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- Rushivarji

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. 

 

JAYA EKADASHI VRAT 2018

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.

Rituals on the Jaya Ekadashi:

  • Devotees keep Nirjala Vrat from the sunrise of ekadashi until the sunrise of ‘dwadashi’ tithi. While fasting, the person must not let the feelings of anger, lust or greed enters their mind. This vrat is meant to purify both the body and the soul. The observer of this vrat must offer foods to respected Brahmins on the dwadashi tithi and then break their fast. One who keeps the vrat should not sleep all night and sing bhajans praising Lord Vishnu.
  • For people who cannot observe complete fasting, can even keep partial fast on milks and fruits. This exception is meant for elderly people, pregnant women and for those suffering from serious body ailments.
  • Even those who do not wish to fast on Jaya Ekadashi must abstain from eating food made from rice and all forms of grains. Applying oil on body is also not allowed.
  • Lord Vishnu is worshipped with complete dedication on Jaya Ekadashi. Devotees get up at sunrise and take an early bath. A small idol of Lord Vishnu is kept on the place of worship and the devotees offer sandalwood paste, sesame seeds, fruits, lamp and dhoop, to the lord. Reciting ‘Vishnu Sahastranaam’ and ‘Narayan Stotra’ is considered propitious on this day.
  • Significance of Jaya Ekadashi:
  • 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 VRAT 2018

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

 

Rituals during Shat Tila Ekadashi:

  • On the day of Shat Tila Ekadashi there is great significance of taking a bath with water that is mixed with sesame seeds. Devotees also consume ‘til’ on Shat Tila Ekadashi. On this day, devotees must only have spiritual thoughts and do not let greed, lust and anger take over their thoughts.
  • Devotees keep a religious fast on Shat Tila Ekadashi and refrain from eating or drinking all day long. If however, you are unable to keep complete fast, partial fasting is also allowed. This is so because affection to Lord is more significant than strict fasting rules. However there are specific foods that all must avoid on the day of ekadashi like grains, rice and pulses.
  • Lord Vishnu is the main deity on Shat Tila Ekadashi. The statue of the lord is bathed in Panchamrit, to which sesame seeds should definitely be mixed. Later various offerings are made to please Lord Vishnu.
  • On Shat Tila Ekadashi, devotees stay awake all night and chant Lord Vishnu’s name with immense devotion and perseverance. In some places, devotees also organize yagna on this revered day in which sesame seed preparations constitute an important ingredient

Significance of Shat Tila Ekadashi:

The greatness of Shat Tila Ekadashi is explained in the ‘Bhavishyottara Purana’ as a conversation between Pulastya Muni and Sage Dalbhya. It is believed that a person observing Shat Tila Ekadashi will be bestowed with infinite wealth and good health. As per the Hindu legends they will attain salvation and get freedom from the continuous cycle of rebirth. By donating sesame seeds or ‘til’ on Shat Tila Ekadashi, devotees will be liberated from all their sins done knowingly or unknowingly in their present or past life. Furthermore by offering sesame seeds mixed with water one can even provide solace to the dead ancestors.

Maagh Maas 2018 .

 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 / VAIKUNTH EKADASHI 2017

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’.

Rituals during Pausha Putrada Ekadashi:

  • The Pausha Putrada Ekadashi vrat is mainly observed by women who desire to give birth to a son. On this day Lord Shri Hari Vishnu is worshipped devotedly to be blessed with a male child. Couples also pray to their deity for the well-being of their offspring. No food is eaten at all during the ekadashi and the fast continues for a period of 24 hours. Even those who do not observe the Pausha Putrada Ekadashi, must abstain from consuming cereals, rice, beans, grains and specific spices and vegetable on this day.
  • On the day of Pausha Putrada Ekadashi the couple should avoid sleeping during the time and keep a ‘jagaran’ by singing bhakti songs of Lord Vishnu. Reciting ‘Vishnu Sahastranaam’ and other Vedic mantras is also believed to be auspicious. The devotees also visit the nearby temples of Lord Vishnu as on this day special puja and bhajan kirtans are organised.

Importance of Pausha Putrada 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.

 
 

PUTRADA EKADASHI / VAIKUNTH EKADASHI 2017

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’.

Rituals during Pausha Putrada Ekadashi:

  • The Pausha Putrada Ekadashi vrat is mainly observed by women who desire to give birth to a son. On this day Lord Shri Hari Vishnu is worshipped devotedly to be blessed with a male child. Couples also pray to their deity for the well-being of their offspring. No food is eaten at all during the ekadashi and the fast continues for a period of 24 hours. Even those who do not observe the Pausha Putrada Ekadashi, must abstain from consuming cereals, rice, beans, grains and specific spices and vegetable on this day.
  • On the day of Pausha Putrada Ekadashi the couple should avoid sleeping during the time and keep a ‘jagaran’ by singing bhakti songs of Lord Vishnu. Reciting ‘Vishnu Sahastranaam’ and other Vedic mantras is also believed to be auspicious. The devotees also visit the nearby temples of Lord Vishnu as on this day special puja and bhajan kirtans are organised.

Importance of Pausha Putrada 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.

 
 

DHANURMAAS 2017-2018

Dhanurmas begins on December 16, 2017 and ends on January 13, 2018. Dhanurmas is considered inauspicious in some regions. Only prayers and godly functions are performed during the period. The importance of Dhanurmas is mentioned in the Dhanurmas Mahatmya of Pancharatragama, Agneya Purana and also in a scripture called Smruti Muktavali.
 
Dhanur Mas is basically the period the sun shifts from the Sagittarius / Dhanur rashi to Makar rashi and it ends on the Capricorn / Makar Sankranti.

 
Worship of Shri Hari Vishnu during the morning hours in Dhanurmasa is considered highly auspicious. Vishnu Sahasranama is chanted during the period. Other important mantras chanted are those dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi.
 

The most popular offering made to Shri Hari Vishnu in the month is Moong dal, Bhog smagri prepared out of Moong Dal.

 
There is a belief that worshiping Shri Hari Vishnu on a single day during Dhanurmas is equal to worshiping him for 1000 of years. 

 
In Pancharatragama, the greatness of Dhanurmas is presented in 4 chapters, as a conversation between Shri Hari Vishnu in the form of a Swan and Brahmaji. The dialogue between them is narrated by Sage Suta in response to a query by Sage Shaunaka. 

 
The greatness and holiness of Dhanurmas and the rewards one gets by observing austerities in the holy month is found in the first chapter. The story of the King Satyasandha and the holiness he achieved by observing Dhanurmas Vrata is mentioned in the second chapter. The third chapter talks about the importance of giving alms during the Dhanurmas. Numerous pious deeds a devotee can perform are mentioned in the chapter. The final chapter talks about feeding the poor. It is said that the best way to reach the feet of Shri Hari Vishnu is by feeding the hungry and poor. 

SAPHALA EKADASHI VRAT 2017

Saphala Ekadashi is observed during the Krushna paksh of month of ‘Paush’ on 13th December Wednesday 2017.  The day of Saphala Ekadashi is sacred  as it is believed that by fasting sincerely on this day, the devotees can wash away their sins and also enjoy a blissful life. 

The word ‘saphala’ in Hindi means ‘to prosper’ and therefore this ekadashi should be observed by anyone who desires success and happiness in all the fields of life. Saphala Ekadashi is therefore a means to open the doors of abundance, success, prosperity and fortune.

Rituals during Saphala Ekadashi:

  • On Saphala Ekadashi day, devotees observe a strict fast in the honour of Lord Vishnu. The fast begins from the dawn of ekadashi and continues till the sunrise of the next day, ‘dwadashi’. While keeping the Saphala Ekadashi vrat, only ‘saatvik’ food is eaten by the devotees. For people who are not capable to keep the complete fast, can even fast observe partial fast or fast for just half day.
  • Lord Vishnu is the main deity of the Saphala Ekadashi. Vaishnavas worship Lord Vishnu with devout hearts to invoke His love and affection. Offering Tulsi leaves to Lord Vishnu on this day is believed to remove all the sins of an individual. Devotees please Lord Vishnu by offering incense sticks, coconut, betel nut and other aromatic objects. Lighting of diyas during the evening will make it more rewarding.
  • On the day Saphala Ekadashi, the observer of the vrat, should not sleep whole night. 
  • On Saphala Ekadashi one must donate money, food and other essentials to the Brahmins and needy.
  • Bhog samagri made from Seesam seed / Til must be offered to Shri Hari Vishnu .

Significance of Saphala Ekadashi:

The importance of Saphala Ekadashi is mentioned as a conversation between Dharamraja Yudhisthira and Lord Krishna in the ‘Brahmanda Purana’. According to the Hindu scriptures, it is said that even 100 Rajasuya Yagas and 1000 Ashvamedha Yagas are not as beneficial as observing a sacred fast on the day of Saphala Ekadashi. The day of Saphala Ekadashi is rightfully described as a day that transforms bad luck into rewarding fortune by ending all the miseries of life. Saphala Ekadashi has powers to help a person accomplish his/her desires and dreams in reality. Besides it also give satisfaction and inner peace to the observer of the Saphala Ekadashi fast.

MOKSHDA EKADASHI / GITA JAYANTI 2017

Mokshada Ekadashi is observed in the Shukl paksh of month of Margashirsha - 30th November Thrusday. Hindus, particularly Vaishnavas observe fast in honour of the Parmatma Shri Krushna, poornaavatar of Shri Hari Vishnu to get rid of all your sins and to achieve moksha or Salvation.

 

Offerings of Rajgiro / Rajgra to be made to Shri Thakurji.

 

 Gita Jayanti is the Birthday of Shrimad Bhagwat Gita...the day when Shri Krushna sung the holy sermon to the Pandu Putr Arjuna, in the Mahabharata. The 700-verse Bhagavad Gita told at the beginning of the climactic Mahabharata war between the Pandavas and their cousins, the Kauravas at Kurukshetra, deals with a variety of Hindu philosophical ideas, a true science of behaviour at Jyotisar lake in Kurukshetra.

 

The legend about Mokshada Ekadashi is narrated by Parmatma Shri Krushna to the Pandava King Yudhishthira in the Brahmanda Purana. Once, a saintly king called Vaikhanasa ruled in the city of Champakanagar with total compassion treating the subjects as his own children. His subjects belonged to the Vishnu-worshipping Vaishnava sect and were very erudite in Vedic knowledge. Once in the night, the king had a dream and saw his late father being tormented in Naraka, ruled by Yama, the god of death. The king was highly anguished and related this nightmare to his council the next day. He sought their advice as to how to free his dead father and his ancestors from tortures of Hell and grant them moksha /salvation. The council advised the king to approach the omniscient saint, Parvata Muni . The sage meditated and found the reason for the torture of the king's father. He mentioned that his father had committed the sin of quarrelling with his wife and having coitus with her in her menstrual cycle, in spite of her strong protests. As a solution to rectify the situation, the sage suggested to the king to observe vrata of the Mokshada Ekadashi day. On Moksha Ekadashi, the king observed the vrata with a complete fast along with his wife, children and relatives with full faith and devotion. The king's religious merit pleased the gods of heaven, who carried the king's father to heaven. Mokshada Ekadashi is compared with the chintamani, the gem that yields all desires and special merit is achieved by the vrata, by which one can elevate someone from hell to heaven or attain salvation himself.

 

The complete fast from sunrise on Mokshada Ekadashi to the dawn the next day is observed. People who cannot fast for that period observe a partial fast. Only vegetarian food, especially fruits, vegetables, milk products and nuts, are consumed. Eating rice, beans, pulses, garlic, and onions is prohibited on this day.

Like most ekadashis, the rites involve worship and prayers to Vishnu. On this day, the avatar Krushna is also worshipped. Devotees properly observing the fast are believed to attain moksha after death.

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.

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