Importance of Mohini Ekadashi 2023, Vrat Katha, Puja Vidhi and Benefits of Observing the Fast

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Ekadashi day holds great importance in Hinduism. Ekadashi (11th day of the lunar calendar) of Shukla Paksha of the Vaishakha month (as per the Hindu calendar) is called Mohini Ekadashi 2023. A person who observes this fast gets the benefits and blessings of donating a thousand cows. The bad karma of a person is also eliminated by observing this fast. Mohini Ekadashi day is believed to be very dear to Lord Vishnu. It is believed that Lord Vishnu incarnated as Mohini on the Ekadashi day of Vaishakh month.

Know about the significance of Mohini Ekadashi Vrat, Puja Vidhi, Date, Muhurat and a special method of fasting.

Mohini Ekadashi 2023: Date and Muhurat Timings

Mohini Ekadashi 2023 will be celebrated on the 11th day of Shukla Paksha of Vaishakha month as per the Hindu Calendar. This month falls during April or May according to the Gregorian calendar. This year Mohini Ekadashi will be celebrated on the 1st of May, Thursday. 

  • Mohini Ekadashi: May 1, 2023, Monday
  • Ekadashi Tithi starts: April 30, 2023, at 08:28 p.m
  • Ekadashi Tithi ends: May 01, 2023, at 06:51 p.m
  • Parana Timing on May 1: 05:40 a.m to 08:19 p.m

Significance of Mohini Ekadashi 2023 Vrat

The glory of the Mohini Ekadashi fasting has been described both by Lord Krishna and Lord Rama. Observing the fast with full devotion leads to the attainment of eternal virtue. By observing this fast, a person can also get rid of the sins committed in the past. Observing the fast also helps a person to stay away from ‘moha-maya’ (the materialistic world). The Guru of Lord Ram ie. Guru Vashishta has also briefed about the importance of the Mohini Ekadashi fast in the Puranas. It is said that on the behest of Lord Krishna, Maharaja Yudhisthira had also observed the Mohini Ekadashi fast.

Also, know about the Significance of Yogini Ekadashi 2023

Know the Story of Lord’s Mohini Form on Mohini Ekadashi

According to the Puranas, Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Mohini on the day of Mohini Ekadashi. It is said that Amrit (nectar) was being churned out during the churning of the ocean. Suddenly a war broke out between the Devas and the Asuras. Both seemed eager to receive the nectar. Then Lord Vishnu took the form of a very beautiful woman i.e. Mohini to trick and attract the demons. The demons were spellbound by Mohini’s charm and went after her. In the meanwhile, the Devas drank all the nectar. The form of Mohini is also discussed in Shiv Purana. According to the Shiv Purana, when Bhasmasura went to harm Lord Shiva after getting a boon from him only, Lord Vishnu took the form of Mohini and burnt Bhasmasura into ashes. It is highly beneficial to hear or read this story while meditating about Lord Vishnu on Mohini Ekadashi 2023.

Mohini Ekadashi Vrat Katha

Once upon a time, King Dhritiman ruled in the Bhadravati region on the banks of the Saraswati river. He was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. He had five sons, but the fifth son, Dhrishtabuddhi, was on the wrong track in life. King Dhrishtabuddhi often insulted and ridiculed women. He also consumed meat and liquor. The people of the kingdom felt threatened by him. Therefore the king expelled him from the kingdom. When he was left with nothing, he went to the sage Kaundinya, distraught with hunger and thirst. Sage Kaundinya told him about the Ekadashi fast. He observed the Mohini Ekadashi fast for the rest of his life and gained great wisdom. He also attained salvation by observing the fast. On Mohini Ekadashi 2023, the devotees should definitely worship Lord Vishnu after reading the Vrat Katha.

Also Read: Vrat Katha related to Rama Ekadashi

Mohini Ekadashi 2023 Puja Vidhi (Worship Method)

  • On the day of Ekadashi, wake up early in the morning, take a bath and wear fresh clothes. 
  • Take a vow of fasting with full dedication in front of the image or idol of Lord Vishnu.
  • Perform a Ganesh puja first before starting the Vrat puja.
  • Then invoke Lord Vishnu and offer fruits, flowers, naivedya and pitambar to him.
  • Chant any mantra of Lord Vishnu at least 108 times.
  • Avoid lying on this day. Stay away from meat and alcohol.
  • Recite Bhajans to please Lord Vishnu in the evening.
  • If you feel hungry during the day, you can consume fruits.
  • Donate food and clothes to the poor and needy.
  • Do Parana on the next day of Mohini Ekadashi.

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