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Mohini Ekadashi.

Hindu Of Universe 

“God’s light is within you, It never leaves you.”

The Ekadashi that falls in the Shukla Paksha of Vaishakha month is also well known as Mohini Ekadashi.

Along with duly worshiping Lord Narayan on this day, there is also a law to fast.

According to Hindu mythology, demons, and deities fought over the nectar obtained from the churning of the ocean, and the asuras fled with the nectar.

Then Lord Hari took the form of Mohini to take nectar from the demons.

It is believed that on the Ekadashi day of Shukla Paksha of Vaishakh month, Lord Vishnu took this form.

For this reason, this Ekadashi is known as Mohini Ekadashi.

It is said that fasting on Mohini Ekadashi and observing this fast with a true heart frees one from the continuous cycle of birth and death and attains salvation.

All the works of the person are proved by this.

Mohini Ekadashi Story

According to Puranas, a rich man named Dhanpal lived in a beautiful city named Bhadravati.

He was a very charitable person by nature.

The name of the youngest son among his five sons was Dhrishtabuddhi, who used to spend his father’s money in bad deeds.

One day Dhanapal got fed up with his bad habits and threw him out of the house.

Dhrishtabuddhi started wandering here and there drowning in grief day and night and one day reached Maharishi Kaundilya’s hermitage.

At that time Maharishi had come after bathing in the Ganges.

Dhrishtabuddhi, suffering from the weight of grief, went to Kaundilya Rishi and with folded hands said, ‘ Rishi! Please have mercy on me and tell me such a remedy, by the effect of which I can be free from my sorrows.’

Then Kaundilya said, fast on the famous Ekadashi named Mohini.

The sins of many births are also destroyed by the virtue of observing this fast.

Dhrishtabuddhi fasted according to the method told by the sage.

Due to this he became sinless and went to Sri Vishnudham by wearing a divine body.


Significance of Mohini Ekadashi

Saint Vashishtha had first told about Mohini Ekadashi to Lord Rama and Lord Krishna to Maharaja Yudhishthira.

It is believed that by observing the fast of Mohini Ekadashi, Akshaya Punya is attained.

Along with this, the person who observes the fast of Mohini Ekadashi with full devotion gets merit equal to many pilgrimages, charity, and performing several thousand Yagyas.

Along with this, those who fast get as much glory as they get by donating one thousand cows.

Mohini Ekadashi Fasting

  • On the day of Ekadashi, wake up in Brahma Muhurta and wear clean clothes after taking bath.
    • After this, establish the Kalash and worship Lord Vishnu.
    • Recite or listen to Mohini Ekadashi Vrat Katha during the day.
    • Remember Shri Hari at night and wake up while doing bhajan kirtan.
    • Observe the Ekadashi fast on the day of Dwadashi.
    • First of all, after worshiping God, provide food to a Brahmin or the needy and give them charity and Dakshina.
    • Only after this eat yourself.

Mohini Ekadashi Rituals

  • Devotees are required to wake up early in the morning and wear clean clothes after taking bath.
    • All the rituals of Mohini Ekadashi Vrat begin on the eve of Dashami.
    • On this particular day, one needs to consume a single sattvic meal, and that too before the sunset period.
    • The fast continues till the time when Ekadashi Tithi ends.
    • During the observance of Mohini Ekadashi Vrat, the observers are prohibited to commit any kind of sin or evil deed and also to tell lies.
    • The fast ends on the eve of Dwadashi which is the twelfth day. All the fasting people are required to make some donations and offer food to the Brahmins before concluding their fast.
    • Devotees are not allowed to sleep during the night. To please Lord Vishnu, he should spend all his time reciting mantras.
    • Reciting ‘Vishnu Sahasranamam’ is considered highly auspicious.
    • On this special day, devotees worship Lord Vishnu with great enthusiasm and immense devotion.
    • Once all the rituals are over, the devotees perform the aarti.
    • Donating on the eve of Mohini Ekadashi is considered highly fruitful. The observers should donate food, clothes, and money to the Brahmins.
    • ‘Brahmin Bhojan’ is also organized as a part of charity for the devotee as it is believed that the person does not go to hell after his death as a result of the charity and virtue done on the eve of this festival.

Mohini Ekadashi

Mohini Ekadashi observed on the eleventh day of waxing phase of moon in the month of Vaisakha (April – May). 

Vasista narrated the greatness of this Ekadashi to Lord Sri Rama.

Lord Srikrisha is explained this to Maharaj Yudhistira, the eldest of the Pandava brothers.

Mohini Ekadashi fast helps in removing the burden of sins and enjoy a peaceful life. Devotees believe that the fasting on Mohini Ekadasi provide more punaya than bathing in holy in river.

Like all other ekadasi fast this is also dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

SIGNIFICANCE OF EKADASHI

Ekadashi (‘Hari Vasara’ or ‘Hari din’) is considered significant according to the Hindu culture.

The significance of this auspicious period is mentioned in the pious texts of Padma Purana as well as Skanda Purana.

This tithi is celebrated by both the Vaishnav and non-Vaishnav communities.

On this day, the devotees avoid eating cereals, vegetables, etc.

The tithi of Ekadashi is devoted to Lord Vishnu.

 On this day, devotees worship Lord Vishnu by performing prayers as well as chanting mantras and ask for the blessings to get overall prosperity.

It is a ritual to bathe and get ready early in the Dashami morning.

After sunset on Ekadashi, devotees chant Aartis and read Ekadashi Vrat Katha.

Ekadashi Mantra

While performing Ekadashi Puja, one should recite ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya,’.

It is the mantra of Lord Vishnu.

 On this auspicious day, it is also recommended to chant the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra 108 times.

While doing their morning and evening prayers, devotees should also recite Ekadashi Mata Aarti.

How is Ekadashi Puja done?

Ekadashi Puja starts with getting up early and doing the early morning prayer which includes taking a pledge to fast on this auspicious day.

On this day, one should worship Lord Vishnu and include Gangajal and Panchamrit and other pious ingredients like Holy Basil in the ritual.

This fast can be done in two different ways- Nirahar and Falahar.

While the devotees do not eat anything for the entire day in Nirahar, the devotee can eat the food allowed in the fast in Falahar.

The food should be consumed after worshiping Lord Vishnu.

But, the vidhi or process of Ekadashi Parana is finished on the Dwadashi tithi, the next day of the fast.

Ekadashi Vrat Parana Vidhi

The whole process of opening the fast of Ekadashi once it is completed is known as Ekadashi Vrat Parana.

Vrat Parana is done after the sunrise on the Dwadashi, the day after Ekadashi.

The devotees should keep in mind that this ritual is performed exclusively on the tithi of Dwadashi and in the day’s first quarter which is referred to as Hari Vasar.

On the occasion of Dwadashi tithi, it is believed that devotees should give food to the Brahmin or help the needy to bring prosperity.

What Can You Eat During Ekadashi Fast?

Few things to take care of if you’re fasting on the day of Ekadashi are mentioned below:

  • You are only allowed to consume a single meal in a day. Take care of not including salt in your meal.
  • You can consume products made from milk, fresh and dry fruits, or vegetables while observing this fast.
  • Because cereals are not permitted, Sabudana Khichdi with groundnuts or combined with potatoes can be consumed. On the day of Dashami, even dal and honey should also be avoided. Rice consumption is also strictly restricted.
  • One should not consume non-vegetarian food as well as alcohol.
  • On this day, some devotees observe complete fasting and do not even drink water. This type of fasting is called Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat.
  • On the day following Ekadashi, the ritual of Dashami Tithi is followed. It is recommended to bathe in the early morning and pray to Lord Vishnu by burning a Diya on this day. This fast should be opened by eating the food which was cooked on Dashami.

Introduction to Mohini Ekadasi

Ekadasi is the 11th day of the Moon’s lunar phase, and Mohini Ekadasi falls on the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase) in the month of Vaisakh (April–May).

Mohini is the name of Lord Vishnu disguised in feminine form, and since he appeared in this form on the day of Ekadasi, the day is known as Mohini Ekadasi.

Story of Mohini Ekadasi

It is believed that Lord Vishnu took the form of a beautiful lady named Mohini on this day.

When the cosmic ocean was churned for Amrit (nectar), a dispute arose between the Devas (celestial beings) and the Asuras (Demons) on who will consume it.

To resolve this, Lord Vishnu took the form of a woman, Mohini.

The Asuras kept admiring the woman, while she offered Amrit to the Devas.

This is how Mohini Ekadasi gained its name.

The Vrat is also believed to have been observed by Lord Rama when he was in search of Sita in Ramayana, and also by King Yudhishtra in Mahabharata.

Another legend behind Mohini Ekadasi says the story of Dhrishtabuddhi.

He was the 5th son of Chandravanshi King Dhrutimaan, who ruled the land of Bhadravati, situated on the banks of River Saraswati.

Dhrishtabuddhi was impious and committed several sins of gambling, having affairs with women, and consumed alcohol.

The King chided him and threw him out of his palace.

He lived for a few days by selling his clothes and jewelry.

Later, he was abandoned by everyone in the kingdom and started living in the forest.

With great resentment, he met Sage Kaundilya and pleaded for a solution to become free from his sins.

The sage asked him to observe Mohini Ekadasi Vrat to cleanse him of his wrong deeds.

He worshipped Lord Vishnu and kept a rigorous fast.

He got rid of all his sins and reached heaven by flying on the Garuda, the Divine eagle vehicle of Vishnu.

Significance of Mohini Ekadasi

Mohini Ekadasi holds great significance in Hindu mythology, and the importance of the day was explained to Lord Rama by Sage Vasishta and to King Yudhishthira by Lord Krishna.

The greatness of the day is also mentioned in detail in the sacred text, Surya Purana.

Rituals of Mohini Ekadasi Vrat

The observer of the fast begins it on the preceding day (Dasami, 10th Moon) and follows a Sattvic diet throughout the day.

One must refrain from consuming grains, alcohol, meat, barley, spices, etc.

On the day of fasting, after a ritual bath, the idols of Lord Vishnu and Lord Rama are worshipped by lighting lamps and incense sticks.

Offering Tulsi leaves to Lord Vishnu is considered very auspicious on this day.

The idols are worshipped by offering flowers, fruits, sesame seeds, and sandalwood paste.

Devotees spend the night of Ekadasi by singing hymns and reciting Vishnu Sahasranamam (1000 names of Vishnu) in the worship of Lord Vishnu.

Benefits of Mohini Ekadasi Vrat

As per sacred texts, observing Mohini Ekadasi Vrat can bestow the following blessings:

  • Abundant blessings from Lord Vishnu and relief from all sins.
  • One is benefited more than performing Yagnas or visiting pilgrimage sites.
  • Gain the same benefits of donating 1000 cows.
  • Freedom from materialism and help in attaining Moksha or salvation.

What are The Rituals of Mohini Ekadashi?

The devotees observe a silent vow or a strict Mohini Ekadashi fast on this particular day.

  • The observers are required to wake up early in the morning and get dressed up in clean attire after taking a shower.
  • All the rituals of Mohini Ekadashi Fast initiate on the eve of Dashami (tenth day).
  • On this particular day, observers are required to consume a single satvik meal and that too before the period of sunset.
  • The Vrat continues till the time when Ekadashi tithi ends.
  • During the observance of Mohini Ekadashi Vrat, the observers are restricted to perform any kind of sinful or evil deed and are also restricted to speak lies.
  • The fast concludes on the eve of Dwadashi which is the twelfth day. All the observers are required to make some donations and offer food to the Brahmins before concluding their fast.
  • The observers are not allowed to sleep during the night. They must spend their entire time reciting Mantras in order to please Lord Vishnu.
  • Reciting of ‘Vishnu Sahasranama’ is considered as highly auspicious.
  • On this particular day, devotees worship Lord Vishnu with great zeal and immense devotion.
  • Once all the rituals are finished, devotees perform aarti.
  • Performing charity on the eve of Mohini Ekadashi is regarded as highly rewarding. The observer should donate food, clothes, and money to the Brahmins.
  • Devotees also organize a ‘Brahman Bhoj’ as a part of the donation as it is believed the individuals who perform charity and donations on the eve of this festival never go to hell after their death.

What is The Significance of Mohini Ekadashi?

According to Hindu mythology, it is believed that the importance and significance of Mohini Ekadashi have been first explained by Lord Krishna to King Yudhishthira and by Saint Vasishtha to Lord Rama.

  • If a person observes a Mohini Ekadashi Vrat with utmost dedication and devotion then he receives many ‘punya’ or ‘good karmas” as its fruitful result.
  • The Punya received are equivalent to the one attained by donating a thousand cows, visiting pilgrimages, and performing yajnas.
  • It is also believed that devotees get free from the cycle of birth and rebirth and attain salvation by observing the fast of Mohini Ekadashi.
  • To know the detailed importance of Mohini Ekadashi, devotees can read the Surya Purana.

What is The Mohini Ekadashi Vrat Katha?

As per the Hindu scriptures, Mohini was the incarnated form of Lord Vishnu.

At the time of Samudra Manthan, when nectar was churned out, there was a dispute that took place between demons and deities about who will consume the Amrit.

Deities sought help from Lord Vishnu and thus appeared in the form of a beautiful woman named Mohini to distract the attention of the devils from the pot of nectar.

Thus, all the deities consumed nectar with the help of Lord Vishnu.

That is why the day is celebrated as Mohini Ekadashi.

It is the same fast which was observed by King Yudhishthira and Lord Rama.

What is The Legend of Mohini Ekadashi?

As per the legend, once there was a place named Bhadravati which was situated near the river Saraswati

King Dhrutimaan who was a firm devotee of Lord Vishnu used to rule the place.

He was blessed with five sons, out of which the fifth one whose name was Dhrishtabuddhi was actually a sinner being involved in too many bad deeds and immoral activities.

Seeing all this, King Dhrutimaan abandoned Dhrishtabuddhi.

To survive, he got involved in acts of robbery.

As a result, he was thrown out of the kingdom.

Dhrishtabuddhi started living in a forest.

Once when he was wandering in the forest, he arrived at Sage Kaundinya’s hermitage.

It was the time of Vaisakh month and sage Kaundinya was taking a bath.

Some droplets just splashed out and sprinkled on Dhrishtabuddhi.

Because of this, he attained self-realization and good sense and thus regretted all his immoral deeds.

He pleaded the saint to guide him to the path of salvation from his past sins and bad karma.

To this, the sage asked him to observe an Ekadashi fast which falls in the Vaisakh month during Shukla Paksha to get relieved from the sins.

On the day of Ekadashi, Dhrishtabuddhi observed the Ekadashi Vrat with complete devotion.

Ultimately all his sins were washed out and reached to Vishnu Lok.

Since that time, it is believed that devotees can attain salvation by observing a fast of Mohini Ekadashi.

What are The Mantras for Mohini Ekadashi?

  • Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya Mantra
  • Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram

Mohini Ekadashi

Mohini Ekadashi is a revered day in Hinduism, marked by fasting and devotion, to seek blessings and cleanse sins. It is celebrated during the Shukla Paksha of the Vaishakh month, May, .

The festival honors Lord Vishnu’s Mohini avatar, who emerged during the churning of the ocean, and is associated with the attainment of spiritual virtues and liberation.

The observance of this day is deeply rooted in Hindu mythology and is believed to bring prosperity and salvation to devotees.

Key Takeaways

Mohini Ekadashi is an important Hindu festival that celebrates Lord Vishnu’s Mohini avatar, which emerged during the cosmic event known as the churning of the ocean.

Observing the fast of Mohini Ekadashi, with rituals starting from the previous night, is believed to cleanse sins, including those from past lives, and bestow virtues equivalent to those gained from pilgrimage and charity.

Devotees engage in specific rituals such as the sacred bath using Til (Sesame) paste, installation of a Kalash, and night vigils, to honor deities and seek divine blessings for a prosperous life.

Cultural and astrological beliefs play a significant role in the celebration of Mohini Ekadashi, with specific activities being prohibited to maintain the sanctity of the fast and enhance spiritual benefits.

The Legend of Mohini Ekadashi

The Churning of the Ocean and the Emergence of Mohini

The tale of Mohini Ekadashi is deeply rooted in the mythological event of the churning of the ocean, known as Samudra Manthan.

This cosmic event was a pivotal moment in Hindu mythology, leading to the emergence of several divine objects and beings, including the goddess Mohini.

During the churning, a fierce battle ensued between the gods and demons over the Amrita, the nectar of immortality.

To resolve the chaos and distribute the nectar fairly, Lord Vishnu took the enchanting form of Mohini.

Her allure was instrumental in ensuring that the gods received the nectar, while the demons were beguiled by her beauty.

The churning produced both nectar and poison.

Lord Shiva consumed the poison, preventing its destructive impact.

The emergence of Mohini was crucial in safeguarding the nectar for the gods.

The observance of Mohini Ekadashi is a tribute to this divine intervention, marking a day of fasting and rituals that honor the victory of good over evil.

The Significance of Mohini in Hindu Mythology

In Hindu mythology, Mohini Ekadashi is revered for its profound spiritual importance. It is a day dedicated to worship Lord Vishnu and his enchanting avatar, Mohini, who emerged during the cosmic event of the churning of the ocean.

This avatar of Vishnu is celebrated for distributing the nectar of immortality to the gods, ensuring the forces of good prevailed.

Mohini Ekadashi is a time when devotees seek to cleanse their past sins and aspire for a life of spiritual richness.

The observance of this day is believed to wash away sins, including those from previous lives, as mentioned in the ‘Surya Purana’.

The following points highlight the significance of Mohini in Hindu mythology:

Mohini is the only female avatar of Lord Vishnu, symbolizing divine grace and bewitchment.

The appearance of Mohini on Ekadashi led to the naming of this auspicious day.

Observing Mohini Ekadashi is thought to bring about a life full of luxury and moral uprightness.

The Connection to Lord Vishnu’s Mohini Avatar

The celebration of Mohini Ekadashi is deeply intertwined with the veneration of Lord Vishnu’s Mohini avatar.

On this auspicious day, devotees honor the divine form that Lord Vishnu assumed during the churning of the ocean.

It is a day that not only commemorates the deity’s enchanting appearance but also symbolizes the triumph of good over evil, as Mohini was instrumental in ensuring the gods received the nectar of immortality.

The significance of the Mohini avatar is further highlighted by the belief that worshiping this form of Vishnu can lead to manifold blessings.

Devotees seek to cleanse their sins, with the hope that such worship will grant them a prosperous life.

The following points outline the key aspects of the Mohini avatar’s connection to the Ekadashi:

Mohini Ekadashi is named after the hidden form of Lord Vishnu.

The appearance of Lord Vishnu as Mohini on Ekadashi led to the inception of this sacred day.

Worshiping the Mohini form is believed to wash away sins, including those from previous lives.

The essence of Mohini Ekadashi lies in the transformative power of devotion.

It is a time when the faithful immerse themselves in spiritual practices, seeking to align with the divine grace that the Mohini avatar embodies.

Rituals and Observances of Mohini Ekadashi

Pre-Ekadashi Preparations and the Night Vigil

The observance of Mohini Ekadashi begins with meticulous preparations that set the stage for a spiritually enriching experience. Devotees wake up early in the Brahma Muhurta, cleanse themselves with a ritual bath, and don clean clothes, symbolizing purity and readiness for the day’s practices.

The fast commences with a resolution to abstain from grains and beans, reflecting the traditional dietary restrictions associated with Ekadashi.

During the night vigil, the focus is on staying awake to engage in continuous worship and remembrance of Lord Vishnu.

This is a time for chanting mantras, singing bhajans, and participating in kirtans, which are often organized in community gatherings.

The vigil is a testament to the devotee’s dedication and serves as a spiritual marathon leading up to the break of fast on Dwadashi day.

The night vigil is not merely about staying awake but immersing oneself in the divine aura of Lord Vishnu, seeking spiritual elevation and inner peace.

The following list outlines the key activities undertaken by devotees on the eve of Mohini Ekadashi:

Wake up during Brahma Muhurta and take a purifying bath.

Wear clean, preferably white, clothing to symbolize purity.

Establish the Kalash and perform worship rituals dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Read or listen to the Mohini Ekadashi Vrat Katha.

Engage in night-long remembrance of Shri Hari through bhajans and kirtans.

Break the fast on Dwadashi day after offering food and dakshina to a Brahmin or a needy person.

The Sacred Bath and Til (Sesame) Paste Ritual

On the auspicious day of Mohini Ekadashi, devotees engage in a sacred bath ritual that is believed to purify the body and soul.

The use of til (sesame) paste during the bath is of particular significance, as it is thought to cleanse spiritual impurities and bestow blessings.

The ritual begins at dawn, with devotees rising early to prepare the til paste.

This paste is then applied to the body before taking the holy bath, symbolizing the removal of sins and negative energies.

Following the bath, worshippers perform a series of pujas and chant mantras dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

The recitation of ‘Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya’ with a Tulsi garland is a key part of the ritual, invoking the deity’s presence and favor.

Here is a simple list of steps commonly followed:

Wake up before sunrise and prepare the til paste.

Apply the paste to the body, focusing on spiritual cleansing.

Take the sacred bath, ideally in a river or at home with sanctified water.

Perform puja and chant mantras, especially using a Tulsi garland.

Offer prayers and bhog, which may include items like Sabudana Khichdi, but without rice as it is prohibited on Ekadashi.

The culmination of these practices is believed to bring the devotee closer to the divine and ensure a day filled with piety and devotion.

Installation of the Kalash and Worship of Deities

Following the sacred bath and til paste ritual, devotees proceed to install a Kalash, a pot adorned with a red cloth, symbolizing prosperity and life force.

The Kalash is placed as a central element in the worship space, and idols of Lord Vishnu and Shri Ram are reverently positioned for worship.

Devotees light lamps and incense sticks, creating an atmosphere of divine presence, and offer fruits and flowers to the deities, embodying their devotion and reverence.

The act of offering ‘Prasad’ and ‘Dakshina’ to Brahmins is a gesture of respect and gratitude, which is believed to bring blessings and fulfillment of wishes.

The night is spent in spiritual awakening, with bhajans and kirtans echoing through the space, and devotees often choose to sleep near the idol of God, seeking closeness to the divine.

The following list outlines the key steps in the ritual:

Wake up before sunrise on Ekadashi and perform ablutions.

Worship the idols of Lord Vishnu or Lord Krishna with offerings of sandalwood, flowers, fruits, and sweets.

Light a ghee lamp and incense sticks to accompany the prayers.

Chant the mantra “Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya” with a Tulsi garland.

Stay awake at night, immersed in the remembrance of Shri Hari through bhajans and kirtans.

On Dwadashi day, break the fast and first provide food and ‘Dakshina’ to a Brahmin or a needy person before partaking in any food.

The Spiritual Significance of Mohini Ekadashi

Cleansing of Sins and Past Life Karma

Mohini Ekadashi is revered for its power to attenuate human sins and break the cycle of death and birth.

Devotees believe that by observing the fast with reverence and devotion, they cleanse themselves of accumulated sins, leading to spiritual liberation.

The sacred observance of Mohini Ekadashi involves a strict fast where fruit is the only food permitted.

This discipline is thought to purify both body and mind, fostering a state of health and inner peace akin to the effects of the Udaka Shanti Pooja.

The tale of Dhrishtabuddhi illustrates the transformative potential of this Ekadashi.

After observing the fast as prescribed, he was relieved from the sorrows of many births, ultimately achieving a divine form and ascending to Vishnudham.

Similarly, the fast of Parama Ekadashi is lauded for its ability to wash away all sins, drawing parallels to the merit of an Ashwamedha Yajna.

Observing Mohini Ekadashi fast

Performing worship with reverence

Giving donations and Dakshina to Brahmins

Attaining a state of health and inner peace

Achieving liberation from past life karma

Attaining Virtues Comparable to Pilgrimage and Charity

Observing Mohini Ekadashi is believed to confer spiritual merits that eclipse even those gained from pilgrimages and acts of charity.

The scriptures emphasize that the virtues attained from this fast surpass the merits of the Ashwamedha Yagya, a grand Vedic ritual, and are comparable to the benefits of donating a thousand cows.

Chanting the mantra “Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya” with a Tulsi garland is a key practice.

Engaging a learned Brahmin to conduct the Vishnu Sahasranama puja amplifies the fast’s efficacy.

Devotees perform Vishnu puja, chant mantras, and engage in devotional music throughout the night.

The following day, after a purifying bath, it is customary to distribute Prasad to children and the needy, and to offer a full meal to a Brahmin.

The sincere observance of Mohini Ekadashi, coupled with acts of charity, bestows upon the devotee a life of happiness and longevity.

Donating a Kalash, a sacred vessel, is particularly auspicious and is believed to contribute to a person’s well-being and lifespan.

Liberation from the Cycle of Birth and Death

Observing Mohini Ekadashi is believed to be a powerful means for achieving liberation from the cycle of birth and death, a central aim in Hindu spirituality.

The fast and accompanying rituals are designed to purify the soul and attenuate human sins, aligning devotees with the divine essence of Lord Vishnu.

Fasting on Ekadashi is more than an act of physical abstinence; it is a spiritual practice that enhances one’s progress towards Moksha, or liberation.

The significance of this day is underscored by the belief that it can cleanse past life karma, thus freeing an individual from the continuous loop of reincarnation.

The following points highlight the transformative impact of Mohini Ekadashi:

It is a time when spiritual devotion is given precedence over materialistic engagements.

The practice of fasting and prayer on this day is said to purify the body and mind, facilitating a deeper connection with the divine.

By abstaining from certain foods and engaging in spiritual activities, devotees aim to break free from the bondage of worldly existence.

Mohini Ekadashi :

Determining the Date According to the Hindu Calendar

The date of Mohini Ekadashi is determined based on the lunar phase of the Hindu calendar.

It falls on the eleventh day (Ekadashi) of the bright fortnight (Shukla Paksha) in the month of Vaisakha, which typically corresponds to April or May in the Gregorian calendar.

The specific date for Mohini Ekadashi can vary each year, as the Hindu calendar is a lunisolar system that takes into account both the moon’s phases and the sun’s position.

For instance, in the year , Mohini Ekadashi is observed on a specific date that aligns with the lunar cycle.

Devotees pay close attention to the calendar to ensure they observe the Ekadashi at the correct time.

The precise timing of the Ekadashi tithi is crucial for the performance of rituals and fasting.

The anticipation of Mohini Ekadashi brings a spiritual fervor among devotees, as they prepare to engage in the sacred observances that promise spiritual upliftment and divine blessings.

Below is a list of Ekadashi dates around the time of Mohini Ekadashi in :

Nirjala Ekadashi: June , Tuesday

Yogini Ekadashi: July , Tuesday

Mohini Ekadashi: Sun, May, .

It is important to note that these dates are subject to change based on the sighting of the moon and regional variations.

Devotees are advised to consult local panchangams or spiritual authorities for the most accurate dates.

The Celebration of Mohini Ekadashi in Northern India

In Northern India, Mohini Ekadashi is observed with great reverence and devotion.

This auspicious day falls during the Shukla Paksha of the Hindu month of ‘Vaishakh’, typically aligning with April-May.

Devotees engage in a series of rituals that begin the previous night, ensuring they are well-prepared to seek the divine blessings for a happy and prosperous life.

The essence of Mohini Ekadashi is deeply rooted in the belief that it washes away all sins, including those from previous lives.

The day is marked by a commitment to fasting, prayer, and reflection, embodying the virtues of discipline and devotion.

The following list outlines the key activities undertaken by devotees during Mohini Ekadashi:

Waking up before sunrise to begin the day’s observances

Applying a paste of Til (Sesame) on the body as a purifying act

Bathing in pure water to cleanse oneself spiritually

Installing a Kalash (Pot) adorned with red cloth as a symbol of divine presence

Worshiping idols of Lord Vishnu & Shri Ram with offerings and lighting a lamp

March  in India is a month of vibrant cultural celebrations, including Holi and Maha Shivratri, symbolizing diversity and community unity through rituals and traditions. Amidst these festivities, Mohini Ekadashi stands out as a day dedicated to spiritual cleansing and renewal.

How Devotees Seek Divine Blessings for Prosperity

On Mohini Ekadashi, devotees engage in various rituals to seek divine blessings for prosperity. Chanting the mantra ‘Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya’ with a Tulsi garland is believed to be particularly powerful.

This mantra, often recited by Lord Narada, is a guide to pleasing the deities and attracting abundance.

Devotees also perform Vishnu puja and continue to chant Lord Vishnu’s mantras and sing devotional songs throughout the night.

This vigil is a testament to their dedication and spiritual endurance.

The following morning, after a purifying bath, it is customary to distribute Prasad to children and the needy.

Additionally, organizing a full meal for a Brahmin is considered to bring immense merit. The act of giving, whether it is Prasad or a meal, reflects the spirit of generosity and is a key aspect of the festival.

Here is a summary of the key activities:

Chant ‘Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya’ with a Tulsi garland

Perform Vishnu puja and engage in night-long devotional singing

Distribute Prasad and offer meals to Brahmins

Give Dakshina and donations as acts of charity

Cultural and Astrological Aspects of Mohini Ekadashi

The Role of Astrology in Mohini Ekadashi

Astrology plays a pivotal role in determining the auspicious timing for observing Mohini Ekadashi.

The alignment of celestial bodies is believed to influence the efficacy of the rituals performed.

Devotees consult astrologers to choose the most propitious moment for beginning the fast and conducting the associated ceremonies.

The Griha Pravesh Puja, often performed on Mohini Ekadashi, transcends language and aligns with cosmic energies.

Astrology not only guides the timing but also personalizes the ceremony to the individual’s birth chart, ensuring that the cultural significance of the tradition is upheld and reflects the continuity in Indian society.

On Mohini Ekadashi, it is essential to adhere to the specific astrological timings to maximize the spiritual benefits and ensure the purification process aligns with the cosmic energies.

The following list outlines the key astrological considerations for Mohini Ekadashi:

Selection of the most auspicious time (Muhurat) for starting the fast.

Alignment of the stars and planets to enhance spiritual growth.

Personalization of rituals based on individual horoscopes.

Avoidance of inauspicious times to commence any new ventures.

Prohibited Activities on the Day of Mohini Ekadashi

On Mohini Ekadashi, certain activities are traditionally avoided to honor the sanctity of the day and to ensure the fast’s efficacy.

Devotees are encouraged to abstain from consuming grains and beans, as these are believed to be contaminated by sin.

It is also advised to refrain from engaging in negative behaviors such as lying, stealing, or indulging in anger.

Avoid consumption of grains and beans

Refrain from negative behaviors (lying, stealing, anger)

Do not eat or drink anything during the fast

Abstain from sleeping during the daytime

The essence of Mohini Ekadashi is to purify the mind and body through discipline and devotion.

Observing these prohibitions is considered crucial for spiritual growth and the attainment of the fast’s benefits.

Mohini Purnima and Its Importance in Fasting Traditions

Mohini Purnima marks a culmination of the spiritual journey that begins with the fast of Mohini Ekadashi.

It is a day steeped in devotion and reverence, where the fasting traditions are believed to bring about a profound transformation in the devotee’s life.

The fast observed on this day is said to confer blessings that are manifold greater than those obtained through pilgrimages or acts of charity.

The essence of Mohini Purnima lies in its ability to cleanse the soul and provide a path to salvation, aligning the devotee with the divine virtues of Lord Vishnu.

The significance of Mohini Purnima extends beyond individual spirituality, as it fosters community gatherings and collective worship.

This day is not just about personal fulfillment but also about reinforcing the bonds within the community through shared rituals and celebrations.

Wrapping Up

In conclusion, Mohini Ekadashi holds a profound place in Hindu mythology, offering a path to absolution and spiritual liberation.

The rituals, starting from the eve of Ekadashi and including the observance of a fast, worship of Lord Vishnu in his Mohini form, and adherence to specific practices, are designed to purify the soul and lead to a life of virtue and prosperity.

The significance of this day is such that it is believed to bestow benefits greater than those gained from pilgrimages or charitable acts.

For those seeking to delve deeper into the essence of Mohini Ekadashi, the ‘Surya Purana’ offers further insights into its importance.

As we reflect on the teachings and the divine blessings associated with this auspicious day, it becomes clear that Mohini Ekadashi is more than just a date on the calendar; it is a spiritual journey towards enlightenment and eternal peace.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the significance of Mohini Ekadashi?

Mohini Ekadashi is significant in Hindu mythology as it is believed to wash away all sins, including those from past lives. It is associated with the form of Lord Vishnu known as Mohini, who emerged on this day, and observing the fast on Mohini Ekadashi is said to bring virtues equivalent to going on a pilgrimage or making donations.

When is Mohini Ekadashi celebrated?

Mohini Ekadashi is celebrated on the Ekadashi during the Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) of the Hindu month of Vaishakh, which typically falls in April-May.

In , it will be observed on February 20.

What are the rituals associated with Mohini Ekadashi?

Rituals include fasting from the previous night, waking up before sunrise, applying a paste of Til (Sesame) on the body, taking a sacred bath, installing a Kalash (pot) with a red cloth, and worshipping idols of Lord Vishnu and Shri Ram.

How does observing Mohini Ekadashi fast affect one’s life?

Observing the Mohini Ekadashi fast with full devotion is believed to grant virtues unattainable even by pilgrimage or charity, and it is said to provide the same glory as donating a thousand cows.

It also promises liberation from the cycle of birth and death, leading to salvation.

Are there any prohibited activities on Mohini Ekadashi?

Yes, there are certain activities that are prohibited on Mohini Ekadashi to maintain the sanctity of the fast and ensure its full benefits.

These activities are not specified here but can be found in religious texts and guidelines.

What is Mohini Purnima and its importance in fasting traditions?

Mohini Purnima is another important fasting day in Hinduism, celebrated to worship Lord Vishnu and his Mohini avatar.

It is considered to hold a significant place in fasting traditions, though the specifics of its observance and importance are not detailed here.

Mohini Ekadashi 

Mohini Ekadashi is a Hindu holy day, which falls on the Shukla Paksha of Vaishakh month or it can be said that Ekadashi of Shukla Paksha of Vaishakh month is called Mohini Ekadashi.

It is said that this day is the best day to destroy all sins.

Dharmaraja Yudhishthira had asked Lord Krishna, what is the name of Ekadashi of Shukla Paksha of Vaishakh month?

Shri Krishna said, O Rajeshwar! The name of this Ekadashi is Mohini.

I tell you a story that Guru Vashist had told to Shri Ramchandraji. Once Shri Ram said, O Gurudev! Describe a vow that will destroy all sin and misery.

I have spent a lot of time in disconnection of Sitaji.

Maharishi Vasistha said – O Ram! The name of Ekadashi that falls in Vaishakh month is Mohini Ekadashi.

By observing this, a person is freed from all sins and evil, and is also freed from attachment.

Love is anything, it makes a person weak.

Therefore, the fast of Mohini Ekadashi is very good for a person who wishes to get rid of attachment.

The story of Mohini Ekadashi Vrat

A king had five sons.

Sumna, Dutiman, Medhavi, Sukrit and Dhrshtbuddhi. Dhrishtbuddhi was the fifth son, he was a very adulterant, a misogynist, an insult to the elders.

He had great attachment in gambling and other miseries.

He would be eager to meet prostitutes and wasting the father’s money on the path of injustice.

The king got fed up and drove him out of his kingdom. He lived in the jungles and wandered.

One day, under the sanskars of a previous birth, he wandered away, hungry and thirsty, he reached the ashram of Maharishi Koundinya.

The sage explained to him the importance of satsangati.

This changed the heart of that Dhrshtbuddhi. He repented of his sinful deeds.

Then Maharishi Koundinya advised him to observe Vaishak Shukla Mohini Ekadashi fast.

With the effect of fasting, the intellect of Drishtibuddhi became clean.

Thus he was freed from his sins and sorrows.

Even today, this fast is performed with reverence.

Mohini Ekadashi 

Lord Vishnu took the Mohini Avatar when the Amrit (Nectar of Immortality) came out of the ocean. In the form of Mohini, Lord Vishnu disguised himself to take the Amrit from Asuras and give it to the Devas.

The day when Lord Vishnu took the form of Mohini is known as Mohini Ekadashi.

It falls on the 11th day of the Shukla Paksha in the month of Vaisakha, as per the Hindu calendar.

The day differs in the Tamil calendar, Malayalam calendar and Bengali calendar.

This day is celebrated as Mohini Ekadashi by the Hindu community.

The word Mohini is often regarded as an attractive personality or hypnotic look.

People worship Lord Vishnu in the form of Mohini and take blessings for a successful and joyful life.

Many devotees of Lord Vishnu perform puja and keep Mohini Ekadashi Vrat on this day. Let us know more about Mohini Ekadashi Importance in the Hindu religion.

Mohini Ekadashi Significance

The festival of Mohini Ekadashi has great significance in the Hindu religion.

People believe that by performing Mohini Ekadashi Vrat, they can achieve Punya in life.

This Vrat is equivalent to going to a pilgrimage place and giving a donation to needy people.

The one who observes the fast on Mohini Ekadashi gets the benefits worth the donation of thousand cows.

It leads you to the path of Moksha or Salvation.

In the Surya Purana, there is a long account of the benefits of Mohini Ekadashi Vrat.

Mohini Ekadashi Story

All the Asuras and Devtas, in a mutual agreement, started the ocean’s churning, also known as Samudra Manthan.

The ultimate purpose of both Devtas and Asuras was to perform the Manthan to get the divine powers and wealth.

While the Devtas and Asuras were busy in the churning of the sea, Dhanvantri, the divine physician, came out of the ocean with Amrita (Nectar of Immortality).

The Asuras snatched the Amrit Kalash from Dhanvantri and tried to run away with it.

Looking at the situation, all the Devtas went to Lord Vishnu for help.

He understood that if Asuras got the Amrita, it would be devastating for the entire universe.

The Devtas were too terrified of this fact. Later, to help them, Lord Vishnu took the form of Mohini, a beautiful woman with hypnotic looks.

When the Asuras saw Mohini, they got attracted to her.

They requested to distribute Amrit equally among all the Asuras.

In Mohini’s form, Lord Vishnu exchanged the Amrit Kalasha with Wine and gave all the Amrit to Devtas.

This day when Mohini gave the Amrit to all the Devas, is known as Mohini Ekadashi. There is also a mention of Mohini Ekadashi Vrat in Mahabharata and Ramayana. People believe that Lord Rama performed the Mohini Ekadashi Vrat to find his wife, Sita.

Mohini Ekadashi Vrat Katha

The Mohini Ekadashi Vrat Katha begins in the kingdom of Bhadravati on the banks of the river Saraswati.

King Dhrutimaan ruled the kingdom of Bhadravati, and he was blessed with five sons, Sumana, Sadbuddhi, Medhavi, Sukruti and Dhrishtabuddhi.

Out of all the five, Dhrishtabuddhi used to do wrong deeds and disrespects women.

He was a gambler and used to enjoy drinking alcohol.

His father, King Dhrutimaan, was not happy with him, and he ordered Dhrishtabuddhi to leave the Kingdom.

Initially, Dhrutimaan sold his ornaments and royal belongings to survive, but later, he opted for robbery.

Due to his wrong deeds, King Dhutimaan punished him with imprisonment and sent him out of the boundaries of Bhadravati.

He started living in the forest and survived by killing birds and other creatures.

His life took a positive turn when he reached the Ashram of Sage Kaundinya.

The Divine Sage was having a bath in the river Ganga, and accidentally a few drops of water from his clothes splashed on Dhrishtabuddhi.

Due to that, he miraculously realised his wrong deeds and requested Sage Kaundinya to guide him to attain salvation or Moksha.

The great sage advised him to keep the Mohini Ekadashi Vrat in the month of Vaishakha during Shukla Paksha.

Dhrishtabuddhi performed the Mohini Ekadashi Vrat and got free from the cycle of birth and death.

People believe that anyone who observes Mohini Ekadashi Vrat reaches Vaikuntha, the abode of Lord Vishnu.

Those who listen to the Mohini Ekadashi Vrat Katha will also receive the benefits of a happy life.

Mohini Ekadashi Puja Vidhi

  • The Puja for Mohini Ekadashi Vrat begins from the previous night.
  • A person who observes this Vrat has to wake up early in the morning before the sun rises.
  • You have to stick a Til or Sesame on your body and take a bath with pure water.
  • Do the Vishnu Puja Vidhi by putting a Kalash covered with a red cloth
    Worship Lord Vishnu and Lord Rama and lit up a lamp.
  • Offer Flowers and fruits as Prasad and then distribute them among other people.
  • Give donations to Brahmins and needy people.
  • People also sing Bhajans on the night of Mohini Ekadashi Vrat.

The Don’ts of Mohini Ekadashi

  • Avoid eating rice and barley on the day of the Vrat as it is considered wrong and vanishes your good deeds.
  • Outside food is strictly prohibited from eaten on this day.
  • Meat and Alcohol are considered impure and not allowed to consume.
  • Also, Garlic and Onion are avoided on this day.
  • Anger is your worst enemy. Don’t let it disturb you on the day of Mohini Ekadashi.
  • People also follow the rules of Brahmacharya on this day.

Wrapping Up

The Mohini Ekadashi Vrat brings you all the prosperity in life.

In Hindu mythology, there are many legends associated with this festival.

People observe strict fasting on this day and worship Lord Vishnu in the form of Mohini.

May Lord Vishnu bless all on the day of Mohini Ekadashi.

Mohini Ekadashi Mantra

Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya Mantra
Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram

Significance of Mohini Ekadashi

Hindu mythology holds that Lord Krishna originally conveyed Mohini Ekadashi’s significance to King Yudhishthira, and Saint Vasishtha first explained it to Lord Rama.
When someone follows a Mohini Ekadashi Vrat with complete devotion and attention, the rewarding outcome is many “punya,” or “good karmas.”
The Punya that is obtained through pilgrimages, yajnas, and the donation of a thousand cows is equal to the Punya that is received.
Observing the Mohini Ekadashi fast is also thought to help devotees escape the cycle of birth and reincarnation and achieve liberation.
To fully understand the significance of Mohini Ekadashi , followers should study the Surya Purana.

Here are some rituals that people follow on Mohini Ekadashi:

The previous evening: Commence your Vrat observations on the tenth lunar night.

Morning: Get up before the sun comes up, take a sesame paste and grass bath, and decorate a pot with red cloth.

Worship: Offer incense, a lamp, fruits, and flowers to Lord Vishnu and Shri Ram.

Chanting: Recite the Vishnu Sahasranaama and the mantra “Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaye” 108 times.

Fasting: Keep a stringent fast, beginning on Dashami Tithi the day prior.

Evening: Make aarti and offer prayers to Lord Vishnu.

At night: spend time with the idol while singing devotionals.

Contributions: Distribute Prasad and offer Brahmins Dakshina.

Food: Give food and drink to outside birds and animals. 

Things To Be Avoided On Mohini Ekadashi :

  • Avoiding eating rice and barley on Mohini Ekadashi is advised since it is regarded as a sin and will undo all of your good works.
  • Eat nothing that is offered to you by strangers or others, or then all of your good acts from the previous year will be undone.
  • On Ekadashi, avoid consuming anything tamati (e.g., meat, alcohol, garlic, onion, etc.) as this will intensify the negative thoughts in your head.
  • On Ekadashi Day, abstain from thievery, violence, rage, and criticism as these things will ruin your good acts.
  • On the day of Ekadashi, suppress your passion and maintain complete abstinence.

Mohini Ekadashi

Ekadashis are pious occasions in Hindu culture.

It is the eleventh tithi (day) of the fortnight.

There are two Ekadashis in one month – the Shukla Paksha Ekadashi (waxing phase) and Krishna Paksha Ekadashi (waning phase).

Ekadashis are generally dedicated to the worship of Lord Vishnu.

Devotees observe vrat on this day to absolve sins and invoke the blessings of Lord Vishnu.

The Shukla Paksha Ekadashi during the month of Vaishakha is called Mohini Ekadashi.

This usually falls in the April-May month according to the Gregorian calendar.

This Ekadashi sees the worship of Mohini, which is Lord Vishnu in female form.

What are the rituals during Mohini Ekadashi?

The faithful observe strict fasting on this day. Actually, the fasting begins on the previous day (Dashami or the 10th day).

It continues till sunrise on the next day (Dwadashi or the 12th day).

On the day of Mohini Ekadashi, the faithful permit themselves to eat only ‘sattvic’ food. ‘Satt’ can be broadly described as the life force in food.

Eating sattvic food means eating those foods which have a life force in them – fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, etc are examples of sattvic food.

Consuming sattvic food rejuvenates the body and mind.

The sattvic diet is also a treatment procedure in Ayurveda.

However, if the person has health problems and observing a strict diet is not possible, certain exceptions are made.

Such persons can eat ‘falahar’ food i.e. food that is cooked.

Such food can be made using vegetables, fruits, oil, and milk.

Consumption of rice and all forms of grain is prohibited while observing Mohini Ekadashi.

The devotee should sleep on the floor on Dashami night.

On Ekadashi day, he or she must wake up early, before sunrise, and bathe in water with Til (sesame seeds) and Kush (darbha grass).

They spend the day offering prayers and observing fast.

Special mandaps (enclaves) are set up for Lord Vishnu where the deity is worshipped with agarbattis, sandalwood, flowers, and fruits.

Offering Tulsi leaves is also considered auspicious.

In some parts, Lord Rama is worshipped as he is considered an avatar of Lord Vishnu.

It is also customary for the Mohini Ekadashi vrat or fasting to be broken by drinking milk on the next day.

Avoid food given by outsiders during this time.

Also avoid tamasic (harmful) food like meat, alcohol, and even onion and garlic while observing Mohini Ekadashi vrat.

The devotee should maintain a disciplined mind and should not get angry, violent, or get passionate about things at this time.

The story behind Mohini Ekadashi

Lord Vishnu took the form of enchantress Mohini to lure the asuras away from the pot of nectar obtained during the churning of the cosmic ocean.

It is believed that Lord Vishnu took this form on the Ekadashi day of Vaishakha month.

This set the precedent for celebrating Mohini Ekadashi.

It is believed that observing the Mohini Ekadashi vrat bestows the devotee with Punya (bliss) that one attains from visiting pilgrimages and donating wealth, and also grants him/her moksha, or release from the never-ending cycle of birth and death.

The story behind the virtue of Mohini Ekadashi is believed to have been narrated to Lord Rama by Sage Vashishta and again by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira.

It is as follows:

In the village of Bhadravati located on the banks of River Saraswati, there lived a merchant called Dhanpaal.

He was a pious man and a great devotee of Lord Vishnu.

He helped the needy and was respected by those in his community.

Dhanpaal had five sons.

The fifth son was Dhrustbuddhi.

Dhrustbuddhi was everything that Dhanpaal wasn’t.

He was reckless, rude, and lived a life of vice and lust.

He did not care for ethics in trade and openly lied and cheated the customers.

He had a weakness for sex and encouraged infidelity and incest.

Being wealthy and powerful, the people had no choice but to put up with his nefarious acts.

Finally, giving up on his youngest son ever developing a moral compass, Dhanpaal summoned Dhrustbuddhi and barred him from venturing out of the house.

But Dhrustbuddhi showed no remorse.

He truly was a rotten human being, to the core.

While it pained him, Dhanpaal gave his youngest son two options – death or exile.

Dhrustbuddhi chose exile.

He left the village and started the journey through the dense forest.

Hunger, thirst, and exposure to nature’s elements obliterated whatever little civilized mannerisms existed in him.

To survive Dhrustbuddhi killed animals and ate them raw and drank their blood.

He became a savage. Leading a wandering life, Dhrustbuddhi one day arrived at the ashram of Kaudinya Rishi, situated on the banks of the holy river Ganga.

The rishis were bathing in the river when Dhrustbuddhi arrived.

He too jumped into the river.

Upon coming into contact with the holy water of Ganga, something inside him changed.

Guilt, sorrow, and self-pity suddenly overwhelmed him and Dhrustbuddhi began to wail like a little child.

Kaudinya Rishi approached him and enquired about him.

Dhrustbuddhi told Rishi everything about his past life and how the weight of sins committed in the past was crushing him now.

He begged Kaudinya to help him.

Kaundinya Rishi saw the suffering in Dhrustbuddhi.

He took him in and told Dhrustbuddhi that repenting for his actions was the first step toward Moksha.

Then he further advised him to observe vrat during Mohini Ekadashi.

Dhrustbuddhi did as he was told.

As time went by he became less and less haunted by the sins of the past.

Dhrustbuddhi became clear in his mind and pious in his actions.

He became revered and respected.

He died as a holy man.

When his time on Earth came to a close, Garuda came to take him to the heavenly abode of Vaikunth where Lord Vishnu resided.

Dhrustbuddhi spends his afterlife serving the Lord.

His story shows the power of the 

Mohini Ekadashi Vrat.

Observing Vrat during Mohini Ekadashi will cleanse the devotee of his sins and help him or her attain Moksha.

It is believed that Lord Rama, under the advice of Sage Vashishta, observed this Vrat when Maa Sita was abducted by the demon Ravana.

Afterward, Lord Rama fought the epic war and killed Ravana to free Sita.

What is the Significance of Mohini Ekadashi in the modern world?

Mohini is one of the earliest examples of transgender personalities.

Commemorating the role of Mohini in restoring the balance of power in the cosmos is a nod towards the celebration of sexual freedom and the virtue of the transgender community.

The character of Mohini also lays bare the feminine side of the man in power.

It stresses the power of feminine charm and seduction over war-mongering men blinded in their lust for power and control.

Mohini also inspires people to rise above gender and be fluid in their approach to gender politics.

By observing 

Mohini Ekadashi we are honoring Lord Vishnu who embodies both masculinity and femininity and takes up attributes going by the necessity of the situation.

It urges people to rise above stereotypes and prejudices and live a life free of gender inhibitions and imbalances.


Mohini Ekadashi

Mohini Ekadashi is observed on the ekadashi (11th day) during the Shukla Paksha (the bright fortnight of moon) in the Hindu month of ‘Vaisakha’ that falls during the months of April-May, according to the Gregorian calendar.

This ekadashi is observed by all Hinduism followers as it helps in washing away all the sins committed by a person, including those from his/her previous births.

In Hindu mythology, Mohini is the name given to the disguised form of Lord Vishnu and since the lord appeared in this form on the ekadashi tithi, the day began to be celebrated as ‘Mohini Ekadashi’ from then onwards.

This Ekadashi is celebrated in the month of ‘Vaisakha’ in Northern India and adjoining regions, however according to the Tamil calendar, it falls during the month of ‘Chithirai’, in the ‘Jyestho’ month of the Bengali calendar and in the Malayalam calendar Mohini Ekadashi falls during the month of ‘Edava’.

Hindu devotees observe this ekadashi to seek divine blessings for living a happy and prosperous life.

Rituals during Mohini Ekadashi:

  • On this day, people observe a strict fast without eating a grain of food whole day. The fasting starts a day in advance, on ‘Dashami’ (10th day) tithi. On this day, the observer performs pious acts and eats ‘saatvik’ food once before sunset. Complete fasting occurs on the ekadashi and continues till the sunrise of ‘Dwadashi’ (12th day). It is believed that Mohini Ekadashi vrat should be broken by drinking milk the next day.
  • The observer of Mohini Ekadashi vrat gets up before sunrise and takes an early bath with Til and Kush. He/she must sleep on the floor on the ‘dashami’ night. The devotees spend the day offering prayers to their deity and keep vigil all night by singing bhajans and chanting mantras in praise of Sri Krishna.
  • As some people cannot follow strict fasting rules due to health complications, they can observe a partial fast or vrat on Mohini Ekadashi. Eating ‘falahar’ like fruits, vegetables and milk products are allowed. On the day of Mohini Ekadashi, consuming rice and all forms of grains is prohibited even for those not observing any fast.
  • The day of Mohini Ekadashi, like all other ekadashis, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Special ‘Mandaps’ is prepared with idols of Lord Vishnu. Devotees worship the lord with sandalwood, sesame seeds, colorful flowers and fruits. Offering Tulsi leaves is very propitious as it is dear to Lord Vishnu. On Mohini Ekadashi day in some regions, Lord Rama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu is also worshipped.

Significance of Mohini Ekadashi:

The greatness of Mohini Ekadashi was first narrated to Lord Rama by saint Vasistha and to Maharaja Yudhisthira by Lord Sri Krishna.

It is believed that if a person observes the Mohini Ekadashi vrat with complete devotion than the ‘punya’ or good deeds that he receives is much more than those achieved by visiting pilgrimages, offering charity or even performing yagnas.

The observer of the fast receives as many glories as achieved by donating a thousand cows in charity.

The performer of this revered vrat achieves freedom from the continuous cycle of birth and death and attains salvation.

Mohini Ekadashi holds huge significance in the Hindu mythology.

One can even read the ‘Surya Purana’ to know more about the significance of Mohini Ekadashi.

Understanding Mohini Ekadashi

Mohini Ekadashi holds a special place in the Hindu calendar, marking the eleventh lunar day (Ekadashi) of each lunar month.

This Ekadashi is named after Mohini, the enchanting form of Lord Vishnu, who is revered for her divine beauty and grace.

The Date of Mohini Ekadashi

In the year  Mohini Ekadashi falls on may .

This auspicious day is celebrated with fervor and devotion by millions of devotees across the country who seek the blessings of Lord Vishnu and the fulfillment of their wishes.

Significance of Mohini Ekadashi

Mohini Ekadashi holds profound significance in Hindu mythology and spiritual practices. It is believed that observing fast on this day and engaging in prayers can absolve one of sins and bestow blessings for prosperity, happiness, and spiritual upliftment.

Rituals and Observances

Devotees observe Mohini Ekadashi Vrat by fasting and abstaining from grains and certain food items throughout the day.

They wake up early, take a ritual bath, and visit temples to offer prayers to Lord Vishnu.

The fast is broken on the next day, Dwadashi, after offering prayers and food to Brahmins or priests.

The Spiritual Essence of Mohini Ekadashi

Mohini Ekadashi is celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion as devotees immerse themselves in prayers, chanting of mantras, and reading sacred texts.

It is believed that sincere observance of Mohini Ekadashi can purify the soul, remove obstacles, and lead one towards spiritual enlightenment.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is the significance of Mohini Ekadashi?

Mohini Ekadashi holds significance as a day dedicated to worshipping Lord Vishnu and seeking spiritual liberation.

When is Mohini Ekadashi ?

Mohini Ekadashi  falls on 19 May .

What are the rituals associated with Mohini Ekadashi?

The rituals include fasting, visiting temples, offering prayers to Lord Vishnu, and abstaining from certain food items.

How do devotees observe the Mohini Ekadashi Vrat?

Devotees observe the Vrat by waking up early, taking a ritual bath, engaging in prayers and meditation, and fasting throughout the day.

Why is Mohini Ekadashi celebrated with such devotion?

Mohini Ekadashi is celebrated with devotion as it is believed to purify the soul, remove obstacles, and lead one towards spiritual enlightenment, bringing prosperity and happiness in life.

Mohini Ekadashi Significance

It is believed that when one observes Mohini Ekadashi Vrat with complete commitment, they can gain such great karma (punya) that can not be accomplished even by travelling to pilgrimage places or doing noble works.

The individual who conducts this fast gets as many rewards as receiving them when donating 1,000 cows.

The person also gets liberated from the ceaseless pattern of birth and death, thereby achieving salvation.

Hence, this occasion is extremely revered in Hindu religion.

Mohini Ekadashi Vrat Katha

The Hindu folklore says that on the day of Mohini Ekadashi, Lord Vishnu had appeared as Mohini.

When Amrit (Nectar) was found during the Samudramanthan (chiring of the sea), a question arose between Devtas (divine beings) and Daityas (devils) on who could have it.

At that point Vishnu appeared as a delightful lady, Mohini.

Daityas (demons) continued appreciating the charm of Mohini, while the Devtas drank the Amrit at the same time.

That is the reason this day is known as Mohini Ekadashi.
Lord Rama had also conducted the fast of Mohini Ekadashi while looking for Sitadevi, and furthermore by Yudhishthir during the time frame of Mahabharata.

Subsequently, they were soothed from each of their sufferings.

Mohini Ekadashi Legends

As per the ancient texts, there was a region called Bhadravati on the banks of Saraswati river, which was administered by King Dhrutimaan.

He was exceptionally a devout follower of Lord Vishnu.

Among his 5 children, the fifth one, Dhrishtabuddhi was a miscreant.

He got into immoral acts with ladies, betting, and furthermore indulged in taking meat and liquor.

As a result, the ruler got disturbed and deserted him.

From that point, Dhrishtabuddhi lived through the days by selling his jewellery and garments.

But later, being troubled with thirst and craving, he showed up at the Ashram of Sage Kaundinya.

Around then, it was the month of Vaishakh, and the Sage was taking a bath in Ganga river.

Due to this, water beads sprinkled from Sage Kaundinya’s wet garments on Dhrishtabuddhi and he became intelligent.

At that point, he admitted all his wrong doings in front of the Sage, and begged him for a resolution of achieving salvation from his deeds.

In this way, Sage Kaundinya encouraged him to do fasting on the Ekadashi of the Shukla Paksha to purify all his sins.

Eventually, he got liberated from his ill deeds by observing the fast, sat on Garuda bird and arrived at Vishnu Loka.

Mohini Ekadashi Rituals

The individual observing Mohini Ekadashi Vrat must obey the below rituals from the previous night (the 10th Lunar Night).

  • Wake up early in the morning, mainly before sunrise.
  • Take a bath after applying a paste of sesame seeds (Til) on the body.
  • Place a Kalash embellished with a red cloth in front of the statues of Lord Vishnu and Shri Ram.
  • Light a diya (lamp), burn some incense and worship the deities by offering flowers and fruits.
  • Share the Prasadam with everyone and along with donating money, food or clothes to Brahmins.
  • Sing devotional songs in groups during the night to appease the Lord.

Avoid These On Mohini Ekadashi

  • Avoid consuming rice and barley on this day, as it is believed a bad deed and also nullifies your righteous acts.
  • Do not take food given by other people and outsiders.
  • Avoid consumption of Tamasic food like onion, garlic, liquor, meat, etc.
  • Avoid getting angry, violent, critical or doing ill acts on this day.
  • Observing full abstinence is also suggested on Mohini Ekadashi.

Mohini Ekadashi

In Hinduism, Mohini Ekadashi is considered a holy and fruitful day.

It is believed that the person who fasts as per the whole ritual on this holy date becomes fortunate in his life.

She/He overcomes the temptation of illusion and moves towards attaining salvation.

Mohini Ekadashi Vrat & Puja Rituals

●  On Ekadashi day, take a bath at daybreak and wear clean clothes.
●  After that, perform urn installation (Kalash sthapana) and worship Lord Vishnu.
●  At noon time, read and listen Mohini Ekadashi Vrat Katha.
●  At night, pray to Shri Hari and perform bhajan-kirtan and Jagrans.
●  Open Ekadashi Vrat on the day of Dwadashi.
●  Offer meals and donate charity to the Brahmin or the poor after worshipping God.
●  Only after that have your meal.

Importance of Mohini Ekadashi Vrat

According to a mythological tale, a rift started between Devtas & Asuras after acquiring nectar during Samudra Manthan.

Even with their power, the Devtas could not defeat Asuras, so Lord Vishnu transformed into Mohini and lured Asuras in a false illusion.

He took all Elixir and gave Devtas to drink it, after which they attained immortality.

That is why, this Ekadashi is called as Mohini Ekadashi.

Historical Legend of Mohini Ekadashi Vrat

There was a beautiful city named Bhadrawati where a rich person named Dhanpal lived. He had five sons out of whom the youngest son was Dhrishtabuddhi.

He used to waste his father’s money in bad deeds.

After getting frustrated with his bad habits, Dhanpal casted him out of the house.

This made Dhrishtabuddhi mourn day and night and wander around.

Because of some virtuous deeds, he reached Maharishi Kaundilya’s Ashram.

The Maharishi was getting back from bathing in the Ganga.

Dhrishtabuddhi, weighed by his grievings, came to Kaundilya Rishi and pleaded, Rishi! have some mercy on me and provide a solution, with the effect of which I could get free from all my sorrows.’

Then Kaundilya told him to perform the famous Ekadashi Vrat named Mohini.

By the virtue of this fast, even the sins of past lives gets destroyed.

Dhrishtabuddhi fasted according to the rules told by the Rishi, by the virtue of which he attained salvation and went to Shri Vishnu Dham.

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 fast during 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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