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.
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.
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 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 .
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 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 .
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:
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 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.
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 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
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.
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.
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 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 .
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.
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 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 .
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:
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.
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.
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 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.