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UTTPATTI EKADASHI VRAT 2017

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 .

Utpatti Ekadashi Vrat Katha :

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.

Utpatti Ekadashi Puja Vidhi :

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.

Utpatti Ekadashi Mantra :

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.

GOPMAAS VRATAACHARYA - 2017

Margashirsh month in traditional way is observed as Gop maas in Braj, Vrundavan and by several Krushna sects especially Pushtimarg. Gopmaas is from November 5th to December 3rd 2017 . The month is considered dear to Shri Krushna.
 
Staunch Krushna devotees offer daily prayers in Krushna Temples. Braj Gopikas when young wanted Nand Baba's son Shree Krushna as their husband / pati so they observed Katyayani Vrat on the banks of Shri YAMUNAJI ...performing ritual bathing and poojan of Katyayani Mata .

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

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

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

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

Maghsar or Gop Maas :

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

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

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

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

Hemante Prathame Maase Nand Vraj Kumarika ||

Cherurhvishyam Bhujjanam Katyayaniarchayanvratam||

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

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

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

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

MAARGSHIRSH MAAS SIGNIFICANCE -

Margashirsha Significance -

 

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.

Just like other months including Kartik, Magh, Vaishakh etc. taking baths in river Ganga is also considered sacred. Margashirsha Purnima is considered very important. Lord Satyanarayana should be worshipped on the day of Margashirsha Purnima as it relieves of all problems and sins. Donations and charities are considered important in the month of Margashirsha amavasya. The observers should worship Lord Satyanarayana on this day. Reciting Satyanarayan katha gives pleasurable results. Annpoorna Jayanti is observed on the Poornima day.

The onset of Margashirsha month is said celebrated in the devotion of Lord Krushna. This month is related to the onset of Mrigasira star. According to the astrologers, the purnima tithi of this month begins from Mrigashira nakshatra. This is the reason why this month is known as Margashirsha maas. This month is also known as Magsar, Agahan and Agrahayan. Donations, baths etc are of great importance during this month. Lord Krushna told the importance of this month to Gopis and said that taking a bath in the Yamuna river during this month gets a person closer to him. Hence, taking baths in a river is considered extremely sacred during this month.

  1. Kalabhairav Jayanti - Kalabhairav Jayanti is the birth anniversary of fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva associated with annihilation.

  2. Utpanna Ekadashi - Utpanna Ekadashi is one of the twenty four Ekadashi vrats which are observed to seek blessing of Lord Vishnu.

  3. Vivah Panchami - On Vivah Panchami day Lord Rama and Goddess Sita were married and this day is celebrated as marriage anniversary of Rama and Sita.

  4. Gita Jayanti - Gita Jayanti day symbolizes the birth of Shrimad Bhagavad-Gita, the sacred text of the Hindus.

  5. Mokshada Ekadashi - Mokshada Ekadashi is one of the twenty four Ekadashi vrats which are observed to seek blessing of Lord Vishnu.

  6. Dattatreya Jayanti - Dattatreya Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Hindu deity encompassing the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, collectively known as Trimurti.

  7. Annapurna Jayanti - Annapurna Jayanti is observed annually on Purnima in the month of Margashirsha as per Hindu lunar calendar.

Prabodhini Ekadashi Vrat - 2017

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.

Significance Of The 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.

 Rituals Of The Day -

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.

RAMA EKADASHI VRAT 2017.

Rama Ekadashi is in the Krushna Paksha of ‘Kartik maas ' on 15th October 2017 Sunday Rama Ekadashi falls four days before the celebrations of Diwali, the festival of lights. This ekadashi is also referred as ‘Rambha Ekadashi’ or ‘Kartik Krushna Ekadashi’. It is a popular conviction that Hindu devotees can wash away their sins by keeping a sacred fast on this day. Remember to offer Banana in the bhog samagri of Shri Thakurji .
 
Rituals of Rama Ekadashi:
  • Fasting is an important ritual on the day of Rama Ekadashi. This ritual starts from ‘dashami’, a day before the actual ekadashi. On this day too devotees refrain from certain foods and consume only ‘saatvik’ meal once, before sunset. On ekadashi, they do not eat at all. The end of the fasting ritual called as ‘Parana’ occurs on the ‘dwadashi’ tithi. Even for those not fasting, consuming rice and grains on any ekadashi is strictly prohibited.
  • On the day of Rama Ekadashi devotees get up early and take a holy bath in any water bodies. Lord Vishnu is worshipped with devotion on this day. Fruits, flowers, incense sticks and dhoop to Lord Vishnu. Devotees prepare a special ‘Bhog’ and offer it to their deity. An aarti is performed and then the ‘Prasad’ is distributed among the family members.
  • ‘Rama’ is another name for Goddess Lakshmi. Therefore on this auspicious day, devotees also offer prayers to Devi Lakshmi along with Lord Vishnu to seek the blessings of prosperity, health and happiness.
  • The observer of the Rama Ekadashi fast maintains vigil all through the night. They contribute in the bhajans or kirtans organised on this day. Reading ‘Bhagavad Gita’ on this day is believed to be auspicious.

Significance of Rama Ekadashi:

According to ‘Brahma-Vaivarta Purana’, it is believed that one who observes the sacred Rama Ekadashi fast will be freed from all his/her sons, even those that are the same to killing a Brahmin. A person who hears the glories of Rama Ekadashi will attain salvation and reach the supreme abode of 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.

KARTIK MAAS 2017

The auspicious month for austerities Kartik maas - starts from 5th October - 4th November - 2017 
 
Sutaji said to the great sages: "The sin-destroying month of Kartik is said to be endowed with divine influence. It is ever so dear to Lord Vishnu and is the bestower of both worldly pleasures and moksha (salvation)."
 
 Various Hindu sacred texts have mentioned the list of basic rituals and customs of Kartik maas. Kartik is the holiest month in the Hindu lunar calendar.Kartik Maas is described in the scriptures as the best among months for performing austerities.
 
some festivals in Kartik maas -
 
Karwa Chauth , Ahoi ashtami , Ekadashi , Vaagh Baras , Dhanteras , Narak Chaturdashi , Diwali , Govardhan Pooja ,Annkoot, Bhai Duj, Labh Panchami ,Surya Shashthi , Ekadashi , Kartik Poornima .
 
The rituals are as follows:
 
Bathing in Bramh Mahurat - performing Shri Hari Vishnu poojan , reading SHRI VISHNU SAHASTRANAAM is meritorious.
 
Damodar worship - recital of Damodar ashtakam is recommended.
 
Gopi Geet recital during evenings is advised - as Braj Gopikas sang it after Shri Krushna vanished from their company.
 
One  who happily reads the Bhagavad Gita in the month of Kartik does not return to the world of birth and death. 
 
One who for the entire month of Kartik eats only once a day, becomes very famous , powerful and heroic.
 
Japa - chanting the holy names of the Lord. As per our scriptures, if somebody performs even a little worship of Lord Shri Hari in this month, He offers that devotee His own abode.
 
Deep Daan (offering lamps) - Worship the Lord by offering lamps (diyas), flowers, incense, food, etc. Lighting a diya before the Lord is called as "deep-daan" and affords immense religious merits when performed during the Kartik month.
 
In the Padma Purana, Kartik Mahatmya, there is a very famous story of a mouse.
 
In a temple of Lord Vishnu, there was a mouse who used to eat the ghee from the extinguished ghee lamps which had been offered by devotees to Him. One day when she felt hungry to eat ghee, she tried to eat the ghee from a lamp which was not yet extinguished. While eating ghee from the lamp, the cotton wick got stuck in her teeth. Since the ghee wick had a flame, the mouse started jumping in front of the Lord's Deity form and thus died due to fire. But Lord Sri Vishnu accepted the jumping of that mouse with a lit ghee wick in her mouth as His aarti. In the end, He gave her liberation, the highest destination. 
 
If somebody lights a lamp in the temple of Lord Shri Hari even for a short time (in the month of Kartik), then whatever sins, he has acquired for millions of kalpas (one kalpa equals 1000 yugas) are all destroyed."
 
Of all gifts, the gift of a lamp during the month of Kartik is the best. No gift is its equal."
 
The Pushkar Puran states, "The person who lights the lamp of sesame (til) oil in the name of Lord Shri Hari in the month of Kartik (during Sandhya) gets unlimited prosperity, beauty, blessedness and wealth."
 
Brahmacharya - During Kartik month, one should refrain from indulging in sex and should practice Brahmacharya.
 
Worship of Tulsi Devi in Kartik is the bestower of innumerable virtues. As per our scriptures, the religious merits obtained from bathing at Prayag, death in Kashi, and study of the scriptures are acquired simply through the worship of the Tulsi plant. During Kartik month, one should specially light a diya with ghee near the Tulsi plant. Applying tilak on the forehead using Tulsi ji's mitti (sand) in Kartik bestows good fortune (saubhagya).
 
Give Charity (daan) of woollen blankets , grains etc.
 
Perform austerities - Lord Shiva said to His son Kartikeya , "Dear son ! One who takes a bath before sunrise in the month of Kartik is absolved of all sins." A bath during the Brahma-murat in this month at home as well affords the same religious merits as bathing in holy places of pilgrimage like Gangaji, Kashi, etc. By sleeping on the ground during Kartik, one is entitled to the same religious merits as obtained by donating a piece of land to Brahmins during the solar and lunar eclipses.

SHARAD POORNIMA -2017

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. 

Rituals during Sharad Purnima:

  • On Sharad Purnima, women, especially the newlyweds keep a fast. Those who desire to take the ‘Purnimasi Fasting’ start it with Sharad Purnima vrat. It is believed that by keeping a fast on this auspicious day the individual will be bestowed with happiness, good health and wealth.
  • Devotees worship Lord Krushna and Moon God on Sharad Purnima.
  • Sharad Purnima is dedicated to worshiping Goddess Lakshmi. On this day, devotees offer prayers to Goddess Lakshmi to seek Her divine blessings. They also stay awake all night as it believed that Goddess Lakshmi descends on Earth on the day of Sharad Purnima and bless all those She finds awake with prosperity and wealth.
  • People prepare poha, kheer, puffed rice or other sweets and leave it under moonlight. The preparations are then consumed later as it is believed they absorb the curative properties of moon rays in them.
  • On the occasion of Sharad Purnima, special religious programs and held in the temples in Vrundavan and devotees throng the temples in large numbers.
  • Significance of Sharad Purnima:

    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 .

PAPANSHUKUSHA EKADASHI VRAT 2017.

 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:

  1. Devotees wake up early in the morning and take a holy bath. Post which, a full day fast is observed and the observers remain silent.
  2. During the day, Lord Vishnu and his incarnation Lord Padmanabha is worshiped.
  3. Flower, Diyas, rice, incense sticks and betel leaves are offered to Lord Padmanabha.
  4. During the morning and evening, Lord Vishnu’s Aarti is performed and special Brahmin Bhoj is made post the morning Aarti.
  5. 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.

  1. The Ekadashi Vrat provides equivalent result to performing Rajasuya and Ashwamegh Yagya.
  2. By chanting the Mantra of Lord Vishnu on the day of Papankusha Ekadashi, one receives equal results as that of taking a holy dip in river Ganga.
  3. On the day of Papankusha Ekadashi, if a devotee donates, or is involved in some charitable work, he/ she may attain liberation from worldly desires.
  4. Pashankusha Ekadashi Vrat results in good health, wealth, and prosperity.
  5. Pashankusha Ekadashi Vrat is observed in the name of departed souls resulting in salvation and peace for them.
  6. Pashankusha Ekadashi Vrat is a significant day to start any new task or any new construction work.

 Legends-

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 2017

Indira Ekadashi is an auspicious fasting day that falls on Krushna Paksha  of Ashwin maas, it is on the 16th September Saturday.  As Indira Ekadashi falls in Pitru Paksha, the fortnight dedicated to ancestors, it is also referred as ‘Ekadashi Shradh’. The main objective of this ekadashi vrat is to give salvation to the forefathers or dead ancestors so that they do not have to go through hell. Indira Ekadashi fast seeks forgiveness of the wrong deeds of the past, fast is observed by staunch devotees of Shri Hari Vishnu who seek His love and affection.

Rituals of Indira Ekadashi:

  • On Indira Ekadashi, the observer of this vrat performs the rites of Shradh. The devotees must observe the vrat by following the complete rituals to get maximum benefits. On this day Vigrah of Shri Hari Vishnu is worshiped with gaiety and fervour,offerings of Tulsi leaves, flowers, and fruits along with other puja essentialsis done. One must also visit any Vishnu temple on this day.
  • The vrat of the Indira Ekadashi starts a day before, that is, on ‘dashami’ . On dashami the rituals for dead ancestors are performed and prayer is offered. The meal is taken before sunrise only as on Ekadashi day, the devotees keep a strict fast. The vrat begins at sunrise and ends on the next day, ‘dwadashi’ after worshiping Shri Hari Vishnu. As it falls in the Pitru Paksha day, food is offered to priests and cows, before eating.
  • On the day of Indira Ekadashi the devotees get up early before sunrise and Vedic mantras and bhajans are sung in praise of the Lord. The observer of this vrat should stay awake all night and sing devotional songs and listen to the stories of Lord Vishnu. Reciting‘Vishnu Sahastranaam’ is also considered to be fortunate.
  • On this day, special rituals and prayers are performed in the memory of the dead ancestors. The afternoon time is considered to be favourable for praying to the forefathers. Indira Ekadashi is also known as MAHADAAN EKADASHI - charity of Milk, Curds, Butter, seasonal fruits must be done.

Significance of Indira Ekadashi:

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 VRAT 2017

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 VRAT 2017 -

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.

Rituals of Aja Ekadashi:

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

Significance of Aja Ekadashi:

The significance of Aja Ekadashi has been known since the ancient times. Lord 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 ekadashi / pavitra ropan Ekadashi vrat

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.

Rituals in Shravan Putrada Ekadashi:

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

Importance of Shravan Putrada Ekadashi:

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

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

KAMIKA EKADASHI VRAT 2017

Kamika Ekadashi is celebrated during Krushna Paksha of Shravana maas. 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 a cow or performing a sacrifice or Yagnas. .

Significance -

On this day people take bath early in the morning and then pray to Lord Vishnu by Panchamrut Abhishek. He is also worshiped with colorful and fragrant flowers' Tulsi leaves is considered as the most auspicious deed. Fruits, milk and sesame seeds are offered to Lord Vishnu. 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.

Visiting various pilgrim centers and taking bath in Tirthas are also witnessed on this day. It's an important day in the temples of Lord Vishnu. Abhishek, puja, aarti and bhajans are performed here throughout the day. Lamps are lighted using cow ghee and a variety of Bhog is offered to Lord Vishnu in these temples.

Kamika Ekadashi has a lot of significance in one's 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. 

Devshayani Ekadashi 2017

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 -

  1. Devotees wake up early in the morning and take a holy bath.
  2. Thousands of devotees also take a holy dip in Godavari river on Devshayani Ekadashi and pay their homage to Lord Rama (incarnation of Lord Vishnu) at Kala Ram temple in Nashik.
  3. Devotees observe Devshayani Ekadashi fast and Lord Vishnu idols are established at the Puja Sthan .
  4. Lord Vishnu idols are decorated with Shankh , Chakra , Gadha and yellow color clothes are offered.
  5. Flowers, Paan , Supari , incense sticks and Bhog are offered to Lord Vishnu.
  6. During evening, most of the devotees have the same Bhog Prasad.

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.

YOGINI EKADASHI -2017

Yogini Ekadashi will be marked on 20th June 2017, the 11th day of Krushna Paksha in the month of Aashadh. Devotees observe fast on this day to please Lord Shri Hari Vishnu in order to get rid from their sinful deeds done in their past life... It is believed that observing fast on the day of Yogini Ekadashi leads to the boon of salvation after death.
 

Significance of Yogini Ekadashi -

The legend is of Hemamali, a Yaksha who was working for Kubera, the king of Alakapuri. Hemamali was assigned to bring flowers daily from the Mansarover Lake. His carelessness in doing the task was soon noticed by his master, Kubera.

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:

  • The rituals of fast are generally observed from Dashami, a day prior to Ekadashi.
  • Devotees who observe Vrat are abstained from taking normal food items. Only Satvik food is consumed by the devotees.
  • A spiritual bath is taken by the devotees at a nearby holy river.
  • Flowers, incense sticks and Bhog of Sakar or SUGAR CRYSTALS  are offered to Lord.

 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.

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