Mohini Ekadashi 2020: Mohini Ekadashi Vrat Pradosh Date & Timings:
The fourth Ekadashi of the Hindu New Year, i.e. Ekadashi falling on the bright side of the month of Vaishakh, is celebrated as Mohini Ekadashi. Fasting of this Ekadashi brings good luck and any kind of donation gives many times. It is celebrated as Mohini Ekadashi because Lord Vishnu took the form of Mohini on this day and killed the demons and freed the entire world from their wrath.
This fast is protector and for this reason, by observing this fast, God frees you from sufferings and protects you from any kind of defect. This fast is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and on this day the Mohini avatar of God is worshiped. This fast is found in the dialogue of Yudhishthra and Krishna in Padma Purana where Krishna tells Lord Yudhishthra the glory of this fast.
He says that by observing solar eclipse in Kurukshetra, this fast results in many times more than the immense fruit of charity. By observing this fast, you get freedom from the sins of many births and attain heaven. In Treta Yuga, Lord Rama told the glory of this fast to Lord Rama and paved the way for victory for him. In that era Lord Rama also conquered Ravana by observing the fast of Ekadashi.
The whole world is enchanted with illusion and also gives hard sufferings in life. Fasting on Mohini Ekadashi conquers fascination and the seeker is free from all sufferings and attains salvation, this fast saves the seeker from living in hell-like condition.
Mohini Ekadashi Fasting:
In the morning, after bathing and getting purified, get the idol of Lord Vishnu bathed with panchamrit then raw milk and then Ganga water. Then anoint with rolli, akshat, ashtagandha. Offer incense, lamps, flowers, naivedya etc. Then chant “Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya” 108 times. After that, cleanse the earth, cleanse the place where you have to install the idol of God by applying soil and cow dung.
Sprinkle the Ganges water in it, set up an urn, fill it with water and put a coin, betel nut inside, and keep the cocoon on the face of the coconut god Vishnu by five Pallavas. Then worship the tree with roli akshat, dhoopdeep, flower naiveday etc. Pray for your home, happiness, prosperity, good health, attainment of salvation. The fast of Ekadashi is celebrated on the second day before the completion of Dwadashi. Perform fasting, charity, charity etc.
Mohini Ekadashi Story:
When Amrit came out at the time of Samudra Manthan, a dispute broke out among the gods and demons to get it. At that time, Lord Vishnu took the form of a beautiful siren woman to save the gods and the whole world from the violence of demons. The demons got overwhelmed by seeing them and forgot to drink the nectar. In the form of Mohini, Lord Vishnu cunningly devoured nectar to all the gods.
All the gods received the boon of immortality, Lord Vishnu wore this form on the day of Ekadashi of Shukla Paksha of Baisakh month, hence this Ekadashi is celebrated as Mohini Ekadashi.
What is forbidden in Ekadashi fast:
During Ekadashi fast, you should avoid the use of bronze, as well as rice, lentil lentils, honey paan, rice, gram and sugar. One should stay away from meat and liquor. Fasting should be done by sacrificing salt, oil and grains.
This fast of Mohini Ekadashi is said to improve mutual love and relationships. Follow Brahmacharya on this day, eat food at a time, wake up in the night, remember Lord Vishnu / his siren form and tell him stories or do hymns etc. On the next day, wake up in the morning and fasting for the poor by feeding them food. By following the rules of fasting, happiness and prosperity in the home remains and freedom from disease and mourning is attained.
Important Timings On Mohini Ekadashi:
|Sunrise||May 03, 2020 5:56 AM|
|Sunset||May 03, 2020 6:51 PM|
|Dwadashi End Moment||May 05, 2020 2:54 AM|
|Ekadashi Tithi Begins||May 03, 2020 9:09 AM|
|Ekadashi Tithi Ends||May 04, 2020 6:13 AM|
|Hari Vasara End Moment||May 04, 2020 11:23 AM|
|Parana Time||May 04, 5:55 AM – May 04, 8:30 AM|