Observed on the 11th day of the Shukla paksha in the Hindu month of Vaishakh, it falls in the month of April or May. According to the Gregorian calendar, observed by all Hindu followers, it helps in washing away one’s sins. Mohini is another form of Lord Vishnu and because the lord appeared as Mohini on this day, it is celebrated as Mohini Ekadashi.
Mohini Ekadashi has huge significance to the Hindus. This Ekadashi is observed by the Hindu devotees to seek blessings for a happy and prosperous life. In the year 2021 Mohini Ekadashi falls on Saturday & Sunday, 22 & 23 May.
Ekadashi Tithi Begins - 09:15 AM on May 22, 2021
Ekadashi Tithi Ends - 06:42 AM on May 23, 2021
On this day, a strict fast is observed by the people. One who observes a fast on this day is not supposed to eat even a grain of food the whole day. The fasting starts on Dashami tithi and the observer performs pious acts and eats ‘satvik bhojan’ only once before sunset. Complete fasting is observed on the day of Ekadashi and it continues till the sunrise of Dwadashi. The fast is only broken by drinking milk the next day.
The devotees who observe this fast get up before sunrise and take a bath with til and kush. On the night of Dashami, the devotees must sleep on the floor, whereas during the day they offer prayers to the deity.
Some people observe a partial fast on Mohini Ekadashi by eating fruits, vegetables, and milk products. This Ekadashi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu like all other Ekadashi. Special mandaps are prepared with idols of Lord Vishnu in them and the lord is worshipped with sandalwood, sesame seeds, flowers, and fruits. Devotees also offer tulsi leaves to Lord Vishnu.
When the churning of the ocean took place and the Amrit Kalash came out, it was snatched by the asuras. It created havoc and there took place a dispute between the gods and the asuras. Seeing this situation, Lord Vishnu intervened by taking the form of Mohini and reached among the asuras. The asuras became fascinated by Mohini and thus handed over the Amrit Kalash to her. Thus it is believed that Lord Vishnu took the form of Mohini to save the world from the asuras on the day of Vaisakha Shukla Ekadashi and made the gods drink the Amrit. Therefore, this Ekadashi is called Mohini Ekadashi.
Saint Vashishta narrated the greatness of Mohini Ekadashi to Lord Rama and Lord Krishna narrated it to Maharaja Yudhishthira. People believe that devotees who observe fast on this day with complete devotion lead to Punya or good deeds. This Punya is much more in greatness than those achieved by visiting pilgrimages, offering charity, or even performing yajnas. It is believed that one who observes this fast receives as many blessings as donating a thousand cows. The observer of this fast is believed to be freed from the continuous cycle of birth and death and attains moksha.