Showing posts with label Ashadh. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ashadh. Show all posts

Hinduism - What Is Yogini Ekadashi? When Is It Observed In The Hindu Calendar?

 


The eleventh day (ekadashi) of the dark (waning) half of the lunar month of Ashadh (June–July) is a religious celebration.

This, like other eleventh-day celebrations, is devoted to the worship of Vishnu, especially in his avatar as Narayana.

Most Hindu holidays have mandated ceremonies, which generally include fasting (upavasa) and devotion, and frequently promise particular rewards if performed faithfully.

Giving presents to needy brahmins is the recommended activity on this day; following the festival sincerely takes away the sin of chopping down a pipal tree (ashvattha) and also brings one birth in heaven.


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Hinduism - When Is Purushottama Observed? Who IS Revered As Purushottama?

 


When the intercalary month falls within the lunar month of Ashadh, it is observed as a religious observance.

The intercalary month is a lunar month that is placed into the calendar every thirty months or so to keep the solar and lunar calendars in sync.

It starts after any "normal" lunar month in which the sun has not yet shifted into the next zodiac sign, and adopts the name of the previous month.

The intercalary month is regarded unlucky since it has an atypical phenomenon, and the most popular vernacular word for it is malamasa, which means "impure month." When the additional month happens in the lunar month of Ashadh, however, worshippers of the deity Vishnu (bhakta) see it as an extremely sacred period devoted to Vishnu in his avatar as Purushottama ("best of men"), and treat it as such.

This month, Vaishnavas study holy scriptures, sing Vishnu's glorious names, and engage in various forms of devotion.

The month of Ashadh, as well as its intercalary month, are particularly significant for the Jagannath temple in Puri, whose presiding god, Jagannath, is regarded a form of Krishna, and hence a manifestation of Vishnu.

Every year, the Rath Yatra event is held in Puri during the month of Ashadh, and in years when the intercalary month occurs in Ashadh, fresh representations of Jagannath and his siblings are produced.


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Hinduism And Hindu Theology - What Is Ashadh?



Ashadh is the fourth month of the lunar year, typically occurring between June and July, according to the lunar calendar, which is used to commemorate major Hindu religious events. 


  • This is typically the warmest month of the year in northern India. 
  • Yogini Ekadashi, the Rath Yatra, Devshayani Ekadashi, and Guru Purnima are the most important festivals of Ashadh. 
  • The commencement of the Chaturmas Vrat is also marked as Devshayani Ekadashi. 
  • This is a four-month (lunar) period that corresponds to the rainy season in most cases. 
  • Because the deity Vishnu is thought to be “sleeping” at this time, the period is deemed unlucky.


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