Ekadashi is observed on the 11th day of every month. This day occurs twice in a month, one is in Krishna Paksha and other is in Shukla Paksha. Devotees observe fast on this day to please Lord Vishnu.Fast are being observed to get rid from the past sins committed. To know more details about this occasion, keep on reading...
As per the legend, 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 damsel appeared from his Ekadash Indri (eleventh sense). As soon as Murdanav had a glimpse of the damsel, he got so attracted that he wanted to marry her. But, the damsel put a condition that first he would have to fight with her. Murdanav became so passionate after seeing the damsel that he agreed to have a fight. In the fight, the demon got killed by the damsel. Lord Vishnu became happy and got pleased by the firm dedication of the damsel. He granted her a boon that she will be named as Ekadashi, as she appeared from his Ekadash Indri. Goddess Ekadashi told Lord Vishnu that she wants people to keep fast on the day of Ekadashi. Also, by observing this fast, people will get free from all evils and sins. Lord Vishnu granted her the boon and said that if anyone would keep a fast on Ekadashi, he/she would get Moksha (salvation).
On this day, people keep Ekadashi fast and do not eat any cereal or grain, as it is believed that they become infected by sin on this day.
Below mentioned is the table of Ekadashi dates in 2017:
|8 January||Sunday||Pausha Putrada Ekadashi|
|23 January||Monday||Shattila Ekadashi|
|7 February||Tuesday||Jaya Ekadashi|
|22 February||Wednesday||Vijaya Ekadashi (Vaishnav)|
|8 March||Wednesday||Amalaki Ekadashi|
|24 March||Friday||Papmochani Ekadashi|
|7 April||Friday||Kamada Ekadashi|
|22 April||Saturday||Varuthini Ekadashi|
|6 May||Saturday||Mohini Ekadashi|
|22 May||Monday||Apara Ekadashi|
|5 June||Monday||Nirjala Ekadashi|
|20 June||Tuesday||Yogini Ekadashi|
|4 July||Tuesday||Devshayani Ekadashi (Vaishnav)|
|19 July||Wednesday||Kamika Ekadashi|
|3 August||Thursday||Shravana Putrada Ekadashi|
|18 August||Friday||Aja Ekadashi|
|2 September||Saturday||Parsva/Parivartini Ekadashi|
|16 September||Saturday||Indira Ekadashi|
|1 October||Sunday,||Papankusha Ekadashi (Vaishnav)|
|15 October||Sunday||Rama Ekadashi|
|31 October||Tuesday||Devutthana Ekadashi|
|14 November||Tuesday||Utpanna Ekadashi|
|30 November||Thursday||Mokshada Ekadashi|
|13 December||Wednesday||Saphala Ekadashi|
|29 December||Friday||Pausha Putrada Ekadashi|
Let's have some more knowledge on these Ekadashis:
The Ekadashi that comes in the Hindu month of Paush during the Shukla Paksha is known as Putrada Ekadashi. Husband and wife who do not have a child even after a long time of marriage, keep fast on this day.
On Shattila Ekadashi, sesame seeds play an important role. Sesame seeds are used in six (Shat) different ways to attain spiritual purification. Some people eat sesame seeds also because it is considered good on the occasion of this Ekadashi.
Jaya Ekadashi comes in the month of Magha during the Shukla Paksha. Keeping a fast on this day is considered auspicious.
Vijaya Ekadashi comes in the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of Hindu month Phalgun. It is the next Ekadashi after Jaya Ekadashi.
Papamochani Ekadashi occurs between the duration of Holika Dahan and Chaitra Navratri. It is observed in the Krishna Paksha of Hindu month Chaitra.
Kamada Ekadashi comes after Chaitra Navratri and Ram Navami. It is observed in the Shukla Paksha of Hindu month Chaitra. It is said that if a person keeps a fast on this day, he/she gets rid of any type of sin.
Varuthini Ekadashi, as per the North Indian Purnimant calendar, comes in the Krishna Paksha of the Hindu month Vaishakh, while as per the South Indian Amavasyant calendar it comes in the Krishna Paksha of Hindu month Chaitra.
Mohini Ekadashi comes in the Shukla Paksha of Hindu month Vaishakh. It is said that keeping a fast on this day removes all the sins and the obstacles from the path of that person.
Apara Ekadashi comes in the Krishna Paksha of the Hindu month Jyeshtha. It is said that if anyone observes fast on this day, the purity of this Ekadashi vanishes away the greatest sins.
Nirjala Ekadashi comes in the Shukla Paksha of the Hindu month Jyeshtha. It is said that the fast of Nirjala Ekadashi is the toughest of all the Ekadashi fasts, as it is kept without food and water. Also, if someone is not able to keep fasts on all Ekadashis, the person should keep a fast on Nirjala Ekadashi.
The Ekadashi that comes in the 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 material world and helps in attaining salvation.
Devshayani Ekadashi comes in the Shukla Paksha of the Hindu month Ashadha. On the day of Yogini Ekadashi, Lord Vishnu goes to sleep, as per the Hindus. He wakes up after the span of four months. It is also known as Hari Shayani Ekadashi, Ashadi Ekadashi and Padma Ekadashi.
Kamika Ekadashi occurs in the Krishna Paksha of the Hindu month Shravana. It is believed that to keep a fast on this day is as good as donating a cow, and also feeding the cow as well as her calf.
Ekadashi, which occurs in the Shukla Paksha of Hindu month Shravan, is known as Shravana Putrada Ekadashi. It is believed that those who await for newborn should observe the fast of Shravana Putrada Ekadashi.
Aja Ekadashi occurs in the Krishna Paksha of the Hindu month Bhadrapada. It is well known as sin-removing Ekadashi. Also, as per the beliefs, even if someone hears about this Ekadashi, gets rid of all the sins done in past.
Padma Ekadashi occurs in the Hindu month of Ashadha during the Shukla Paksha. During this time, taking a holy dip is considered auspicious.
The Ekadashi, which comes in the Krishna Paksha of the Hindu month Ashwin, is known as Indira Ekadashi. It is said that if a person keeps a fast on this day, not only he would be benefited with it, but his ancestors would also get liberation from hell.
Papankusha Ekadashi comes in Shukla Paksha of the Hindu month Ashwina. On this day, the deity Padmanabha is worshiped, who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. By this, one would be achieving all the luxuries of the world and would get liberated of sins.
The Ekadashi that comes in Krishna Paksha of Hindu month Kartik is known as Rama Ekadashi. Those who observe fast on this Ekadashi get freed from the sins and attain the spiritual peace.
Dev Prabodhini or Devutthana Ekadashi is the time when after a sleep of four months (Chaturmas), Lord Vishnu wakes up. This Ekadashi comes in the 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 comes in the Krishna Paksha of the Hindu month Kartik. It is dedicated to the damsel who appeared from Ekadash Indris (eleven senses) after whose name, Ekadashi fast was named. So, Utpanna Ekadashi is celebrated as the birthday of the Goddess Ekadashi.
Mokshada Ekadashi occurs in the Shukla Paksha of Hindu month Margashirsha. It is said that keeping a fast on this day helps in achieving liberation after death. This day is considered as the day that gives spiritual wellness.
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 as considering the supreme of all. Also, one would get spiritual liberation.
Hopefully, this information on all Ekadashis will help you in keeping the fasts on all Ekadashis Now, you can know the importance of all the Ekadashi Vrat dates. Make the best use of this article and observe Ekadashi fasts in 2017 with full devotion and dedication.