Apara Ekadashi is a fasting day for Hindus celebrated in the Hindu month of Jyeshtha, the Krishna Paksha (the darkest fortnight of the moon). This corresponds to May – June in the Gregorian calendar. It is believed that by observing Apara Ekadashi fast all the sins of a person are washed away. It is also popular as 'Achala Ekadashi' and gives divine and auspicious results. Like all Ekadashis, Apara Ekadashi is also dedicated to worshiping Lord Vishnu.
The word 'Apar' in Hindi means 'boundless' because by observing this fast a person receives unlimited wealth, this Ekadashi is called 'Apara Ekadashi'. Another meaning of this Ekadashi is that it gives unlimited benefits to its supervisor. The significance of Apara Ekadashi is explained in 'Brahma Purana'. Apara Ekadashi is celebrated with full commitment across the country. It is known by various names in different regions of India. In Punjab, Jammu, Kashmir, and Haryana, Apara Ekadashi is celebrated as 'Bhadrakali Ekadashi'. As Bhadrakali Jayanti is observed on this Ekadashi. In Orissa, it is known as 'Jalakrida Ekadashi' and is celebrated in honor of Lord Jagannath.
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The Ekadashi Vrat of Jyestha, Krishna Paksha (as per Purnimant calendar) is known as Apara Ekadashi. In the year 2021, Apara Ekadashi falls on Sunday, 06 June.
On 7th Jun, Parana Time - 05:23 AM to 08:10 AM
On Parana Day Dwadashi End Moment - 08:48 AM
Ekadashi Tithi Begins - 04:07 AM on Jun 05, 2021
Ekadashi Tithi Ends - 06:19 AM on Jun 06, 2021
By fasting Apara Ekadashi, people get rid of sins and get rid of Bhavnagar. The worship method of this fast is as follows.
1. One day before Apara Ekadashi i.e. on Dashami, one should not eat food after sunset in the evening. One should sleep while meditating on the Lord at night.
2. Lord Vishnu should be worshiped after bathing in the morning on Ekadashi. In puja, offerings of basil, sandalwood, gangajal, and fruits should be offered.
3. A person observing this fast should not be deceived, evil, and lying on this day. Eating rice is also prohibited on this day.
4. Vishnu Sahasranama should be recited. On Ekadashi, the person who recites Vishnu Sahasranama has special blessings from Lord Vishnu.
Followers of Apara Ekadashi need to take special care of worship. All rituals should be performed with full devotion and dedication. Those observing this fast should wake up before sunrise and take a bath. Devotees then offer basil leaves, flowers, incense, and lamps to Lord Vishnu. Sweets are prepared for this occasion and offered to Prabhu. Devotees also recite the Apara Ekadashi Vrat Katha or Katha. Aarti is then performed and 'Prasad' is distributed among other devotees. Devotees also visit the temples of Lord Vishnu in the evening.
The fast of this Ekadashi begins on Dashami (10th day). On this day, the person eats only one time so that the stomach remains empty on the day of Ekadashi. Some devotees keep a fast and spend the day without eating or drinking anything. A partial fast may also be kept for those who are unfit to follow a strict fast. Fasting begins at sunrise and ends at sunrise on ‘Dwadashi’ (12th day). Eating all types of grains and rice is prohibited for everyone on Apara Ekadashi. It is also not allowed to apply oil on the body.
The fast of this Ekadashi is not only meant to control food, but the mind should be free from all negative thoughts. The observer of this fast should not lie nor speak ill of others. They should only have thoughts about Lord Vishnu. Reciting 'Vishnu Sahastranam' on this day is considered auspicious. Followers of Apara Ekadashi fasting should be engaged in hymns and kirtans in praise of Lord Vishnu.
The great significance of Apara Ekadashi was revealed by Lord Krishna himself to King Yudhishthira, the eldest son of King Pandu. Lord Krishna also said that the person observing this Ekadashi fasting will be very famous due to his deeds. It is believed that Apara Ekadashi fast is highly beneficial for those people who are suffering from the sins of their sins. By observing a harsh vow and worshiping Lord Vishnu with devotion, all his sins will be forgiven. Even by keeping the fast of Apara Ekadashi, one can get salvation. This Ekadashi fast will make the person rich and prosperous. In Hindu scriptures and Puranas, keeping this holy fast gives a person the same benefit as bathing in the holy Ganges during the auspicious month of Kartik. Importance is equal to donating cows or performing sacred yajnas. Apara Ekadashi fast is a ray of light that can dispel the darkness of one's sins.
In ancient times there was a godly king named Mahidhwaj. His younger brother Vajradhwaj had a feeling of hatred towards his elder brother. The opportunist Vajradhwaj killed the king one day and buried his body under a peepal tree in the forest. Due to premature death, the soul of the king became a phantom and lived on Peepal. Every person passing through that path was troubled by the soul. A sage was passing through this path. Then they saw the phantom and came to know the reason for his phantom becoming his ghost. The sage brought down the king's spirit from the peepal tree and preached the hereafter. To free the king from the phantom vagina, the sage himself fasted for Apara Ekadashi. On the day of Dwadashi, the fast was given to the phantom. Due to the effect of the fast, the king's soul was freed from the phantom and went to heaven.