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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.