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Ekadashi 2018: Pious Days To Attain Liberation

Ekadashi, the sanskrit term for ‘Eleven’, is the 11th day of every month. As per Hindu calendar, there are two Ekadashis in a month, each falling every fortnight. First in Shukla Paksha (the waxing face of the moon) of the month and the other in Krishna Paksha (the waning phase of the moon) of the same month. Devotees perform fast on this day to please Lord Vishnu and to get rid of all the sins committed by them. The fast of Ekadashi is considered highly auspicious and held a great significance as per Hindu religion. To know more details about this occasion, keep on reading...

Worship Lord Vishnu on this Ekadashi in 2018 and seek his blessings

Legend of Ekadashi

As per ancient scriptures, once Lord Vishnu was in Yoga Nidra. At that time, a demon named Murdanav came and challenged Lord Vishnu for a fight. As Lord Vishnu was in Yoga Nidra, a female appeared from his Ekadash Indri (eleventh sense). As soon as Murdanav had a glimpse of her, he got so attracted that he wanted to marry her. But she put a condition that he would have to fight with her first. Murdanav became so passionate after seeing her that he agreed. In the fight, the demon got killed by the female. Lord Vishnu became very happy and pleased by her firm devotion. He granted her a boon that she will be named as Ekadashi, since she was appeared from his Ekadash Indri. Goddess Ekadashi then told Lord Vishnu that she wants people to fast on the day of Ekadashi. Also, by performing this fast, people will get free from all evils and sins. Lord Vishnu granted her the boon and said that if anyone fasts on Ekadashi, he/she would attain Moksha (salvation).

On this day, people fast for Ekadashi and do not eat any cereal or grain. It is believed that having a proper meal is considered sin on this day.

Below mentioned is the table of Ekadashi dates in 2018:

Ekadashi 2018 Dates Table

Date

Day

Ekadashi

12 January

Friday

Shattila Ekadashi

28 January

Sunday

Jaya / Bhami Ekadashi

11 February

Sunday

Vijaya Ekadashi

26 February

Monday

Amalaki Ekadashi

13 March

Tuesday

Papmochani Ekadashi

27 March

Tuesday

Kamada Ekadashi

12 April

Thursday

Varuthini Ekadashi

26 April

Thursday

Mohini Ekadashi

11 May

Friday

Apara Ekadashi

25 May

Friday

Padmini Ekadashi

10 June

Sunday

Parama Ekadashi

23 June

Saturday

Nirjala Ekadashi

09 July

Monday

Yogini Ekadashi

23 July

Monday

Deva Shayani Ekadashi

07 August

Tuesday

Kamika Ekadashi

21 August

Tuesday

Shravana Putrada Ekadashi

06 September

Thursday

Aja Ekadashi

20 September

Thursday

Parsva Ekadashi

05 October

Friday

Indira Ekadashi

20 October

Saturday

Papankusha Ekadashi

03 November

Saturday

Rama Ekadashi

19 November

Monday

Devutthana Ekadashi

03 December

Monday

Utpanna Ekadashi

19 December

Wednesday

Mokshada Ekadashi


Let's have some more knowledge about these Ekadashis:

Putrada Ekadashi

Ekadashi that comes in the Hindu month of Paush during Shukla Paksha is known as Putrada Ekadashi. Husband and wife who do not have a child even after a long time of marriage, fast on this day.

Shattila Ekadashi

On Shattila Ekadashi, sesame seeds play an important role. Sesame seeds are used in six (Shat) different ways to attain spiritual purification. Some people also eat sesame seeds because it is considered a good omen on Shatila Ekadashi.

Jaya Ekadashi

Jaya Ekadashi comes in the month of Magha during Shukla Paksha. Fasting on this day is considered auspicious.

Vijaya Ekadashi

Vijaya Ekadashi comes in Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of Hindu month Phalgun. It is the next Ekadashi after Jaya Ekadashi.

Amalaki Ekadashi

Amalaki Ekadashi occurs in Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) of Hindu month Phalguna. This occasion comes in between Maha Shivratri and Holi .

Papamochani Ekadashi

Papamochani Ekadashi occurs in between the duration of Holika Dahan and Chaitra Navratri. It is observed in the Krishna Paksha of Hindu month Chaitra.

Kamada Ekadashi

Kamada Ekadashi comes after Chaitra Navratri and Ram Navami. It is observed in Shukla Paksha of the Hindu month Chaitra. It is said that if a person fasts on this day, he/she gets rid of all sins.

Varuthini Ekadashi

Varuthini Ekadashi, as per the North Indian Purnimant calendar, comes in Krishna Paksha of the Hindu month Vaishakh, while according to the South Indian Amavasyant calendar it comes in Krishna Paksha of the Hindu month Chaitra.

Mohini Ekadashi

Mohini Ekadashi comes in Shukla Paksha of the Hindu month Vaishakh. It is said that fasting on this day removes all the sins and obstacles coming in the path of a person.

Apara Ekadashi

Apara Ekadashi comes in Krishna Paksha of the Hindu month Jyeshtha. It is said that if anyone fasts on this day, the purity of this Ekadashi removes away the greatest sins from his/her life.

Nirjala Ekadashi

Nirjala Ekadashi comes in Shukla Paksha of the Hindu month Jyeshtha. It is said that the fast of Nirjala Ekadashi is the toughest of all Ekadashi fasts, as it is performed without food and water. Also, if someone is not able to fast on all Ekadashis, then she/he should fast on Nirjala Ekadashi.

Yogini Ekadashi

The Ekadashi that comes in Krishna Paksha of the Hindu month Ashadha is called Yogini Ekadashi. Keeping a fast on this day helps a person to come out of the greed of materialistic world and attain salvation.

Devshayani Ekadashi

Devshayani Ekadashi comes in Shukla Paksha of the Hindu month Ashadha. On the day of Yogini Ekadashi, Lord Vishnu sleeps as per Hindu scriptures. He wakes up after span of four months. It is also known as Hari Shayani Ekadashi, Ashadi Ekadashi and Padma Ekadashi.

Kamika Ekadashi

Kamika Ekadashi occurs in Krishna Paksha of the Hindu month Shravana. It is believed that the fast performed on this day is as good as donating a cow. Feeding a cow and her calf is also considered sacred on this day.

Shravana Putrada Ekadashi

Ekadashi, which occurs in Shukla Paksha of the Hindu month Shravan, is known as Shravana Putrada Ekadashi. It is believed that those who await for newborn should perform the fast of Shravana Putrada Ekadashi.

Aja Ekadashi

Aja Ekadashi occurs in Krishna Paksha of the Hindu month Bhadrapada. It is well known as sin-removing Ekadashi. Also, as per religious beliefs, only by hearing about this Ekadashi, one gets rid of all the sins done in the past.

Padma Ekadashi

Padma Ekadashi occurs in the Hindu month of Ashadha during Shukla Paksha. During this time, taking a holy dip is considered auspicious.

Indira Ekadashi

The Ekadashi, which comes in Krishna Paksha of the Hindu month Ashwin, is known as Indira Ekadashi. It is said that if a person fast on this day, not only he would be benefited with it, but his ancestors would also get liberation from hell.

Papankusha Ekadashi

Papankusha Ekadashi comes in Shukla Paksha of the Hindu month Ashwin. On this day, the deity Padmanabha is worshiped who is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. With this fast, one achieves all luxuries of the world and liberates from all sins.

Rama Ekadashi

Ekadashi that comes in Krishna Paksha of the Hindu month Kartik is known as Rama Ekadashi. Those who fast on this Ekadashi are freed from all sins and attain spiritual peace.

Dev Prabodhini Ekadashi

Dev Prabodhini or Devutthana Ekadashi is the time when after a sleep of four months (Chaturmas), Lord Vishnu wakes up. This Ekadashi comes in Shukla Paksha of the Hindu month Kartik. The time when Lord Vishnu goes for sleep starts from Devshayani Ekadashi and this period is considered as inauspicious. After this period, when Lord Vishnu wakes up, all the auspicious ceremonies like marriages are conducted.

Utpanna Ekadashi

Utpanna Ekadashi comes in Krishna Paksha of the Hindu month Kartik. It is dedicated to Goddess Ekadashi, who appeared from Ekadash Indris (eleven senses) of Lord Vishnu and on whose name, Ekadashi fast was named. So, Utpanna Ekadashi is celebrated as the birthday of the Goddess Ekadashi.

Mokshada Ekadashi

Mokshada Ekadashi occurs in Shukla Paksha of the Hindu month Margashirsha. It is said that fasting on this day helps in achieving liberation after death. This day is also considered as the day that gives spiritual wellness.

Saphala Ekadashi

The Ekadashi that occurs in Krishna Paksha of the Hindu month Paush is called Saphala Ekadashi. On this Ekadashi, Lord Narayana is the deity to be worshiped. Prayers are offered to him being the Supreme of all. Also, one would get spiritual liberation.

Hopefully, this information on Ekadashis will help you in performing fasts for all Ekadashis. Now, you know the importance of all Ekadashis Vrat dates. Make the best use of this article and perform all Ekadashi fasts in 2018 with full devotion and dedication.

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