Pashankusha Ekadashi falls in the Shukl Paksh of Ashwin maas - it is on the 20th October , Saturday 2018.
Cucumber / Kaakadi is to be offered to Shri Thakurji in Bhog Samagri .
This narration of the glories of Pashankusha Ekadashi is excerpted from a dialogue between Shri Krushna and Maharaja Yudhishthira, as given in the Brahmavaivarta Purana.
Once, Yudhishthira Maharaj asked Shri Krushna: “O Madhusudana, what is the name of the Ekadashi that comes during the light fortnight of the month of Ashvina. Please be kind and explain this to me.”
Shri Krushna smilingly replied, “O best of kings! The name of this Ekadashi is Pashankusha Ekadashi, and it is also known as Papankusha Ekadashi since the observance of this Ekadashi removes all sins.
“One should particularly worship Shri Padmanabha (see below for a description of Shri Padmanabha) on the day of this Ekadashi. This Ekadashi awards a person heavenly pleasures, liberation, and his or her desired results. Just by chanting the holy names of Shri Vishnu (such as the Shri Vishnu Sahasranama, and the ashtottara of Shri Rama, Shri Krushna, etc.) one can attain the piety of visiting all the holy places of pilgrimage (teerthas) in this world. If a conditioned soul, in spite of indulging in various sinful activities as a result of delusion, takes shelter and offers obeisance at the lotus feet of Shri Hari, who is the remover of all sins and the granter of liberation, then such a person never sees the punishing abode of Yamaraja, the lord of death.
“Both the Vaishnava (devotee of Shri Vishnu) who criticizes Shiva and the Shaivite (devotee of Shiva) who criticizes Shri Vishnu will undoubtedly go to Naraka (the realm of hell). (yo hariH sa shivaH sAkSAd yaH shivaH sa svayaM hariH / ye tayor bhedamAti sthan narakAya bhave naraH (Vishnu Purana 5.33.46) (He who is Shri Hari is Himself Shiva / He who manifests as Shiva is Himself Shri Hari / Any human who mistakenly thinks that Shiva is different from Shri Hari will surely go to Naraka.))
“The result one obtains by performing one thousand horse sacrifices or by performing one hundred Rajasuya sacrifices cannot equal one sixteenth of the piety one obtains by observing this Ekadashi. There is no piety in this world equal to the piety earned by observing this Ekadashi. Therefore, no other day is as sanctified as this day of Ekadashi, which is very dear to Shri Padmanabha.
“O King! Until a person observes a fast on the day of Shri Padmanabha named Papankusha Ekadashi, he remains sinful, and the reactions of his past sinful activities never leave him like a chaste wife never leaves her husband. There is no merit in all the three worlds that can match the merit that one gains by observing a fast on this Ekadashi. This Ekadashi awards those who observe it heavenly pleasures, liberation, freedom from disease, beautiful women, wealth, and food grains. None of the Ganga, Gaya, Kashi, Pushkara, or Kurukshetra can bestow as much auspicious merit as this Papankusha Ekadashi. O Maharaj Yudhishthira, protector of the earth, after observing Ekadashi during the daytime, the devotee should remain awake through the night, absorbed in hearing about Shri Hari, chanting Shri Hari’s name, and serving Shri Hari – for, by doing so, he easily attains to the abode of Shri Vishnu.”
Shri Krishna continued, “O best of kings! By observing the vow of this Ekadashi one can deliver ten generations from his mother’s family, ten generations from his father’s family, and ten generations from his wife’s family. All these ancestors attain their original, four-armed transcendental Vaikuntha forms. Wearing yellow garments and beautiful garlands, they ride to the spiritual realm on the back of Garuda, the renowned great enemy of the snakes. This is the benediction My devotee earns simply by observing one Pashankusha Ekadashi properly.
“If a person observes this Ekadashi in his childhood, youth, or old age, he does not suffer the miseries of material existence. One who strictly observes this Pashankusha Ekadashi is relieved of all sinful reactions and at the end of life returns to Shri Vishnu’s abode.
“If a person gives away gold, sesame seeds, land, cows, food grains, water, umbrellas, or shoes in charity, then such a person does not have to go to the abode of Yamaraja. On the other hand, anyone who does not engage in pious activities on this day is like a dead man although he is breathing. His breathing is like the bellows of the blacksmith.
“O best of kings, especially on this Papankusha Ekadashi, even the poor should first bathe and then give some charity according to their means, and perform other auspicious activities in accordance with their ability. Whosoever performs sacrifices for the public benefit, or builds public ponds, resting places, gardens, or houses is not subjected to the punishment of Yamaraja. It is a result of piety only that people live long lives, become rich, take birth in high-class families, and become free from disease. The purport is that the direct result of observing Ekadashi is to attain devotional service to Me, and the indirect result is to attain temporary material benefits.”
Shri Krushna then concluded, “Thus, O saintly Yudhishthira, I have narrated to you the glories of the auspicious Pashankusha Ekadashi.”
Padmanabha is another name of Vishnu and appears as the 48th, 196th, and 346th names in the Shri Vishnu Sahasranama. According to Shri Adi Shankara’s commentary (bhashya) on the Shri Vishnu Sahasranama, “Padmanabha” means He in whose navel, the lotus (padma), the source of the universe resides; or One whose navel is beautifully shaped like the lotus; or One who shines in the middle or the heart-lotus (the Anahata chakra) of all; or One who resides in the central part of the heart-lotus (the Anahata chakra).
Indira Ekadashi vrat blesses the person with prosperity and richness, 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.
It has been stated in the Hindu scriptures that by keeping the Indira Ekadashi vrat, the 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 Lord Shri Krushna.
Parivartini Ekadashi is one among the numerous names of the Ekadashi fasting observed on the 11th day of the Shukla Paksha in Bhadrapad , 20th September 2018 Thursday .
We offer the Lord Shri Krushna bhog samagri made out of Curds and Cucumber.
It is called Parsava Parivartini because Lord Shri Hari 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 Shri Hari Vishnu is believed to be sleeping during the period.
The Vamana Avatar of Lord Shri Hari Vishnu is believed to have appeared on this day. This Ekadashi 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.
The fourth descendant of Hiranyakashyap, Bali, with devotion and penance was able to defeat Indra, the god of firmament. This humbled the other deities and extended his authority over the three worlds. The gods appealed to Vishnu for protection and he descended as the dwarf Vamana. During a yajna of the king, Vamana approached him and Bali promised him for whatever he asked. Vamana asked for three paces of land. Bali agreed, and the dwarf then changed his size to that of a giant. He stepped over heaven in his first stride, and the netherworld with the second. Bali realized that Vamana was Vishnu incarnate. In deference, the king offered his head as the third place for Vamana to place his foot. The avatar did so and thus granted Bali immortality. Then in appreciation to Bali and his grandfather Prahlada, Vamana made him ruler of Pathala, the netherworld. On viewing the king’s extreme devotion and loyalty, Lord Vishnu promised to live alongside Mahabali thereafter. The Hindu devotees still believe that Lord Vishnu resides in the home of King Bali disguised as Vamana.
The significance of Aja Ekadashi has been known since the ancient times. Lord Shri 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 Hindu 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 ‘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 / 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 22nd August ,Wednesday.
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.
Shingoda / Waterchestnuts are to be offered in Bhog Samagri to Shri Thakurji.
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.
Yogini Ekadashi is on the 9th July Monday 2018 , Krushna Paksh of Aashadh Maas. Please offer bhog samagri of SAKAR / MISRI - to Shri Thakurji .
Observe by every individual who want to avoid any kind of disease or health problems. This fast is especially important to be observed by people who are suffering from any skin related problems including leprosy. Ekadashi fasts is quite rewarding and removes all past sins and bad deeds and provides good health.
Yogini Ekadashi has a strong effect on one’s life if the fast and puja is followed strictly. The fast like other Ekadashi fasts begin from sunrise and continues until the next day sunrise. The person observing the vrat should not consume any kind of cereal or grain like wheat, barley, or rice. The food eaten should be made separately without common salt . He/she should wake up before sunrise of the day of Yogini Ekadashi and have a bath. It is also important that one remains clean throughout the day and chant Lord Vishnu Names. As per the fast demands, the devotee should remain awake during the night and pray for good health to Lord Vishnu.
Yogini Ekadashi like other Ekadashi fasts has a great significance and is observed by many Hindus all over the world. It is mentioned in the Padma Puran that whoever follows the rituals of the Yogini Ekadashi is able to achieve good health, becomes prosperous, and in return leads a happy life. This fast comes once every year and its effect is as strong as serving and feeding around 80,000 brahmins.
Nirjala Ekadashi is an austere ekadashi observed in the Shukla Paksha of ‘Jyestha’maas it is on the 23rd of June Saturday 2018 . Nirjala Ekadashi comes after ‘Ganga Dusshra’ but sometimes they might coincide on the same date. If observed religiously, Nirjala Ekadashi washes all the sins of the person and connects them to the supreme creator. Also known Pandava , Bhima Ekadashi after the Pandava brothers. The word ‘nirjala’ implies ‘without water’ and therefore the fasting of this ekadashi is observed without drinking water and eating and food. Nirjala Ekadashi is the toughest and significant ekadashis that is undertaken by staunch Vishnu devotees.
Offerings of Mangoes - ripe and sweet are made to the Lord.
Rituals of Nirjala Ekadashi:
Nirjala Ekadashi fast should be observed without drinking even a drop of water. Hence this vrat is most strict and sacred. Also as this fast falls during the summer season, abstaining from food completely is not an easy task. The Nirjala Ekadashi fast lasts for 24 hours, starting from sunrise of the ekadashi tithi to the sunrise of the dwadashi tithi. Person with some form of ailments or those under medication should not keep the Nirjala Ekadashi fasting. For such devotees, partial fasting is approved, as devotion to lord is more essential than the strict fasting rules.
The Nirjala Ekadashi is one of the most rewarding ekadashi observances of the Hindus. This ekadashi is highly pious and grants prosperity, bliss, longevity and salvation. The importance of Nirjala Ekadashi was explained by the great saint ‘Vyas’. It is believed that Nirjala Ekadashi vrat offer the combined virtues of the other ekadashis to its observer. For this reason devotees who cannot observe all the remaining 23 ekadashis of the Hindu year, should keep the Nirjala Ekadashi fast to get all the benefits together. It is more sacred than visiting Hindu pilgrimage places. Nirjala Ekadashi occurs before monsoons and therefore assists in purifying the body. It is also a popular belief that the observer of the Nirjala Ekadashi vrat, after death, is straight away taken to ‘Vaikunta’, which is the abode of Lord Vishnu.
Parama / Kamala ekadashi is observed on the 11th day during the Krushna Paksha of the ‘Adhika Masa’, it is on the 10th June Sunday 2018. This month is considered to be very auspicious and is dedicated to Lord Shri Hari Vishnu. Parama / Kamala Ekadashi is therefore also known as ‘Purushottam Kamala Ekadashi’. It is believed that observing this ekadashi brings material progress and washes away all the sins committed during lifetime.
Jai Shree Krushna,
Kamla Ekadashi is the EKADASHI, falling in the Purushottam / Adhik Maas .Kamla Ekadashi is on the May 25 ,2018 Friday. Kamala Ekadashi is known as Padmini and Padma Ekadashi.Offer milk and bananas to Shree Thakurji in bhog.
The Adhik Maas is also known as Purushottam Mas and is dedicated to Lord Shri Hari Krushna.
Ekadashi is mentioned in a number of Puranas. It is associated with Shri Hari Vishnu and ‘Haribhakti Vilas’ talks in detail about its importance. Today, in Hindu religion Ekadashi has come to mean a day to fast. It falls on the 11th day of every lunar fortnight and thus there are two Ekadashi in a month. Several Puranas including Padma Purana and Skanda Purana detail about the significance of Ekadashi.
In modern days, many people will find it difficult to observe it in its entire strictness. But there are a large number of people who observe it. And there are numerous observations on what food one can have? There are also regional variations to the way in which the Ekadashi is observed.
The preparation starts on Dashmi day – a day before Ekadashi. The person observing Ekadashi should wake up early in the morning on Dashmi and should take bath and perform other daily routines. The person should mentally prepare for the Ekadashi. He/She should only have one meal on the Dashmi and should avoid salt, Alcohol, non-vegetarian food and sex should be avoided. Some Puranas say ‘dal’ and ‘honey’ should be avoided on Dashmi day.
The next day, that is the Ekadashi day, is meant for total fasting. Praying to Shri Hari Vishnu is the order of the day. Some people avoid sleep during Ekadashi night and they hear religious discourses and perform Hari Kirtan.
The next day on Dwadashi – that is the day after Ekadashi – the same routine done on Dashmi is followed. Overeating should be avoided on Dwadashi day. Puranas state that one should not take pride in observing Ekadashi. The food on Dwadashi should be cooked in one’s house.
It is good to go on fast once in a while as it recuperates the body. Ekadashi observance cleans our body and the digestive organs get much needed rest.It detoxifies the entire system.
Charity of Grains, fruits, water and lemonades must be done to the needy , poor and to Brahmins. This deed pleases the Lord most.
ADHIK MAAS / MAL MAAS / KHAR MAAS / PURUSHOTTAM MAAS - these are the name for the extra month in the lunar calender. This year it falls from 16th May 2018 Wednesday till 13th of June 2018 Wednesday . Jyeshth maas of the Lunar calender .Since Sun does not enter in any Rashis during this EXTRA month and no auspicious rituals are performed , so people consider it as waste month. Getting this blot , the Adhik maas was grieved and went to Shri Hari Vishnu in Vaikunth taking the form of a human and started very hard and sincere prayers.
Shri Hari Vishnu blessed him and took him to Golok which is difficult even for Yogies also, where Puran Purushottam Bhagvan Shri Krushna perform Lila with Gopis and govals.GOLOK is three crores Yojan and spherical in shape. Only Vaishanavas are living there.Bhagvan Shri Krushna blessed him with boon and assured Shri Hari Vishnuji for the uplifting of Malmaas by giving his name Purushottam and equal status. Hence forth this month is known as "Purushottam maas".
Those who perform Gaupooja or Gaudaan or becomes the devotee of this month , directly get entry in Golok. Purushottam maas provides good health, wealth,child to childless even Moksha from cycle of rebirth . Bhagvan Shri Krushna will forgive all the sins of those who perform, Pooja, Vrat, Daan or other penance in this month. Reading of holy scriptures, Shrimad Bhagvat Gita Parayan, reciting the 15th Chapter of Shrimad Bhagvat Gita , reading Shreemad Bhagvat Puran, nitya sewa, nitya darshan, giving daan of grains, water , grass to cows....and much more . During this one Adhik maas, at Havelis and Mandir, the UTSAVS of entire year are observed, with great spirit and Bhaav.
The merit of Vrat in this month is greater than hundreds of Yagna. Aashadh Shukl Paksh to Aashadh Krushna Paksh.People perform extra mala japas, pradakshinas, pilgrimages, scriptural reading and parayans - Charity of 33 things each day of the maas is highly recommended . Fruits and Veggies are dear to Gods so all the edible stuff , vastr,swarn, rajat must be given to Vedpathi Brahmins. If not possible daily then on special tithis of Vyatipaat, Dwadashi, Poornima, Amavasya one must indulge in Charity.
This Vrat is to begin from the first day and ends on the last day of Adhik Maas. Bathing at the Bramha Muhurat . Worship with dhoop , deep , navaidh to Shri Radha Krushna. It is written in the Bhavishyottar Purana that Parmatma Shri Krushna Himself has said regarding Adhik Maas Vrat that by carrying out the Vrat with the sole aim of worshipping God, through fasting, cleanliness, charity, pooja etc. merits are acquired which produce unfailing results and all sorts of calamities are overcome.
Apara Ekadashi is on the 11th May Friday 2018 ,the Krushna Paksha of ‘Jyeshtha maas’. By observing Apara Ekadashi vrat all the sins of the person will be washed away. This ekadashi is also popular by the name of ‘Achla Ekadashi’ and gives divine and auspicious results. Like all ekadashis, the Apara Ekadashi is also dedicated to worshipping Lord Shri Hari Vishnu.
Cucumber / Kaakadi is to be offered in Bhog Samagri.
‘Apar’ means ‘limitless’, the person is believed to get unlimited wealth, this ekadashi is called as ‘Apara Ekadashi’. Another meaning of this ekadashi is that it gives unlimited benefits to its observer. The significance of Apara Ekadashi is stated in the ‘Brahma Purana’.
Significance of Apara/Achala Ekadashi:
The greatness of Apara Ekadashi was foretold by Lord Shri Krushna himself to King Yudhisitira, the eldest son of King Pandu. Lord Shri Krushna also stated that a person keeping this ekadashi vrat will be very renowned due to their meritious deeds. It is believed that the Apara Ekadashi vrat is highly beneficial for persons who are suffering from guilt of their committed sins. By observing a strict fast and worshipping Lord Shri Hari Vishnu with devotion, all his/her sins will be pardoned. One can even attain moksha by keeping the Apara Ekadashi fast. This ekadashi vrat will make a person prosperous and rich. It is also stated in the Hindu scriptures and puranas that by keeping this sacred fast the person gets the same benefits as taking a bath in the holy Ganges during the auspicious month of ‘Kartik’. The importance is equivalent to donating cows or performing sacred yagyas. The Apara Ekadashi fast is a ray of light that can remove the darkness of one’s sins.
The greatness of Mohini Ekadashi was first narrated to Lord Shri Rama by saint Vasistha and to Maharaja Yudhisthira by Lord Shri Krushna. It is believed that if a person observes the Mohini Ekadashi vrat with complete devotion than the ‘punya’ or good deeds that he receives is much more than those achieved by visiting pilgrimages, offering charity or even performing yagnas. The observer of the fast receives as many glories as achieved by donating a thousand cows in charity. The performer of this revered vrat achieves freedom from the continuous cycle of birth and death and attains salvation.