The month which does not include Surya Sankranti is called Mal Maas or Adhi Masa. In whole of Mal Maas, Lord Shiva is specially worshipped. No auspicious work should be performed in this month. There is a tradition of worshiping the Ashiva imcarnation of Lord Shiva. In the Adhi Masa, Shiva Linga is offered water, Bel-leaves, Datura and flowers.
Mal Masa (Padmini) Ekadasi Vrat
The Ekadasi of Malmasa or Purushotam Maas (Adhimasa) is called the Padmini Ekadashi. On this day, fast is observed and Puja of Shiva-Parvati and Radha-Krishna is performed. This Ekadashi has a special significance, since it does not occur every year. Person should perform full day fasting on Padmini Ekadashi. And, performing Jagran in the night is really significant, on this day. Person observing this fast must hear the story of fast, on this day.
Padmini Ekadashi Fast Method
Fast is started on Dashmi. Person needs to mentally prepares himself for the fast, on the night of Dashmi Tithi only. After having night meal on Dashmi, nothing else should be eaten. A person should have only Satvik (food with no garlic and onion) meal on this night. Person should not eat food in utensils of bronze, he should not eat meat, masoor, gram, honey, leafy vegetables, and borrowed food, on the Dashmi. On this day, pure and Satvik meal should be eaten and use of salt should be avoided. Person observing fast should sleep on earth on the day of Dashmi and should follow Brahmacharya.
He should wake up early in the morning, on the day of Ekadashi. And, after completing the routine works, he should do the Datun and rinse his mouth 12 times. Mud, Til, Kush and Amla should be used for bathing. While bathing, first of all , mud is applied and a prayer is performed- “O! mud, make me pure like yourself, by which a shall become capable to worship God.“ Bath can be taken at home, if not possible to go to a spiritual place.
Then a person should wear clean and good clothes. In the evening, Tarpan should be done and Puja should be performed by going to temple. Idol of Parvati- Shiva and Radha- Krishna is prepared and worshiped. An urn made of mud or copper is placed on the cereals. The urn is decorated with a cloth and on its mouth a dish of copper, silver or gold is placed.
On this utensil, idol of God is placed and worshipped with incense stick, lamp, navedy, saffron etc. After that, Bhajans are performed. Avoid speaking lie and saying bad about master should be avoided.On the day of fast, the story of fast should be read or heard. Jagran should be performed at night and Lord Shiva should be worshipped.
Padmini Ekadashi Fast Story
The story of Padmini Ekadashi is related of Ravan, the king of Lanka. Once, Ravan went for Digvijay (getting victories in all directions). In this journey of victory, he got defeated by Kartavirya Sahastrarjun. On getting defeated, he had to stay in prison of that king for many years. Finally he got free by the grace of Agastya Rishi. God Narad was very happy by the imprisonment of Ravan and he asked Rishi the reason behind Ravan’s defeat.
Then, Rishi said that Kartavirya Arjun can be defeated only by Lord Vishnu, Because, his mother Padmini and father Kartavirya performed strong meditation in wish of a child. And, as told by Mahasati Anusuiya, both of them observed the fast of Padmini Ekadashi. Pleased by their devotion, Lord Vishnu appeared before them. And, blessed them with a heroic son, Arjun. That is why, Ravan also got defeated by Arjun.
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