Ekadasi or Ekadashi vrata is an auspicious vrat dedicated to Lord Vishnu which is observed on eleventh day of both fortnights in each month. Ekadashi May 2017 dates are – May 6 (Mohini Ekadashi) and May 22 (Achala Ekadashi).
Mohini Ekadashi – 17 May 2017
Mohini Ekadashi. It falls in Shukla Paksha of Vaishakh Month as per Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati and all other North Indian Hindi calendars.
Mohini Ekadashi Vrat katha or the story is mentioned in Kurma Purana.. Read full story of Mohini Ekadashi Vrat here..
Merits of Mohini Ekadashi Vrat in detailed manner – read here..
Apara Ekadashi – 22 May 2017
Apara Ekadashi (Achala Ekadashi / Bhadrakali Gyaras) falls in Krishna Paksha of Vaishakh Month of Marathi, Telugu, Kannada and Gujarati calendars. It falls in Jyeshta Krishna Paksha in North Indian Hindi calendars.
Apara Ekadasi mahatyam was mentioned in the Brahmanda Purana. Observance of Apara Ekadashi or Achala Ekadasi fasting cleanses all sins of the performer and makes him/ her free from all the bonds of the life.
Once upon a time Lord Krishna was queried by Kind Yudhisthira about the importance of Apara Ekadasi and how the sacred name sprouted in the month of Jyestha? Elated at being asked, Lord Krishna elucidated the importance of Apara Ekadasi to King Yudhisthira.