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- Rushivarji

UTTPATTI EKADASHI VRAT 2018

Utpanna Ekadashi or ‘Uttpatti Ekadashi’ as it also known, is observed on the 11th day of the Krushna Paksha of the ‘Margashirsh’ maas-on the 3rd Dec 2018 devotees who begin the ekadashi fast should start with Utapanna Ekadashi. It is a popular belief that this ekadashi helps devotee get rid from all their sins, both of the present and past lives.

Offering of BADAM / ALMONDS is made to Shri Thakurji 
 

Utpanna Ekadashi is one of the significant Ekadashis as it is associated with the origin of Ekadashi fasting. All Ekadashi fasting are dedicated to Goddess Ekadashi who is one of the Shaktis of Lord Vishnu. Ekadashi was born out of Lord Vishnu to annihilate Demon Mur who intended to kill sleeping Lord Vishnu. Hence Goddess Ekadashi is one of the protective powers of Lord Vishnu. Goddess Vaishnavi is another power of Lord Vishnu and part of Sapta Matrika.

Hence Utpanna Ekadashi is considered the birth anniversary of Ekadashi. Devotees, who pledge to observe yearly fasting, begin Ekadashi fasting from Utpanna Ekadashi.

At times Ekadashi fasting is suggested on two consecutive days. It is advised that Smartha with family should observe fasting on first day only. The alternate Ekadashi fasting, which is the second one, is suggested for Sanyasis, widows and for those who want Moksha. When alternate Ekadashi fasting is suggested for Smartha it coincides with Vaishnava Ekadashi fasting day.

Rituals during Utpanna Ekadashi:

  • The fast on the Utpanna Ekadashi starts from the dawn of the ekadashi until the sunrise of ‘dwadashi’. Some people even start from vrat from the 10th day by eating only one ‘saatvik’ meal before sunset. On Utapanna Ekadashi eating rice, all forms of pulses and grains is prohibited for all.
  • The devotees get up before sunrise on the day of Utpanna Ekadashi. Lord Krushna is worshipped on this day during the ‘Brahma Muhurat’. After finishing their morning rituals, devotees offer prayers to Mata Ekadashi and God Vishnu. Special Bhog and offering s are made to please the lord. Chanting Vedic mantra and devotional songs is considered auspicious on Utpanna Ekadashi.
  • On the day of Utpanna Ekadashi, one must also offer donations to the Brahmins, poor and needy. The donations can be in the form of food, money, clothes or other essentials in life, according to one’s capacity.
  • Significance of Utpanna Ekadashi:

    The greatness of Utpanna Ekadashi is described in various Hindu scriptures like the ‘Bhavishyottara Purana’ in the form of conversation between Sri Krushna and King Yudhisthira. The significance of Utpanna Ekadashi is same as making donations on the auspicious days like ‘Sankranti’ or taking a holy bath in Hindu pilgrimages. It is considered that the observer of Utapanna Ekadashi is liberated from his/her sins and finally attains moksha or salvation. They are taken straight to the abode of Lord Vishnu, ‘Vaikunth’ after death. It is believed that the glory of the Utpanna Ekadashi is even more than donating 1000 cows in charity. The fast kept on Utpanna Ekadashi equals to fasting for the three main deities of Hinduism, namely, Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Hence Hindu devotees observe the Utapanna Ekadashi vrat with full dedication and fervour.

MARGSHIRSH - GOPMAAS -2018

Margashirsh month in traditional way is observed as Gop maas in Braj, Vrundavan and by several Shri Krushna sects especially Pushtimarg. Gopmaas 2018 is from November 24th  to December 22nd 2018 . The month is considered very dear to Shri Krushna.
 
Staunch Krushna devotees offer daily prayers in Krushna Temples. Braj Gopikas when young wanted Nand Baba's son Shree Krushna as their pati so they observed Katyayani Vrat on the banks of Shri YAMUNAJI ...performing ritual bathing and poojan of Katyayani Mata .

Parmatma Shree Krushna says - one who bathes in Yamuna River in this month , attains me easily ,that is why Braj Gop Kumarikas observed fast and worshiped KATYAYANI MATA on the banks of Yamuna ji in Braj - according to 10th Canto, 22nd Chapter of Bhagavat Puran.

om katyayani maha maye , maha yogini dheeshwari 
Nand Gopsutam devim , pati me kurute namah _/\_

 
A unique feature of the month is the taking care of domestic animals especially cow and ox.
 
Once Shri Ramchandraji was passing through one Ashram situated in Dandakaranya inhabiting 16,000 Rushis, Rushis mesmerized by the divine charming personality of Shri Ramchandraji. They requested Ram to accept them as His beloved. Ram promised to satisfy them in Krushna avatar. Rushis became 16,000 Kumarikas in Krushna avatar. Inorder to attain Shri Krushna as their husband Kumarikas observed Vrat and Yamuna Snaan from the first day of the dark half of Margshirsh maas known as Gopmaas.

In Pushti Marg, the four main sakhis (Shri Radha, Shri Lalita, Shri Chandravali and Shri Yamuna) serve the Lord during the year. Each sakhi’s term of service lasts three months. During the winter months of Kartik, Maghsar and Poosh Shree Lalitaji serves the Lord.

Maghsar or Gop Maas :

Maghsar-mas is also known as the “Gop-Maas” or "Gopya Maas", where the leela in this month is gopya i.e. secret.

In this month, the kirtans of Vratcharya (time when gopies performed special penances) are especially sung before Shree Prabhu and we also celebrate the "Chappanbhog", a veritable feast with innumerable delicacies being offered to the Lord. Margshirsh month is considered to be "Sarvottam" i.e. the best, amongst all the months. This is mainly due to what the Lord Himself said in the 11th Skandh of Shrimad Bhagwat Mahapuran i.e.

"Masanam Margashirshoham NakShattranaam Tathabhijitam" (11-16-27)

In the Vibhuti Yog of Shrimad BhagwadGita, Shree Krushna also states that, "Masanam Marghashirshoham Rutunam Kusumakar".

Hemante Prathame Maase Nand Vraj Kumarika ||

Cherurhvishyam Bhujjanam Katyayaniarchayanvratam||

In the first month of Hemant Rutu (winter), the Vraj Kumarikas (little girls of Vraj) performed the Vrat (penance) of Katyayani devi. The Vrat consisted of them waking up before dawn to take a dip in the holy waters of Shri Yamuna Maharani ji . They sang the praises of Hari as they went towards the sacred river. On the banks of the holy river, they made an idol of the Devi was made from the sacred sand (valuka ) of Shree Yamune Maharani and worshiped it with flowers and food. They did this Vrat to obtain Shree Prabhu as their husband.

At the end of the Vrat, Shree Prabhu did the "Vastraharan" Leela of the Vraj-kumarikas, snatching their clothes and jewels as they bathed in Shri Yamuna. The Lord returned these once the girls had unreservedly declared their love for Shri Hari, openly and publicly !

The color of Shrungar during this month is generally dark i.e. “Shyam”.

After the “Gop-mas”, comes the Poosh, also known as “Dhanur-mas”, and the season of festivals continues.

TULSI VIVAH 2018

TULSI VIVAH - the solemanising wedding of Shri Tulsi mata with Shaliramji is to be performed on the auspicious date 20th Nov- 2018 - From this day warmth of woollens is offered to Shri Thakurji .

Tulsi is the symbol of spiritual purity ,sattvikta. The marriage of Tulsi with Shri krushna means that 'God likes purity as a quality.' The symbol of this is Shri krushna wearing the necklace of Vaijayanti beads.

Vivah is the merging and oneness of the embodied soul jiva and God Shiva.

Tulsi Vivah is mentioned in the Padma Purana ,Tulsi is the sacred plant and is famous for its divinity and medicinal properties.

Demon king named Jalandhar got a boon that he will remain immortal as long as his wife Vrunda is chaste - Pati Vrata. This made him arrogant and he declared war on other kings, demi gods and started tormenting innocent people.

Lord Vishnu in the guise of Jalandhar approached Vrunda and she mistook him for her husband. They lived like husband and wife. Soon Jalandhar was killed in a battle. This made Vrunda furious and she cursed Vishnu and made him turn to Shaligram stone.

Lord Vishnu did not let Vrunda suffer for no fault of her. She was turned into a Tulsi plant and gave her the boon that she will find a place in all houses and she will be worshiped. Tulsi Vivah is performed to establish this divine relationship between Lord Vishnu and Vrunda.

Performing it is considered highly auspicious and good for couples. Popular belief is that performing the wedding ceremony of marrying Tulsi to Vishnu considering her as their daughter is equal to performing Kanyadan.

How to Celebrate

All around the courtyard of the house, cow dung water is sprinkled. If the tulsi plant is in a pot then the pot should be painted white. White colour attracts the Divine frequencies coming from God. Draw a sattvik rangoli around the tulsi plant and then do its ritualistic worship (puja) with spiritual emotion (bhavpurna). While worshipping, one should sit facing westward.

Prayer to be made: 'Hey Shri krushna, Hey tulsi Devi, the energy that I imbibe from you today, let it be used for the protection of Dharma and nation. Let my warrior attitude (kshatravrutti) be activated all the time. Let me not be depressed during bad times and let my faith and devotion unto God be consistent.'

Chanting: On this day Shri krushna's principle is activated on Earth to a greater extent. The principle is also more active around the tulsi plant. On this day one should chant Shri krushna's name. After the puja the surrounding becomes very sattvik spiritually pure. One should also do Shri krushna's chant at that time.

PRABODHINI EKADASHI VRAT -2018

Prabodhini Ekadashi is observed during the Shukl Paksha of the auspicious month of ‘Kartik’ on the 19th of November Monday 2018 . Prabodhini Ekadashi is also known as ‘Dev Utthani Ekadashi’, ‘Vishnu-Prabodhini’ or ‘Dev Prabodhini Ekadashi’. On this day the propitious Tulsi Vivaah ceremony is also performed and the ‘Chaturmas’ period, when Lord Vishnu is supposed to sleep, also comes to an end with Prabodhini Ekadashi. As Lord Vishnu goes off to sleep on ‘Shayani Ekadashi’ and wakes up on ‘Prabodhini Ekadashi’.

The Prabodhini Ekadashi vrat is dedicated to Lord Shri Hari Vishnu. It is observed by Vaishnavas in different parts of the country with full enthusiasm and fervour. Devotees pray to Lord Vishnu to invoke His divine blessings. This day is very significant in many ways as the renowned Kartik Month Pandarpur Yatra also ends on the Prabodhini Ekadashi day. This ekadashi is also referred as ‘Kartik Shukla Ekadashi’ or ‘Kartiki Ekadashi’. The famous month-long ‘Pushkar Fair’ commences from this day.

Rituals during Prabodhini Ekadashi:

  • On Prabodhini Ekadashi it is considered purifying and meritorious to take a bath in the holy rivers or water bodies. Taking a religious bath on this day is more beneficial than taking a bath in any of the pilgrimages. Hence the observer of this vrat. Get up before sunrise and take a bath.
  • Devotees observe a fast on the Prabodhini Ekadashi. They spend the whole day without eating or even drinking water. The observer of the vrat visits the temples of Lord Vishnu in the evening and participates in the puja rituals held there.
  • On this day the marriage ceremony of Lord Vishnu to Goddess Tulsi is also performed and the ceremony is known as ‘Tulsi Vivaah’. This ceremony is also conducted on the next day following Prabodhini Ekadashi.
  • Significance of Prabodhini Ekadashi:

    The greatness of Prabodhini Ekadashi was first narrated by Lord Brahma to Sage Narada and is explained in the ‘Skanda Purana’. It holds great significance for Hindus as it marks the beginning of the auspicious ceremonies like marriages, child naming ceremonies, grah pravesh and so on.  Devotees observe this sacred fast to wash away their evil deeds and sins committed during the lifetime. Also by offering prayers to Lord Vishnu will devotion on the day of Prabodhini Ekadashi, it is believed that a person can attain salvation or ‘moksha’ and go straight away to ‘Vaikunth’ after death.

RAMA EKADASHI VRAT 2018

Rama Ekadashi is one of the important ekadashi fasts that are observed on the 4th November Sunday this year. It falls on the ‘ekadashi’ of the Krushna Paksha during the month of ‘Kartik’. Rama Ekadashi falls four days before the celebrations of Diwali, the festival of lights. This ekadashi is also referred as ‘Rambha Ekadashi’ or ‘Kartik Krushna Ekadashi’.
Kela / Banana are offered in the Bhog Samagri.
 

Rituals of Rama Ekadashi:

  • Fasting is an important ritual on the day of Rama Ekadashi. This ritual starts from ‘dashami’, a day before the actual ekadashi. On this day too devotees refrain from certain foods and consume only ‘saatvik’ meal once, before sunset. On ekadashi, they do not eat at all. The end of the fasting ritual called as ‘Parana’ occurs on the ‘dwadashi’ tithi. Even for those not fasting, consuming rice and grains on any ekadashi is strictly prohibited.
  • On the day of Rama Ekadashi devotees get up early and take a holy bath in any water bodies. Lord Vishnu is worshipped with devotion on this day. Fruits, flowers, incense sticks and dhoop to Lord Vishnu. Devotees prepare a special ‘Bhog’ and offer it to their deity. An aarti is performed and then the ‘Prasad’ is distributed among the family members.
  • ‘Rama’ is another name for Goddess Lakshmi. Therefore on this auspicious day, devotees also offer prayers to Devi Lakshmi along with Lord Vishnu to seek the blessings of prosperity, health and happiness.
  • The observer of the Rama Ekadashi fast maintains vigil all through the night. They contribute in the bhajans or kirtans organised on this day. Reading ‘Bhagavad Gita’ on this day is believed to be auspicious.
  • Significance of Rama Ekadashi:

    According to ‘Brahma-Vaivarta Purana’, it is believed that one who observes the sacred Rama Ekadashi fast will be freed from all his/her sons, even those that are the same to killing a Brahmin. A person who hears the glories of Rama Ekadashi will attain salvation and reach the supreme abode of S​h​ri Hari Vishnu. It is also believed that the merits of observing Rama Ekadashi are even more than performing 100 Rajasuya Yagyas or 1000 Ashvamedha Yagyas. By worshipping ​Shri Hari​ Vishnu with devotion on the day of Rama Ekadashi, the person will be able to overcome all the obstacles in his/her life and achieve immense success.

PASHANKUSHA EKADASHI VRAT 2018

Pashankusha Ekadashi falls in the Shukl Paksh of Ashwin maas - it is on the 20th October , Saturday 2018.

Cucumber / Kaakadi is to be offered to Shri Thakurji in Bhog Samagri .

This narration of the glories of Pashankusha Ekadashi is excerpted from a dialogue between Shri Krushna and Maharaja Yudhishthira, as given in the Brahmavaivarta Purana.

Once, Yudhishthira Maharaj asked Shri Krushna: “O Madhusudana, what is the name of the Ekadashi that comes during the light fortnight of the month of Ashvina. Please be kind and explain this to me.”

Shri Krushna smilingly replied, “O best of kings!  The name of this Ekadashi is Pashankusha Ekadashi, and it is also known as Papankusha Ekadashi since the observance of this Ekadashi removes all sins.

“One should particularly worship Shri Padmanabha (see below for a description of Shri Padmanabha) on the day of this Ekadashi.  This Ekadashi awards a person heavenly pleasures, liberation, and his or her desired results.  Just by chanting the holy names of Shri Vishnu (such as the Shri Vishnu Sahasranama, and the ashtottara of Shri Rama, Shri Krushna, etc.) one can attain the piety of visiting all the holy places of pilgrimage (teerthas) in this world.  If a conditioned soul, in spite of indulging in various sinful activities as a result of delusion, takes shelter and offers obeisance at the lotus feet of Shri Hari, who is the remover of all sins and the granter of liberation, then such a person never sees the punishing abode of Yamaraja, the lord of death.

“Both the Vaishnava (devotee of Shri Vishnu) who criticizes Shiva and the Shaivite (devotee of Shiva) who criticizes Shri Vishnu will undoubtedly go to Naraka (the realm of hell). (yo hariH sa shivaH sAkSAd yaH shivaH sa svayaM hariH / ye tayor bhedamAti sthan narakAya bhave naraH (Vishnu Purana 5.33.46) (He who is Shri Hari is Himself Shiva / He who manifests as Shiva is Himself Shri Hari / Any human who mistakenly thinks that Shiva is different from Shri Hari will surely go to Naraka.))

“The result one obtains by performing one thousand horse sacrifices or by performing one hundred Rajasuya sacrifices cannot equal one sixteenth of the piety one obtains by observing this Ekadashi.  There is no piety in this world equal to the piety earned by observing this Ekadashi.  Therefore, no other day is as sanctified as this day of Ekadashi, which is very dear to Shri Padmanabha.

“O King!  Until a person observes a fast on the day of Shri Padmanabha named Papankusha Ekadashi, he remains sinful, and the reactions of his past sinful activities never leave him like a chaste wife never leaves her husband.  There is no merit in all the three worlds that can match the merit that one gains by observing a fast on this Ekadashi.  This Ekadashi awards those who observe it heavenly pleasures, liberation, freedom from disease, beautiful women, wealth, and food grains.  None of the Ganga, Gaya, Kashi, Pushkara, or Kurukshetra can bestow as much auspicious merit as this Papankusha Ekadashi.  O Maharaj Yudhishthira, protector of the earth, after observing Ekadashi during the daytime, the devotee should remain awake through the night, absorbed in hearing about Shri Hari, chanting Shri Hari’s name, and serving Shri Hari – for, by doing so, he easily attains to the abode of Shri Vishnu.”

Shri Krishna continued, “O best of kings!  By observing the vow of this Ekadashi one can deliver ten generations from his mother’s family, ten generations from his father’s family, and ten generations from his wife’s family.  All these ancestors attain their original, four-armed transcendental Vaikuntha forms.  Wearing yellow garments and beautiful garlands, they ride to the spiritual realm on the back of Garuda, the renowned great enemy of the snakes. This is the benediction My devotee earns simply by observing one Pashankusha Ekadashi properly.

“If a person observes this Ekadashi in his childhood, youth, or old age, he does not suffer the miseries of material existence.  One who strictly observes this Pashankusha Ekadashi is relieved of all sinful reactions and at the end of life returns to Shri Vishnu’s abode.

“If a person gives away gold, sesame seeds, land, cows, food grains, water, umbrellas, or shoes in charity, then such a person does not have to go to the abode of Yamaraja.  On the other hand, anyone who does not engage in pious activities on this day is like a dead man although he is breathing.  His breathing is like the bellows of the blacksmith.

“O best of kings, especially on this Papankusha Ekadashi, even the poor should first bathe and then give some charity according to their means, and perform other auspicious activities in accordance with their ability.   Whosoever performs sacrifices for the public benefit, or builds public ponds, resting places, gardens, or houses is not subjected to the punishment of Yamaraja.  It is a result of piety only that people live long lives, become rich, take birth in high-class families, and become free from disease.  The purport is that the direct result of observing Ekadashi is to attain devotional service to Me, and the indirect result is to attain temporary material benefits.”  

Shri Krushna then concluded, “Thus, O saintly Yudhishthira, I have narrated to you the glories of the auspicious Pashankusha Ekadashi.”

Shri Padmanabha

Padmanabha is another name of Vishnu and appears as the 48th, 196th, and 346th names in the Shri Vishnu Sahasranama.  According to Shri Adi Shankara’s commentary (bhashya) on the Shri Vishnu Sahasranama, “Padmanabha” means He in whose navel, the lotus (padma), the source of the universe resides; or One whose navel is beautifully shaped like the lotus; or One who shines in the middle or the heart-lotus (the Anahata chakra) of all; or One who resides in the central part of the heart-lotus (the Anahata chakra). 

KARTIK MAAS VRAT ACAHRYA - 2018

The auspicious month for austerities Kartik maas - starts from 24th October - 23rd November - 2018
 
Sutaji said to the great sages: The sin-destroying Kartik maas is said to be endowed with divine influence. It is ever so dear to Lord Vishnu and is the bestower of both worldly pleasures and moksha.
 
Festivals in Kartik maas -
 
Karwa Chauth , Ahoi ashtami , Ekadashi , Vaagh Baras , Dhanteras , Narak Chaturdashi , Diwali , Govardhan Pooja ,Annkoot, Bhai Duj, Labh Panchami ,Surya Shashthi , Ekadashi , Kartik Poornima .
 
The rituals are as follows:
 
Bathing in Bramh Mahurat - performing Shri Hari Vishnu poojan , reading SHRI VISHNU SAHASTRANAAM is meritorious.
 
Damodar worship - recital of Damodar ashtakam is recommended.
 
Gopi Geet recital during evenings is advised - as Braj Gopikas sang it after Shri Krushna vanished from their company.
 
One  who happily reads the Bhagavad Gita in the month of Kartik does not return to the world of birth and death. 
 
One who for the entire month of Kartik eats only once a day, becomes very famous , powerful and heroic.
 
Japa - chanting the holy names of the Lord. As per our scriptures, if somebody performs even a little worship of Lord Shri Hari in this month, He offers that devotee His own abode Vaikunth .
 
Deep Daan  - Worship the Lord by offering lamps, flowers, incense, food, etc. Lighting a diya before the Lord is known as "deep-daan" and affords immense religious merits when performed during the Kartik maas.
 
In the Padma Purana, Kartik Mahatmya, there is a very famous story of a mouse.
 
In a temple of Lord Vishnu, there was a mouse who used to eat the ghee from the extinguished ghee lamps which had been offered by devotees to Him. One day when she felt hungry to eat ghee, she tried to eat the ghee from a lamp which was not yet extinguished. While eating ghee from the lamp, the cotton wick got stuck in her teeth. Since the ghee wick had a flame, the mouse started jumping in front of the Lord's Deity form and thus died due to fire. But Lord Sri Vishnu accepted the jumping of that mouse with a lit ghee wick in her mouth as His aarti. In the end, He gave her liberation, the highest destination. 
 
If somebody lights a lamp in the temple of Lord Shri Hari even for a short time , then whatever sins, he has acquired for millions of kalpas -one kalpa equals 1000 yugas, are all destroyed."
 
Of all gifts, the gift of a lamp during the month of Kartik is the best. No gift is its equal.
 
The Pushkar Puran states, "The person who lights the lamp of sesame/til oil in the name of Lord Shri Hari in the month of Kartik during Sandhya/ evening  gets unlimited prosperity, beauty, blessedness and wealth."
 
Brahmacharya - During Kartik month, one should refrain from indulging in sex and should practice Brahmacharya.
 
Worship of Tulsi Devi in Kartik is the bestower of innumerable virtues. As per our scriptures, the religious merits obtained from bathing at Prayag, death in Kashi, and study of the scriptures are acquired simply through the worship of the Tulsi plant. During Kartik month, one should specially light a diya with ghee near the Tulsi plant. Applying tilak on the forehead using Tulsi ji's mitti /sand in the pot , in Kartik bestows good fortune /saubhagya.
 
Give Charity /daan of woollen blankets , grains etc.
 
Perform austerities - Lord Shiva said to His son Kartikeya , "Dear son ! One who takes a bath before sunrise in the month of Kartik is absolved of all sins." A bath during the Brahma-murat in this month at home as well affords the same religious merits as bathing in holy places of pilgrimage like Gangaji, Kashi, etc. By sleeping on the ground during Kartik, one is entitled to the same religious merits as obtained by donating a piece of land to Brahmins during the solar and lunar eclipses.

INDIRA EKADASHI VRAT 2018

Indira Ekadashi comes in the Krushna Paksha of ‘Ashwin maas’. As Indira Ekadashi falls in Pitru Paksha, the fortnight dedicated to ancestors, it is also referred as ‘Ekadashi Shradh’. The main objective of this ekadashi vrat is to give salvation to the forefathers or dead ancestors so that they do not have to go through hell. Indira Ekadashi fast is to seek forgiveness of the wrong deeds of the past and to  seek love and affection of Shri Hari Vishnu .
 
Jaggery and clear butter / GHEE and GUD is offered in Bhog Samagri to Shri Thakurji .
 
 

Rituals of Indira Ekadashi:

  •  On this day an idol of Lord​ shri Hari Vishnu is worshipped with gaiety and fervour​ by​ offer​ing​ Tulsi leaves, flowers, and fruits along with other puja essentials to the idol. One must also visit any Lord Vishnu temple on this day.
  • The vrat of the Indira Ekadashi starts a day before, that is, on ‘dashami’ (10th day). On dashami the rituals for dead ancestors are performed and prayer is offered. The meal is taken before sunrise only as on Ekadashi day, the devotees keep a strict fast. The vrat begins at sunrise and ends on the next day, ‘dwadashi’ after worshipping Lord Vishnu. As it falls in the Pitru Paksha day, food is offered to priests and cows, before eating.
  • On the day of Indira Ekadashi the devotees get up early before sunrise. This day is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Vedic mantras and bhajans are sung in praise of the Lord. The observer of this vrat should stay awake all night and sing devotional songs and listen to the stories of Lord Vishnu. Reading ‘Vishnu Sahastranaam’ is also considered to be fortunate.
  • On this day, special rituals and prayers are performed in the memory of the dead ancestors. The afternoon time is considered to be favourable for praying to the forefathers.
  • Significance of Indira Ekadashi:

    Indira Ekadashi vrat blesses the person with prosperity and richness​,​ the person can wash away all the sins and also free their forefathers from the ill-effects of the sins they committed in their lifetime. Therefore an individual, who desires to free their ancestors from all offence and ultimately offer them peace, should keep the Indira Ekadashi vrat with full dedication.

    It has been stated in the Hindu scriptures that by keeping the Indira Ekadashi vrat, the devotees get the same results as received by performing the ‘Ashwamedha Yagya’. This marks the importance of this ekadashi fast over other Ekadashi vrat. Even more the prominence of Indira Ekadashi can be read in the ‘Brahmavaivarta Purana’ and has also been told to Yudhishtira by Lor​d​ S​h​ri Kr​u​shna.

PARIVARTINI EKADASHI VRAT 2018.

Parivartini Ekadashi is one among the numerous names of the Ekadashi fasting observed on the 11th day of the Shukla Paksha  in Bhadrapad  , 20th September 2018 Thursday .

 We offer the Lord Shri Krushna bhog samagri made out of Curds and Cucumber.

 It is called Parsava Parivartini because Lord Shri Hari Vishnu who is sleeping during the Dakshinayana period of Chaturmas ,4 months turns from left side to right side. Popular belief is that the period of Dakshinayana is the night time of Gods. Lord Shri Hari Vishnu is believed to be sleeping during the period.

 The Vamana Avatar of Lord Shri Hari Vishnu is believed to have appeared on this day. This Ekadashi is also therefore known as Vaman Ekadashi. Also known as Jal Zilani Ekadashi as after the birth of Lord Shri Krushna Yashoda maiya changed her Chooda .

 Those observe partial Ekadashi fasting on the day as usual skip food items made of grains and rice. Some people opt for complete fast.

Parivartini Ekadashi Katha

The fourth descendant of Hiranyakashyap, Bali, with devotion and penance was able to defeat Indra, the god of firmament. This humbled the other deities and extended his authority over the three worlds. The gods appealed to Vishnu for protection and he descended as the dwarf Vamana. During a yajna of the king, Vamana approached him and Bali promised him for whatever he asked. Vamana asked for three paces of land. Bali agreed, and the dwarf then changed his size to that of a giant. He stepped over heaven in his first stride, and the netherworld with the second. Bali realized that Vamana was Vishnu incarnate. In deference, the king offered his head as the third place for Vamana to place his foot. The avatar did so and thus granted Bali immortality. Then in appreciation to Bali and his grandfather Prahlada, Vamana made him ruler of Pathala, the netherworld. On viewing the king’s extreme devotion and loyalty, Lord Vishnu promised to live alongside Mahabali thereafter. The Hindu devotees still believe that Lord Vishnu resides in the home of King Bali disguised as Vamana. 

AJA EKADASHI VRAT 2018

Aja Ekadashi is observed during the Krushna Paksha of ‘Bhadrapada’ its on the 6th September Thursday 2018. also popularly known as ‘Ananda Ekadashi’ as it is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. 
Offerings of Dried Dates / Kharek is made to Shri Thakurji.
 
Rituals of Aja Ekadashi:
  • On the day of Aja Ekadashi devotees observe a fast in the honour of their deity, Lord Shri Hari Vishnu. The observer of this vrat should also eat ‘satvik’ food even a day before, that is on ‘dashami’ (10th day), in order to free the mind from all negativities.
  • The observer of the vrat gets up during sunrise on the day and then takes a bath with mud and sesame seeds. The place for puja must be cleaned. On an auspicious location, rice should be kept, over which the sanctified ‘kalash’ is placed. The mouth of this kalsah is covered with red cloth and an idol of Lord Shri Hari Vishnu is placed atop. The devotees then worship the idol of Lord Shri Hari Vishnu with flowers, fruits and other puja essentials. A ‘ghee’ diya is also lit in front of the lord.
  • On​e who is ​fast​ing should refrain from eating anything all through the day, even a drop of water is not allowed. Nonetheless in the Hindu scriptures it is mentioned that if the person is unwell and for children, the vrat can be observed after eating fruits. All kinds of grains and rice should be avoided on this holy day. Eating of honey is also not allowed.
  • The devotees on this day read sacred books like ‘Vishnu Sahastranam’ and ‘Bhagwat Gita'.
     The observer should also keep vigil all night and spend the time worshipping and meditating about the supreme lord. The observer of vrat is required to also follow the principles of ‘Brahmacharya’ to get maximum benefits.
  • The fast is broken on the next day, ‘Dwadashi’ (12th day), after offering food to a Brahmin. The food is then eaten as ‘Prasad’ with family members. One must abstain from eating brinjal on ‘dwadashi’.

Significance of Aja Ekadashi:

The significance of Aja Ekadashi has been known since the ancient times. Lord Shri Krushna in the ‘Brahmavaivarta Purana’ stated the importance of this vrat to Yudhisthira, the eldest of Pandavas. This vrat was even performed by Raja Harishchandra, and as an outcome he got back his dead son and lost kingdom. This vrat thus motivates a person to choose a path of salvation and ultimately achieve freedom from the cycle of birth and death. The observer of the Aja Ekadashi vrat must keep control on his/her body, emotions, behaviour and food. The fast will purify the heart and soul.

It is mentioned in the Hindu Puranas and holy scriptures that when a person keeps the Aja Ekadashi vrat with full devotion, all his sins of the present life will be pardoned. His/her life will also be filled with happiness and prosperity, and after death they will be taken to ‘Vaikunta’. It is also believed that by observing the Aja Ekadashi vrat, the person gets the same benefits as those by performing the ‘Ashwamegh Yagya’.

PUTRADA / PAVITRA ROPAN EKADASHI 2018

Putrada / Pavitra ropan ekadashi falls during the Shukl Paksha of Shravan maas and  is celebrated as Shravan Putrada Ekadashi, Pavitra Ekadashi, Pavitropana Ekadashi. It is on 22nd August ,Wednesday. 

Dedicated to Lord Vishnu this ekadashi vrat is observed by husband and wife, in order to be blessed with a son.The word ‘Putrada’ signifies ‘giver of sons’ and henceforth it is believed that by observing the ekadashi fast in the month of Shravan, desires for a male child by childless couples can be fulfilled.

Shingoda / Waterchestnuts are to be offered in Bhog Samagri to Shri Thakurji.

Rituals in Shravan Putrada Ekadashi:

Pavitra made out of fine Resham is offered to Shri Thakurji ,Guruji .
  • The fast must be observed by both the partners if they yearn for a male child. On this day, some couples observe strict fast while some even keep a partial fasting. 
  • The vrat begins on ‘dashami’ and the observer must eat only ‘saatvik’ food before noon. Complete celibacy is observed on dashami night. No food is eaten from sunrise of ekadashi till the dawn of ‘dwadashi’ . The fast is broken after finishing the puja rituals and offering food to a respected Brahmin.
  • Lord Vishnu is worshipped with full devotion and enthusiasm on this day. The idol of Vishnu is kept on the place of worship and the ‘Panchamrit’ abhishek is performed. The devotees also offer bright flowers,seasonal fruits and other puja essentials to the lord. The observer of the Shravan Putrada Ekadashi keeps a vigil whole night by singing bhajans and bhakti songs in praise of Lord Vishnu. The devotees also visit nearby temples of Lord Vishnu during the evening.
  • The popular 5-day long ‘Jhulan festival’ also starts on the Shravan Putrada Ekadashi. A jhula is beautifully decorated with creepers and flowers and the idol of Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha is placed in the swing. The festivities end on the day of Shravan Poornima.

Importance of Shravan Putrada Ekadashi:

In our Hindu society having a son is considered important as he looks after his father and mother during old age. Even the ‘Shraddha ’  can only be performed by the male child to offer peace to his dead forefathers. Each of the 26 ekadashis observed in the Hinduism has its own specific goal. The ekadashi that falls during the Shravana Shukla Paksh has powers to bestow a childless couple with a male progeny. There are only two ekadashis that are ‘giver of sons’ with the other one being the ‘Pausha Putrada Ekadashi’.

In ‘Bhavishya Purana’ as a discussion between King Yudhisthira and Shri Krushna. Here Lord Krushna himself explained the rituals and benefits of observing this sacred fast. Besides being blessed with a male offspring, Vishnu followers observe the Shravan Putrada Ekadashi to wash away their sins and attain salvation.

KAMIKA EKADASHI VRAT -2018

Kamika Ekadashi, like any other ekadashi is considered to be an auspicious day to worship Lord Shri Hari Vishnu. 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 cow / performing sacrifice/ Yagnas. Kamika Ekadashi is celebrated during Krushna Paksha of Shravan maas. It is on the 8th of August , Wednesday 2018. Please offer Cow's milk in the bhog samagri to Shri Thakurji.

Rituals -

On this day people take bath early in the morning and then pray to Lord Vishnu with Panchamrut Abhishek , colorful and fragrant flowers, Tulsi leaves ,Fruits, milk and sesame seeds are offered. 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.

Kamika Ekadashi has a lot of significance in ones 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. The same thing is narrated by Lord Krushna to Yudhistar when he wanted to know the importance of Ekadashi that falls during Krushna Paksha of Shravan maas. 

DEV SHAYANI EKADASHI VRAT 2018

Devshayani Ekadashi Vrat -
 
 Devshayani Ekadashi is on the 23rd July Monday 2018 , Shukl Paksh of Aashadh maas .Ekadashis are given different names as per their significance. Offerings of Draksh / Resins / Kismis offered to Shri Thakurji in Bhog Samagri.

Significance Of Devshayani Ekadashi -
Every Ekadashi is dedicated to Lord Shri Hari Vishnu. Beginning from this, Lord Shri Hari Vishnu is believed to go to sleep for the next four months. Thus, begins the Chaturmas, the period of four months as the name itself suggests. The Sanskrit name of the Ekadashi translates to "when God sleeps".

Devshayani Ekadashi Puja Vidhi -
The devotees must get up early and take bath during the Brahma Muhurat whenever a puja has to be performed, more so in the case of Ekadashi, when all your good deeds are rendered fruitful. Sprinkle Gangajal in the place where you have to perform the puja. Then place the idol of Lord Vishnu. The puja on this day can be done the same way we perform it on other Ekadashis. Soon after purifying the place, thus, you can directly perform the puja not forgetting to include yellow clothes and other useful items which are dear to Lord Vishnu. Conclude the puja by reciting the Vrat Katha and the aarti and then distributing the prasad amongst devotees. Do not Forget to do this after concluding the puja, you must cover the idol of Lord Vishnu with a white cloth and arrange a bedding including a pillow for him and place the idol on it; you should now let him sleep. This is to be particularly done on Devshayani Ekadashi. Thus, the puja for Devshayani Ekadashi is completed. But one must remember that donations are what make every fast actually successful and add value to the sacrifice of devotees. Thus, do donate something to the poor and needy.

Rules to be Observed on an Ekadashi -
It is believed that on Ekadashi, when observing a fast, one should never consumes grains, and should just abstain from rice when not observing a fast. One must not cut their nails or hair on this day. Abstaining from washing hair is also prescribed for women. One must also abstain from eating non-vegetarian food. It is said that those who observe fasts on these days achieve salvation. All the papas/ misdeeds of these people get washed away if they pray to the lord with utter devotion. Taking a bath in the holy rivers is also seen as very sacred and bestows the devotee with the blessing of Lord Shri Hari Vishnu.
 
Devshayani Ekadashi is also known as Hari Shayan Ekadashi as it is believed that Shri Hari Vishnu goes to sleep from this Ekadashi as it is the night of devas with the beginning of Dakshinayana. Ekadashi Fasting is dedicated to Bhagvan Vishnu. 
 
Devshayani Ekadashi is popularly known as Ashaadhi Ekadashi in Maharashtra and it marks the end of the Pandarpur Yatra. The Chaturmaas Arambh(four Hindu holy months) Chaturmasa Vrata also begins from this day.
 
Thousands of devotees also take a holy dip in Godavari River on the day and pay obeisance to Shri Rama at Kala Ram temple.
 
The importance of Shayana Ekadashi was explained to Devrushi Narada by Brahmaji. Parmatma Shree Krushna narrated about the greatness of it to Yudhisthira, the eldest of the Pandavas. The glory of Devshayani is mentioned in the Bhavisyottara Purana.
 
It is believed that those who observe this Ekadashi is blessed with peace and happiness. Even hearing about it is considered highly auspicious. Interestingly, Devshayani Ekadashi is observed as a mark of pure devotion and there is not desire or fulfillment of material gains. 
 
Those who fast on the day do not eat rice or food prepared using rice. All the normal rituals associated with Ekadashi fasting is followed. Devout devotees of Vishnu start the preparation of Chaturmas Vrata from this day.

YOGINI EKADASHI VRAT 2018

Yogini Ekadashi is on the 9th July Monday 2018 ,  Krushna Paksh of Aashadh Maas. Please offer bhog samagri of SAKAR / MISRI - to Shri Thakurji .

Observe by every individual who want to avoid any kind of disease or health problems. This fast is especially important to be observed by people who are suffering from any skin related problems including leprosy.  Ekadashi fasts is quite rewarding and removes all past sins and bad deeds and provides good health.

Yogini Ekadashi has a strong effect on one’s life if the fast and puja is followed strictly. The fast like other Ekadashi fasts begin from sunrise and continues until the next day sunrise. The person observing the vrat should not consume any kind of cereal or grain like wheat, barley, or rice. The food eaten should be made separately without common salt . He/she should wake up before sunrise of the day of Yogini Ekadashi and have a bath. It is also important that one remains clean throughout the day and chant Lord Vishnu Names. As per the fast demands, the devotee should remain awake during the night and pray for good health to Lord Vishnu.

Rituals of the vrat

  • The puja and fast of Yogini Ekadashi will take place from the tenth day of the Hindu calendar until the twelfth day of the Hindu calendar.
  • The devotee should think positive and pray for well-being to Lord Vishnu while offering flowers and sweets to the picture or idol of the God.
  • Other puja items like incense stick, deepak (lamp), water container and bell should be kept in a plate to offer to the God. Tulsi leaves should be bought on the previous day, so that one does not have to pluck it on the day of Ekadashi. All the devotees offer it to Lord Vishnu.
  • Other family members can also get involved in the puja even if they are not fasting and sing the bhajans and aarti loudly for family health and happiness.
  • After the puja is over Prasad is disturbed to everyone and it should consist of either sweets or fruits.
  • The observer of the fast has to remember to eat one or maximum two meals without grains and salt. He or she must avoid drinking water too frequently.
  • The next day, during sunrise the devotee offers prayer to the Lord, and lit lamp, along with distributing prasad (sweets), which completes his/her fast.

Yogini Ekadashi like other Ekadashi fasts has a great significance and is observed by many Hindus all over the world. It is mentioned in the Padma Puran that whoever follows the rituals of the Yogini Ekadashi is able to achieve good health, becomes prosperous, and in return leads a happy life. This fast comes once every year and its effect is as strong as serving and feeding around 80,000 brahmins. 

nirjala ekadashi vrat 2018 -

Nirjala Ekadashi is an austere ekadashi observed in the Shukla Paksha  of ‘Jyestha’maas it is on the 23rd of June Saturday 2018 . Nirjala Ekadashi comes after ‘Ganga Dusshra’ but sometimes they might coincide on the same date. If observed religiously, Nirjala Ekadashi washes all the sins of the person and connects them to the supreme creator. Also known Pandava , Bhima Ekadashi after the Pandava brothers. The word ‘nirjala’ implies ‘without water’ and therefore the fasting of this ekadashi is observed without drinking water and eating and food. Nirjala Ekadashi is the toughest and significant ekadashis that is undertaken by staunch Vishnu devotees.

Offerings of Mangoes - ripe and sweet are made to the Lord.

Rituals of Nirjala Ekadashi:

Nirjala Ekadashi fast should be observed without drinking even a drop of water. Hence this vrat is most strict and sacred. Also as this fast falls during the summer season, abstaining from food completely is not an easy task. The Nirjala Ekadashi fast lasts for 24 hours, starting from sunrise of the ekadashi tithi to the sunrise of the dwadashi tithi. Person with some form of ailments or those under medication should not keep the Nirjala Ekadashi fasting. For such devotees, partial fasting is approved, as devotion to lord is more essential than the strict fasting rules.

  • The Nirjala Ekadashi vrat starts with ‘Sandhyavandanam’, a ritual that is practiced on the 10th day. Later after finishing this prayer, the observer eats one meal (without rice) before sunset. The fast then continues all throughout the Nirjala Ekadashi day. The observer of the vrat ends the fast on the 12th day after worshiping Lord Vishnu and offering food to Brahmins.
  • On the Nirjala Ekadashi day, Lord Vishnu is worshipped with full dedication. Devotees offer Tulsi leaves, flower, fruits and sweets to their lord. The idol of Lord Vishnu is beautifully adorned and worshipped in the evening with dhoop and incense sticks. The observer of the Nirjala Ekadashi vrat should stay awake all night and therefore they visit Lord Vishnu temples to participate in the bhajans and kirtans, organized for this occasion.
  • Reading ‘Vishnu Sahastranaam’ and other Vedic mantras dedicated to Lord Vishnu is considered auspicious on this day. On Nirjala Ekadashi it is a good act to donate clothes, food, water and other essentials to the poor and needy.
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  • Significance of Nirjala Ekadashi:

The Nirjala Ekadashi is one of the most rewarding ekadashi observances of the Hindus. This ekadashi is highly pious and grants prosperity, bliss, longevity and salvation. The importance of Nirjala Ekadashi was explained by the great saint ‘Vyas’. It is believed that Nirjala Ekadashi vrat offer the combined virtues of the other ekadashis to its observer. For this reason devotees who cannot observe all the remaining 23 ekadashis of the Hindu year, should keep the Nirjala Ekadashi fast to get all the benefits together. It is more sacred than visiting Hindu pilgrimage places. Nirjala Ekadashi occurs before monsoons and therefore assists in purifying the body. It is also a popular belief that the observer of the Nirjala Ekadashi vrat, after death, is straight away taken to ‘Vaikunta’, which is the abode of Lord Vishnu.