Apara Ekadashi 2021
Apara Ekadashi is a fasting day for Hindus that is observed on the ‘ekadashi’ (11th day) of the Krishna Paksha (the dark fortnight of moon) in the Hindu month of ‘Jyeshtha’. It corresponds to the months of May-June in the Gregorian calendar. It is believed that by observing Apara Ekadashi vrat all the sins of the person will be washed away. This ekadashi is also popular by the name of ‘Achla Ekadashi’ and gives divine and auspicious results. Like all ekadashis, the Apara Ekadashi is also dedicated to worshipping Lord Vishnu.
The word ‘apar’ in Hindi implies ‘limitless’, as by observing this vrat the person is believed to get unlimited wealth, this ekadashi is called as ‘Apara Ekadashi’. Another meaning of this ekadashi is that it gives unlimited benefits to its observer. The significance of Apara Ekadashi is stated in the ‘Brahma Purana’. Apara Ekadashi is observed with full commitment all across the country. It is known by the different names in varied regions of India. In the state of Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir and Haryana, Apara Ekadashi is celebrated as ‘Bhadrakali Ekadashi’, and worshipping Goddess Bhadra Kali is considered propitious on this day. In Orissa it is referred as ‘Jalakrida Ekadashi’ and is celebrated in honour of Lord Jagannath.
Significance of Apara Ekadashi
The greatness of Apara Ekadashi was foretold by Lord Krishna himself to King Yudhisitira, the eldest son of King Pandu. Lord Krishna also stated that a person keeping this ekadashi vrat will be very renowned due to their meritious deeds. It is believed that the Apara Ekadashi vrat is highly beneficial for persons who are suffering from the guilt for their committed sins. By observing a strict fast and worshipping Lord Vishnu with devotion, all his/her sins will be pardoned. One can even attain moksha by keeping the Apara Ekadashi fast. This ekadashi vrat will make a person prosperous and rich. It is also stated in the Hindu scriptures and puranas that by keeping this sacred fast the person gets the same benefits as taking a bath in the holy Ganges during the auspicious month of ‘Kartik’. The importance is equivalent to donating cows or performing sacred yagyas. The Apara Ekadashi fast is a ray of light that can remove the darkness of one’s sins.