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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. 

 

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.

 
 
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