Highlights of Purusottama / Adhika Holy month
It is a special month and very dear to Krishna. It is the only time when the full moon occurs twice in a month. This month occurs every 2-3 years. It is a very good time to engage in full devotional service.This extra month is dedicated to Shri Krishna.
Benefits of observing Purusottama Vrata
- All the holy places in the world come to reside in the body of one who observes Purusottama vrata.
- One who observes Purusottama Month with faith and devotion will go back home, Back To Godhead to serve Radha-Govinda eternally in Goloka Vrndavana at the end of one’s life.
Glories of Purusottama month (from Padma and Skanda Puranas)
Lord Sri Krsna: “Purusottama month has all the power I have to bless its observer. One who follows Purusottama vrata will destroy all his past sinful reactions. Without performing Purusottama vrata, one cannot perform pure devotional service. The value of Purusottama month is far more valuable than all other types of austerities and religious activities mentioned in the Vedas. Anyone who observes Purusottama vrata will return to my abode, Goloka, at the end of his life.”
Durvasa Muni: “Just by bathing in a holy river during Purusottama month, one becomes sinless. The glory of all other months is not equal to one-sixteenth of the glory of the Purusottama month. By bathing in a holy place, giving charity and chanting the Holy Name Krsna during Purusottama month, all miseries are destroyed; one attains all kinds of perfection and fulfills all his desires.”
Valmiki Muni: “By observing Purusottama vrata, one attains more benefit than performing one hundred horse sacrifices. All holy places live within the body of a Purusottama month vrati. Anyone who faithfully performs Purusottama vrata will go to Goloka Vrndavana.”
Narada Muni: “Purusottama month is the best of all months, vratas and austerities. Just by faithfully hearing the glories of Purusottama month, one attains krsna-bhakti and immediately nullifies his sinful reactions. One who performs Purusottama vrata properly will attain limitless sukrti and go to the spiritual world.”
Naimisaranya sages: “Merciful Purusottama month acts like a desire tree to fulfill a devotee’s desire.”