Apara Ekadasi

The glories of the Ekadasi that occurs in the Krishna paksha (waning phase of the moon) in the month of Jyeshtha of the Hindu calendar is known as Apara Ekadasi. The glories of Apara Ekadasi are described by Lord Krishna to King Yudhishtira in the Brahmanda Purana.

Glories and significance of Apara Ekadasi vrat:

• The merit gained by one who fasts on Apara Ekadasi is equivalent to the collective merit achieved by

  • Bathing thrice daily in Pushkara-kshetra during Kartika (October-November).
  • Bathing at Prayag in the month of Magh (January-February) when the sun is in Capricorn.
  • Rendering service to Lord Shiva at Varanasi during Shiva-ratri.
  • Offering oblations to one's forefathers at Gaya.
  • Bathing in the sacred Gautami river when jupiter transits Leo (Simha).
  • Having darshan of Lord Shiva at Kedarnath.
  • Seeing Lord Badrinath when the sun transits Aquarius (Kumbha).
  • Bathing at the time of a solar eclipse at Kurukshetra and giving cows, elephants, and gold in charity.
  • Donating a pregnant cow along with gold and fertile land.
  • • The most heinous sins like killing a brahmana/cow/an embryo, blasphemy, coveting another man's wife etc., will be completely nullified by observing Apara Ekadasi fast.
    • People who are not true to their noble professions like medicine, astrology etc., cheaters, liars, disobedient disciples and all such sinful people will be freed from their sins by the proper observance of Apara Ekadasi fast.
    • The faithful observer of Apara Ekadasi vrat will reach Lord Vishnu's abode after the death of the present body.

    Appropriate way to observe Apara Ekadasi vrat:

    To know about the appropriate way to observe Apara Ekadasi vrat, please refer to our article titled, “Ekadasi: What to do and what not to do”.

    This year, Apara Ekadasi falls on 24th of May. Please break your fast between 06:47AM and 08:13AM on 25 May 2014.

    OnlineTemple.com wishes you all a very happy Apara Ekadasi! May you all reap great spiritual and material benefits by the proper observance of Apara Ekadasi vrat.

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