Apara Ekadashi - Vaishakh Vad Ekadashi
King Yudhishthir asked, "O Janardan! What is the name of Ekadashi that falls in the dark (Vad) fortnight of Vaishakh? What is its Mahatmya? Please tell me this in great detail."
Bhagwan Shree Krishna replied, "O King Yudhishthir! You have asked a very good question. Vaishakh Vad Ekadashi is called Apara Ekadashi. It is capable of fulfilling one's all worldly desires as well as negating all sins. A person fasting on this Ekadashi earns a great fame in this world. Even major sins such as killing a Brahmin, who tormenting or destroying his own family, killing a child in mother's womb, defaming someone with intent or committing adultery with other woman are washed away by observing the Vrat of Apara Ekadashi.
Even as you read this, the people who survived Saturday’s disaster are beginning to run out of vital supplies. In areas outside of the capital, many more are trapped, blocked off by landslides, and the wounded are waiting for life-saving medical treatment. As a result Shree Swaminarayan Temple Willesden are supporting Bhuj Mandir’s relief fund to send aid and support to those affected in Nepal. These brave people urgently need our help in these dire circumstances, where every penny of every donation will be received so gratefully. Contributions will go directly to helping the wounded, providing shelter for the homeless and getting water, food and essential items to those who have lost everything.
Sri 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.
" 'Oh Rama, that day is known as VaisAkha-sukla EkAdasii, It removes all sins and is famous as Mohinii EkAdasii.
With its origins stemming from a handful of people searching for a place of worship in a new country, Shree Swaminarayan Temple, Willesden has today become much more than one of the biggest Hindu Temples in Europe. From humble beginnings, it has grown to become an inspiration to thousands, keeping our culture, music and language alive with the hint of the British lifestyle we have grown up with. It continues to teach the core foundations of our religion; compassion, thirst for knowledge, morality, and respect for all human beings. As an important part of the local community, Willesden Temple has become a place where lifelong friendships have been made.
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