Ekadashis are pious occasions in Hindu culture. It is the eleventh tithi (day) of the fortnight. There are two Ekadashis in one month – the Shukla Paksha Ekadashi (waxing phase) and Krishna Paksha Ekadashi (waning phase). Ekadashis are generally dedicated to the worship of Lord Vishnu. Devotees observe vrat on this day to absolve sins and invoke the blessings of Lord Vishnu. The Shuk la Paksha Ekadashi during the month of Vaishakha is called Mohini Ekadashi. This usually falls in the April-May month according to the Gregorian calendar. This Ekadashi sees the worship of Mohini, which is Lord Vishnu in female form.
When is Mohini Ekadashi 2023?
The 2023 Mohini Ekadashi falls on Monday, May 1.Like with all Ekadashis, the Mohini Ekadashi also is dedicated to Lord Vishnu – the one who sustains this universe. It is more widely observed in northern India. In the Tamil calendar, Mohini Ekadashi falls in the month of ‘Chithirai’ and in the Malayalam Calendar, it falls in the month of ‘Edavam’. By observing Mohini Ekadashi, the faithful remember the role of Mohini, the charismatic incarnation of Lord Vishnu, in sustaining the balance of power in the Universe.
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Important Timings On Mohini Ekadashi 2023
- Sunrise May 1, 2023, 6:07 AM
- Sunset May 1, 2023, 6:32 PM
- Dwadashi End Moment May 2, 2023, 11:18 PM
- Ekadashi Tithi Begins – 08:28 PM on April 30, 2023
- Ekadashi Tithi Ends – 10:09 PM on May 01, 2023
- Hari Vasara End Moment – 4:27 AM, May 02, 2023
- On 2nd May, Parana Time – 05:40 AM to 08:19 AM
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The story behind Mohini EkadashiLord Vishnu took the form of enchantress Mohini to lure the asuras away from the pot of nectar obtained during the churning of the cosmic ocean. It is believed that Lord Vishnu took this form on the Ekadashi day of Vaishakha month. This set the precedent for celebrating Mohini Ekadashi. It is believed that observing the Mohini Ekadashi vrat bestows the devotee with Punya (bliss) that one attains from visiting pilgrimages and donating wealth, and also grants him/her moksha, or release from the never-ending cycle of birth and death. The story behind the virtue of Mohini Ekadashi is believed to have been narrated to Lord Rama by Sage Vashishta and again by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira. It is as follows: In the village of Bhadravati located on the banks of River Saraswati, there lived a merchant called Dhanpaal. He was a pious man and a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. He helped the needy and was respected by those in his community. Dhanpaal had five sons. The fifth son was Dhrustbuddhi. Dhrustbuddhi was everything that Dhanpaal wasn’t. He was reckless, rude, and lived a life of vice and lust. He did not care for ethics in trade and openly lied and cheated the customers. He had a weakness for sex and encouraged infidelity and incest. Couple’s Horoscope: A guide to a successful married life Being wealthy and powerful, the people had no choice but to put up with his nefarious acts. Finally, giving up on his youngest son ever developing a moral compass, Dhanpaal summoned Dhrustbuddhi and barred him from venturing out of the house. But Dhrustbuddhi showed no remorse. He truly was a rotten human being, to the core. While it pained him, Dhanpaal gave his youngest son two options – death or exile. Dhrustbuddhi chose exile.
Dhrustbuddhi did as he was told. As time went by he became less and less haunted by the sins of the past. Dhrustbuddhi became clear in his mind and pious in his actions. He became revered and respected. He died as a holy man. When his time on Earth came to a close, Garuda came to take him to the heavenly abode of Vaikunth where Lord Vishnu resided. Dhrustbuddhi spends his afterlife serving the Lord. His story shows the power of the Mohini Ekadashi Vrat. Observing Vrat during Mohini Ekadashi will cleanse the devotee of his sins and help him or her attain Moksha. It is believed that Lord Rama, under the advice of Sage Vashishta, observed this Vrat when Maa Sita was abducted by the demon Ravana. Afterward, Lord Rama fought the epic war and killed Ravana to free Sita.