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Apara Ekadashi is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Apara Ekadashi is a fasting day for Hindus falls in the Jayestha month (May-June) that is observed on the 11th day (‘Ekadashi’) of the Krishna Paksha (the dark fortnight of the moon) of the Hindu month Jyeshtha.
Apara Ekadashi is also called as Jayestha Krishna Ekadashi, Jalakrida Ekadashi or Bhadrakali Ekadashi. Of all the Ekadashi’s (fasting on 11th day) observed in a year, Apara Ekadashi or Jayestha Krishna Ekadashi is considered the most glorious one.
Apara Ekadashi is the destroyer of sins, giver of good deeds and one who observes the full fast (vrat) on this day attains great honour, respect and admiration in this world. With just one day vrat (fast), a person can attain Moksha (Salvation) and free himself from all the short falls and wrong doings of the past.
Apara Ekadashi 2016: Date
- Apara Saptami is on 01 June / Wednesday
Significance of Apara Ekadashi
The word ‘apar’ means ‘limitless’ in Hindi, as by observing this fast one is believed to get unlimited wealth, The favourable results that can be obtained by performing the rituals of Shraddha, on the bank of the Ganga river, is similar to the blessings obtained by observing the Apara Ekadashi Vrat.
The significance of this auspicious day is stated in the ‘Brahma Purana’. Apara Ekadashi or Jalakrida Ekadashi is observed with full devotion, all across the country. It is known by the different names in various regions of India. In the state of Haryana, Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir, this special day is celebrated as ‘Bhadrakali Ekadashi’ & worshipping Maa Bhadra Kali is considered auspicious on this day.
It is referred as ‘Jalakrida Ekadashi’ in the region like Orissa and is celebrated in honour of Lord Jagannath. However, in the rest part of India, Apara Ekadashi is celebrated to please Lord Vishnu.
Donation to be made on Apara Ekadashi:
- Charity of silver and gold
- Donation of cow, horse or elephant
The rituals observed on Apara Ekadashi include yagya, fasting and pujas. The rituals of this day are performed with dedication and utmost sincerity. It is believed that the Apara Ekadashi fast (vrat) is beneficial for one who is suffering from guilt of their committed sins. By observing a strict fast and pleasing Lord Vishnu, all his/her sins will be pardoned. It is of important to every person belonging to Hindu clan, whatever may be their castes and the place of residence.