Apara Ekadashi or Achala Ekadasi, is an important Ekadasi vrata observed in Jyeshta month in North Indian Hindi calendars. In 2018, Apara Ekadasi date is May 11.
This is also known as Vaishakh Vadi Ekadasi (Ekadashi that falls in Krishna paksh in Vaishakh Month).
Apara Ekadasi vrat katha, legend, importance, and spiritual significance were mentioned in the Puranas as a conversation between Lord Sri Krishna and Yudhistira.
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.
In 2017, Apara Ekadasi date was May 22.
In 2016, Apara Ekadasi date was June 1.
In 2015, Apara Ekadasi date was May 14.
In 2014, Apara Ekadasi date was May 24.
In 2013, Apara Ekadasi date was June 4.
In 2012, Apara Ekadasi date was May 16.