Adhik Maas 2023: The Sacred Extra Month in Hindu Calendar
Adhik Maas, also known as “Additional Month” or “Purushottam Maas”, is of great importance in the Hindu calendar. This month occurs approximately every three years and serves as a unique period for spiritual activities, rituals and acts of devotion. In this article, we will talk about the superiority of Adhik Maas, discuss the do’s and don’ts of this holy month and answer some frequently asked questions.
What is Adhik Maas
Adhik Maas is an additional lunar month that aligns with the regular lunar calendar. It occurs when the solar and lunar months fall out of sync, creating a discrepancy. This extra month is considered auspicious and offers devotees an opportunity for spiritual growth, religious activities, and seeking divine blessings.
The Significance of Adhik Maas:
During Adhik Maas, devotees engage in various spiritual practices, including prayers, recitation of scriptures, and acts of charity. It is believed that performing these activities with a pure heart and devotion during this sacred month brings immense spiritual rewards and blessings.
Do’s during Adhik Maas:
(a) Worship and prayers: Perform special prayers and worship Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu during this month. Offer your devotion through rituals, chants, and meditation.
(B) Recitation of scriptures:
Regularly read and contemplate upon sacred texts like the Bhagavad Gita or other scriptures that hold significance in our tradition.
C). Charity work: Do charity, donate and keep a sense of compassion in your mind. Help such people who are in great need.
( D). Fasting: Keep fast during this whole month. It is described in many places in our Vedas and Shastras that fasting purifies both the body and the imagination (body and mind).
Don’ts during Adhik Maas:
(a) Avoid important ceremonies: Postpone ceremonies like marriages, housewarming, or Mundan (tonsure) ceremonies during this month.
(b) Starting new ventures: It is advised not to start new businesses or ventures during Adhik Maas. Wait for the auspicious time after the month concludes.
(c) Specific restrictions: Some traditions may have additional restrictions or practices. It is advisable to consult with a learned priest or follow the guidelines of your specific tradition.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Q1. How long does Adhik Maas last?
Adhik Maas typically lasts for approximately 30 days. It begins based on the lunar calendar and concludes with the next new moon.
Q2. Can I perform special prayers for Lord Vishnu during Adhik Maas?
Yes, Adhik Maas holds special significance for the worship of Lord Vishnu. Offer your prayers and perform devotional rituals to seek His blessings.
Q3. Are there any specific rituals associated with Adhik Maas?
While general practices include prayers, scripture recitation, and acts of charity, specific rituals may vary based on regional customs and traditions. It is advisable to consult with your family priest or learned individuals for guidance.
Q4. Can I donate to charitable causes during Adhik Maas?
Absolutely! Acts of charity, such as donating food, clothing, or contributing to charitable organizations, are highly encouraged during Adhik Maas. It is a noble way to extend help to the needy and seek spiritual growth.
Q5. Should I observe fasts during Adhik Maas?
Observing fasts during Adhik Maas is a personal choice. If your tradition or belief system includes fasting during this month, you can consider it as a means of self-discipline and devotion.
Adhik Maas is a sacred and auspicious month in the Hindu calendar, offering devotees a chance to deepen their spiritual practices and seek divine blessings. By engaging in prayers, scripture recitation, acts of charity, and observing prescribed rituals, individuals can experience profound spiritual growth and harmony. It is essential to adhere to the do’s and don’ts associated with Adhik Maas while following the customs and traditions of your specific lineage. May this sacred month bring peace, prosperity, and spiritual fulfillment to all.