King Yudhishthir asked Bhagwan Shree Krishna, "O Vishnu! You are Purna Purushottam. I bow down to You. Please tell me in detail the name of Ekadashi falling in the Sud fortnight of Magsar, how should one observe its Vrat and who is its ruling deity?" Shree Krishna replied, "O Yudhishthir! I will ask your question in detail. This Ekadashi is known as Mokshada Ekadashi. Bhagwan Vishnu should be worshipped today with sandalwood and fragrant flowers. One can attain Moksha by observing this Ekadashi faithfully.
Join us to celebrate Tulsibai & Lalji Maharaj's Mandvo which will take place at 8am on Wednesday 5th November. The auspicious wedding will be celebrated on Thursday 6th November at 7.00pm with great joy and festivity.
When Bhagwan Narayan wakes from His Yognindra, the Devtas gather to greet Bhagwan and enjoy in the merriment by lighting lamps for five days. Just as we mortals celebrate the festival of lights as Diwali, this festival is called DevDiwali. On the culmination of Dev Diwali, Bhagwan Shree Vishnu marries Vrinda (Tulsi) on Kartik Sud Purnima. This is called Tulsi Vivah. Wise people refrain from undertaking marriages during Chaturmaas and wait once Bhagwan's marriage is concluded before embarking on their own weddings.
Brahma said to Narad, "O Narad! Prabodhini Ekadashi washes away all sins and augments one's Punyas. I shall narrate greatness and importance of this Ekadashi."
Narad asked, "O father of world! How much Punya is accumulating by fasting and eating only once on Prabodhini Ekadashi."
Brahma replied, "If a devotee consumes only fruits and light grains such as Namar, he is freed from the sins of one life and if consumes the same only after sunset, he is freed from the sins of last two lives. However, a devotee undertaking fast for a day on Prabodhini Ekadashi is freed from sins of last seven births. Furthermore, if one undertakes Jagran besides observing fast for the day on this Ekadashi, his ten thousand ancestors are redeemed. All important shrines come and take residence in the home of a family who reverently observe Prabodhini Ekadashi together. O Narad! Conversely, all Punyas of a person are destroyed if he does not observe Vrat of Prabodhini. For not observing the Vrat of both Ekadashis of month of Kartik, one destroys accumulated Punyas of all his past lives."
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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