To initiate spiritual growth for the upliftment of one’s soul, Ekadashi tithi is again here. We are back with updates on the upcoming Apara Ekadashi.

Apara Ekadashi
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Introduction

Today, we are going to throw light on the very auspicious Apara Ekadashi, which is an important Hindu festival. It is celebrated on the eleventh day of the waxing moon (Shukla Paksha) in the Hindu month of Jyesth. It is usually expected between April and May as per the Hindu Panchang.

As per the belief, observing fast on Ekadashi brings good luck in the form of peace, prosperity and good fortune.

Do you know Apara Ekadashi is also popular as “Achala Ekadashi” and “Jalakrida Ekadashi” according to Hindu texts? It is a celebration that holds religious significance and provides fearlessness to the devotees observing the fast on this day.

Date and tithi of Apara Ekadashi 2024

In 2024, Apara Ekadashi is on Sunday, June 2, 2024. The Ekadashi tithi will start at 05:04 AM on June 5, 2024 and will end at 02:41AM on June 6, 2024.

Meaning and significance of Apara Ekadashi

Further, throwing light on the meaning of Apara Ekadashi we come to know that the word “Apara” relates to “limitless” or “boundless”. Meanwhile, it is believed that observing this fast can lead to endless blessings and spiritual growth. To continue we can say that Ekadashi is like a magnet that attracts blessings from all over the universe. Although, Apara Ekadashi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, and observing fast on this day can do wonders for the devotees.

Story of Apara Ekadashi

Now let me tell you the very interesting story of Apara Ekadashi. It is mentioned in our Hindu mythology that there was a king Yudhishthira. King Yudhishthira asked Lord Krishna about the significance of Apara Ekadashi. In response, Lord Krishna explained that fasting on this Ekadashi can help devotees to get rid of sins, sorrows and bad fortune. It is also an effective path that takes the devotees to the road of salvation if followed strictly.

According to the Puranas, once,there was a king named Mahidhwaj, who was very kind and polite. His younger brother Vajradhwaj did not like him at all and planned to kill him. One day Vajradhwaj killed the king and buried his body beneath the Peepal Tree. Due to a premature death, Mahidhwaj became a ghost and started troubling the people around.

One day Dhaumya Rishi was passing by there, when he saw that ghost. The saint acquired all the information about the ghost through his powers. He then decided to get the king rid of this curse and kept the ekadashi fast.

As result, whatever blessings or virtue he got from that Ekadashi he transferred it to King Mahidhwaj. 

Soon, King Mahidhwaj got free from the curse. Later, he thanked Rishi Dhaumya and went to Vaikuntha, the abode of Lord Vishnu.

So, if you are also willing to get rid of all your sins and achieve moksha then Apara Ekadashi is all for you. 

Apara Ekadashi Rituals

Apara Ekadashi is the best medium of attracting all the divine blessings towards oneself. Ekadashi rituals begin from dashami tithi (one night before Ekadashi). Here are some of the very effective rituals performed on Ekadashi.

  • Clean the house on dashami and decorate it.
  • Wake up early in the morning. Take a bath in the holy river if possible.
  • Do preparations for Pooja. Perform Lord Vishnu and goddess Lakshmi pooja.
  • Help the needy and make donations.
  • Recite holy rhymes, bhajans and katha.
  • Avoid rice, non veg items and alcohol drinks on this day.
  • Try tk keep yourself calm and quite by reciting Hari naam.
  • Read Vishnu Sahastranama.

Conclusion

Overall, Apara Ekadashi is the opportunity to cultivate positive virtues of giving and helping. Moreover, you can purify your mind and body for spiritual growth through an important aspect of Hinduism. For more information keep reading!.

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5 thoughts on “Time to Embrace Spirituality again on Apara Ekadashi

    1. Thank you Ms. Vandana for your encouraging words. Keep reading for more interesting articles on Hinduism and Spirituality.

  1. Very good information about Ekadashi. Nice to read the story. Very well written Dear Parkhi🙏🌝

    1. Thank you so much Sarika for your encouraging words. Keep following us for more interesting blogs on Hindu culture, rituals and Spirituality.

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