Apara Ekadashi Fast: The Key To Unlimited Benefits!

The ekadashi which falls on the Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Jyestha is called as Apara Ekadashi. The festival of Apara Ekadashi will be celebrated on Monday, May 18, 2020. Apara Ekadashi is also known as Ajala and Apara. Lord Trivikram is duly worshiped on this Ekadashi. Also, Lord Vishnu should be venerated with full devotion on this day with Tulsi or Basil Leaves, Chandan or Sandalwood, Kapoor or Camphor and Gangajal.

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It is believed that one attains fame, virtue and immense wealth by fasting on this day and witnesses a rapid growth as well. At the same time, one gains freedom from sins such as Brahma Hatya, Parninda and Pret Yoni. Apara means immense, which is why according to the Puranas, fasting on this day brings immense wealth and prosperity. With the ongoing pandemic due to Corona Outbreak, all of us are worried about our financial, physical and mental health. In order to get rid of ongoing troubles and financial crisis in the present, one is advised to observe this fast. Let’s move ahead and know more about this day.

Apara Ekadashi Puja Muhurat

This year, the festival of Apara Ekadashi will be celebrated on Monday, 18 May. People observing Apara Ekadashi Fast will perform Parana on Tuesday, May 19. The auspicious time or muhurat to perform Parana is from 05:27 AM to 08:11 AM. The total duration between which you can open your fast is about 2 hours 43 minutes.

Importance of Apara Ekadashi Vrat

Apara Ekadashi holds great importance in the Puranas. According to religious beliefs, the fruit obtained after observing the Apara Ekadashi fast is equivalent to that attained after performing the rite of Pindaan near the banks of Ganges, traveling the Kedarnath or Badrinath in Uttarakhand, or even performing the ritual of Swarna Daan or donating gold on the day of Solar Eclipse. This fast helps to gain immense wealth and fame in society. Whoever fasts on this day gets blessed with worldwide popularity and fame. 

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Apara Ekadashi Vrat Puja Rituals

It is believed that by fasting on the day of Apara Ekadashi, one gets rid of sins and drowns in the Bhavsagar or cosmic oceans. Let us reveal you the method of worship and rituals for this fast:

  • Those observing the fast of Apara Ekadashi should start following the rules from one day before, i.e. from the day of Dashami. The native mustn’t consume food after the sunset in the evening of Dashami and should sleep after remembering the Almighty.
  • On the morning of Ekadashi, wake up before sunrise and after bathing, wear clean clothes. Resolve to fast with water and flowers in hand.
  • Now place a yellow-colored cloth or wooden stool towards the east direction and establish a photo of Lord Vishnu. Light diya and incense. 
  • After that, one should worship Lord Vishnu with a devoted heart. In the puja, offer Tulsi or Basil leaves, Chandan or Sandalwood, Pan or Betel Leaves, Supari or Betel Nut, Laung or Cloves, Gangajal and fruits.
  • After fasting for a whole day without consuming any food, recite the Apara Ekadashi Vrat Katha in the evening and then consume fruits.
  • A person fasting on this day should not lie, deceive anyone or have evil thoughts.
  • Do not use garlic, onion or any kind of tamasic food when preparing food at home on Ekadashi. Also, consuming rice on the day of Ekadashi is also prohibited.
  • On the day of Apara Ekadashi, recite Vishnu Sahasranama. It is believed that anyone who recites Vishnu Sahasranama on Ekadashi attains special blessings of Lord Vishnu.
  • On the day of Dwadashi, wake up early and venerate the Lord as per the rituals before the Parana Muhurta mentioned above, and then open your fast during the Parana Muhurta mentioned.

Follow all the steps mentioned above and involve Lord Vishnu with sincerity and devotion. 

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Apara Ekadashi Vrat Katha

The legend of Apara Ekadashi is such that in ancient times, there was a very kind and righteous king named Mahidhwaj. The king possessed great affection for all, but his younger brother Vajradhwaj had malicious thoughts against his brother and never liked his righteous attitude. One day, finding the right opportunity, Vajradhwaj killed his elder brother i.e. the King Mahidhwaj and buried his body under a Peepal tree in the forest.

Due to his premature death, the soul of the King Mahidhwaj became a ghost and started wandering under that very Peepal tree. Any living being passing by the tree or through that path would be bothered by the ghost of the King. One day, a sage was going through the same path. There, he pointed out the ghost of the King, and with his powers, asked the reason as to why or how he became a ghost. When the sage came to know about the past life of that soul, he freed the spirit of the King from that tree and preached him about Afterlife.

Along with this, the sage also observed the fast of Apara Ekadashi for the King to attain liberation from the Pret Yoni and on the day of Dwadashi, he offered the virtue so obtained after observing the fast to the soul of the King. With the influence of Apara Ekadashi fast, the soul of the king attained salvation from the Pret Yoni, and he went to heaven.

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