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Mohini Ekadashi 2023

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Celebrate Mohini Ekadashi with Lord Vishnu’s favorite offering – ghee! This auspicious day is a great time to give thanks for all the blessings you’ve received and to make offerings to Lord Vishnu for future happiness.

Mohini Ekadashi is one of the most auspicious festivals in the Hindu calendar. It falls on the 11th day of the bright fortnight (Shukla Paksha) of the month of Vaishakha, which corresponds to April-May in the Gregorian calendar. In 2023, Mohini Ekadashi will be observed on May 1.

The significance of Mohini Ekadashi lies in the legend of Lord Vishnu’s Mohini avatar, which he assumed to deceive the demons and distribute the nectar of immortality (Amrit) to the gods during the churning of the ocean (Samudra Manthan). Mohini was a beautiful and enchanting woman who mesmerized the demons with her charm and allure. She took the Amrit Kalash (pot of nectar) from them and gave it to the gods, ensuring their victory over the demons. Thus, Mohini Ekadashi is a celebration of Lord Vishnu’s grace and protection.

Devotees who observe Mohini Ekadashi fast from sunrise to sunrise, abstaining from food, water, and any worldly pleasures. They spend the day in prayer, meditation, and chanting of Lord Vishnu’s names and mantras. They also read or listen to the Mohini Ekadashi Vrat Katha (story), which narrates the benefits of this fast. According to the scriptures, observing Mohini Ekadashi fast can wash away all sins, grant liberation from the cycle of birth and death, and bestow happiness and prosperity.

The Parana (breaking of fast) is done on the next day, i.e., Dwadashi Tithi (12th day), after offering water to the sun and performing a ritual bath. The Parana should be done within a specific time window, which varies according to the location and date. For example, in 2023, the Parana time for Mohini Ekadashi in New Delhi will be from 05:40 AM to 08:19 AM on May 2. The Parana should also be done after Hari Vasara (the first quarter of Dwadashi), which ends at 08:56 AM on May 2 in New Delhi.

On Mohini Ekadashi, devotees also perform charity and donation activities, such as feeding the poor, giving clothes, money, or other items to the needy, or sponsoring a cow or a temple. These acts of kindness are believed to multiply the merits of the fast and please Lord Vishnu.

Mohini Ekadashi is a sacred occasion to express one’s devotion and gratitude to Lord Vishnu, who is the preserver and protector of the universe. By observing this fast with faith and sincerity, one can attain spiritual enlightenment and material abundance.

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