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Name / Initiated name
amrita dayashankar maurya
When, where and how did you come into contact with the Hare Krishna Movement?
i came in contact with hare krishna movement through my husband.
Name the nearest or most frequently Visited ISKCON temple/ centre and name few of the devotees whom you know.
laxmi narayan temple and gaurang center. my husband is also a devotee and his name is Dayashankar maurya
Please describe yourself so that other like minded devotees can find you.
i am a simple person and just realised my inclination towards krishna.here i want to explore more about krishna.
What are your expectations from this community?
to get involve in krishna bhakti
Describe any specific service you would love to offer to Lord Krishna & His devotees?
i would love to cook prasadam for lord krishna and his devotees.
Dear Devotee, Hare Krishna, dandvats. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. I do wish you a very happy Krishna conscious day today on your birthday and pray for you to have Krishna conscious years in the time to come, to let all your material and spiritual desires be fulfilled and for you to have this as your last birth in this material world. Take care, Gauranga, Radhe Radhe, Hari Hari, Hare Krishna.
Krshne matri astu - May your attention always be on Krsna....
To day is Papmochani Ekadashi 2016 - April 3 (Sunday)
Tomorrow (Monday) Ekadasi Fast-Breaking time : 06:276 to 10:45 AM
Papmochani Ekadashi falls on the 11th day of fading phase of moon in Chaitra. This Ekadashi is the last one in all 24 Ekadashi fasts. The word 'Papamochani' is made with two words Paap and Mochani. 'Paap' means sin or misdeed and word “Mochani” means remover. Devotees believe that observing fast on Papamochani Ekadasi is highly auspicious. Those who observe this fast would be forgiven from their sins. Lord Vishnu is mainly worshipped on Ekadashi Fasts.
The Papmochani Ekadashi Vrat Katha
This tale is narrated in the Bhavishya Uttara Purana in the form of dialogues between Lord Krishna and king Yudhishtira.
There was a sage named Medhavi who was a great devotee of Lord Shiva. This sage used to perform deep Tapas (meditation) in the forest of Chaitraratha. This forest was full of beautiful and scented flowers. The Chaitraratha forest was also frequently visited by Indra and Apsaras. Beautiful Apsaras tried many times but could never succeed in seducing young Medhavi. One famous Apsara, "Manjughosa", also tried many ways to seduce this sage but she could not come closer to him due to the power of his sobriety that he had attained over the years.
After many attempts Manjughosa decided to pitch a tent couple of miles away from the sage and started singing. She sang so beautifully that even the Kamdev (Cupid) got excited and decided to use Manjughosha to target Medhavi. But when Manjughosha looked at powerful and attractive body of the sage, she herself got restless by lust .She again started singing seductively, Kamdev drew Medhavi’s attention towards the charm of Manjughosha through his powerful magical bows .She slowly reached closer to Medhavi and embraced him with her beautiful arms. Medhavi stopped his tapa (meditation) and got trapped in Manjughosha’s charm.
He lost his purity of mind instantaneously. He got so much attracted to her charm that he even forgot the difference between night and day.
Medhavi was charmed by her for a very long time. After living a married life for 57 years, Manjughosha lost her interest in the sage, and decided to abandon him .Tricked by Apsara’s charm Medhavi couldn’t be aware of the time he spent with Manjughosha. When Manjughosha asked Medhavi to permit her to leave, now the sage got his lost senses back and realized how he was tricked by this Apsara.
Fuming with anger Medhavi cursed her to become an ugly witch.Very said Medhavi returned back to his father Sage Chyavana’s ashram and told the whole story to his father.
Sage Chyavana asked Medhavi to observe fast on Papamochani Ekadashi, and assured him that all his sins will be removed by observing fast on this Ekadashi. Medhavi observed the fast with full devotion to Lord Vishnu and got relieved from his mistakes. Chyavana advised the same fast to Majughosha as well. Manjughosha also observed the fast and regretted for her wrong deeds and she was also relieved from her sin.
Suggestion: If you can not keep full day fasting, please eat only Ekadasi Prasadam—friuts, vegetables,no grains,etc.-- one time at lunch time only. At night ,you may drink one glass of milk. Recommended chanting on this day is atleast 25 rounds of Mahamantra—Hare Krishna,Hare Krishna,Krishna,Krishna,Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama,Rama,Rama, Hare,Hare.
Through this austerity, you can take advantage to keep your health and mind in good shape!!!
mām ugra-dharmād akhilāt pramādān
nārāyaṇaḥ pātu naraś ca hāsāt
dattas tv ayogād atha yoga-nāthaḥ
pāyād guṇeśaḥ kapilaḥ karma-bandhāt
May Lord Nārāyaṇa protect me from unnecessarily
māḿ keśavo gadayā prātar avyād
govinda āsańgavam ātta-veṇuḥ
nārāyaṇaḥ prāhṇa udātta-śaktir
madhyan-dine viṣṇur arīndra-pāṇiḥ
May Lord Keśava protect me with His club in the
devo 'parāhṇe madhu-hogradhanvā
sāyaḿ tri-dhāmāvatu mādhavo mām
doṣe hṛṣīkeśa utārdha-rātre
niśītha eko 'vatu padmanābhaḥ
May Lord Madhusūdana, who carries a bow very
pratyūṣa īśo 'si-dharo janārdanaḥ
dāmodaro 'vyād anusandhyaḿ prabhāte
viśveśvaro bhagavān kāla-mūrtiḥ
May the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who bears