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Mohini Ekadassi


Mohinii EkAdasii


In the Mahabharata there’s a story of Dhrishthabuddhi that is told. Then there’s a mention of the vrata called Vaisakh vrata that removes all sin. There it suggests to observe a fast by eating once per day after noon for one month (Mahabharata Anusasana parva, chapter 106.)It also refers to Vaishakhsuklaikadasivrat known as Mohini and quotes Padma Purana as its origin Uttara Khanda chapter 51.


The Following is Mohinii EkAdasii: from the KUrma PurANaSri Yudhisthira Maharaja said, “Oh JanArdana, what is the name of the EkAdasii that occurs during the light fortnight (sukla paksha) of the month of VaisAkha (April-May) ? What is the process for observing it properly? Kindly narrate all of these details to me.”The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna replied, “Oh blessed son of Dharma, what Vasishtha Muni once told to Lord Ramachandra I shall now describe to you. Please hear Me attentively.

“Lord Ramachandra asked Vasishtha Muni, ‘Oh great sage, I would like to hear about the best of all fasting days – that day which destroys all kinds of sins and sorrows. I have suffered long enough in separation from My dear SitA, and so I wish to hear from you about how My suffering can be ended.’

“The sage Vasishtha replied, ‘Oh Lord RAma, Oh You whose intelligence is so keen, simply by remembering Your name one can cross the ocean of the material world. You have questioned me in order to benefit all of humanity and fulfill everyone’s desires. I shall now describe that day of fasting which purifies the whole world.\n

\n” ‘Oh Rama, that day is known as VaisAkha-sukla EkAdasii,\nwhich falls on DvAdasii. It removes all sins and is famous as Mohinii EkAdasii.\nNOTE\n
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” ‘Truly, Oh dear Rama, the merit of this EkAdasii frees\nthe fortunate soul who observes it from the network of illusion. Therefore,\nif You want to relieve Your suffering(s), observe this auspicious EkAdasii\nperfectly, for it removes all obstacles from one” path and relieves the\ngreatest miseries. Kindly listen as I describe its glories, because for\none who even just hears about this auspicious EkAdasii, the greatest sins\nare nullified.\n

\n” ‘On the banks of the Sarasvati River there was once\na beautiful city named BhadrAvati, which was ruled by King DyutimAn. Oh\nRAma, that steadfast, truthful, and highly intelligent king was born in\nthe dynasty of the Moon (Chandra-vamsa). In his kingdom was a merchant\nnamed DhanapAla, who possessed a great deal of wealth of food grains and\nmoney. He was also very pious. DhanapAla arranged for lakes to be dug,\nsacrificial arenas to be erected, and beautiful gardens to be cultivated\nfor the benefit of all the citizens of BhadrAvati. He was an excellent\ndevotee of Lord Vishnu and had five sons: SumAna, DyutimAn, MedhAvii, Sukriti,\nand Dhrishthabuddhi.\n

\n” ‘Unfortunately, his son Dhrishthabuddhi always engaged\n\nin greatly sinful activities, such as sleeping with prostitutes and associating\nwith similar degraded persons. He enjoyed illicit sex, gambling, and many\nother varieties of acts aimed at gratifying the senses. He disrespected\nthe demigods (devas), the brahmins, the forefathers and other elders of\nthe community, as well as his family’s guests. The evil-hearted Dhrishthabuddhi\nspent up his father’s wealth indiscriminately, always feasting on untouchable\nfoods and drinking alcohol to excess.”,1] ); //–>

” ‘Oh Rama, that day is known as VaisAkha-sukla EkAdasii, which falls on DvAdasii. It removes all sins and is famous as Mohinii EkAdasii. NOTE
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” ‘Truly, Oh dear Rama, the merit of this EkAdasii frees the fortunate soul who observes it from the network of illusion. Therefore, if You want to relieve Your suffering(s), observe this auspicious EkAdasii perfectly, for it removes all obstacles from one” path and relieves the greatest miseries. Kindly listen as I describe its glories, because for one who even just hears about this auspicious EkAdasii, the greatest sins are nullified.

” ‘On the banks of the Sarasvati River there was once a beautiful city named BhadrAvati, which was ruled by King DyutimAn. Oh RAma, that steadfast, truthful, and highly intelligent king was born in the dynasty of the Moon (Chandra-vamsa). In his kingdom was a merchant named DhanapAla, who possessed a great deal of wealth of food grains and money. He was also very pious. DhanapAla arranged for lakes to be dug, sacrificial arenas to be erected, and beautiful gardens to be cultivated for the benefit of all the citizens of BhadrAvati. He was an excellent devotee of Lord Vishnu and had five sons: SumAna, DyutimAn, MedhAvii, Sukriti, and Dhrishthabuddhi.

” ‘Unfortunately, his son Dhrishthabuddhi always engaged in greatly sinful activities, such as sleeping with prostitutes and associating with similar degraded persons. He enjoyed illicit sex, gambling, and many other varieties of acts aimed at gratifying the senses. He disrespected the demigods (devas), the brahmins, the forefathers and other elders of the community, as well as his family’s guests. The evil-hearted Dhrishthabuddhi spent up his father’s wealth indiscriminately, always feasting on untouchable foods and drinking alcohol to excess.\n

\n” ‘One day DhanapAla kicked Dhrishthabuddhi out of the\nhouse after he saw him walking along the road arm-in-arm with a known prostitute.\nFrom then on all Dhrishthabuddhi’s relatives were highly critical of him\nand distanced themselves from him also. After he had sold all of his inherited\nornaments and become destitute, the prostitute also abandoned him and insulted\nhim because of his poverty.\n

\n” ‘Dhrishthabuddhi was now full of anxiety, and also hungry.\nHe thought, “What should I do ? Where should I go ? How can I maintain\nmyself ? ” He then began to steal. The king’s constables arrested him,\nbut when they learned who it was, and that his father was the famous DhanapAla,\nthey released him. He was caught and released in this way many times. But\nat last, sick of his arrogance and total disrespect for others, and their\nproperty, the ill-mannered Dhrishthabuddhi was apprehended, handcuffed,\nand then beaten. After whipping him, the king’s marshals warned him,\n”Oh evil minded one ! There is no place for you in this kingdom……….!!!”\n

\n” ‘However, Dhrishthabuddhi was freed from his tribulation\nby his father and immediately thereafter entered the dense forest. He wandered\nhere and there, hungry and thirsty and suffering greatly. Eventually he\nbegan killing the jungle animals, the lions, deer, boars, and even wolves\nfor food. Always ready in his hand was his bow, always on his shoulder\nwas his quiver full of arrows. He also killed many birds, such as chakoras,\npeacocks, kankas, doves and pigeons. He unhesitatingly slaughtered many\nspecies of birds and animals to maintain his sinful way of life, the sinful\nresults accumulating more and more each day. On account of his previous\nsins, he was now immersed in an ocean of great sin that was so relentless\nthat it appeared that he could not get out.\n

\n” ‘Dhrishthabuddhi was always miserable and anxious, but\none day, during the month of VaisAkha, by the force of some of his past\nmerit he chanced upon the sacred Ashrama of KauNDinya Muni. The great sage\nhad just finished bathing in the Ganges River, and water was dripping from\nhim still. Dhrishthabuddhi had the great good fortune to touch some of\nthose droplets of water that were falling from the great sage’s wet clothing.\nInstantly Dhrishthabuddhi was freed of his ignorance, and his sinful reactions\nwere reduced. Offering his humble obeisances to KauNDinya Muni, Dhrishthabuddhi\nprayed to him with joined palms; “Oh great brAhmana, please describe to\nme some of the atonement I may perform without too much endeavour. I have\ncommitted so many sins in my life, and these have now made me very poor.””,1] ); //–>

” ‘One day DhanapAla kicked Dhrishthabuddhi out of the house after he saw him walking along the road arm-in-arm with a known prostitute. From then on all Dhrishthabuddhi’s relatives were highly critical of him and distanced themselves from him also. After he had sold all of his inherited ornaments and become destitute, the prostitute also abandoned him and insulted him because of his poverty.

” ‘Dhrishthabuddhi was now full of anxiety, and also hungry. He thought, “What should I do ? Where should I go ? How can I maintain myself ? ” He then began to steal. The king’s constables arrested him, but when they learned who it was, and that his father was the famous DhanapAla, they released him. He was caught and released in this way many times. But at last, sick of his arrogance and total disrespect for others, and their property, the ill-mannered Dhrishthabuddhi was apprehended, handcuffed, and then beaten. After whipping him, the king’s marshals warned him, “Oh evil minded one ! There is no place for you in this kingdom……….!!!”

” ‘However, Dhrishthabuddhi was freed from his tribulation by his father and immediately thereafter entered the dense forest. He wandered here and there, hungry and thirsty and suffering greatly. Eventually he began killing the jungle animals, the lions, deer, boars, and even wolves for food. Always ready in his hand was his bow, always on his shoulder was his quiver full of arrows. He also killed many birds, such as chakoras, peacocks, kankas, doves and pigeons. He unhesitatingly slaughtered many species of birds and animals to maintain his sinful way of life, the sinful results accumulating more and more each day. On account of his previous sins, he was now immersed in an ocean of great sin that was so relentless that it appeared that he could not get out.

” ‘Dhrishthabuddhi was always miserable and anxious, but one day, during the month of VaisAkha, by the force of some of his past merit he chanced upon the sacred Ashrama of KauNDinya Muni. The great sage had just finished bathing in the Ganges River, and water was dripping from him still. Dhrishthabuddhi had the great good fortune to touch some of those droplets of water that were falling from the great sage’s wet clothing. Instantly Dhrishthabuddhi was freed of his ignorance, and his sinful reactions were reduced. Offering his humble obeisances to KauNDinya Muni, Dhrishthabuddhi prayed to him with joined palms; “Oh great brAhmana, please describe to me some of the atonement I may perform without too much endeavour. I have committed so many sins in my life, and these have now made me very poor.”\n

\n” ‘The great rishi replied, “Oh son, listen with great\nattention, for by hearing me your life will change, and you will become\nfree of all your remaining sins. In the light fortnight of this very month,\nVaisAkha (April-May) there occurs the sacred Mohinii EkAdasii, which has\nthe power to nullify sins as vast and weighty as Mount Sumeru. If you follow\nmy advice and faithfully observe a fast on this EkAdasii, which is so dear\nto Lord Hari, you will be freed from all the sinful reactions of many,\nmany births.”\n

\n” ‘Hearing these words with great joy, Dhrishthabuddhi\npromised to observe a fast on Mohinii EkAdasii according to the sage’s\ninstructions and direction. Oh best of kings, Oh RAmachandra Bhagavan,\nby fasting completely on Mohinii EkAdasii, the once sinful Dhrishthabuddhi,\nthe prodigal son of the merchant DhanapAla, became sinless. Afterwards\nhe achieved a beautiful transcendental form and, free at last of all obstacles,\nrode upon the carrier of Lord Vishnu, Garuda, to the Supreme abode of the\nLord.\n

\n” ‘Oh RAmachandra, the fast day of Mohinii EkAdasii removes\nthe darkest illusory attachments to material existence. There is thus no\nbetter fast day in all the three worlds than this.’ “\n

\nLord Sri Krishna concluded, “…and so, Oh Yudhishthira,\nthere is no place of pilgrimage, no sacrifice, and no charity that can\nbestow merit equal to even one sixteenth of the merit a faithful devotee\nof Mine obtains by observing the Mohinii EkAdasii. And He who hears and\nstudies the glories of Mohinii EkAdasii achieves the merit of giving away\none thousand cows in charity.\n
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\nThus ends the narration of the glories of VaisAkha-sukla EkAdasii,\nor Mohinii EkAdasii, from the Kurma PurANa.\nThese stories have been summarised and slightly changed or abbreviated\nfrom how they are found in the celebrated book, “Ekadasi: The Day of Lord\nHari” 1986. HH Krishna Balaram Swami. Bhaktivedanta Institute Press., Pages\n77-81″,1] ); //–>” ‘The great rishi replied, “Oh son, listen with great attention, for by hearing me your life will change, and you will become free of all your remaining sins. In the light fortnight of this very month, VaisAkha (April-May) there occurs the sacred Mohinii EkAdasii, which has the power to nullify sins as vast and weighty as Mount Sumeru. If you follow my advice and faithfully observe a fast on this EkAdasii, which is so dear to Lord Hari, you will be freed from all the sinful reactions of many, many births.”

” ‘Hearing these words with great joy, Dhrishthabuddhi promised to observe a fast on Mohinii EkAdasii according to the sage’s instructions and direction. Oh best of kings, Oh RAmachandra Bhagavan, by fasting completely on Mohinii EkAdasii, the once sinful Dhrishthabuddhi, the prodigal son of the merchant DhanapAla, became sinless. Afterwards he achieved a beautiful transcendental form and, free at last of all obstacles, rode upon the carrier of Lord Vishnu, Garuda, to the Supreme abode of the Lord.

” ‘Oh RAmachandra, the fast day of Mohinii EkAdasii removes the darkest illusory attachments to material existence. There is thus no better fast day in all the three worlds than this.’ “

Lord Sri Krishna concluded, “…and so, Oh Yudhishthira, there is no place of pilgrimage, no sacrifice, and no charity that can bestow merit equal to even one sixteenth of the merit a faithful devotee of Mine obtains by observing the Mohinii EkAdasii. And He who hears and studies the glories of Mohinii EkAdasii achieves the merit of giving away one thousand cows in charity.


Thus ends the narration of the glories of VaisAkha-sukla EkAdasii, or Mohinii EkAdasii, from the Kurma PurANa.These stories have been summarised and slightly changed or abbreviated from how they are found in the celebrated book, “Ekadasi: The Day of Lord Hari” 1986. HH Krishna Balaram Swami. Bhaktivedanta Institute Press., Pages 77-81\n\n\n


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\nNOTE:\nIf the holy fast falls on DvAdasii, it is\nstill called EkAdasii in the Vedik literature.\nFurthermore, in Garuda Purana (1:125.6), Lord BrahmA states to Narada Muni:\n”Oh brAhmana, this fast should be observed when there is a full EkAdasii,\na mixture of EkAdasii and DwAdasii, or a mixture of three (EkAdasii, DwAdasii,\nand Trayodasii) but never on the day when there is a mixture of Dashami\nand EkAdasii.”\n\nThis is also upheld in the Hari Bhakti\nVilas, Vaishnava smriti shastra, and upheld by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta\nSaraswati Thakura Prabhupad in his Navadwip\nPanjika introduction.\n
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The Ekadasi Page:

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Srila\nBhaktisiddhanta Saraswati’s Navadwip Panjika Intro’

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Vaishnava\nCalendar Page\n
Ekadasi Vratas according\nto Hari Bhakti Vilas smriti”,1] ); //–>



NOTE:If the holy fast falls on DvAdasii, it is still called EkAdasii in the Vedik literature. Furthermore, in Garuda Purana (1:125.6), Lord BrahmA states to Narada Muni: “Oh brAhmana, this fast should be observed when there is a full EkAdasii, a mixture of EkAdasii and DwAdasii, or a mixture of three (EkAdasii, DwAdasii, and Trayodasii) but never on the day when there is a mixture of Dashami and EkAdasii.”
This is also upheld in the Hari Bhakti Vilas, Vaishnava smriti shastra, and upheld by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura Prabhupad in his Navadwip Panjika introduction.


The Ekadasi Page:

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati’s Navadwip Panjika Intro’

Vaishnava Calendar Page
Ekadasi Vratas according to Hari Bhakti Vilas smriti\n
Ekadasis Throughout the\nyear in detail – their observances, benefits, and individual origin

\n\n\nChoose The Month (Vaishnava or Western), Paksha\nor Ekadasi\n\n\n

No. \n Name of Ekadasis Vedik – Hindu Months Fortnights\n
K\u003dKrishna paksha\n
S\u003dSukla paksha
Vaishnava Month Western Months
19 \n Utpanna Ekadasi Margashira – K Keshava Mase Nov-Dec
20 \n Mokshada Ekadasi (Vaikuntha ekadasi Sri Rangam) Margashira – S Keshava Mase”,1] ); //–>

Ekadasis Throughout the year in detail – their observances, benefits, and individual origin
Choose The Month (Vaishnava or Western), Paksha or Ekadasi

No.   Name of Ekadasis Vedik – Hindu Months Fortnights
K=Krishna paksha
S=Sukla paksha
Vaishnava Month Western Months
19   Utpanna Ekadasi Margashira – K Keshava Mase Nov-Dec
20   Mokshada Ekadasi (Vaikuntha ekadasi Sri Rangam) Margashira – S Keshava Mase Nov-Dec
21 \n Saphala Ekadasi Pausha – K Naaraayana Mase Dec-Jan
22 \n Putrada Ekadasi Pausha – S Naaraayana Mase Dec-Jan
23 \n Trisprisha Ekadasi Maagha – K Maadhava Mase Jan-Feb
24 \n Bhaimi Ekadasi Maagha – S Maadhava Mase Jan-Feb
25 \n “,1] ); //–> Nov-Dec
21   Saphala Ekadasi Pausha – K Naaraayana Mase Dec-Jan
22   Putrada Ekadasi Pausha – S Naaraayana Mase Dec-Jan
23   Trisprisha Ekadasi Maagha – K Maadhava Mase Jan-Feb
24   Bhaimi Ekadasi Maagha – S Maadhava Mase Jan-Feb
25   Phaalguna – K Govinda Mase Feb-Mar
26 \n Amalaki Ekadasi Phaalguna – S Govinda Mase Feb-Mar
1 \n Paapavimochani Ekadasi Chaitra – K Vishnu Mase Mar-Apr
2 \n Kamaada – Damanakaaropani Ekadasi Chaitra – S Vishnu Mase Mar-Apr
3 \n Varuthini Ekadasi Vaisaakha – K “,1] ); //–>Vijaya – Jaya Phaalguna – K Govinda Mase Feb-Mar
26   Amalaki Ekadasi Phaalguna – S Govinda Mase Feb-Mar
1   Paapavimochani Ekadasi Chaitra – K Vishnu Mase Mar-Apr
2   Kamaada – Damanakaaropani Ekadasi Chaitra – S Vishnu Mase Mar-Apr
3   Varuthini Ekadasi Vaisaakha – K Apr-May
4 \n Mohini Ekadasi Vaisaakha – S Madhusudana Mase Apr-May
5 \n Aparaa Ekadasi Jyeshtha – K Trivikrama Mase May-June
6 \n Pandava Nirjal Ekadasi Jyeshtha – S Trivikrama Mase May-June
7 \n Yogini Ekadasi Aashaadha – K Vaamana Mase “,1] ); //–>Madhusudana Mase Apr-May
4   Mohini Ekadasi Vaisaakha – S Madhusudana Mase Apr-May
5   Aparaa Ekadasi Jyeshtha – K Trivikrama Mase May-June
6   Pandava Nirjal Ekadasi Jyeshtha – S Trivikrama Mase May-June
7   Yogini Ekadasi Aashaadha – K Vaamana Mase
8 \n Padma – Devasayani Ekadasi Aashaadha – S Vaamana Mase June-July
9 \n Kaamaika Ekadasi Shravana – K Sridhar Mase July-Aug
10 \n Putrada – Pavitraropani Ekadasi Shravana – S Sridhar Mase July-Aug
11 \n Ajaa – Annadaa Ekadasi Bhaadrapada – K Hrisikesha Mase Aug-Sept
12   “,1] ); //–>June-July
8   Padma – Devasayani Ekadasi Aashaadha – S Vaamana Mase June-July
9   Kaamaika Ekadasi Shravana – K Sridhar Mase July-Aug
10   Putrada – Pavitraropani Ekadasi Shravana – S Sridhar Mase July-Aug
11   Ajaa – Annadaa Ekadasi Bhaadrapada – K Hrisikesha Mase Aug-Sept
12   Bhaadrapada – S Hrisikesha Mase Aug-Sept
13 \n Indiraa Ekadasi Aaswina – K Padmanabha Mase Sept-Oct
14 \n Paashaankusha Ekadasi Aaswina – S Padmanabha Mase Sept-Oct
15 \n Ramaa Ekadasi Kaarttika – K Damodara Mase Oct-Nov
16 \n Haribodhini (Probodhini) Devotthaani (Uttana)\nEkadasi Kaarttika – S “,1] ); //–>Parivartini – Parshva Ekadasi Bhaadrapada – S Hrisikesha Mase Aug-Sept
13   Indiraa Ekadasi Aaswina – K Padmanabha Mase Sept-Oct
14   Paashaankusha Ekadasi Aaswina – S Padmanabha Mase Sept-Oct
15   Ramaa Ekadasi Kaarttika – K Damodara Mase Oct-Nov
16   Haribodhini (Probodhini) Devotthaani (Uttana) Ekadasi Kaarttika – S Oct-Nov
17 \n Padmini – Vishuddha Ekadasi \n Adikamase Adikamase
18 \n Paramaa – Shuddha Ekadasi \n Adikamase Adikamase

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Please Chant:
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
And Be Happy\n\n”,0] ); //–>Damodara Mase

Oct-Nov 17 Padmini – Vishuddha Ekadasi Adikamase Adikamase 18 Paramaa – Shuddha Ekadasi Adikamase Adikamase

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