Significance of Apara Ekadashi – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

Significance of Apara Ekadashi

Apara Ekadashi fast will be observed on 1st June, 2016 i.e Krishna Paksha of Jyeshtha month (which falls in june of Hindu calendar) This fast is believed to give auspicious and divine results. It also frees you from all kinds of sins. By observing this fast, a person becomes rich and wealthy. Such a person is also appreciated and receives fame…

According to the Hindu Scriptures, a person gets the same merits by observing Apara Ekadashi fast as he receives by taking a bath in the Ganges during the Kartik month. The importance of Apara ekadashi is the same as taking a bath in holy river Gomti, visiting Sri Kedarnath, staying in Badri Ashram or taking a holy dip in Kurukshetra during the solar eclipse.

The merits which one gets by observing Apara ekadashi fast are equivalent to those blessed by Yajnas or donating horses, elephants, gold etc. Even donating cows gives the same merits as fasting on Apara ekadashi. Apara ekadashi fast is a ray of light amidst the darkness of your sins. Therefore, a person observing this fast is blessed in life..

 

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Significance of Apara Ekadashi – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

 Story Behind Apara Ekadashi 

A story has been mentioned about Apara Ekadashi in the religious scriptures. According to this story, there was a King named Mahidhwaj. His younger brother, Bajradhwaj, was not religious and was cunning. Bajradhwaj did not like his elder brother and was jealous of him. One night, he killed the King and buried his body beneath a Pipal tree..
The spirit of the King started residing on the Pipal tree.  The people in the surrounding places were terrified of this. One day, a saint named Dhaumya was passing by and talked to the restless spirit. He preached the spirit by his wisdom talk  and the spirit got down from the tree. The saint asked the King’s spirit to observe a fast on Apara Ekadashi in order to rest in peace. Hence, the King fasted and  as a result, attained liberation…

Apara Ekadashi Mahatmya – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

 

 

 

Mohini Ekadashi | Vaishakha Shukla Ekadashi (Mohini Ekadasi Fast Importance) – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

Mohini Ekadashi | Vaishakha Shukla Ekadashi (Mohini Ekadasi Fast Importance)

The Ekadashi of Shukla Paksha, Vaishakha month is called Mohini Ekadashi. There is a tradition of worshipping Lord Ram, on this day. Jala Abhishek is performed and white clothes are put on the idol of God, on the day of fast. The fast of Mohini Ekadashi will be observed on 17th May 2106. On the day of fast, person should sit on hassock (Asan of Puja) and perform Aarti with incense stick and lamp. And, sweet fruits should be offered…

 

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Mohini Ekadashi Fast Importance

Fasting on Mohini Ekadashi is believed to eliminate all sins and help in leading a happy and prosperous life. Also, a person undergoing sadness is effectively able to overcome this sickness. Devotees believe that observing a fast on Mohini Ekadashi is more fruitful than performing ritual baths in the holy rivers or performing sacrifices..

Importance of Mohini Ekadashi is mentioned in the Surya Purana. The greatness of it was narrated to Yudhishtira by Lord Krishna. 

It is said that Lord Vashishta advised Lord Ram to observe Mohini Ekadashi to get over the phantasm and sins to achieve ultimate state…

All the regular practices associated with Ekadasi are followed during Mohini Ekadasi. Those observing partial fast avoid rice..

 

Mohini Ekadashi Fast Method

 

 Fasting on Mohini Ekadashi helps devotees to get moksha from the past sins. Preparations of the fast actually begins a day prior on Dashami where the devotees wake up, bathe with chandan and water and prepare their mind for fast.

People observing fast should only have one meal and avoid salt on Dashami. On the day of Mohini Ekadashi, devotees get dressed in clean clothes after bathing, offer puja to Lord Vishnu and Lord Parshuram and meditate their names in their prayers.

Few people fast even without drinking water while others do eat fruits and observe Jagraan singing devotional songs. The fast continues till the second half of the next day Dwashmi (twelveth day) after which one can eat a home cooked meal. Fasting on Mohini Ekadashi rid our souls from all the ill effects of our past misdoings, frees us from all worldly distractions and helps bringing peace and happiness to our lives.

Adhik Maas Significance–Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

Adhik maas titleAdhik Maas falls between 17th June 2015 – 15th July 2015.
Adhik Maas proper starts on 16th June @16h04 and ends on the 16th July @03h22
Do note:- the 16th June and 16th July are not considered. (sc)

Adhik-Maas is the Extra (adhik) Lunar Month (maas) that occurs every 3 years 3 months in the Vedic Calendar (Panchang). The Vedic/Hindu lunar calendar adds one extra month approximately every third year. This extra month is known by various names according to one’s locality in India viz. Adhik Maas, Mal Maas, Purushottam Maas, and Malimmacha. This is the thirteenth month of the Vedic/Hindu lunar calendar. (sc)

As mentioned before, Mal Maas or Adhik Maas is also known as Purushottama Maas. There is a nice story about this. According to the lunar year, there were only 12 months. Each of the twelve months was assigned to 12 gods. So that the lunar and the solar years do not get out of step with days and seasons, the far-sighted Rishi-Munis calculated and facilitated Adhik Maas (extra month) and shown its importance. But one problem still remained. Each of the 12 months was assigned to 12 different gods. But the 13th extra month was not assigned to any god. Adhik Maas (Mal Maas) felt sadness and approached Lord Vishnu and said that no god was assigned to him (Adhik Maas) and for that reason he was called Mal Maas or Malimmucha. Adhik Maas further spoke to Lord Vishnu:Iam filled with anxiety and I have therefore come to seek your refuge and help.   (sc)
Lord Vishnu took pity on him. The Lord (Vishnu) agreed and assigned Adhik Maas to Himself and gave the name Purushottama Maas to this month. Lord Vishnu also said that acquisition of merits during other months through good deeds, japa, austerities etc can be acquired by japa, austerities etc. carried out within this one month. Since then it is known as the Purushottama Maas and acquired greater significance than the other months. (sc)
What’s forbidden in Adhik Maas:- 
Any “Kaamya Rites” (a rite performed for securing some object or result), viz. the below:- 
Commencement of Studies.
Upanayanam Samskara (The Sacred thread/ Jeneo ceremony).
Entering a new house (Griha Pravesha) or signing of any papers pertaining to the house.
Munda Samskara (Hair cutting ceremony generally performed in the 3rd or 5thyearfor a boy).
Vivah Samskara (Wedding ceremony).
Commencement of a Pilgrimage.
Commencement of a Graha (planetary) fast or performance of a Graha Shanti Puja/Havan.
Commencement of construction of a new building.
Purchasing of a vehicle (vahan).
Signing of any important papers. (On this matter common sense should prevail)
Try to refrain from any meat, alcohol or smoking consumption and partake in simple vegetarian foods.  (sc)

What is acceptable to perform in Adhik Maas:-
Offering of Surya jal, lighting of deeyas, performing aartee and other forms of daily puja which constitute one’s nityakarma (daily worship) should continue.
Japa (chanting the holy names of God).
Performing charity liberally.
Reading of shastras (scriptures).
Attending satsanghs.
Performing ceremonies relating to death and birth. (sc)

The Puranas sing high praises about Adhik Maas and prescribe performing puja, reading, studying and hearing of scriptures & selfless actions without the expectations of results. (sc) 

In the Padma Purana the Supreme Lord Krishna states “All human beings should perform some devotional service in this Purushottama month by:
Worshipping Me, (Shree Krishna) and by chanting My holy names. 
Study of Srimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad-Gita, in particular Chapter Fifteen named Purushottama Yoga. 
Giving in charity. 
Offering ghee diya (lamp) daily unto Me. 
So we can deduce from the above that the Lord specifically said that only the above is to be performed in this month. Hence very significantly/purposefully Homa (a.k.a Homam/havans) is not mentioned. If Havans are mentioned then weddings and the like can and should be performed. “Auspicious actions and other works of great importance are generally avoided in the 13th month (Adhik Maas). In particular the performance of special Vratas like The Shree Satya-Narayana Vrata Puja, Shree Durga Saptashati (Chandi Paath), Lakshmi Vrata, Upanayanam (sacred – Janeo – thread), Vivah Samskara (Weddings), Griha Pravesha Samskara (House entering puja), Commencement of the construction a new building, Mundan Samskara (shaving of hair of a new born baby), etcshould be avoided during Adhik Maas. Dharma Sindhu and History of Dharma Shastra also supports these views. Performance of ones Nitya Karma (daily worship), Japa (repetition of the Lord’s name), studying and reading of scriptures, attending Satsangs, ceremonies relating to birth (like Chatti) and death (Shraddha) should continue”.  (sc)