Ekadashi Vrat is the most auspicious day dedicated to Lord Vishnu Puja. Ekadashi is observed on eleventh day of every fortnight of the Hindu month (Shukla Paksha & Krishna Paksha).
Some Ekadashi vratas are differed by a day for Smartha, Vaishnava and Gauna sect of Hindus. Smarta people observe Ekadashi on the day during which Ekadasi starts and Vaishnava and Gauna sect of people observe it on the next day.
As ‘Ekadashi’ or the eleventh day of any month is stated to be a special day for worship of Vishnu, observance of of ‘Upavas’ (Fasting), Puja and Vrata are stated to be of significance to qualify for the nullification of sins and a stepping stone for attaining ‘Vaikuntha’. In fact the advantage of performing Vrata in full faith and devotion is stated to reap the fruits of Ashwamedha Yagna and Rajasuya Yagna, besides avoiding ‘Yama Darshana’ or the need for the visits of hell.
With no exaggeration,observance the Ekadasha Vrata is said to be superior than the bathings in the Sacred Rivers/ Kshetras like Ganga, Kashi, Pushkar, Kukukshetra, Narmada, Devika, Yamuna, Chandrabhaga etc. Rukmanga Katha mentions all the merits of Ekadashi Vrat.
Ekadashi Foods – Food items to consume on Ekadashi Vrata.. what are the various food items to eat on Ekadashi vrata? Clean ingredients means those item that are only used on Ekadashi days and not on any other day, these items are clean salt, clean sugar and clean oil. It is highly advised to keep these items in separate containers in the kitchen. Check about Ekadashi Foods in detail..
The story of Sage Durvasa and the King Ambarisha tells the importance of Ekadashi Vrat Paaran (Ekadashi fast breaking) on Dwadashi day. The story also tells the Mahatmya of Durvasa Muni…
Here is the schedule of Ekadashi Vrat in 2019
Tuesday, 1 January 2019 – Saphala Ekadashi
Thursday, 17 January 2019 – Pausha Putrada Ekadashi
Thursday, 31 January 2019 – Shattila Ekadashi
Saturday, 16 February 2019 – Jaya Ekadashi
Saturday, 2 March 2019 – Vijaya Ekadashi
Sunday, 17 March 2019 – Amalaki Ekadashi
Sunday, 31 March 2019 – Papmochani Ekadashi
Monday, 1 April 2019 – Vaishnava Papamochani Ekadashi
Monday, 15 April 2019 – Kamada Ekadashi (Smarta Ekadashi)
Tuesday, 16 April 2019 – Gauna Kamada Ekadashi | Vaishnava Kamada Ekadashi | Bhagwat Ekadashi
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 – Varuthini Ekadashi
Wednesday, 15 May 2019 – Mohini Ekadashi
Thursday, 30 May 2019 – Apara Ekadashi
Thursday, 13 June 2019 – Nirjala Ekadashi
Saturday, 29 June 2019 – Yogini Ekadashi
Friday, 12 July 2019 – Devshayani Ekadashi
Sunday, 28 July 2019 – Kamika Ekadashi
Sunday, 11 August 2019 – Shravana Putrada Ekadashi
Monday, 26 August 2019 – Aja Ekadashi (Smarta Ekadashi)
Tuesday, 27 August 2019 – Gauna Aja Ekadashi | Vaishnava Aja Ekadashi | Bhagwat Ekadashi
Monday, 9 September 2019 – Parsva Parivartini Ekadashi
Wednesday, 25 September 2019 – Indira Ekadashi
Wednesday, 9 October 2019 – Papankusha Ekadashi
Thursday, 24 October 2019 – Rama Ekadashi
Friday, 8 November 2019 – Devutthana Ekadashi
Friday, 22 November 2019 – Utpanna Ekadashi (Smarta Ekadashi)
Saturday, 23 November 2019 – Gauna Utpanna Ekadashi | Vaishnava Utpanna Ekadashi | Bhagwat Ekadashi
Sunday, 8 December 2019 – Mokshada Ekadashi
Sunday, 22 December 2019 – Saphala Ekadashi