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Monday, June 15, 2015

( 6.4.3) Purushottam Maas / Religious Importance of Purushottam Maas

 Purushottam Maas / The significance of Purushottam Maas 

What is Purshottam Maas   (for detail click here)

According to the Hindu calendar every third year there comes an extra or additional month. This extra month is known as Adhik maas.  
The other names for Adhik Maas are Mal Maas, Purushottam Maas, Malimluch maas etc. There is a  legend  which shows that Lord Vishnu Himself gave it the name of Purushottam Maas and further He said that the persons who would do Jap, Puja, Aaradhana Daan etc. would enjoy the worldly pleasures and after death would go to Vishnu Lok.  So this Purushottam Maas or Adhik Maas has a special significance in the Hinduism.
What is to be done during Purushottam  Maas 
According to the Hindu scriptures , the following things or activities should be done -
> Regarding Purushottam Maas or Adhik Mass, the Hindu scriptures say that this month has a special religious importance.
> Lord Vishnu Himself gave the name Purushottam Maas to this month. He also said that whatever good deeds, selfless actions, donations, Jap , Tap, Vrat, upvas etc. done during this Purushottam month, certainly produce good results.
> Observance of the fast during Purushottam Maas washes away the sins of the Vratis.
> During Purushottam Maas Vishnu puja, recitation of Srimad Bhagwat Puran and Bhagwat Geeta also considered fruitful.
> Whatever religious activities are done during Purushottam Maas should be done without having the desire of worldly gains, only then they bring fruitful results.
The legend related to Purushottam Maas -
According to Bhavishya Puran, it is said that once Adhik Maas which is also known as Mal Maas felt sad and went to Lord Vishnu and said, "O Lord, all the Tithis, Nakshtras, months etc have their own lords but I have not been assigned any God/Lord. No auspicious work is done during me. Everybody dishonours me. I am so much distressed that I want to die. I have come to you to have Your  shelter."
Lord Vishnu took pity on Mal Maas / Adhik Maas and said, " O, Mal maas, I understand your distress. I assign you my name, Henceforth you will be known as Purushottam Maas."
Lord Vishnu Further said that the good deeds, Jap,Tap and Charity etc. done during this month (Mal Maas) would certainly be very fruitful. Hearing it Mal Maas felt pleased and was satisfied. Since then this Adhik Maas or Adhi Maas or Mal Maas or Malimluch Maas is called and known as Purushottam Maas and has got more importance than any other Month. People read religious books, observe fast, give donations and do Jap -Tap, Havan etc.during Adhik Maas.
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