Sunday, March 2, 2014

Ekadasi Calender 2014

Want to practice fasting on Ekadasi days?  Have you missed it because you forgot it was Ekadasi today?  Get Ekadashi calender for the year 2014 based on Vaishnava Calender from here.

Ekadasi falls on the eleventh day after every full moon or new moon day in Hindu Calender.  So every month there are two Ekadasi or Ekadashi days.  It is an auspicious day meant for the worship of Lord Vishnu. Fasting is taken from grains and more time is dedicated to prayers and meditation on Lord Vishnu.

I have given here the calender for Ekadasi for the year 2014 based on Indian Standard Time.  Every time you practice it, make note of the next fasting day so that you don't forget.

  • 11 January 2014                Putrada Ekadasi
  • 27 January 2014                Sattila Ekadasi
  • 10 February 2014              Bhaimi Ekadasi
  • 26  February 2014             Vijaya Ekadasi
  • 12 March 2014                  Amalakivrta Ekadasi
  • 27 March 2014                  Papamochani Ekadasi
  • 11 April 2014                    Kamada Ekadasi
  • 25 April 2014                    Varuthini Ekadasi
  • 10 May 2014                     Mohini Ekadasi
  • 24 May 2014                     Apara Ekadasi
  • 09 June 2014                     Pandava Nirjala Ekadasi
  • 23 June 2014                     Yogini Ekadasi
  • 09 July 2014                      Sayana Ekadasi
  • 22 July 2014                      Kamika Ekadasi
  • 07 August 2014                 Pavitropana Ekadasi
  • 21 August 2014                 Annada Ekadasi
  • 05 September 2014           Parsva Ekadasi
  • 19 September 2014           Indira Ekadasi
  • 05 October 2014               Pasankusa Ekadasi
  • 19 October 2014               Rama Ekadasi
  • 03 November  2014          Utthana Ekadasi
  • 18 November 2014           Utpanna Ekadasi
  • 02 December 2014           Moksada Ekadasi
  • 18 December 2014           Saphala Ekadasi  
Take fasting and spend your time chanting the Lord's holy name Hare Krishna, glorifying the Lord's pastimes, decorating the Lord and a lot more ways. I will come up with the importance of each Ekadasi soon.  

Hare Krishna Maha Mantram

What is the significance of Hare Krishna Maha mantra?

Hare Krishna Maha Mantra is one of the easiest mantra which was given to us by Chaitanya Maha Prabhu.  It addresses Lord Krishna 16 times.  

In Kali yuga, reciting the name of the Supreme Soul alone can be a solution to all our problems.  Hare Krishna Maha Mantra is the easiest way to recite and chant as many names of God as possible. 

I am telling this because to chant this Maha Mantra 108 times - which is called one round - takes only ten minutes.

First chant the Pancha Tatva Maha mantra

Jaya Sri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu Nityananda
Sri Advaita Gadadhara Sreevasadhi Gaura Bhaktha Vrinda

(This is the main mantra or moola mantra.)

Then repeat 

Hare Krishna Maha Mantra lyrics

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

(108 times)

The Hare Krishna Maha mantra addresses Lord Krishna and His energy to reside within our heart.  By chanting Hare Krishna Mahamantra regularly, we can purify our heart.  This will be good for our spiritual as well as material progress. 

Chanting 108 times is considered as one round.Chant as many rounds as you can and enjoy inner peace.  

Why Krishna is addressed before Rama in Hare Krishna Maha Mantra?

While addressing Krishna first we want to develop Krishna Bhakti and Krishna Prema.  The term Krishna means 'all attractive'.  So we want to attract Krishna and the energy of Krishna to us.  We want to improve our Bhakti or devotion towards Krishna.  So Krishna is addressed first and then Rama.

It can also be recited in various ragas in the form of Krishna Bhajans.

Please don't forget to add your experience after practicing Hare Krishna Mahamantra regularly.