The Amazing spiritual Science and Importance of Adhik Maas – Purushottam Maas
In Indian Santana culture, Adhik month(Purushottam month) has very special importance. The running 30 days are very precious. It is also full of spiritual energy and is a worthy opportunity to receive the infinite grace of Shri Krishna. Because the Lord of this month is Lord Krishna (Vishnu). Utilizing this moment can change both the direction and the condition of your life.
Purushottam Mahina(month) is unique to the traditional Hindu lunar calendar that is based on the cycles of the moon. According to the Hindu Lunar calendar, the moon takes about 29.53 days to revolve around the earth. This makes lunar month 29.53059 days only. Adding all these 12 lunar months the year will have only 354.36708 days while the Solar year is about 365 days. To adjust lunar months to the solar year, the Lunar calendar adds one extra month every third year.
Why is it called Purushottam?
There were 12 lunar months and each was assigned to 1 god. Rishi-Munis calculated and facilitated Purushottam Mahina to balance solar and lunar years. Since it is Maal (unclean) Maas, therefore, no lord agreed to become the deity of the month. Lord Vishnu was then approached. Lord Vishnu took pity and assigned Maal Maas to Himself. Since, Lord Vishnu is the Lord of this month, this duration of called Purushottam Mahina.
Date: 18 September to 16 October 2020
The exact calculation is: this extra lunar month occurs after every 32 months, 16 days and 8 Ghadis (a Ghadi is a period of 24 minutes and 60 Ghadis equal 24 hours).
This extra month is known by various names: Adhik Maas, Mal Maas, Purushottam Mahina and Malimmacha. This is the thirteenth month of the lunar calendar. Therefore lunar calendar has 13 months in every 3 years.
Benefits of Pursottam Mahina:-
It is believed that keeping fast during this period is equivalent to performing 100 yagyas or homa which acts as a path to achievement of complete bliss, delight, and peace. The purpose of this month is to propitiate divinity to bring the divine grace and blessing, gain back lost health and wealth, begetting offspring, and also getting divines to help during a difficult time in one’s life.
Purushottam means a man who is imbibed with all the best qualities. This month is devoted to self-development, evaluation, assessment, reflection, retrospection, and Introspection. It is a time for one’s own soul and spirit to complete all pending work, detoxify the body that remains pending for the last three years. It is the month to regain once strength in physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual terms.
According to Devi Bhagavat (Hindu Text) charity good deeds and fasting carried out during this Mal Maas is sure to get good result. During Mal Maas people keep fasting because Hindus believe, Pursottam Mahina is capable of washing away all sins bringing happiness and prosperity. Hence, during this month huge amount of charities are performed.
People wake up early in the morning and worship Radha-Krisha or Lakshmi-Narayana and Sodashopachara puja has to be performed during the period of Brata (fasting). Usually, a one-time vegetarian meal is eaten in the evening by the devotees.
Purushottam Granth is the book explaining the significance and importance of this month. Purushottam mahatmey (Purana) is recited in temples during this month. It is also believed that by reading and listening to Purushottam mahatmaye, dharma can be achieved.
Significance of Daan (Charity):-
Daan is fruitful when you just give your valuable possessions without any hesitations to someone needy. And it is praiseworthy when done secretly. Anna Daan (giving food) and Vastra Daan (giving clothes) hold a greater significance during this month.
Any planetary Dasha in a horoscope can be regulated during this month by performing Yajna and Havan. It is believed that this month holds a special place in the Hindu religion and, therefore, rectifying planetary effects during this month gives positive results 10 times better than performed during any other month.
Chanting Vishnu mantra during this month while worshiping is believed to be beneficial as Lord Vishnu, the preserver grants all wishes and desires eradicate sins of the past life, and helps overcome evils.
- श्री कृष्ण गोविंद हरे मुरारी हे नाथ नारायण वासुदेवा
- ॐ कृष्णाय नमः
- हरे कृष्ण हरे कृष्ण कृष्ण कृष्ण हरे हरे ,हरे राम हरे राम राम राम हरे हरे
- ॐ देविकानंदनाय विद्महे वासुदेवाय धीमहि तन्नो कृष्ण प्रचोदयात्
- ॐ श्री कृष्ण शरणम नमः
- ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय।
- Hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare, hare ram hare ram ram ram hare hare….
With full devotion, this month, pray to God, chant, contemplate, and name. God will understand your heart’s desire. And will be kind to you. Also do not forget to worship Tulsi. Do worship Tulsi.
वृंदा वृंदावनी विश्वपूजिता विश्वपावनी।
पुष्पसारा नंदनीय तुलसी कृष्ण जीवनी।।
एतभामांष्टक चैव स्त्रोतं नामर्थं संयुतम।
य: पठेत तां च सम्पूज्य सौश्रमेघ फलंलमेता।।
The Purushottam Mahina is the right time for establishing our connection with God to obtain Moksha. The importance of this month lies in the fact that one gets the chance to travel to the realm of self-revaluation, self-development, self-reflection, and self-assessment.