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Apara Ekadashi 2021: According to the Hindu calendar, the fast of Apara Ekadashi is observed every year on the Krishna Paksha Ekadashi of Jyeshtha month. It is believed that on this day, worshiping Lord Vishnu (Lord Virhsnu) by the method of Shodashopachar and keeping a fast gives immense virtue to a person. That is why this Ekadashi is called Apara Ekadashi. Somewhere it is called Achala Ekadashi and somewhere it is also called Bhadrakali Ekadashi. According to the English calendar, this year Apara Ekadashi will be celebrated on 6th June, Sunday somewhere. Let’s know the importance of Apara Ekadashi, worship method, auspicious time and fast story…
The greatness of Apara Ekadashi!
According to mythology, Pandavas fasted on Apara Ekadashi at the behest of Lord Krishna. Because of this he got victory in the Mahabharata war. It is believed that by observing the fast of Apara Ekadashi, all the sorrows of the devotee are removed and all his sins come to an end. According to astrologers, due to the effect of this fast, one gets freedom from Brahma-killing, ghost-phantom vagina, all kinds of sins are destroyed, and the person gets respect, wealth, splendor and health in life.
Auspicious time of Apara Ekadashi
Ekadashi Begins: Morning From 04.07 (June 05, Saturday 2021)
Ekadashi ends: morning Until 06.19 hrs (06 June 2021)
Ekadashi fasting 05:12 am to 07.59 am (07 June 2021)
Apara Ekadashi Worship
Wake up before sunrise in the morning of Apara Ekadashi, after bathing and meditating, wear clean clothes and take a vow of Lord Vishnu’s fast. After this, light the incense lamp in front of the picture or statue of Vishnu in the temple of the house. After this, bathe Vishnu with Ganges water, and while offering Akshat, flowers, fruits, roli, tulsi dal etc., chant this mantra of Shri Hari ‘Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya’. While worshiping Vishnu ji, Mata Lakshmi ji should also be worshiped duly. After the completion of the worship, first the aarti of Lord Vishnu should be done, after this, the aarti of Mother Lakshmi ji should be done and in the end everyone should distribute the prasad, there is a provision of Jagran on the night of Ekadashi, if not the whole night then till the midnight of Lord Vishnu. Do kirtan-bhajan. On the next day, before breaking the fast at an auspicious time, offer food and dakshina to the Brahmin and send him off. Also read: Mohini Ekadashi 2021: Why did Lord Vishnu take the form of Mohini? Learn Mahatmya, Muhurta, Worship and Fasting Story!
Achala Ekadashi fasting story!
In ancient times there was a godly king named Mahidhwaj. The people in his kingdom were very happy and prosperous. But the king’s younger brother Vajradhwaj was very jealous of the elder brother Mahidhwaj. One day, Vajradhwaj killed his elder brother and buried his body under a peepal tree in the forest. Due to the untimely death of Mahidhwaj, his soul became a phantom and started living on Peepal. Whoever passed through that route, the king’s spirit troubled him. One day a sage was passing through the same path, he saw the ghost with his tapobal and asked him the reason for becoming a ghost. After getting all the information, the sage brought down the spirit of the king from the peepal tree and preached the knowledge of the afterlife. In order to free the king from the phantom vagina, the sage himself kept a fast on Apara Ekadashi and on the completion of the fast on the day of Dwadashi, gave the virtue of the fast to the phantom. In this way the king got freedom from the phantom vagina and got a place in Vaikunth Dham.