Apara Ekadashi is a holy Hindu event. Apara Ekadashi is also called Achala Ekadashi. Apara Ekadashi is marked in remembrance, worship, and devotion to the supreme deity, Lord Vishnu. The Sanskrit word ‘Apar’ means unlimited, limitless or immense. Ekadashi refers to the auspicious day on which the holy event of Apara Ekadashi is observed, explained below.
When does Apara Ekadashi fall?
Apara Ekadashi falls in the Hindu calendar month of Jayestha. Jayestha falls in the Gregorian calendar period of May-June or beginning July. Apara Ekadashi falls on the 11th day, Tithi, of the Krishna Paksha moon phase of this month Jayestha. Krishna Paksha refers to the waning-decreasing phase of the moon in the fortnight of the Hindu lunar month.
A Brief about Lord Vishnu
Lord Vishnu is one of the top three deities along with Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva, called Trimurti or Trinity. Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity, is the consort of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu is known as the God of preserver, protection, Karma, Moksha etc. Lord Vishnu has 10 avatars, namely Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Narasimha, Vamana, Parashurama, Ram, Krishna, Buddha, and Kalki.
What are the Apara Ekadashi date and timings?
The Vrat, auspicious fasting timings of Apara Ekadashi of this 30th of May, Thursday, ex-Delhi is—
Starts on the 29th of May, on Wednesday at 3:21 pm IST
Ends on the 30th of May, on Thursday at 4:38 pm IST
The Parana time is on the 31st of May, on Friday, within 45 minutes after 5:29 am IST
How is the Apara Ekadashi observed?
Many devotees especially those centric to Lord Vishnu, often referred to as Vaishnavites, observe a strict Vrat, fasting on the occasion of Apara Ekadashi. The Apara Ekadashi timings are as above, however, generally, in different regions, the devotees start the Vrat on the early morning of Apara Ekadashi, until the following day sunrise. On the day of Apara Ekadashi, the natives wake up very early, bathe, wear a fresh set of clean clothes, clean their surrounding areas, etc. Many use water mixed with the holy Ganga water. After bathing, many light Diya, oil lamps, especially using pure Ghee, clarified butter, and-or incense sticks, and offer fresh flowers, sesame, rice etc. Many chant Lord Vishnu Mantras. Offering Tulsi to Lord Vishnu at temples or his idols or images is considered auspicious on Apara Ekadashi. It is often advised not to pluck the Tulsi leaves on the day of Apara Ekadashi, but a day prior to it, in advance. Some make donations. Many devotees read or listen to Lord Vishnu stories.
Basically, why is Apara Ekadashi observed?
On the occasion of Apara Ekadashi, devotees seek the blessings of Lord Vishnu. They seek Lord Vishnu’s auspiciousness and favorability in health, wealth, prosperity, success, peace, etc. Lord Vishnu worship and Mantras are also advised by Priests and Astrologers as remedies to certain problems in life, depending on the horoscope birth chart, Janam Kundli. Some natives observe Apara Ekadashi and worship Lord Vishnu for spirituality. Some natives seek forgiveness for any sins from Lord Vishnu on Apara Ekadashi.
A Lord Vishnu Mantra is—
Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय
(Updated Date & Time :- 2019-05-29 11:34:30 )
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