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Coming Date Apara Ekadashi Vrat

Apara ekadashi Vrat is Coming on 4th June 2013 on Apara Ekadashi.

About Apara Ekadashi Vrat 

Apara Ekadashi Vrat is Observed on 4th june the day of Apara ekadashi.A significant Ekadashi fast, Apara Ekadashi is observed in the month of Jyeshtha during the waning phase of the moon (Krishna Paksha). This date usually falls in the month of May or June according to the Gregorian calendar. Followers of Apara Ekadashi believe that this vrat would help in eliminating their sins and henceforth, would finally assist them in attaining Moksha, or salvation. Apart from this, fasting on this Ekadashi is also known to bring in name and fame to the observer. Apara Ekadashi is also celebrated as Achala Ekadashi, Bhadrakali Ekadashi, Viashakha Vadi Ekadashi and Jalakrida Ekadashi in various parts of India. Scroll through the following lines to find out the story of Apara Ekadashi vrat and how to observe it.
Apara Ekadashi Vrat Vrat Katha(Story) 

Once Yudhishthira Maharaja said, 'Oh Lord Krishna, Oh Vasudeva, please accept my humble obeisance's. Please describe to me the Ekadashi that occurs during krishna paksha of the month of Jyeshtha (May-June). Please narrate to me everything like its name, importance etc. about this Ekadashi.

Lord Sri Krishna said, "Oh great king ! the name of this meritorious Ekadashi is Apara Ekadashi. Whoever fasts on this holy day becomes famous all over the universe. Even such sins as killing a brahman, a cow, or an embryo, blasphemy, or having sex with another man’s wife are completely eradicated by observing Apara Ekadashi. People who bear false witness, a person who falsely or sarcastically glorifies another, one who cheats while weighing something on a scale, one who invents his own scripture, one who cheats others, one who is a false astrologer, a cheating accountant, or a false Ayurvedic doctor. All these are surely as bad as persons who bears false witness, and they are all destined for hellish punishments. But simply by observing Apara Ekadashi, all such sinners become completely free of their sinful reactions. Warriors who fall from their kshatriya-dharma and flee the battlefield go to a ferocious hell. Even such a fallen kshatriya, if he observes fasting on the Apara Ekadashi, is freed of that great sinful reaction and goes to heaven. That disciple is the greatest sinner who, after receiving a proper spiritual education from his spiritual master, turns around and blasphemes him. Such a so-called disciple suffers unlimitedly. But even he simply observes Apara Ekadashi, can attain to the spiritual world.
 
 The merit attained by one who performs all of the following acts of piety is equal to the merit achieved by one who observes Apara Ekadashi: bathing three times daily in Pushkara-kshetra during Kartika,bathing at the time of a solar eclipse at Kurukshetra, bathing at Prayag in the month of Magh when the sun is in the zodiac of Capricorn; rendering service to Lord Shiva during Shivratri, offering oblations to one’s forefathers , bathing in the sacred Gomti River when Jupiter transits Leo (Singha); and and giving cows, elephants, and gold in charity. All the merit one gets from performing these pious acts is gained by a person who observes the Apara Ekadashi fast. Also, the merit attained by one who donates a pregnant cow, along with gold and fertile land, is attained by one who fasts on this day. This Ekadashi is an axe that cuts down the fully matured forest full of trees of sinful deeds, it is a forest fire that burns sins as if they were kindling firewood, it is the sun blazing before one’s dark misdeeds. Therefore one who faithfully observes the Apara Ekadashi and worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Shri Trivikrama. One who does so is freed of all his sins and promoted to the abode of Lord Vishnu.
"Oh King ! for the benefit of all humanity I have thus described to you this the importance of the Apara Ekadashi. Anyone who hears or reads this description is freed from all kinds of sins.
 
How To Observe Apara Ekadashi Vrat  

Observance of a vrat on Apara Ekadashi is said to clean a person from all the sins committed and also freeing from the various bonds in life, thereby achieving Moksha. A devotee practicing Apara Ekadashi is likely to receive merits equal to performing various religious and spiritual acts. To name a few, these include performing three ritual baths in Pushkar Kshetra in Kartika masam, performing ritual bath in Prayag in the month of Magha masam at Mesha Sankraman, worshipping Lord Shiva in Varanasi, offering tharpan to forefathers at Gaya, performing ritual bath in Gautami River at Simha Sankraman, and so on. People also believe that one can become famous and popular through various commendable actions.

In northern regions, like Punjab, Haryana and places of Jammu and Kashmir, the ritual is known as Bhadrakali Ekadashi and is considered one of the most propitious days for worshipping Goddess Bhadra Kali. This is an important festival for the Aryan Saraswat Brahmin sect. On the other hand in Orissa, this vrat is referred to as Jalakrida Ekadashi, which is dedicated to Lord Jagannath in Puri. The Apara Ekadashi vrat is observed from sunrise till the sunrise on the next day. While Apara Ekadashi vrat calls for a strict fasting, people also opt for observing a partial fast. In such a case, they are allowed to consume fruits and milk only. Most importantly, food containing rice and grains should be avoided. In some parts of India, Sabudana Khichadi is eaten by those observing a partial vrat.

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