The Beauty of India is that every day is a festival, and every festival teaches something. Swipe next and read the origin, Story, and significance of Mohini Ekadashi. In this article, I have also added the lessons that we can learn from this auspicious day. Religion can indeed be an unbelievable teacher if appropriately decoded.
Today is our Hindu’s auspicious festival day, Mohini Ekadashi, and this is devoted to Bhagwan Vishnu. Mohini Ekadashi is observed in the Hindu month of Baishakh and is one of the most powerful of the 24 Ekadashi vrats in a year.
Bhagwan Vishnu was named ‘Mohini’ when he appeared in disguise on this Ekadashi tithi. Since then, this auspicious day came to be known as Mohini Ekadashi. Hindus observe Ekadashi vrat to seek the blessings of Bhagwan Vishnu for a well-to-do and peaceful life.
The Story Behind it
There lived a businessman, Dhanpal, in a kingdom, Bhadravati, on the banks of the Maa Saraswati river. He was a gem of a person who would engage in philanthropic activities. He had five sons, but the eldest was reckless. And his son’s behavior, habits, and conduct made the businessman worry about his future. After many failed attempts to persuade his son to give up fraudulent ways of living, Dhanpal chose to disown him. But even disowning didn’t deter the son from giving up his obnoxious habits. Therefore, he started looting and stealing people’s homes. In the end, he was expelled and sent to a jungle. In the forest, Dhanpal’s son came across a spiritual guru Kaundinya and admitted to him about the sins he had committed. The sage advised he must observe the Mohini Ekadashi vrat if he wished to erase the consequences of his obnoxious past. Hence, Dhanpal’s son kept the vrat and succeeded in transforming into an honest nobleman.
Mohini Ekadashi Vrat’s tale was narrated to Bhagwan Rama by Sage Vashishtha. Later, in the Dwapar Yuga, Lord Krishna explained the importance of this vrat to Pandava king Yudhishthir.
People who follow Mohini Ekadashi wake up before sunrise and take a bath with Kush (grass used for puja) and Til (sesame) in the water. Hindus spend the day offering prayers to their household deity and sing bhajans, and chant mantras.
People observe a strict fast on Mohini Ekadashi. Fasting begins a day before, that is, on the Dashami tithi. Only saatvik food is eaten once before the sunset.
What do we learn from this?
If we have sinned in our lives, and we are living in a restless, abusive state of mind, we must take a step back, find comfort in silence and accept our crime. The first step towards positive transformation is acceptance. Next, we must confess to an experienced soul whom we can trust. Confession is the next step. Dhanpal’s son, after accepting and admitting his crimes, sought a solution. So, if you have hit rock bottom or have committed a misdemeanor, accept it, admit it, seek a solution, be ready to face the consequence, and come out stronger, wiser, and sharper than ever. I, Nikhil Chandwani, have learned to accept mistakes and not repeat them through this festival.