What is Adhik Maas
Adhik Maas – 18 July to 16 August
Pundit Roshan Singh
In the Hindu lunar calendar, Adhik Maas holds a significant place as an intercalary month that occurs approximately once every three years. Also known as Purushottam Maas, the extra month carries unique spiritual significance and provides an opportunity for devotees to deepen their spiritual practices. Do not be misled that it is a “bad or inauspicious” time. During this month one sets aside all mundane activities like purchasing a new home or business or motor car or getting married etc and utilizes this time for fast. Prayer, chanting, reading from the scriptures, visiting the temple etc. In this blog, we will explore the essence of Adhik Maas, its symbolism, and its significance in 2023.
Adhik Maas, also known as Purushottam Maas is based on the cycles of the moon, while the solar calendar follows the cycles of the sun. However, these two calendars do not completely align, resulting in a gradual misalignment over time.
To rectify this misalignment, Adhik Maas is intercalated into the lunar calendar at specific intervals, usually once every three years. Inserting this additional month brings the lunar and solar calendars back into harmony. Adhik Maas is a corrective measure to ensure that religious festivals and observances align with the appropriate seasons and astronomical events.
Together, Adhik Maas and Purushottam represent the unique and auspicious times offered to devotees for deepening their spiritual practices, seeking divine blessings, and connecting with the divine essence. It is a period of introspection, growth, and reverence toward the Supreme Being.
The convergence of Adhik Maas with the revered month of Shravan in 2023 is a rare occurrence as it is happening almost after two decades which is after 19 whole years. This adds even more significance to this alignment. It creates a unique and auspicious opportunity for devotees to deepen their connection with both Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
The celestial vibrations during this period inspire devotees in fostering a profound sense of devotion and self-reflection. Adhik Maas 2023 is a special window of time for devotees to align with the cosmic rhythms and experience spiritual transformation.
Adhik Maas holds great spiritual significance, allowing devotees to engage in practices for inner growth and connection with the divine. Rituals, fasting, charity, and recitation of sacred texts yield profound results, purifying thoughts and cultivating virtues deepening your connections with Lord Vishnu.
The iconography of Hari Har:
Lord Harihar is a divine manifestation representing the combined form of Lord Vishnu (Hari) and Lord Shiva (Hara). This unique depiction symbolizes the unity and harmony between the two supreme deities in Hinduism. Lord Harihar embodies the qualities of both Vishnu and Shiva, representing the aspects of preservation and destruction, creation and dissolution.
As Harihar, the divine energy encompasses the divine attributes of love, compassion, power, and transcendence. Devotees revere Lord Harihar as the ultimate embodiment of cosmic balance and the inseparable nature of existence.
Worshipping Lord Harihar fosters a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of life and the profound unity of diverse forces in the universe. It is an invitation to embrace the divine aspects of both Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva and seek their blessings for spiritual growth, inner harmony, and enlightenment.
Adhik Maas in 2023 provides an invaluable opportunity for spiritual seekers to engage in introspection, seek divine blessings, and deepen their connection with the holy. This additional month signifies a time of renewal, spiritual growth, and self-purification. By embracing the sacred practices associated with Adhik Maas, devotees can embark on a profound journey of self-discovery and upliftment.