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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.

PARAMA / KAMALA EKADASHI VRAT 2018

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. 

Rituals of Parama Ekadashi-

  • On the day of Parama Ekadashi, devotees keep a fast all day. They do not eat food at all but some devotees also observe this vrat by eating fruits and dairy products. Like all other ekadashi vrats, fasting on this day also starts from ‘dashami’. The observer of this vrat eats food once that is prepared without using salt. This is done to ensure that no traces of food remain in the stomach on the day of ekadashi. The Parama Ekadashi vrat is put to end on the ‘dwadashi’ tithi after offering food to a Brahmin.
  • Ekadashi is dedicated to worshipping Lord Shri Hari Vishnu and hence on this day also the devotees offer prayers to their deity with full devotion. The idol of Lord Vishnu is worshipped with flowers, Tulsi leaves, fruits, dhoop and incense.
  • Chanting ‘Vishnu Sahastranaam’ and reading ‘Vishnu Purana’ is considered auspicious on Parama Ekadashi. The observer of the vrat must also read the ‘Parama Ekadashi Vrat Katha’. Devotees also visit the temples of Lord Vishnu and listen to bhakti songs and bhajans all night. Offering donations in the form of foods and clothes to Brahmins is also believed to be highly gratifying on the day of Parama Ekadashi.

PADMA / KAMALA EKADASHI 2018

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.

PURUSHOTTAM MAAS 2018.

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 VRAT 2018

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.

MOHINI EKADASHI VRAT 2018.

Mohini Ekadashi is on 26th April Thrusday 2018 , it comes in the Shukla Paksha of ‘Vaisakha’ maas .Ekadashi is observed as it helps in washing away all the sins committed by a person, including those from his/her previous births.  Mohini is the name given to the disguised form of Lord Vishnu and since the lord appeared in this form on the ekadashi tithi, the day began to be celebrated as ‘Mohini Ekadashi’ from then onwards. 
 
Offerings of Seasonal fruits and Misri are made tot he Lord on this day.

Rituals to be followed during  Mohini Ekadashi:

  • On this day, people observe a strict fast without eating a grain of food whole day. The fasting starts a day in advance, on ‘Dashami’ (10th day) tithi. On this day, the observer performs pious acts and eats ‘saatvik’ food once before sunset. Complete fasting occurs on the ekadashi and continues till the sunrise of ‘Dwadashi’ (12th day). It is believed that Mohini Ekadashi vrat should be broken by drinking milk the next day.
  • The observer of Mohini Ekadashi vrat gets up before sunrise and takes an early bath with Til and Kush. He/she must sleep on the floor on the ‘dashami’ night. The devotees spend the day offering prayers to their deity and keep vigil all night by singing bhajans and chanting mantras in praise of Shri Krushna.
  • As some people cannot follow strict fasting rules due to health complications, they can observe a partial fast on Mohini Ekadashi. Eating ‘falahar’ like fruits, vegetables and milk products are allowed. On the day of Mohini Ekadashi, consuming rice and all forms of grains is prohibited even for those not observing any fast.
  • The day of Mohini Ekadashi, like all other ekadashis, is dedicated to Lord Shri Hari Vishnu. Devotees worship the Lord with sandalwood, sesame seeds, colorful flowers and fruits. Offering Tulsi leaves is very propitious as it is dear to Lord Shri Hari Vishnu. 

Significance of Mohini Ekadashi:

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 VRAT 2018

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.

Rituals of Varuthini Ekadashi-

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

Significance of Varuthini Ekadashi-

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

VAISHAKH MAAS -2018

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.
 

KAMADA EKADASHI VRAT 2018

Kamada Ekadashi is on the 27th March Tuesday 2018 of the Shukla Paksha of ‘Chaitra’maas . Kamada means literally fulfilment of desires  therefore it is believed to be a spiritual observance that fulfils all the worldly desires. 
Offerings of Cloves / Laving is made to Shri Thakurji.
Rituals :
  • The day of Kamada Ekadashi starts at sunrise with an early bath. The devotees then make preparations for worshipping Lord Shri Hari Vishnu. On this day, the idol of Lord Shri Krushna is worshipped with sandalwood, flowers, fruits and dhoop meant for invoking the blessings of Lord Shri Krushna.
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  • The fast  begins from the ‘dashami’ of the Chaitra Shukla Paksha. On this tithi the person should take only one meal before sunset. The fasting continues for a period of 24 hours from the sunrise of ekadashi to the sunrise of the following day, Dwadashi. During this period, the person must abstain from eating food and drinking a sip of water. The fast is broken on the next day, after offering food and some ‘dakshina’ to a Brahmin.
  • On this day devotees do not sleep during the afternoon as well as night. They chant Vedic mantras and bhajans in praise of Shri Krushna. Vishnu Sahastranaam chanting is recommended. 
  • The observer of the vrat must also listen to the Kamada Ekadashi vrat katha. This katha was formerly narrated by Saint Vasistha to Maharaja Dilip, who was great grandfather of Shri Ram, an incarnation of Lord Shri Hari Vishnu.
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  • Significance of Kamada Ekadashi:

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.

PAAPMOCHINI EKADASHI VRAT 2018

Paapmochani Ekadashi is on the 13th March,Tuesday 2018. the Krushna Paksha of ‘Chaitra maas' . When Paapmochani Ekadashi is on a Thursday, it is special and known as ‘Guruvar Ekadashi’. As the name signifies PAAP-MOCHANI -  Papa means misdeeds/ sins. mochan means to release .

In offering Chirongi / Chanoli is recommended.

Rituals of Paapmochani Ekadashi:

  • Devotees wake up at sunrise on ekadashi and take a holy bath with Kush and sesame seeds. Most of the Vishnu followers keep a fast on this day to be blessed with their deity’s eternal mercy.
  • Fasting on Paapamochani Ekadashi is considered to be very auspicious. It is best to observe fast without eating anything or just drinking water. However as this is not possible for everyone, fasting can also be observed by eating non-grain foods, milk, nuts and fruits. The fast is broken the next day after offering prayers to Lord Shri Hari Vishnu.
  • Even those who are not fasting, eating pulses, rice and non-vegetarian food is strictly forbidden on Ekadashi. 
  • Shri Vishnu Sahasranama recitation is recomended on Paapamochani Ekadashi.
  • On this day, Lord Shri Hari Vishnu is worshipped by devotees with full dedication. The devotees offer Tulsi leaves (plucked a day before), flowers, fruits, lamp and incense sticks to Lord Shri Hari Vishnu. Besides offering mogra or jasmine flowers is also believed to be highly meritorious.
  • Significance of Paapamochani Ekadashi:

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 / KUNJ EKADASHI 2018.

Amalaki Ekadashi -

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 .

 

Importance of Amalaki Ekadashi-

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.

Legend of Amalaki Ekadashi -

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.

VIJAYA EKADASHI VRAT -2018

Vijaya Ekadashi is celebrated on the Krushna Paksh of Phalgu maas , it is on the 11th February , Sunday 2018.
 
 Offerings of PEDA are made to Shri Thakurji 
 
 Vijaya Ekadashi because of the mythological events associated King Yudhisthira. Once asked Lord Shri Krushna about the importance of Ekadashi that comes at the the Krushna Paksh of Phalgun maas told Maharaj Yudhisthira that observing vrat on the auspicious day will be helpful in cleansing all the sins of all those who remain devoted.
 
 Narada Muni also once asked the same question to Lord Brahma asking about the importance of Vijaya Ekadashi. Lord Brahms replies that all those people who observe fast on the day are known to get rid of all the sins committed during the previous instances. Perhaps, it is because of the victorious result that the name "Vijaya Ekadashi" has been coined in an eventual manner for that auspicious day. Numerous people are known to throng temples in order to offer their sacred prayers to the God with utmost respect.

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”.

Celebrations of Vijay 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.