Varuthini Ekadashi is observed on the eleventh day during the second half (Krishna Paksha) of Chaitra month (April). Varuthini Ekadasi 2012 date is April 16 / 17. It falls in Vaishakh month as per North Indian Hindi calendars. Puranas described that observance of fasting and performing the other rituals of Ekadasi on Varuthini Ekadasi, removes ones sins and the devotee is blessed with wealth, health and prosperity.
Observance of Varudhini Ekadasi – Rituals and Customs of Varudhini Ekadasi
To get the merits of Varudhini Ekadasi, devotees observe the main ritual and tradition – strict fasting on the day. On Dashami, the day before Ekadashi, devotees avoid consuming onions, spinach and some more foods which should be avoided on Ekadasi. On Dwadasi, the day after Ekadasi, devotees avoid all foods as they did on the Dashami day.
On the day of Varuthini Ekadasi, devotees spend their time reciting Holy Scriptures such as Bhagavada Puranam. Some people also perform Jagaran (awake) during night. During the Ekadashi day, people avoid hair cutting and shaving and also avoid taking oil bath.