even provide solace to the dead ancestors.

MAAGH SNAN 2017

jai shri krushna, 

Maagh Snan is an auspicious bathing ritual that is performed in the month of ‘Maagh’ . This ritualistic bath begins from the ‘Amavasya’ of the ‘Puash’ month until the last day of month of ‘Maagh’. Devotees perform Maagh Snan in the sanctified rivers like Ganga, Narmada, Yamuna, Krishna, Brahmaputra, Cauvery and Godavari to name a few. Of these, the Sangam at  Prayag / Allahabad which is the confluence of Rivers Ganga, Saraswati and Yamuna is the most beneficial. Thousands of devotees from each and every corner of the country, visit this place to perform snan in the Maagh to free themselves from all the sins and get salvation.

The snan has started from 12th of January 2017 till 11th of February 2017.
 

Rituals during Maagh Snan-

Devotees get up early. It is considered that the time just before sunrise is most auspicious for performing the Maagh Snan ritual. It is observed by everyone, irrespective of their caste, creed or religion. Vedic mantras are recited at the time of performing snan.

Devotees worship Surya Bhagwan, Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Goddess Saraswati while performing the snan in the month of Maagh.

Some devotees also keep fast during this time. After the snan ritual one must perform havans, charities, donations and other auspicious activities. Even those who do not fast should eat only Saatvik food. Consumption of non-vegetarian food and alcohol is strictly forbidden during this time.

During the Maagh month observing Kalpvas is also very important. Living near the Triveni Sangam during the month of Maagh is called as Kalpvas. Ved, mantr,yagya etc are caleed Kalp collectively. In Puranas ths stay on Triveni Sangam banks during the Maagh maas is known as Kalpvas. Calibacy, Faith and non violence are the root factors for Kalpvas.

During the Maagh Snan ritual reading religious books like ‘Aditya Hridayam’ and ‘Vishnu Sahastranaam’ is considered very propitious.

The grand Maagh Mela is also held during this time. Plenty of traditional and religious activities are organized during the Maagh Snan fair. This event attracts lakh of devotees from all over the country and abroad.

Significance of Maagh Snan:

The greatness of Maagh Snan is written in several Hindu religious scriptures like Brahma Purana and Vayu Purana. These Puranas also describe the place, time and rituals to be observed during this punya Snan. Although the snan ceremony is observed on all days of the Maagh month, there are specific days like Amavasya, Ekadashi, Panchami, Sankranti, Saptami and Purnima that are even more rewarding. These specific days are referred as Maagh Amavasya, Bhisma Ekadashi Snan, Basant Panchami Snan, Makar Sankranti,‘Ratha Saptami Snan and Magh Purnima respectively. Also according to the astrological calculations, performing the bathing ritual when the Sun transits into Makar Rashi/Capricorn Zodiac sign, is believed to be highly meritorious. It is a popular belief that a person who observes Magh Snan religiously at the time of sunrise is even worshipped by Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The benefits of Magh Snan are equivalent to performing over 10000 Ashwamedh Yagya.

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