Apara Ekadashi 2017
About Apara Ekadashi :
Apara Ekadashi also known as Achala Ekadashi, Bhadrakali Ekadashi or Jalkrida Ekadashi is a Hindu holy day celebrated on the 11th lunar day (Ekadashi Tithi) of the Krishna Paksha (waning moon phase) in the Hindu Calendar month Vaisakha or Jyeshta (as per North Indian Calendar) which in the Gregorian calendar falls in May or June.
Apara Ekadashi is a highly auspicious day dedicated to worship of Lord Vishnu to get rid of greatest of sins like killing a brahmana, killing a cow, killing an embroy, having sex with another man’s wife, etc.
Apara Ekadashi Story / Vrat Katha :
According to legends, once upon a time there were two brothers, Mahidhvaj and Bharajdhvaj. Mahidhvaja was very noble person while his brother Bharajdhvaj was very cruel, unjust and wicked. He always hated his brother Mahidhvaj and hence one night he killed him and buried him under a peepal tree. His cruelty did not end there, he kept striking violently at the peepal tree as well.
One day sage Dhumya passed through the region and came to know about Bharajdhvaj and his deeds. He reminded Bharajdhvaj of his ill-deeds, its consequences and told him to correct himself. Soon Bharajdhvaj relaized his mistakes and pleaded to the sage to give him a solution to correct himself and to get rid of all his sins.
Sage Dhumya advised him to observe Apara Ekadashi vrata, which he observed with great devotion and soon he became a noble person just like his brother.
Since then, people of the region started observing Apara Ekadashi vrata.
Apara Ekadashi Puja Vidhi :
The Puja Vidhi performed during Apara Ekadashi is similar to that followed during other Ekadashi’s.
On this day, Lord Vishnu is worshipped, and people also offer Tulsi leaves to Lord Vishnu.
On the day of Apara Ekadashi, devotees of Lord Vishnu observe a strict fast which is broken on the next day, i.e., on dwadashi day during the parana time. Those who are unable to keep a whole day fast keep a partial fast by consuming fruits and milk and avoid eating rice and other grains for the whole day.
Apara Ekadashi Mantra :
You can chant any one of these Vishnu Mantra and Slokas on this auspicious day of Apara Ekadashi – Om Namo Bhagavate Vaasudevaaya Mantra, Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram or Vishnu Ashtottaram.
Apara Ekadashi 2017 Date :
- Apara Ekadashi – 22nd May 2017
Apara Ekadashi 2017 Parana Date & Time :
- 06:05 to 08:41 hrs IST on 23rd May 2017
- 06:05 to 10:24 hrs IST on 23rd May 2017 (For Vaishnava’s)