Mohini Ekadashi 2019 is celebrated on May 15. In Hindi religion, this day is considered very auspicious and is celebrated by the devotees by observing a fast. The day celebrates Lord Vishnu’s disguise as Mohini.
This day is marked on the eleventh day during the Shukla Paksha in the Hindu month of Vaisakha. The day is marked on the eleventh day during the Shukla Paksha in the Hindu month of Vaisakha. It falls usually in April or May.
In North India, it is celebrated in the Vaisakha month, in Tamil calendar and it falls in the month of Chithirai. In the Bengali and Malayalam calenders, the day falls in the month of Jyeshta and Rdava respectively. Its mention can be found in Surya Purana.
According to Drik Panchang,
Ekadashi Tithi Begins – 12:59 PM on May 14, 2019
Ekadashi Tithi Ends – 10:36 AM on May 15, 2019
Parana (fast-breaking) time – 05:34 AM to 08:15 AM on May 16, 2019
The devotees who will be observing the fast must wake up before sunrise on an auspicious day and apply a paste of sesame (til) on the body and take a bath.
Must decorate Kalash with a red cloth and worship Lord Vishnu and Lord Ram by offering fruits and flowers to their idols. Post which they can distribute the Prasad and give Dakshina to Brahmins.
It is said to not consume rice on the day of Mohini Ekadashi. One must also not eat food offered by outsiders on this day
Also, it is said to stay away from negative thoughts like anger and jealousy and after that only the fast will be successful.
History and Significance
The history behind it says that when Amrit came out of the ocean, the Devtas and Daityas had a dispute over who would consume it. mythology says that Lord Vishnu then came as Mohini, a beautiful woman. While the Daityas were busy appreciating Mohini’s beauty, the Devtas consumed Amrit. This incidence is believed to have happened on Ekadashi, the auspicious day came to be known as Mohini Ekadashi.