#Thread on AdhikMass (अधिकमास)

भारतीय गणना के अनुसार प्रत्येक सूर्य वर्ष 365 दिन और करीब 6 घंटे का होता है, वहीं चंद्र वर्ष 354 दिनों का माना जाता है। दोनों वर्षों के बीच लगभग 11 दिनों का अंतर होता है, जो हर तीन वर्ष में लगभग 1 मास के बराबर हो जाता है।
इसी अंतर को पाटने के लिए हर तीन साल में एक चंद्र मास अस्तित्व में आता है, जिसे अतिरिक्त होने के कारण अधिकमास का नाम दिया गया.

अधिकमास के अधिपति भगवान विष्णु माने जाते हैं। पुरुषोत्तम भगवान विष्णु का ही एक नाम है। इसीलिए अधिकमास को पुरूषोत्तम मास के नाम से भी पुकारा जाता है।
यह माना जाता हर की अतिरिक्त होने के कारण यह मास मलिन होता है। इसलिए इस मास के दौरान हिंदू धर्म के विशिष्ट व्यक्तिगत संस्कार जैसे नामकरण, यज्ञोपवीत, विवाह और सामान्य धार्मिक संस्कार जैसे गृहप्रवेश, नई बहुमूल्य वस्तुओं की खरीदी आदि आमतौर पर नहीं किए जाते हैं।
अधिकमास सूर्य और चंद्र मास के बीच संतुलन बनाने के लिए प्रकट हुआ तो इस मास का अधिपति बनने के लिए कोई देवता तैयार ना हुआ। ऐसे में ऋषि-मुनियों के आग्रह से भगवान विष्णु ने इस मास का भार अपने ऊपर लें लिया और इस तरह यह मल मास के साथ पुरुषोत्तम मास भी बन गया
अधिक मास के लिए पुराणों में बड़ी ही सुंदर कथा सुनने को मिलती है। यह कथा दैत्यराज हिरण्यकश्यप के वध से जुड़ी है। पुराणों के अनुसार दैत्यराज हिरण्यकश्यप ने एक बार ब्रह्मा जी को अपने कठोर तप से प्रसन्न कर लिया और उनसे अमरता का वरदान मांगा जो देना निषिद्ध है।
तब हिरण्यकश्यप ने वर मांगा कि उसे संसार का कोई नर, नारी, पशु, देवता या असुर मार ना सके। वह वर्ष के 12 महीनों में मृत्यु को प्राप्त ना हो। जब वह मरे, तो ना दिन का समय हो, ना रात का। वह ना किसी अस्त्र से मरे, ना किसी शस्त्र से, ना घर में मारा जा सके, ना घर से बाहर मारा जा सके।
इस वरदान के मिलते ही उसने खुद को भगवान घोषित कर दिया। समय आने पर भगवान विष्णु ने अधिक मास में नरसिंह अवतार यानि आधा पुरुष और आधे शेर के रूप में प्रकट होकर, शाम के समय, देहरी के नीचे अपने नाखूनों से हिरण्यकश्यप का सीना चीर कर उसे मृत्यु के द्वार भेज दिया।

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