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 2020 dates are – May 3|4 (Mohini Ekadashi) and May 18 (Apara Ekadashi).
Mohini Ekadashi – 3|4 May 2020
Mohini Ekadashi falls in Shukla Paksha of Vaishakh Month of Marathi, Telugu, Kannada, Gujarati and North Indian Hindi calendars.
Smarta Mohini Ekadashi – 3 May 2020, Sunday
Gauna, Vaishnava, Bhagwat Mohini Ekadashi – 4 May 2020, Monday
Mohini Ekadasi is one the most important Ekadasi austerities as the legend of the vrata is directly linked to Lord Sri Rama. Mohini Ekadasi vrat katha, importance, and merits are mentioned in the Brahmavaivatha Purana as a conversation between Lord Krishna and Yudhistira.
Apara Ekadashi – 18 May 2020
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.