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 2018 dates are – May 11 (Achala Ekadashi) and May 25 (Kamala Ekadashi).
Apara Ekadashi – 11 May 2018
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.
Kamala Ekadashi – 25 May 2018
Kamala Ekadashi falls in Shukla Paksha of Adhik Jyeshta Month as per Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati and all other North Indian Hindi calendars.
Kamala Ekadashi Vrat katha or the story is mentioned in Skanda Purana.. Read full story of Purushottam Maas Ekadashi Vrat here..
Merits of Purushottam Maas Ekadashi Vrat in detailed manner – read here..