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Mohini Ekadashi Significance, Rituals, and Fasting

Mohini Ekadashi Significance, Rituals, and Fasting


The Ekadashi that falls in the Shukla Paksha of Vaishakha month is also well known as Mohini Ekadashi. Along with duly worshiping Lord Narayan on this day, there is also a law to fast. According to Hindu mythology, demons, and deities fought over the nectar obtained from the churning of the ocean, and the asuras fled with the nectar. Then Lord Hari took the form of Mohini to take nectar from the demons. It is believed that on the Ekadashi day of Shukla Paksha of Vaishakh month, Lord Vishnu took this form. For this reason, this Ekadashi is known as Mohini Ekadashi. It is said that fasting on Mohini Ekadashi and observing this fast with a true heart frees one from the continuous cycle of birth and death and attains salvation. All the works of the person are proved by this.



Mohini Ekadashi Muhurat 2024



Mohini Ekadashi 2024: 19 May 2024, Sunday


Start: 18 May 2024, 11:22 pm


End: 19 May 2024, 01:50 pm  



Mohini Ekadashi Story



According to Puranas, a rich man named Dhanpal lived in a beautiful city named Bhadravati. He was a very charitable person by nature. The name of the youngest son among his five sons was Dhrishtabuddhi, who used to spend his father's money in bad deeds. One day Dhanapal got fed up with his bad habits and threw him out of the house. Dhrishtabuddhi started wandering here and there drowning in grief day and night and one day reached Maharishi Kaundilya's hermitage. At that time Maharishi had come after bathing in the Ganges.


Dhrishtabuddhi, suffering from the weight of grief, went to Kaundilya Rishi and with folded hands said, ' Rishi! Please have mercy on me and tell me such a remedy, by the effect of which I can be free from my sorrows.' Then Kaundilya said, fast on the famous Ekadashi named Mohini. The sins of many births are also destroyed by the virtue of observing this fast. Dhrishtabuddhi fasted according to the method told by the sage. Due to this he became sinless and went to Sri Vishnudham by wearing a divine body.



Significance of Mohini Ekadashi



Saint Vashishtha had first told about Mohini Ekadashi to Lord Rama and Lord Krishna to Maharaja Yudhishthira. It is believed that by observing the fast of Mohini Ekadashi, Akshaya Punya is attained. Along with this, the person who observes the fast of Mohini Ekadashi with full devotion gets merit equal to many pilgrimages, charity, and performing several thousand Yagyas. Along with this, those who fast get as much glory as they get by donating one thousand cows.



Mohini Ekadashi Fasting



    • On the day of Ekadashi, wake up in Brahma Muhurta and wear clean clothes after taking bath.


    • After this, establish the Kalash and worship Lord Vishnu.


    • Recite or listen to Mohini Ekadashi Vrat Katha during the day.


    • Remember Shri Hari at night and wake up while doing bhajan kirtan.


    • Observe the Ekadashi fast on the day of Dwadashi.


    • First of all, after worshiping God, provide food to a Brahmin or the needy and give them charity and Dakshina.

    • Only after this eat yourself.



Mohini Ekadashi Rituals



    • Devotees are required to wake up early in the morning and wear clean clothes after taking bath.


    • All the rituals of Mohini Ekadashi Vrat begin on the eve of Dashami.


    • On this particular day, one needs to consume a single sattvic meal, and that too before the sunset period.


    • The fast continues till the time when Ekadashi Tithi ends.


    • During the observance of Mohini Ekadashi Vrat, the observers are prohibited to commit any kind of sin or evil deed and also to tell lies.


    • The fast ends on the eve of Dwadashi which is the twelfth day. All the fasting people are required to make some donations and offer food to the Brahmins before concluding their fast.


    • Devotees are not allowed to sleep during the night. To please Lord Vishnu, he should spend all his time reciting mantras.


    • Reciting 'Vishnu Sahasranamam' is considered highly auspicious.


    • On this special day, devotees worship Lord Vishnu with great enthusiasm and immense devotion.


    • Once all the rituals are over, the devotees perform the aarti.


    • Donating on the eve of Mohini Ekadashi is considered highly fruitful. The observers should donate food, clothes, and money to the Brahmins.


    • 'Brahmin Bhojan' is also organized as a part of charity for the devotee as it is believed that the person does not go to hell after his death as a result of the charity and virtue done on the eve of this festival.


Conclusion


The Ekadashi that falls on the bright fortnight of Vaishakh month is also known as Mohini Ekadashi. Lord Vishnu took the form of Mohini on this day to save the universe from demons, since then this day is known as Mohini Ekadashi. Performing this on Mohini Ekadashi destroys all sins and sorrows, and bestows good fortune, wealth, and blessings. By virtue of fasting on Mohini Ekadashi, a person gets free from the trap of all temptations and attains a place in Baikuntha Dham. If you want to know more about the fasting of Mohini Ekadashi, then you can know from online astrology consultation.

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