Parama / Kamala ekadashi is observed on the 11th day during the Krushna Paksha of the ‘Adhika Masa’, it is on the 10th June Sunday 2018. This month is considered to be very auspicious and is dedicated to Lord Shri Hari Vishnu. Parama / Kamala Ekadashi is therefore also known as ‘Purushottam Kamala Ekadashi’. It is believed that observing this ekadashi brings material progress and washes away all the sins committed during lifetime.
Jai Shree Krushna,
Kamla Ekadashi is the EKADASHI, falling in the Purushottam / Adhik Maas .Kamla Ekadashi is on the May 25 ,2018 Friday. Kamala Ekadashi is known as Padmini and Padma Ekadashi.Offer milk and bananas to Shree Thakurji in bhog.
The Adhik Maas is also known as Purushottam Mas and is dedicated to Lord Shri Hari Krushna.
Ekadashi is mentioned in a number of Puranas. It is associated with Shri Hari Vishnu and ‘Haribhakti Vilas’ talks in detail about its importance. Today, in Hindu religion Ekadashi has come to mean a day to fast. It falls on the 11th day of every lunar fortnight and thus there are two Ekadashi in a month. Several Puranas including Padma Purana and Skanda Purana detail about the significance of Ekadashi.
In modern days, many people will find it difficult to observe it in its entire strictness. But there are a large number of people who observe it. And there are numerous observations on what food one can have? There are also regional variations to the way in which the Ekadashi is observed.
The preparation starts on Dashmi day – a day before Ekadashi. The person observing Ekadashi should wake up early in the morning on Dashmi and should take bath and perform other daily routines. The person should mentally prepare for the Ekadashi. He/She should only have one meal on the Dashmi and should avoid salt, Alcohol, non-vegetarian food and sex should be avoided. Some Puranas say ‘dal’ and ‘honey’ should be avoided on Dashmi day.
The next day, that is the Ekadashi day, is meant for total fasting. Praying to Shri Hari Vishnu is the order of the day. Some people avoid sleep during Ekadashi night and they hear religious discourses and perform Hari Kirtan.
The next day on Dwadashi – that is the day after Ekadashi – the same routine done on Dashmi is followed. Overeating should be avoided on Dwadashi day. Puranas state that one should not take pride in observing Ekadashi. The food on Dwadashi should be cooked in one’s house.
It is good to go on fast once in a while as it recuperates the body. Ekadashi observance cleans our body and the digestive organs get much needed rest.It detoxifies the entire system.
Charity of Grains, fruits, water and lemonades must be done to the needy , poor and to Brahmins. This deed pleases the Lord most.
ADHIK MAAS / MAL MAAS / KHAR MAAS / PURUSHOTTAM MAAS - these are the name for the extra month in the lunar calender. This year it falls from 16th May 2018 Wednesday till 13th of June 2018 Wednesday . Jyeshth maas of the Lunar calender .Since Sun does not enter in any Rashis during this EXTRA month and no auspicious rituals are performed , so people consider it as waste month. Getting this blot , the Adhik maas was grieved and went to Shri Hari Vishnu in Vaikunth taking the form of a human and started very hard and sincere prayers.
Shri Hari Vishnu blessed him and took him to Golok which is difficult even for Yogies also, where Puran Purushottam Bhagvan Shri Krushna perform Lila with Gopis and govals.GOLOK is three crores Yojan and spherical in shape. Only Vaishanavas are living there.Bhagvan Shri Krushna blessed him with boon and assured Shri Hari Vishnuji for the uplifting of Malmaas by giving his name Purushottam and equal status. Hence forth this month is known as "Purushottam maas".
Those who perform Gaupooja or Gaudaan or becomes the devotee of this month , directly get entry in Golok. Purushottam maas provides good health, wealth,child to childless even Moksha from cycle of rebirth . Bhagvan Shri Krushna will forgive all the sins of those who perform, Pooja, Vrat, Daan or other penance in this month. Reading of holy scriptures, Shrimad Bhagvat Gita Parayan, reciting the 15th Chapter of Shrimad Bhagvat Gita , reading Shreemad Bhagvat Puran, nitya sewa, nitya darshan, giving daan of grains, water , grass to cows....and much more . During this one Adhik maas, at Havelis and Mandir, the UTSAVS of entire year are observed, with great spirit and Bhaav.
The merit of Vrat in this month is greater than hundreds of Yagna. Aashadh Shukl Paksh to Aashadh Krushna Paksh.People perform extra mala japas, pradakshinas, pilgrimages, scriptural reading and parayans - Charity of 33 things each day of the maas is highly recommended . Fruits and Veggies are dear to Gods so all the edible stuff , vastr,swarn, rajat must be given to Vedpathi Brahmins. If not possible daily then on special tithis of Vyatipaat, Dwadashi, Poornima, Amavasya one must indulge in Charity.
This Vrat is to begin from the first day and ends on the last day of Adhik Maas. Bathing at the Bramha Muhurat . Worship with dhoop , deep , navaidh to Shri Radha Krushna. It is written in the Bhavishyottar Purana that Parmatma Shri Krushna Himself has said regarding Adhik Maas Vrat that by carrying out the Vrat with the sole aim of worshipping God, through fasting, cleanliness, charity, pooja etc. merits are acquired which produce unfailing results and all sorts of calamities are overcome.
Apara Ekadashi is on the 11th May Friday 2018 ,the Krushna Paksha of ‘Jyeshtha maas’. By 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. Like all ekadashis, the Apara Ekadashi is also dedicated to worshipping Lord Shri Hari Vishnu.
Cucumber / Kaakadi is to be offered in Bhog Samagri.
‘Apar’ means ‘limitless’, 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’.
Significance of Apara/Achala Ekadashi:
The greatness of Apara Ekadashi was foretold by Lord Shri Krushna himself to King Yudhisitira, the eldest son of King Pandu. Lord Shri Krushna also stated that a person keeping this ekadashi vrat will be very renowned due to their meritious 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 Shri Hari 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.
The greatness of Mohini Ekadashi was first narrated to Lord Shri Rama by saint Vasistha and to Maharaja Yudhisthira by Lord Shri Krushna. It is believed that if a person observes the Mohini Ekadashi vrat with complete devotion than the ‘punya’ or good deeds that he receives is much more than those achieved by visiting pilgrimages, offering charity or even performing yagnas. The observer of the fast receives as many glories as achieved by donating a thousand cows in charity. The performer of this revered vrat achieves freedom from the continuous cycle of birth and death and attains salvation.
Varuthini Ekadashi is on the 12th April Thursday 2018 , in the holy month of Vaishakh Krushna Paksha. It is celebrated as the appearence day of Mahaprabhuji Shri Vallabhacharya , the founder of Pushtimarg Rudra sampradaay . God Vamana, who is known to be the 5th avatar of Lord Vishnu, is worshipped with complete devotion.
Offerings of Musk Melon / Shakar Teti / Kharbooja is made to the Lord.
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. By religiously observing this ekadashi every year, the individual can gain 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. Furthermore in Hindu mythology, ‘Kanyadaan’ (giving away daughters) is considered to be the biggest ‘daan’ and the significance of Varuthini Ekadashi is equivalent to giving 100 ‘Kanyadaan’. Varuthini Ekadashi is an important ekadashi observance for Hindus that offers countless benefits to its observer.
Charity of water, fruits, lemonades is highly recommended.
Jai Shri Krushna ,
Curd is better than milk, Ghee is better than curd, likewise Kartik month is better than all months, Magh is better than Kartik and Vaishakh is better than Magh. So the VAISHAKH MONTH is dearest to Vishnu Bhagvan. In this auspicious month just Jal daan, is shreshth...giving away water to the thirsty ,water pitchers and pots given to the thirsty , brahmins, sadhus is most dear to Vishnu Bhagvan,and so is snan / bath.
Snan is the important and most auspicious ritual during Vaishakha month. Jhanvi, Vrudh Ganga, Kalindi [Yamuna], Saraswati, Narmada,and Triveni , these are SAPT GANGA.Performing punya snan (ritual bath) in holy rivers such as Ganga, Godavari, Krishna, Cauvery, and Tungabhadra removes one’s sins and brings all luck in the future life. In 2018, Vaisakh month begins on 1st of April and ends on 30th April 2018.
Any jap, tap ,daan, dakshina, yagya are many time more fruitful when done in this auspicious month of Vaishak. Vaishakh maas is also auspicious for Pitru Shradha karma (rites and rituals to provide salvation to ancestors). In Kashi , Prayaga, Gangotri, Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik Vaishakh Punya Snan are performed.
While performing Vaishakh Snan reciting Shree Hari Vishnu’s stotra is more fruitful.
The prayer for Vaishakh Snan:
Madhusudana devesha vaisakhe meshage ravau
Pratah snanam karishyami nirvighnam kuru Madhava
The prayer for Vaishakh Masa Arghya – Pitru Shraddha
Vaisakhe meshage bhanau pratah snan parayanah
Arghyam tehham pradasyami grihana Madhusudana
Gangadyah saritah sarvastirthani cha hradaschaye
Pragrihita maya dattamarghyam samyakprasidatha.
The greatness of Kamada Ekadashi has been described in‘Varaha Purana’. During Mahabharata, Shri Krushna explained the virtues and benefits of Kamada Ekadashi to Pandava King Yudhishtira. The Kamada ekadashi vratam helps a person to regain and improve their virtues. It also protects the devotees and their family members from all the curses inflicted on them. Even the most heinous sins like killing of Brahmin can be pardoned if a person keeps the Kamada Ekadashi vrat with full commitment. It is also a popular belief that by observing the Kamada Ekadashi fast with dedication, childless couples are blessed with a male progeny. People observing this sacred fast will also get liberated from the cycle of birth and death and ultimately reach to ‘Vaikunth’ the adobe of Lord Shri Hari Vishnu.
The importance of Paapamochani Ekadashi is illustrated in the ‘Bhavishyottara Purana’ and ‘Harivasara’. It was first narrated to King Mandhata by Sage Lomasa and then by Lord Shri Krushna to King Yudhisthira, the eldest of Pandavas. It is believed that Paapamochani Ekadashi destroys all the sins and also frees the observer from the guilt. By observing this ekadashi with full devotion, the person will never be influenced by demons or ghosts. Observing Paapamochani Ekadashi is more meritorious than visiting Hindu pilgrimage places or even donating one thousand cows. The observer of this propitious vrat enjoys all the worldly pleasures and ultimately finds a place in the heavenly kingdom of Lord Shri Hari Vishnu, the ‘Vaikunth’. The main purpose of keeping the Paapamochani vrat is to control one’s body demands and spend ample time chanting, listening and reciting Vedic mantras dedicated to Lord Shri Hari Vishnu.
Amalaki Ekadashi is in the Shukl paksh of Phagun maas - on the 26th of February 2018 Monday . Also known as Kunj Ekadashi - Amla the Indian gooseberries are worshipped on this day in an exclusive manner. Shri Hari Vishnu is believed to reside in the tree of Amla. Devotees seek the divine blessings of the deity on this specific day.
Offerings of AMLA are made to SHRI VIGRAH - either as fruits or the candied ones, as Bhog Samagri .
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.
As per legend King Chitrasena along with his followers too had observed the Amalki Ekadashi fast . During one of his hunting experiences, the mighty king got captured by a group of asuras ,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.
Lord Rama went to the forest for fourteen years of exile along with his beloved wife Sita Devi and brother Lakshman. They led a beautiful life in Panchavati on the banks of River Godavari for some period. After king Ravana kidnapped Sita Devi and fled to Lanka, Rama created a team of monkey soldiers with the intention to cross Indian Ocean. However, it proved to be a herculean task for him to obtain the desired results. Eventually, he had to approach sage Bakadalbhya. In response, the sage informed Rama that Ekadashi is the most auspicious day to cross the ocean to which Rama heeded and was able to emerge victorious over Ravana. Hence, the day is referred to as “Vijaya Ekadashi”.
It is highly believed that all those people who observe fasts or listen to victorious stories related to mythology on Vijaya Ekadashi will be able to achieve immense success for sure. In fact, they are bound to obtain the same result as that of Vajapayee sacrifice. Apart from the day being dedicated to Lord Rama, it is possible to obtain numerous benefits to ensure that the austerity is maintained on an overall.
Jaya Ekadashi is in the Shukla Paksha of Maagh Maas on the 28th January Sunday 2018. As all ekadashi it is also celebrated in the honour of Lord Shri Hari Vishnu.
Offerings to be made on this Jaya Ekadashi is Sugar Cane or Sherdi to Shri Thakurji.
The importance and story of Jaya Ekadashi is mentioned in the ‘Padma Purana’ and ‘Bhavisyothara Purana’. Shri Krushna also described the greatness and way of observing this auspicious ekadashi vrat to King Yudhisthira, the eldest of the five Pandav brothers. Jaya Ekadashi vrat is so powerful that it can free the person from the most heinous sins committed, even ‘Brahma Hatya’. Jaya Ekadashi vrat holds double significance for the fact that ekadashi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the month of ‘Maagh’ in which it falls is auspicious for Lord Shiva puja. Therefore this ekadashi is very important for devotees of both, Lord Shiva and Vishnu.
Shat Tila Ekadashi is observed during the Krushna Paksh of Maagh maas it is on the 12th of January Friday 2018. Shat Tila Ekadashi is dedicated to Lord Shri Hari Vishnu ,devotees can end all their miseries and misfortunes by observing a fast on this day.
"Sattila Ekadashi’ is derived from the word ‘shat’ implying ‘six’ and ‘til’ meaning ‘sesame seeds’. 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. There is a great implication of 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
Maagh maas is sacred and fortunate month stating from 2nd January to 31st January 2018 .. there are some 'tithies' which bear special significance, various rituals are performed by the saints and kalpwasis. The name itself suggests the transit of sun from Sagittarius to Capricorn, Makar Sankranti is preceded by a number of important smaller events, Sankashta Har Ganpati / Til Chauth Vrath ,fasting, bathing and offerings to the priests. The Ekadashi of this fortnight is considered significant for fasting, prayers and offerings. Important event of the Maagh maas is Mauni Amavasya.
Bathing, offerings, prayers and fasting are all considered important on this day as it is believed that the Hindu gods and goddesses descend to take a holy dip at the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati - the Sangam .
Maagh maas finally concludes on Purnima when sun enters the Shravan Nakshaktra. On this day Kalpwasis observe fast and perform rituals marking its conclusion.
Giving aways alms of woollens , sweets, seasam seed, foods to the poor .
Putrada Ekadashi falls on the Shukla Paksha of Pausha maas,on the 29th of December Friday 2017. ‘Putrada’ means ‘giver of sons’ and so it is known as ‘Pausha Putrada Ekadashi’. This ekadashi is mainly observed by couples who desire to be blessed with a son. Lord Vishnu is worshipped with complete dedication and zeal on this day. The Pausha Putrada Ekadashi is also known as ‘Vaikunta Ekadashi’.
In the Hindu society, bearing a son is extremely important as he is the one who looks after the parents during their old age. Also in the Hindu customs, a son is only entitled to offer ‘shraddha’ ritual to his ancestors. Therefore this day of ‘Pausha Putrada Ekadashi’ is dedicated to bestow the couples with a male progeny. There is a total of 24 ekadashis in the Hindu year, with each one having a specific goal. But the power of blessing a couple with a male child is present only in the two ‘putrada’ ekadashis, with one of them being the Pausha Putrada Ekadashi. Also by observing this sacred fast, all the sins of the person will be pardoned and the observer will enjoy a happy and prosperous life. The greatness of Pausha Putrada Ekadashi is mentioned in the ‘Bhavishya Purana’ as a discussion between King Yudhisthira and Lord Shri Krushna. It is known that the virtue of the Pausha Putrada Ekadashi is even more than performing 100 Raja Suya Yagyas or 1000 Ashvamedha Yagyas.