Mohini Ekadashi is observed by devotees who aim to seek spiritual growth and the blessings of Lord Vishnu.
This auspicious day falls on the 11th day (Ekadashi) of the Shukla Paksha (the waxing phase of the moon) during the Vedic lunar month of Vaishakha, which typically corresponds to April or May in the Gregorian calendar.
Mohini Ekadashi holds a special place in the hearts of the faithful, as it is
The festival derives its name from Mohini, a divine female form assumed by Lord Vishnu to save the gods from the demons during the churning of the ocean (Samudra Manthan) in Hindu mythology.
The story behind Mohini Ekadashi is found in the ancient Hindu scriptures, the Puranas, which narrate the tale of a noble king named Rukmangada. The king was a staunch devotee of Lord Vishnu, and his devotion was so profound that even Lord Indra, the king of the gods, was impressed.
Why Fasting on Mohini Ekadashi is Important
As a reward for his unwavering faith, Lord Vishnu appeared before Rukmangada and granted him a boon. The king requested that everyone who observes a fast on Mohini Ekadashi should be absolved of their sins and attain Moksha.
Celebrating Mohini Ekadashi
The rituals associated with Mohini Ekadashi include waking up early in the morning, taking a holy bath, and offering prayers to Lord Vishnu. Devotees decorate the idol or image of Lord Vishnu with flowers, sandalwood paste, and sacred Tulsi leaves. They also recite the Vishnu Sahasranama, a sacred text containing a thousand names of Lord Vishnu, and listen to the story of Mohini Ekadashi as described in the Puranas.
Fasting on Mohini Ekadashi involves abstaining from food and water from sunrise to sunset. Devotees break their fast on the following day, known as Dwadashi, after offering prayers and performing charitable acts. The practice of fasting on this day is believed to help cleanse one's mind, body, and soul, as well as pave the way to Moksha.
The festival serves as a reminder of the power of faith and devotion, and the importance of adhering to one's spiritual principles.