Importance Of Mohini Ekadasi

Mohini EkadasiMohini Ekadashi occurs during the waxing phase of moon in the month of Vaisakha (April – May). The greatness of this Ekadasi was explained by Vasistha to Lord Rama, also Lord Krishna narrated it to Yudishitira Maharaj.

Once Maharaja Yudhisthira asked Lord Krishna, “O Janardana! What is the name of the Ekadasi that occurs during the waxing moon in the month of Vaisakha, and what is the process for observing this Ekadasi? Please explain all these to me in detail.”

Lord Krishna replied, “O son of Dharma! Please hear Me attentively as I describe the story that sage Vashistha once told Lord Ramachandra.

“Once upon a time Lord Ramachandra said to the great sage Vashishtha, ‘O respected sage! I feel great distress due to my separation from Sita, the daughter of King Janaka. Kindly explain to Me the great vow to follow, which will mitigate all one’s sinful actions and distresses.’

“The great sage Vashishtha, who was the spiritual master of Ramachandra, said, ‘My dear Rama, Your intelligence is sharp and mixed with faith. Moreover, Your question is beneficial for all humanity. Just by chanting and remembering Your all auspicious holy names all living entities can become purified and eligible to achieve all auspiciousness. Still, for the benefit of the ordinary people, I will describe a great vow.

O Lord Rama! The Ekadasi that occurs during the waxing moon in the month of Vaisakha is famous as Mohini Ekadasi and is very auspicious. By following this Ekadasi all one’s sinful actions, material miseries and a network of illusion are destroyed. Now please listen attentively as I tell you about this Ekadasi.

There was a beautiful city named Bhadravati situated on the bank of the sacred river Sarasvati which was ruled by a king named Dyutimana. O Lord Rama! This king was born in the dynasty of the moon, and he was tolerant and truthful. There was pious and prosperous devotee of Lord Vishnu named Dhanapala who also lived in that city. He was a businessman by profession. For the benefit of the ordinary people this devotee Dhanapala built many dharmashalas, or guesthouses, schools, temples of Lord Vishnu, charitable hospitals, wide roads and market places. He also made arrangements for distributing water and foodstuff, he dug wells and ponds for clear water, and he also planted gardens for flowers and fruit. In this way he properly utilized his wealth for the benefit of all and thus successfully demonstrated the true meaning of his name. This pious devotee of Lord Vishnu who was always peaceful, a benefactor of others and engaged in devotional service to Vishnu had five sons namely Saman, Dyutimnan, Medhavi, Sukriti and Dhristabuddhi. His son Dhristabuddhi was most sinful. He was extremely wicked, ill natured, had bad friends, and having illicit connection with unchaste women. He was also fond of gambling and drinking wine. He even took pleasure in killing and torturing other living beings. In this way he engaged in all kinds of sinful activities and was a disgrace to the family.

He never showed respect to the guests, forefathers or brahmanas. He was constantly engaged in thinking of committing sins and thus lived a contemptible life. The sinful wretch Dhristabuddhi misused all his father’s wealth in many useless activities. He always ate tamasic foodstuff and remained always absorbed in drinking wine. One day on seeing his shameless son walking in the public place with his hand around the waist of a prostitute, he lost everyone’s affection including that of his father, mother, brothers, relatives, and friends. He was degraded from his position in caste society and the pious community and became an object of hatred for everyone.

After being thrown out from his father’s house, Dhristabuddhi continued his sinful ways with the money he received by selling his personal clothes and ornaments. Soon that also came to an end. Gradually, due to lack of sufficient food, his body became weak and skinny. On realizing that he had become poor, his so-called friends left him, condemning him on various pretexts.

Dhristabuddhi was now full of anxiety. He had no food or clothes and was extremely afflicted with hunger. So he began to contemplate, ‘What should I do now? Where should I go? By which means will I survive?’ After contemplating in this way, he decided that there was no other alternative than to start stealing for his survival. So with a desire to steal he began to wander throughout the city. Sometimes the King’s guard would arrest him and only because of his father’s position he would release him.

After being caught and released in this way many times, he was once again formally arrested for committing a special kind of theft. He was taken to the King who awarded him severe punishment. The king said, ‘O sinful foolish creature, you cannot stay within this kingdom any more, leave this kingdom immediately and go where ever you wish.’

Dhristabuddhi, afraid of being punished again, left the kingdom. He went far away and entered into a dense forest. Within the forest he became so afflicted with hunger and thirst that he began to kill beasts and birds indiscriminately and ate their raw flesh. For many years he wandered throughout the forest like a hunter, holding a bow and arrow in his hands and killing innocent animals and engaging in sinful activities.

Dhristabuddhi was always miserable and anxious, but one day, due to some past pious deeds, he arrived at the sacred ashrama of the great sage and ascetic Kaundinya while wandering about the forest. It was the month of Vaisakha and the great sage Kaundinya was just returning home after taking bath in the Ganges. By providence, Dhristabuddhi, who was very depressed, happened to touch a drop of water falling from the sage’s cloth.  Dhristabuddhi was immediately relieved of his sinful actions. With folded hands and great humility he said the sage Kaundinya, ‘O great Brahmana, I am the most sinful person. There is no sin that I have not committed. Please instruct in the best type of atonement that a most wretched person like me can easily perform. I have lost all as punishment for my evil ways and now I live in utmost depression.’

“After hearing Dhristabuddhis’s story the great sage Kaundinya said, ‘I am telling you a sublime method by which all your sinful actions can easily be nullified in a very short time; please hear me attentively. Mohini Ekadasi that occurs during the waxing moon in the month of Vaisakha totally destroys a mountain of sinful actions as big as Mount Sumeru accumulated for many many lifetimes. Therefore you should faithfully observe this Ekadasi.’

Hearing these words from the great sage, Dhristabuddhi became joyful and properly observed that Ekadasi according to the rules and regulations instructed by the sage. O best of Kings! By observing this Mohini Ekadasi the most sinful Dhristabuddhi soon became devoid of all sinful actions, and after assuming a divine body he returned to the all-auspicious abode of Lord Vishnu by riding on the back of Garuda.

‘Oh Ramachandra, the fast day of Mohini Ekadasi removes the darkest illusory attachments to material existence. There is thus no better fast day in all the three worlds than this.’

Lord Sri Krishna concluded, “and so, Oh Yudhishthira, there is no place of pilgrimage, no sacrifice, and no charity that can bestow merit equal to even one sixteenth of the merit a faithful devotee of Mine obtains by observing the Mohini Ekadasi. And He who hears and studies the glories of Mohini Ekadasi achieves the merit of giving away one thousand cows in charity.

Mohini Ekadashi

Parana means breaking the fast. Ekadashi Parana is done after sunrise on next day of Ekadashi fast. It is necessary to do Parana within Dwadashi Tithi unless Dwadashi is over before sunrise. Not doing Parana within Dwadashi is similar to an offence.

Parana should not be done during Hari Vasara. One should wait for Hari Vasara to get over before breaking the fast. Hari Vasara is first one fourth duration of Dwadashi Tithi. The most preferred time to break the fast is Pratahkal. One should avoid breaking the fastduring Madhyahna. If due to some reasons one is not able to break the fast during Pratahkal then one should do it after Madhyahna.

At times Ekadashi fasting is suggested on two consecutive days. It is advised that Smartha with family should observe fasting on first day only. The alternate Ekadashi fasting, which is the second one, is suggested for Sanyasis, widows and for those who want Moksha. When alternate Ekadashi fasting is suggested for Smartha it coincides with Vaishnava Ekadashi fasting day.Ekadashi fasting on both days is suggested for staunch devotees who seek for love and affection of Lord Vishnu.

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Mohini ekadashi katha


Mohini ekadashi katha


Shri Ram Chandra ji Ki Aarti

Shree RamchandraAarti – English Text

Shree Ramacandra kripalu bhaju, mana, harana bhava bhaya darunam;
navakanja-locana kanja-mukha, kara-kanja pada-kanjarunam. …1

Kandarpa aganita amita chavi, navalina niraj sundaram;
patapita manahu tarita ruchi suchi, naumi Janaka-sutavaram….2

Bhaju Dinabhandu Dinesha danava-daitya-vansha nikandanam;
Raghunanda anandakanda, Kaushalacanda Dasharatha-nandanam. …3

Sira mukuta kundala tilaka caru, udaru anga vibhushanam;
Aajanu bhuja sharacapa dhara, sangrama-jita Khara-Dhushanam. …4

Iti vadati Tulasidasa Shakara, Shesha munimana ranjanam;
mama hridaya-kanja nivasa kuru, kamadi khaladala ganjanam. …5

गोस्वामी तुलसीदास रचित श्री राम चरित मानस में श्री राम को भगवान विष्णु के अवतार के रूप में दर्शाया गया है जब कि महर्षि वाल्मीकि कृत रामायण में श्री राम को एक मानव के रूप में दिखाया गया है |


 श्री राम नामावलिः – पृष्ट 1

S No.   Hindi English
1.  ॐ राम रामाय नम: Om Ram Raamaaya Namah
2. ॐ राम भद्राया नम: Om Rama Bhadraaya Namah
3. ॐ राम चंद्राय नम: Om Rama Chandraya Namah
4. ॐ राम शाश्वताया नम: Om Ram Shaashvataaya Namah
5. ॐ राजीवलोचनाय नम: Om Raajiivalochanaaya Namah
6. ॐ वेदात्मने नम: Om Vedaatmane Namah
7. ॐ भवरोगस्या भेश्हजाया नम: Om Bhavarogasya Bheshhajaaya Namah
8. ॐ दुउश्हना त्रिशिरो हंत्रे नम: Om Duushhana Trishiro Hantre Namah
9. ॐ त्रिमुर्तये नम: Om Trimurtaye Namah
10. ॐ त्रिगुनात्मकाया नम: Om Trigunaatmakaaya Namah
11. ॐ श्रीमते नम: Om Shrimate Namah
12. ॐ राजेंद्राय नम: Om Raajendraaya Namah
13. ॐ रघुपुंगवाय नम: Om Raghupungavaaya Namah
14. ॐ जानकिइवल्लभाय नम: Om Jaanakiivallabhaaya Namah
15. ॐ जैत्राय नम: Om Jaitraaya Namah
16. ॐ जितामित्राय नम: Om Jitaamitraaya Namah
17. ॐ जनार्दनाय नम: Om Janaardanaaya Namah
18. ॐ विश्वमित्रप्रियाय नम: Om Vishvaamitrapriyaaya Namah
19. ॐ दांताय नम: Om Daantaaya Namah
20. ॐ शरणात्राण तत्पराया नम: Om Shara Natraa Na Tatparaaya Namah
21. ॐ वालिप्रमाथानाया नम: Om Vaalipramathanaaya Namah
22. ॐ वाग्मिने नम: Om Vaagmine Namah
23. ॐ सत्यवाचे नम: Om Satyavaache Namah
24. ॐ सत्यविक्रमाय नम: Om Satyavikramaaya Namah
25. ॐ सत्यव्रताय नम: Om Satyavrataaya Namah
26. ॐ व्रतधाराय नम: Om Vratadharaaya Namah
27. ॐ सदाहनुमदाश्रिताय नम: Om Sadaahanumadaashritaaya Namah
28. ॐ कौसलेयाय नम: Om Kausaleyaaya Namah
29. ॐ खरध्वा.सिने नम: Om Kharadhva.nsine Namah
30. ॐ विराधवाधपन दिताया नम: Om Viraadhavadhapan Ditaaya Namah
31. ॐ विभीषना परित्रात्रे नम: Om Vibhiishhana Paritraatre Namah
32. ॐ हरकोदांद खान्दनाय नम: Om Harakodanda kha.Ndanaaya Namah
33. ॐ सप्तताला प्रभेत्त्रे नम: Om Saptataala Prabhettre Namah
34. ॐ दशग्रिइवा शिरोहराया नम: Om Dashagriiva Shiroharaaya Namah
35. ॐ जामद्ग्ंया महादर्पदालनाय नम: Om Jaamadgnya Mahaadarpadalanaaya Namah
36. ॐ तातकांतकाय नम: Om Taatakaantakaaya Namah
37. ॐ वेदांतसाराय नम: Om Vedaantasaaraaya Namah
38. ॐ त्रिविक्रमाय नम: Om Trivikramaaya Namah
39. ॐ त्रिलोकात्मने नम: Om Trilokaatmane Namah
40. ॐ पुंयचारित्रकिइर्तनाया नम: Om Punyachaaritrakiirtanaaya Namah
41. ॐ त्रिलोकरक्षकाया नम: Om Trilokaraxakaaya Namah
42. ॐ धंविने नम: Om Dhanvine Namah
43. ॐ दंदकारंय पुण्यक्रिते नम: Om Dandakaaranya PunyakR^ite Namah
44. ॐ अहल्या शाप शमनाय नम: Om Ahalyaa Shaapa Shamanaaya Namah
45. ॐ पित्रै भक्ताया नम: Om Pitrai Bhaktaaya Namah
46. ॐ वरप्रदाय नम: Om Varapradaaya Namah
47. ॐ राम जितेंद्रियाया नम: Om Ram Jitendriyaaya Namah
48 ॐ राम जितक्रोधाय नम: Om Ram Jitakrodhaaya Namah
49. ॐ राम जितामित्राय नम: Om Ram Jitaamitraaya Namah
50. ॐ राम जगद्गुरवे नम: Om Ram Jagadgurave Namah
51. ॐ राम राक्षवानरा संगथिने नम: Om Ram Rakshavanara Sangathine Namah
52. ॐ चित्रकुउता समाश्रयाया नम: Om Chitrakuuta samaashrayaaya Namah
53. ॐ राम जयंतत्रनवरदया नम: Om ram Jayantatranavaradaya namah
54. ॐ सुमित्रापुत्र सेविताया नम: Om Sumitraaputra Sevitaaya Namah
55. ॐ सर्वदेवादि देवाय नम: Om Sarvadevaadi Devaaya Namah
56. ॐ राम मृतवानर्जीवनया नम: Om ram Mrutavanarajeevanaya Namah
57. ॐ राम मायामारिइचहंत्रे नम: Om ram Maayaamaariichahantre Namah
58. ॐ महादेवाय नम: Om Mahaadevaaya Namah
59. ॐ महाभुजाय नम: Om Mahaabhujaaya Namah
60. ॐ सर्वदेवस्तुताय नम: Om Sarvadevastutaaya Namah
61. ॐ सौम्याय नम: Om Saumyaaya Namah
62. ॐ ब्रह्मंयाया नम: Om BrahmaNyaaya Namah
63. ॐ मुनिसंसुतसंस्तुतया नम: Om Munisansutasanstutaya Namah
64. ॐ महा योगिने नम: Om Mahaa Yogine Namah
65 ॐ महोदराया नम: Om Mahodaraaya Namah
66. ॐ सच्चिदानंद विग्रिहाया नम: Om Sachchidaananda vigrihaaya Namah
67. ॐ परस्मै ज्योतिश्हे नम: Om Parasmai jyotishhe Namah
68. ॐ परस्मै धाम्ने नम: Om Parasmai dhaamne Namah
69. ॐ पराकाशाया नम: Om Paraakaashaaya Namah
70 ॐ परात्पराया नम: Om Paraatparaaya Namah
71. ॐ परेशाया नम: Om Pareshaaya Namah
72. ॐ पारगाया नम: Om Paaragaaya Namah
73. ॐ पाराया नम: Om Paaraaya Namah
74. ॐ सर्वदेवात्मकाया परस्मै नम: Om Sarvadevaatmakaaya Parasmai Namah
75. ॐ सुग्रिइवेप्सिता राज्यदाया नम: Om Sugriivepsita Raajyadaaya Namah
76. ॐ सर्वपुंयाधिका फलाया नम: Om SarvapuNyaadhika Phalaaya Namah
77. ॐ स्म्रैता सर्वाघा नाशनाया नम: Om Smraita sarvaagha Naashanaaya Namah
78. ॐ आदिपुरुष्हाय नम: Om Aadipurushhaaya Namah
79. ॐ परमपुरुष्हाय नम: Om Paramapurushhaaya Namah
80. ॐ महापुरुष्हाय नम: Om Mahaapurushhaaya Namah
81. ॐ पुंयोदयाया नम: Om Punyodayaaya Namah
82. ॐ अयासाराया नम: Om Ayaasaaraaya Namah
83. ॐ पुरान पुरुशोत्तमाया नम: Om PuraanaPurushhottamaaya Namah
84. ॐ स्मितवक्त्राया नम: Om Smitavaktraaya Namah
85. ॐ मितभाश्हिने नम: Om MitabhaashhiNe Namah
86. ॐ पुउर्वभाश्हिने नम: Om Puurvabhaashhine Namah
87. ॐ राघवाया नम: Om Raaghavaaya Namah
88. ॐ अनंतगुना गम्भिइराया नम: Om Anantaguna GaMbhiiraaya Namah
89. ॐ धिइरोत्तगुनोत्तमाया नम: Om DhiiroddaattaguNottamaaya Namah
90. ॐ मायामानुश्हा चरित्राया नम: Om Maayaamaanushha Charitraaya Namah
91. ॐ महादेवादिपुउजिताया नम: Om Mahaadevaadipuujitaaya Namah
92. ॐ राम सेतुक्रूते नम: Om Ram Setukrute Namah
93. ॐ जितवाराशये नम: Om Jitavaaraashaye Namah
94. ॐ सर्वतिइर्थमयाया नम: Om Sarvatiirthamayaaya Namah
95. ॐ हरये नम: Om Haraye Namah
96.  ॐ श्यामानगाया नम: Om Shyaamaa.ngaaya Namah
97. ॐ सुंदराया नम: Om Sundaraaya Namah
98. ॐ शुउराया नम: Om Shuuraaya Namah
99. ॐ पितवाससे नम: Om Pitavaasase Namah
100. ॐ धनुर्धराया नम: Om Dhanurdharaaya Namah
101. ॐ सर्वयज्ञाधिपाया नम: Om Sarvayagyaadhipaaya Namah
102. ॐ यज्वने नम: Om Yajvane Namah
103. ॐ जरामरनवर्जिताया नम: Om Jaraamaranavarjitaaya Namah
104. ॐ विभिषनप्रतिश्थात्रे नम: Om Vibhiishhana Pratishthaatre Namah
105. ॐ सर्वावगुनवर्जिताया नम: Om Sarvaavagunavarjitaaya Namah
106. ॐ परमात्मने नम: Om Paramaatmane Namah
107.  ॐ सर्वदेवात्मकाय नमः Om Sarva Devatmakaya Namah
108. ॐ परस्मै ब्रह्मने नम: Om Parasmai Brahmane Namah

श्री राम चालीसा, भगवान श्रीराम के गुणों एवं कार्यों का चालीस चौपाइयों में वर्णन है। भगवान श्रीराम हिन्दू धर्म में विष्णु के सातवें अवतार हैं। श्रीराम को मर्यादा पुरुषोत्तम, अर्थात आदर्श पुरुष माना गया है। ऐसा माना जाता है कि श्री राम चालीसा रोज़ पढ़ने व सुनने से पर प्रकार के पापों का नष्ट होता है तथा प्राणी मोक्ष प्राप्त करता है।

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