Apara Ekadashi

Lord Vishnu is one of Hinduism’s most important deities, revered as the Creator and the Omnipresent. The Ekadashi fast, one of the major fasts in Hindu culture, is intended to worship Lord Vishnu in all of His manifestations.

According to Hinduism, following the Ekadashi fast absolves one of all sins and allows one to enter Lord Vishnu’s abode known as Vaikunta.

The 11th (Ekadashi) day of the Krishna Paksha (waning moon) in the month of Jyeshta, which corresponds to May – June in the Gregorian calendar, is observed as Apara Ekadashi.

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Devotees who fast on Apara Ekadashi receive an abundance of blessings and are forgiven of their past and present misdeeds.

This Ekadashi is also known as the Ajala Ekadashi, and people who worship Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi on this day receive glorious and auspicious results.

Hindu Calendar 2024

When is Apara Ekadashi 2024?

Apara Ekadashi will be celebrated on Sunday, June 2, 2024.

Below are the Muhurta timings

Sunrise 6/2/2024 5:44
Sunset June 02, 2024, 7:05 PM
Ekadashi Tithi commences 6/2/2024 5:05
Ekadashi Tithi concludes 6/3/2024 2:41
Hari Vasara End Timing 6/3/2024 8:06
Dwadashi concludes 6/4/2024 0:18
Parana Timings June 03, 8:06 AM – June 03, 8:24 AM

Apara Ekadashi dates from 2022 to 2026

2022 Thursday May 26
2023 Monday May 15
2024 Sunday June 2
2025 Friday May 23
2026 Wednesday May 13

Apara Ekadashi Puja Vidhi and Ritualsindepth horoscope

The devotees who observe the Apara Ekadashi fast begin their fast from Dashami (10thday), as they do with all other Ekadashi fasts. The ceremonies must be performed with total devotion and dedication. In preparation for the Ekadashi fast, worshippers follow a partial fast on Dashami day. This is to ensure that during the Ekadashi fast, the stomach remains empty and without any food during the entire fast.

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On Ekadashi day, one should rise before daybreak and after taking a bath, arrange and adorn the puja chamber for the puja rites. Following the decoration of Lord Vishnu’s statue with a garland of Tulsi leaves, sandalwood paste, incense sticks, and flowers, worshippers take a Sankalp (vow) to observe the fast with utmost devotion and pray for the fast’s successful completion and blessings from the Lord. Sweets are prepared for the Lord to be offered as Naivedhya.

The devotees recite Lord Vishnu’s hymns and mantras, as well as the Apara Ekadashi Vrat Katha. After that, aarti is done, and sweets are distributed to the worshippers. On this day, devotees can fast completely or partially. A partial fast requires abstaining from rice, grains, onion, garlic, and other foods, except for fruits and milk. On Apara Ekadashi, devotees who observe a strict fast abstain from eating or drinking anything. As a result, this fast is also known as Ajala Ekadashi. The fast starts with the sunrise on Ekadashi and ends with the sunrise on Dwadashi (12th day).

Devotees do a Jagran by staying awake all night on Ekadashi to worship Lord Vishnu by chanting hymns and mantras like Vishnu Chalisa and Vishnu Sahasranama. On Dwadashi day, devotees conduct puja and aarti to Lord Vishnu after taking a bath before sunrise. Offering money to Brahmans, the destitute, and the needy, as well as feeding the cows, concludes the fast rites. The fast is broken with a glass of water and fruits by the worshippers.

Lord Vishnu’s Ekadashi fasts must be followed with complete devotion and piety. While observing the fast, it is essential to clear the mind of all bad thoughts and to maintain a righteous path in life without lying or speaking ill of people. This will ensure that those who observe the fast as per the rituals receive many blessings and are cleansed of their sins.

Apara Ekadashi Vrat Katha

Devotees who are fasting on Apara Ekadashi must recite the Apara Ekadashi Vrata Katha to comprehend the meaning and advantages of the fast. Every Ekadashi fast is accompanied by an engaging and enlightening story that informs the devotee about the benefits of fasting. Similarly, according to the Puranas, the Apara Ekadashi Vrat Katha is as follows:

Legend has it that there once ruled a compassionate and kind king named Mahidhwaja. His younger brother Vajradhwaj was jealous of his popularity among the subjects. One day the opportunistic Vajradhwaj killed Mahidhwaja and buried his body under a peepal tree. Due to his premature and unnatural death, Mahidhwaja became a phantom and disturbed those who passed by the tree.

One day, sage Dhaumya who happened to pass by was harassed by the phantom. The sage through his enlightened senses understood the reason behind the phantom creating nuisance. He decided to release the phantom from his plight. Dhaumya Rishi himself observed the Apara Ekadashi fast. He gave all the virtue obtained from observing the fast to King Mahidhwaja and thus the king was released from his phantom being. He thanked Dhaumya Rishi for helping him attain moksha and the abode of Lord Vishnu.

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The Significance of Apara Ekadashi Fast

A dialogue between Lord Krishna and King Yudhishthira, the eldest of the Pandavas, depicts the magnificence of Apara Ekadashi. A person who observes the Apara Ekadashi fast will be respected for their virtuousness, according to Lord Krishna. It is thought that Apara Ekadashi absolves those who are tormented from remorse as a result of their transgressions. On Apara Ekadashi day, they are cleansed of their sins by following a strict fast and worshipping Lord Vishnu with absolute devotion.

On this day, devotees also worship Goddess Lakshmi, who bestows enormous wealth and prosperity upon them. According to Hindu Puranas and texts, fasting provides the same benefits as taking a holy dip in the Ganges during the auspicious month of Karthik. The benefits of fasting on Apara Ekadashi are comparable to donating 1000 cows and conducting sacred yajnas like the Ashvamedha yajna.

The significance of the Apara Ekadashi fast, which is celebrated with full reverence across India, is stated in the Brahma Purana. In different parts of India, it is known by several names. This Ekadashi is known as Bhadrakali Ekadashi in Punjab, Haryana, Jammu, and Kashmir, where Goddess Bhadrakali is honored as a symbol of good triumphing over evil. In Orissa, the Apara Ekadashi is known as Jalakrida Ekadashi, and it is a day dedicated to Lord Jagannatha. The devotee who observes the Apara Ekadashi is endowed with endless affluence and benefits since the term ‘Apar’ means limitless.

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