In Hinduism, Mohini Ekadashi is considered to be a sacred and fruitful day. It is believed that a person who fasts according to the entire ritual on this holy date, becomes fortunate in his life. Also, those who keep fast on this Ekadashi get a lot of benefit. Mohini Ekadashi is scheduled to happen on May 23 in 2021.
Mohini Ekadashi fast and worship rituals
● Take bath in the morning and wear clean clothes on Ekadashi.
● After that do Kalash installation and worship Lord Vishnu.
● In the afternoon, read and listen to the Mohini Ekadashi Vrat Katha.
● Pray to Shri Hari at night and do Bhajan-Kirtan and Jagran.
● Open Ekadashi fast on Dwadashi.
● Take food and after worshiping God, donate it to the Brahmin or the poor.
● Have your meal only after this.
Importance of Mohini Ekadashi fast
According to a legend, the rift between the deity and the asuras started after receiving the nectar during the churning of the ocean. Even with his power, the gods could not defeat the asuras, so Lord Vishnu turned to Mohini and implicated the asuras in false illusions. He took all the nectar and gave it to the deity to drink, after which he attained immortality. Therefore, this Ekadashi is called Mohini Ekadashi.
The historical story of Mohini Ekadashi fast
There was a beautiful city named Bhadravati where a rich man named Dhanapal lived. They had five sons, the youngest of whom was Dhritabuddhi. He wasted his father's money in bad deeds. Fed up with his bad habits, Dhanapal expelled him from the house. With this, Drishtibuddha mourned day and night and kept wandering here and there. Due to some virtuous deeds, he reached the hermitage of Maharishi Kaundilya. Maharishi was returning after taking bath in the Ganges.
Dhritabuddhi, weighed down by his grievances and came to the sage Kaundilya and pleaded! Have some pity on me and tell me a solution, with the effect of which I can be free from all my sorrows. Then Kaundilya asked him to observe the famous Ekadashi fast named Mohini. The sins of previous lives are also destroyed due to the virtue of this fast. According to the rules laid down by the sage, Dhritabuddhi fasted, by virtue of which he attained salvation and went to Shri Vishnu Dham.
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