21 August 2014 is Aja Ekadashi (Ananda Ekadasi, Ananda Ekadashi). It falls in Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapada Month as per North Indian Hindi calendars and in Shravan Month according to Marathi, Telugu, Kannada and Gujarati calendars.
This Ekadashi falls in Aavani Masam, Chinga Masam and Bhadra Month according to Tamil, Malayalam and Bengali calendars respectively.
The legend, importance and the significance of Aja Ekadasi or Ananda Ekadashi are explained in the Brahma Vaivartha Purana. As all other Ekadasi vrats, observing Annada Ekadasi fasting cleanses the results of all the sins performed him or her.
Aja Ekadashi or Annada Ekadasi is very auspicious and favorite day to Lord Vishnu and his consort Goddess Lakshmi. Devotees recite Vishnu Sahasranama Stotra and Lakshmi Astottara Shatanama stotram during the day.
On Annada Ekadasi day, Lord Janardana is worshipped along with his consort Goddess Sundari. Fasting is observed and Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi are worshipped. Vishnusahasra nama stotram is recited.
Story of Aja Ekadasi or Ananda Ekadashi
The story of Aja Ekadashi is associated with King Harischandra.
Panchang, Aja Ekadashi – 21 August 2014
Suryodayam (Sunrise) 06:24 Suryastamaya (Sunset) 18:58
Chandrodayam (Moonrise)27:31 Chandrastama (Moonset)15:59
Paksha (Fortnight) Krishna Paksha
Tithi (Lunar Day) Ekadashi – 10:15
Nakshatra Ardra – 18:15
Yoga Vajra – 10:14
Karana Kaulava – 23:19
Purnimanta Month Bhaadrupada
Amavasyanta Month Sraavana
Shaka Samvatsara: Jaya
Vikram Samvat Varsha: Plavanga
Rahu Kalam: 14:15 – 15:50
Gulika Kalam: 09:33 – 11:07
Yama Gandam: 06:24 – 07:58
Hindi Month (North Indian calendar) – Bhadrapad Month, Telugu Month – Shravana Masam, Kannada Month – Shravana Masa, Marathi Month – Shravan Maas, Gujarati Month – Sawan Maas, Tamil Month – Avani Masam, Malayalam Month – Chingam Masam, Bengali Month – Bhadra Month.
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Simha
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Mithuna
Amrita Kalam 07:11 – 08:57
Abhijit: 12:16 – 13:06
Time to Avoid
Durmuhurthams: 15:37 – 16:27