Utpatti / Utpanna Ekadashi is the Birthday of Ekadashi mata falling in the Krushna paksh of Margashirsha maas - dated 14th November , Tuesday 2017.
The day signifies the birth of Ekadashi tithi...please offer ALMONDS / BADAM in the bhog samagri of Shri Thakurji .
Utpatti Ekadashi is a highly auspicious day dedicated to worship of Lord Vishnu to get rid of all sins and problems.
Those Vaishnavs who want to start the EKADASHI VRAT ACHARYA must indulge in fasting from Uttpatti ekadashi .
According to legends, during satyuga, there was a powerful demon named Mur Danav. He had defeated all devta’s and had captured Swargaloka. He started harassing devas who soon approached Lord Vishnu for help.
Lord Vishnu decided to help devta’s. Soon a battle started between Devta’s under leadership of Lord Vishnu and Mur Danav and his huge army. The battle continued for years.
In between, feeling tired, Lord Vishnu wanted to rest. So he went inside a cave named Sinhvati in Badrikashram. Mur Danav followed him and when Lord Vishnu went to sleep, Mur Danav decided to attack Lord Vishnu to kill him. Suddenly a beautiful women emerged from the divine senses of Lord Vishnu.
Looking at her, Mur Danav got lost in her beauty and asked her to marry him. The women replied, “Oh no! It is not that easy to marry me. I have a condition that whoever wins me in a battle will marry me.” Blinded in beauty of the woman, another battle started between that beautiful lady and Mur Danav. Eventually Mur Danav was killed at hands of that beautiful lady.
Soon Lord Vishnu awoke from his sleep to find the dead body of Mur Danav and a beautiful lady standing next to it. Lord Vishnu asked the lady, “Who are You?” She replied i am Ekadashi Mata and i have incarnated from your divine body and i have killed this demon.”
Upon hearing this Lord Vishnu replied, “I am very pleased with you. Ask for a book and I shall give it to you.”
Ekadashi humbly replied, “O Lord! If you are pleased then bestow the boon that one who fast on Ekadashi (my incarnation day) should be cleansed from all sins and should reach your adobe without fail.”
Lord Vishnu replied, ” One who worships you and me on Ekadashi Tithi Day would surely reach my adobe.” and then he disappeared.
The Puja Vidhi performed during Utpatti Ekadashi is similar to that followed during other Ekadashi’s.
On the day of Utpatti Ekadashi, devotees worship Lord Vishnu with great devotion and chant his name or his mantra throughout the day.
Devotees observe a strict fast which is broken on the next day, i.e., on dwadashi 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.
You can chant any one of these Vishnu Mantra and Slokas on this auspicious day of Utpatti Ekadashi – Om Namo Bhagavate Vaasudevaaya Mantra, Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram or Vishnu Ashtottaram.
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 _/\_
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.
Margashirsha month is full of devotion and dedication.There is a great importance of Lord Krushna worship in this month. Visiting and performing Tarpan at religious places is considered favorable . It is believed that performing pitra puja gives peace and salvation to the soul of ancestors. Those who were not able to perform shraddha can do tarpan on the amavasya for salvation of dead ancestors.
As per the ancient scriptures, it is very important to please dead ancestors before the almighty god. People who have pitra dosha in their kundali, devoid of pleasure of a child, or when Rahu is debilitated in the ninth house should definitely observe fast on this amavasya. Fulfillment of this fast gives desirable results. According to Vishnu purana, by observing this fast all the deities Lord Brahma, Indra, Rudra, Ashwini kumar, Surya, Agni, birds, animals, and evils can be pleased along with dead ancestors by observing this fast.
In Shrimad Bhagwad Gita, Lord Krushna himself says that he is the Margashirsha month out of all the months. In Satyug, Devas considered the first day of Margashirsha month to be the beginning of the year,baths should be taken in rivers and Tulsi and roots of Tulsi plant should be used. Namo Narayanaya mantra or Gayatri mantra should be recited while taking a bath. Devotees can be seen involved in Bhajans, Kirtans etc. throughout the month. There are Prabhat Feri of these devotees which can be seen early morning.
The auspicious day of Dev Uthani Ekadashi / Prabodhini Ekadashi in 2017 is on October 31, in the Shukl paksh of Kartik Maas. Dev Uthani Ekadashi helps to attain liberation, commences the marriage season, and gives immense benefits to the devotees.
Offering of Kachori is a must to Shri Thakurji on this day. From this day woollen bedding is offered to Shri Thakurji .
The occasion of Dev Uthani Ekadashi marks the end of the period of four months of Chaturmas. The period of four months, before the Dev Uthani Ekadashi, is considered to be the sleeping period of Lord Vishnu. It is said that Lord Vishnu goes to sleep called the Yoga Nidra, on Devshayani Ekadashi and wakes up after the four month duration,
Before going ahead and completing all the traditional rituals of Prabodhini Ekadashi or Dev Uthani Ekadashi, let’s have some more knowledge about this glorious day.
Dev Uthani Ekadasi holds a lot of significance amongst the Hindus. It is said to be the start of an auspicious timing, as it ends the time of Lord Vishnu’s sleep and he wakes up on this very day. People observe fast on Prabodhini Ekadashi. It is believed that if someone observes fast on the day of Dev-Prabodhini Ekadashi, his/her sins get abolished, even though, the sins were committed in past life.
It is said that those who do not consume food at all on the day of Dev Uthani Ekadashi, get rid of the sins of past seven births. It is firmly believed that observing the Dev Uthani Ekadashi fast, helps in attaining liberation and gives immense benefits. It is considered highly meritorious and purifying to take bath on the day of Prabodhini Ekadashi, which is not even received by taking bath at a pilgrimage.
Legend Of Dev Uthani Ekadashi-
As per the legend of the Dev Uthani Ekadashi, Goddess Lakshmi was quite unhappy with the unusual sleeping of Lord Vishnu. Sometimes, Lord Vishnu used to sleep for numerous days and sometimes, he remained awake for so many days. Goddess Lakshmi told Lord Vishnu that she is not happy with this and needs Lord Vishnu to find a solution. She also told him that even the Devas, Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma, had to wait for long to meet him. Lord Vishnu assured Goddess Lakshmi at that time that he would find a solution to this problem.
After few days, the Devas (demigods) and the saints reached Lord Vishnu and complained that a demon named Sankhyayan, has stolen the Vedas. He had done so as he wished that human beings should get deprived of the knowledge of the religious literature. He also wanted that the epitome of evil should spread all around. Lord Vishnu promised all of them that he would bring back the Vedas. Lord Vishnu had a fight with Sankhyayan and defeated him. He took over all the Vedas from the demon and returned them back to the Devas. He also said to Goddess Lakshmi that now he will go for a continuous sleep of four months. Hence, this durations is called the Chaturmas.
The observer of the Prabodhini Ekadashi fast should wake up early in the morning. After taking bath, the devotees offer prayers to Lord Vishnu. Also, on the day of Devuthani Ekadasi, the famous Pandarpur Yatra is carried at the Lord Vitthal temple. Along with this, as a part of the rituals, the devotees conduct the marriage of the Tulsi plant and Lord Vishnu, in form of Shaligram, which is known as Tulsi Vivah.
The ritual of Tulsi Vivah is completed on the next day of Dev Uthani Ekadashi. So, on this Dev Uthani Ekadashi or the Prabodhini Ekadasi, do follow all these rituals and conduct the Tulsi Vivah, to bring happiness in married life.
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 Sri 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 God 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.
Sharad Purnima is on 5th October 2017, its an important festival in the month of Ashwin.
On this auspicious day Parmatma Shri Krushna performed the ‘Raas Lila’ in Vrudavan with Braj Gopikas .
Sharad Purnima is also celebrated as ‘Navanna Purnima’, ‘Kaumudi Puja’, ‘Kumar Purnima’ or ‘Kojaagari Purnima’. It is a harvest festival that marks the end of the monsoon season and the onset of the winter season.
Of all the purnimas Sharad Purnima is the most popular . The night of Sharad Purnima holds immense spiritual and religious significance on this chosen day, moon possesses all the sixteen Kala. KALA denotes a specific human quality. Parmatma Shri Krushna was the only one born with these 16 Kala ,a Chandravanshi , therefore worship of Chandra Dev is done with full devotion. As per astrology it is considered that moon is closest to the Earth on this day and the moon rays possess nourishing elements. So on Sharad Purnima, people spend their evenings under the moonlight to benefit the curative properties of the moon rays. Reading of Raas Panchadhyayi is recommended on this night , inorder to get entry to the celestial Raas with Parmatma Shri Krushna .
Papankusha Ekadashi is celebrated during the Shukla Paksha of Ashwin maas. It is on the 1st October , Sunday 2017.
Papankusha Ekadashi holds the power to eradicate one’s sins. It is believed that if a person observes a fast and remains silent throughout the day, his sins will be eliminated.
On the day of Papankusha Ekadashi, Lord Padmanabha is worshiped, who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Following are the rituals that are to be followed on the day of Papankusha Ekadashi:
On Papankusha Ekadashi, devotees recite Vishnu Sahasranama and chant various names of Lord Vishnu.
As it stated that by observing the Papankusha Ekadashi Vrat, one becomes free from his/her past sins. So don’t forget to observe the Papankusha Ekadashi Vrat and follow the above rituals in order to receive the blessings of Lord Vishnu.
The real significance of Papankusha Ekadashi Vrat.
Pashankusha Ekadashi Vrat story is about a hunter by the name Krodhana. He used to live in the city of Vindhyachal. All his deeds were extremely negative. He used to kill animals, tortured the people around and his family members too. His misdeeds continued till the time he got know that he was about to die.
Lord Yama (Lord of death) asked his emericery to bring Krodhana to hell. On knowing this, Krodhana was extremely sorrowful and dejected. Hence, he approached Sage Angira - one of the Saptarishis. Sage Angira advised Krodhana to observe a fast of Papankusha Ekadashi which was approaching on the next day. He told him to vow silence and pray to Lord Padmanabha along with chanting the other names of Lord Vishnu.
Krodhana on the advice of Sage Angira, observed the Papankusha Ekadashi Vrat with full devotion, faith and all the rituals. The observance of Papankusha Ekadashi Vrat resulted in salvation of Krodhana at the feet of Lord Sriman Narayana.
Indira Ekadashi vrat is a significant Hindu observance that blesses the person with prosperity and richness. By observing this propitious vrat 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.
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 Parmatma Shri Krushna.
Parivartini Ekadashi is one among the numerous names of the Ekadashi fasting observed on the 11th day of the Shukla Paksha in Bhadrapad , 2nd September 2017 Saturday .
We offer the Lord Shri Krushna bhog samagri made out of Curds and Cucumber.
It is called Parsava Parivartini because Lord 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 Vishnu is believed to be sleeping during the period.This Ekadashi is also known as Jayanti Ekadashi.
The Vamana Avatar of Lord Vishnu is believed to have appeared on this day. This Ekadasi 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.
Aja Ekadashi is observed during the Krushna Paksha of ‘Bhadrapada’. Aja Ekadashi 2017 is on August 18 Friday.
This ekadashi is also known as Ananda Ekadashi The Aja Ekadashi observance is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, His consort.
Offering of Kharek / Chuhari is made to Shri Krushna on this day of Aja Ekadashi.
The significance of Aja Ekadashi has been known since the ancient times. Lord 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 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 Lord Vishnu’s dham, ‘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 falls during the Shukl Paksha of Shravan maas. and is celebrated as Shravan Putrada Ekadashi, Pavitra Ekadashi, Pavitropana Ekadashi. It is on 3rd August ,Thrusday.
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.
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.
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 -
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.
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:
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.