Apara Ekadashi-Achala Ekadashi
This Ekadashi is known as Apara Ekadashi, Achala Ekadashi and Jyesth Krishna Paksh Ekadashi. Apara Ekadashi occurs on eleventh day of dark fortnight of Jyestha Month as per Hindu Panchang calendar. Apara Ekadashi 2023 is just going to arrive in third week May this year.
Apara Ekadashi 2023
This Year Apara Ekadashi will be observed on 15 May Monday 2023.
- Apara Ekadashi Fast Start – 5.54 May 2023 Monday
- Fast Breaking time (parana)- 16 May 2023, Between 6:41 AM – 8:13 AM
- Apara Ekadashi Duration : 15 May 2023, 2:46 AM to 16 May 2023, 1:03 AM
Apara Ekadashi Meaning
Apara=One which cannot be fathomed, Limitless. Hence Apara Ekadashi gives limitless merits and wealth to the observer.
Apara Ekadashi Significance
Yudhisthir asked Lord Shri Krishna,” Dear Lord, Please tell us about Jyestha Krishna Ekadashi , its name and its significance (of Apara Ekadashi).”
Lord Shri Krishna was pleased on this equation and said,” O King Yudhishthir , This Ekadashi is named Apara Ekadashi because its gives immense(Apar) wealth. Whoever does this Fast becomes famous in the world. Apara Ekadashi fast destroys the sins of Brahman killing, Ghost yoni, the sin of denigration, This fast is remover of big sins. Following kind of sins are absolved by observing this fast-Adultery, appearing as false witness, telling lies, weighing less, writing false scriptures, duping others, posing as false medic.
People telling lies in court ,treacherous behavior – If all these people ask for forgiveness sincerely and with clear heart and fast on Apara Ekadashi, their sins are removed as well. Warriors who run away from war , go to hell but if they observe Apara Ekadashi fast they go to heaven. Students who get education from their Gurus but denigrate about them afterwards, they go to hell as well. But they can also absolve their sins by observing Apara Ekadashi.
People who denigrate their parents , can also become eligible to attain Vaikuntha if they observe Apara Ekadashi.
The merits attained by Apara Ekadashi are equal to that of taking bath in all three Pushkars on Karthik Purnima. Or merits attained by offering Pindadana in holy river Ganges. The merits attained by observing Apara Ekadashi are equal to merits attained by doing following virtuous deeds-
- Taking Bath in Prayagraj in Capricorn ( on Makar Sankranti)
- Fasting on Shivaratri
- Taking darshan of Shri Kedarnath in Kumbha
- Merit attained by staying in Badrikashram
- Taking bath in Kurukshetra on Solar Eclipse
- People of Leo zodiac taking ablution in Gomati river on Thursday
- Donation of Elephant Horses or Gold, Donating Gold in Yagna
- Donation of recently delivered cow
Merits attained by observing Apara Ekadashi are equal to all the above-mentioned virtuous acts.
Apara Ekadashi is akin to an Axe meant for cutting down the tree of Sins, like a fire to burn the wood of sins. This fast is like Sun to destroy the darkness of sin. It’s a lion to kill the deer of sins. This life is like a bubble of water, Therefore people should be afraid of sin and observe this fast with steadfast mind. Person who does Apara Ekadashi fast and worships God, gets rid of all his sins and goes to the loka of Lord Vishnu.
Apara Ekadashi Vrat Katha- Apara Ekadashi Story
Lord Shri Krishna further said,” O Son of Kunti, I will tell you’re a story mentioned in Puranas about Apara Ekadashi fast. Listen carefully”
Once upon a time there was a pious King Mahidwaj. His younger brother Vajradhwaj was very cruel , evil & unjust. This opportunist sinner Vajradhwaj murdered his elder brother Mahidhwaj one night because of extreme jealousy. He buried his body underneath a Peepal tree(A kind of Fig tree) in the forest. The King became ghost due to his untimely death and started dwelling on the same Peepal tree. He used to create a lot of nuisance from that Peepal tree. One day Rishi Dhaumya happened to passed from there. He saw the ghost creating nuisance there. He knew King’s past from his penance power .
Rishi brought him down from the tree and gave him knowledge about Paralok Vidya (Knowledge of higher realms). Kindhearted Rishi performed Apara Ekadashi fast for Mahidhwaj by himself and donated the merits to the ghost. King became free from Ghost form because of the effect of Apara Ekadashi. He thanked Rishi multiple times and took the divine form and went to heaven.
O King Yudhirsthir, I have told this story for the larger good of the people. This story gives pleasure to the saintly people . People get rid of their sins by reading or listening to this story. This fast should be carried out with many donations, good and kinds deeds, fasting, restriction of sensory pleasure and with complete devotion.
Years & Dates of Apara Ekadashi
Date in 2018 – 11 May 2017, Day- Friday || Nakshatra- Purva Bharani || Chandra- Meen(Pisces)
Links To All 26 Ekadashis of 13 Months (Adhikmas Included)
|Month/हिंदी महीना||Ekadashi Name/एकादशी का नाम|
|Margashirsha Krishna Paksha/मार्गशीर्ष कृष्ण पक्ष||Utpanna Ekadashi/उत्पन्ना एकादशी|
|Margashirsha Shukla Paksha/मार्गशीर्ष शुक्ल पक्ष||Mokshada Ekadashi/मोक्षदा एकादशी|
|Paush Krishna Paksha /पौष कृष्ण पक्ष||Safala Ekadashi /सफला एकादशी|
|Paush Shukla Paksha/पौष शुक्ल पक्ष||Putrada Ekadashi /पुत्रदा एकादशी|
|Magh Krishna Paksha/माघ कृष्ण पक्ष||Shattila Ekadashi /षटतिला एकादशी|
|Magh Shukla Paksha/माघ शुक्ल पक्ष||Jaya Ekadashi /जया एकादशी|
|Falgun Krishna Paksha/ फाल्गुन कृष्ण पक्ष||Vijaya Ekadashi/विजया एकादशी|
|Falgun Shukla Paksha/फाल्गुन शुक्ल पक्ष||Amalaki Ekadashi /आमलकी एकादशी|
|Chaitra Krishna Paksha/चैत्र कृष्ण पक्ष||Papmochani Ekadashi /पापमोचनी एकादशी|
|Chaitra Shukla Paksha/चैत्र शुक्ल पक्ष||Kamada Ekadashi /कामदा एकादशी|
|Vaishakh Krishna Paksha/वैशाख कृष्ण पक्ष||Varuthini Ekadashi/ वरुथिनी एकादशी|
|Vaishakh Shukla Paksha/वैशाख शुक्ल पक्ष||Mohini Ekadashi/मोहिनी एकादशी|
|Jyesth Krishna Paksha/ज्येष्ठ कृष्ण पक्ष||Apara Ekadashi /अपरा एकादशी|
|Jyesth Shukla Pakhsa/ज्येष्ठ शुक्ल पक्ष||Nirjala Ekadashi /निर्जला एकादशी|
|Ashadh Krishna Paksha/आषाढ़ कृष्ण पक्ष||Yogini Ekadashi/योगिनी एकादशी|
|Ashadh Shukla Paksha/आषाढ़ शुक्ल पक्ष||Devshayani Ekadashi / देवशयनी एकादशी|
|Shravan Krishna Paksha/श्रवण कृष्ण पक्ष||Kamika Ekadashi / कामिका-कामदा एकादशी|
|Shravan Shukla Paksha/श्रवण शुक्ल पक्ष||Shravana Putrada Ekadashi /श्रावण पुत्रदा एकादशी|
|Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha/भाद्रपद कृष्ण पक्ष||Aja Ekadashi /अजा एकादशी|
|Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha /भाद्रपद शुक्ल पक्ष||Parivartini-Parsva Ekadashi /परिवर्तिनी-पार्श्व एकादशी|
|Ashwin Krishna Paksha/आश्विन कृष्ण पक्ष||Indira Ekadashi/इंदिरा एकादशी|
|Ashwin Shukla Paksha/ आश्विन शुक्ल पक्ष||Papankusha Ekadashi /पापांकुशा एकादशी|
|Kartik Krishna Paksha /कार्तिक कृष्ण पक्ष||Rama Ekadashi /रमा एकादशी|
|Kartik Shukla Paksha/कार्तिक शुक्ल पक्ष||Dev Prabodhini Ekadashi /देव प्रबोधिनी एकादशी|
|Adhikmas Krishna Paksha/अधिकमास कृष्ण पक्ष||Parama Ekadashi /परमा एकादशी|
|Adhikmas Shukla Paksha/अधिकमास शुक्ल पक्ष||Padmini Ekadashi/पद्मिनी एकादशी|
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