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Apara Ekadashi (16-May-2012)


Apara Ekadashi

Apara Ekadasi is observed during the Krishna Paksha (second fortnight) of the month Vaisakha masam. Apara Ekadasi is also called as Vaishak Vadi Ekadashi or Achala Ekadashi.

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.


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. Krishnaalso mentions that one who observes this particular Ekadashi will become famous through meritorious deeds.

Importance and Significance of Apara Ekadashi:

Apara Ekadashi mahatmyam was explained in the Brahmanda Purana. Observance of Apara Ekadashi fasting cleanses all sins of the performer and makes him/her free from all the bonds in the life.

It is believed that the performers of Apara Ekadashi will get the merits which are equal to – performing three times ritual bath in Pushkar Kshetra in Kartika masam, performing ritual bath in Prayag at in the month of Magha masam at Mesha Sankraman (when Sun transits to Capricorn), worshipping Lord Shiva in Varanasi, offering tharpan to forefathers at Gaya, performing ritual bath in the sacred Gautami river at the time of Simha Sankraman (when Sun transits to Leo) and etc.

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.

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