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Apara Ekadasi

Apara Ekadasi occurs during the waning phase of moon in the month of Jyeshtha (May – June). The importance of Apara Ekadashi was explained by Lord Krishna to Yudishitira, the eldest of the Pandavas. Washing away the sins committed is the main benefit from observing Apara Ekadasi. In 2018, the date of Apara Ekadashi is May 11

There is a widespread belief that observing this vrat dedicated to Srihari will help in attaining huge wealth.

Apara means in great quantity or number and therefore all sins are destroyed by observing the fast.

Fasting on this Ekadashi is beneficial to those people who are suffering from remorse or guilt due to sin or sins committed. One can attain moksha by observing a fast on Apara Ekadasi. Krishna also mentions that one who observes this particular Ekadashi will become famous through meritorious deeds.

Observing this Ekadasi removes the remorse associated with not performing a particular action, when the person had the opportunity to do it but shied away.

This Ekadasi is also known as Bhadrakali Ekadasi and a huge fair (Mela) is observed in the famous Bhadrakali Temple in Kapurthala in Punjab.

About the Ekadasi in Hindu Scriptures

Brahma Puran - Observing this Ekadasi helps in washing away even the greatest sin. All the sins of previous birth will be removed by fasting on the day. This Ekadasi is said to be the axe with which one can cut the tree of sin and attain moksha.

How to observe Apara Ekadasi?

Take only vegetarian food on Dasami, the previous day of Ekadasi. One should make body and mind prepared for the fasting on this day.

On Apara Ekadashi day wake up in the morning and take bath. Vamana Avatar of Vishnu should be worshiped on the day. You should imagine Vamana murti in the mind and do the puja.

Puja should be done with dhoop, deep (lamp) and naivedya (yellow color sweet). Seasonal flowers should be offered. Another important offering on the day is seasonal fruits like mango, watermelon, banana, Peach (aadu), apricot (khubhani) etc.

Donating fruits on the day is meritorious. You can also consume fruits while fasting.

Stay awake at night by chanting the name of the Lord and reading holy books.

You can take bath next day and break the fast when it is dwadasi tithi.

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