Adhik Mass – The Extra Month in the Hindu Calendar
Every 32.5 months or 2.7 years approximately comes this unique month of ADHIK MAAS, also known as Purushottam Maas (Month).
ADHIK, a word in the Hindi language which literally means, more.
Purushottam is an epithet of Lord Vishnu, to whom the month is dedicated. People who follow Lord Krishna, see this month as an opportunity to spend more time chanting and communicating with him.
It is also known as ‘Mala Maas’ or ‘Dhondyacha Mahina’
This is an EXTRA month that is added into the Hindu calendar
to balance out and keep both the solar and lunar calendars aligned.
Essentially, days are added or removed to keep the two calendars in sync.
The Solar Calendar is based on the length of a
This is the time it takes the earth to revolve (orbit) around the sun
The Lunar (Moon) Calendar is based on the time it takes for the Moon to revolve (orbit) around the Earth.
As the difference between the Solar year and the 12 lunar months is about 11 days, the Hindu calendar does corrections in the format of leap months and leap days. And somewhere around 2.7 years the difference is enough days to create this 1 extra month, known as the Adhik Maas.
Adhik maas is literally referred to as the Leap Month. It is the 13th (thirteenth) month in the Hindu calendar this year.
During this month, Religious rituals are observed and any
austerities and observances are undertaken.
It is actually recommended that during this month, as there is a change in the atmosphere, one should keep a fast for good health. Or, eat meals once a day only.
However, it is also considered an inauspicious month for carrying out major ceremonies. Therefore, people avoid conducting marriages, child ceremonies, like mundane, or house ceremonies, like, graha-pravesh during this month.
Three Easy Ways to Attract Abundance and Blessings
During this month, a
very powerful, and simple ritual to attract abundance and blessings is to do Deep Daan.
That is, Keep a lit diya (lamp) in front of the Lord all the time. This also helps in financial gains.
Do remember to fold your hands and give thanks to the Lord (and the universe) every day and do Darshan (that is see God).
Also, mantra chanting is all the more powerful and effective when done in this month.
The Mantra for Lord Vishnu is considered to be very auspicious if especially chanted this month. This is one of the most sacred mantras and can be chanted at any time of the year. Lord Krishna is considered a very powerful avatar (reincarnation) of Lord Vishnu, and is considered the Supreme God of Protection.
Also remember that when chanting, a mantra must be chanted a 108 times or its multiples.
Mantra for Lord Vishnu –
|| Om Namo Bhagvate Vasudevaya ||
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