2017 Ekadashi Dates
According to Vishnu purana, harivasara or ekadashi is devoted to lord Vishnu. Ekadashi vrat has its own importance and it provides the true blessings from lord Vishnu. Ekadashi vrat is simply related to hindu rituals. Ekdashi means the 11th day of month. Ekadashi vrat is simply dedicated to lord Vishnu. Ekadashi is called the day of lord Vishnu. Ekadashi Vrat has so many types like Devshayani Ekadashi READ MORE
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2017 Ekadashi Dates
According to Vishnu purana, harivasara or ekadashi is devoted to lord Vishnu. Ekadashi vrat has its own importance and it provides the true blessings from lord Vishnu. Ekadashi vrat is simply related to hindu rituals. Ekdashi means the 11th day of month. Ekadashi vrat is simply dedicated to lord Vishnu. Ekadashi is called the day of lord Vishnu. Ekadashi Vrat has so many types like Devshayani Ekadashi, Kamika Ekadashi, Putrada Ekadashi, Nirjala Ekadashi, and Apra Ekadashi. One Ekadashi held in Krishna paksha and one in shukla paksha. So basically, these all Ekadashi Vrat give a special benefit to fasters. If you want the details of all Ekadashi Vrat and their dates, you must see the Hindu panchang or this website. Ekadashi vrat will ruin all struggles and hurdles from your life. Lord Vishnu is the supreme in all devotees ad he is the ruler of grihast life. So anyone who wants improvement in his materialistic life, he needs to please lord Vishnu by doing this Ekadashi Vrat.
Legend of Ekadashi
Long years ago, when lord Vishnu was in yoga nidra. A danav came to challenge lord Vishnu for war, his name was Mudradanav. Due to yoga nidra, vishnu’s eleventh sense changed into Damsel. She went and called Mudradanav to fight with her in a condition that if she defeated, Mudradanav had to marry her.
Mudradanav became so pleased and he thought that he could easily win the fight. But damsel fought very bravely and she killed him. By this act, lord Vishnu got happy with damsel and give her a boon that everone knows her by the name of Ekadashi. Further that he declared that all the devotees of lord Vishnu must do fast on the day to remembrance of this event. After this ekdashi vrat is coming being.
MIn Hindu religion, there is so much importance of all fasts and there are some particular rules for the faster. So you must keep the rules in your mind sincerely, so you will get the benefits of the vrat very soon. There are some following rules for Ekadashi Vrat.
1. You should start your Ekadashi Vrat from the night of dashami. You must not eat non veg, garlic or onion at night of dashami.
2. You should not do any sexual contact with your partner at night of dashami and ekadashi.
3. In morning of Ekadashi, first of all clean your body well and then go to temple to listen the Gita path..
4. You should keep a promise to god that you will not meet or talk anybody who indulge in any type of sins.
5. After that read the mantra 12 times- “Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaye Namah”. Read also the sahastranam of Lord Vishnu, Lord Ram and Lord Krishna.
6. Remembrance the name of Lord Vishnu in the whole day and pray to Lord Vishnu that he may give you the power to maintain this fast easily and purely.
7. Do not sweep your home on this day and do not talk too much.
8. Donate most of the things on this day as you can.
9. On Dwadashi, you should donate sweets to Brahmins.
10. Do not get angry on Ekadashi and try to say soft words.
11. Put ‘tulsi dal’ on everything what you are going to eat.
12. You can eat banana, pistachio, grapes and almonds. You must stay away from cauliflower, carrot and spinach etc.
Katha of Ekadahi Vrat
There are many kathas behind this vrat, so in this post I am going to share the vrat katha of Aja Ekadashi. Kuntiputra Yudishthira said oh Lord! What is the name of Bhadrapad Ekadahsi? Please tell me the rules and benefits of this fast.
Madhusudan said, “The name of this Ekadashi is Aja. This fast will ruin your all sins. On this Ekadashi, there is a custom to praise lord Vishnu. The person, who praises lord Rishikesh on this day, shall get the Vaikunth. Now listen the story carefully.
There was a chakravarti king Harishchandra who ruled over his kingdom. Due t some promises, he quit his kingdom, money and all luxuries. He also sold his wife, son and himself too. He became a servant of chandal and accepts the clothes of dead. But he never distracted from the path of truth. He always tried to think over his deeds. By doing this, many years had passed. One day, he was worrying about his situation, and then Gautam Rishi reached there. He told him that after 7 days you should fast Bhadrapad Ekadashi. By this fast your all sins would destroy and you could overcome from the situation. After telling about Bhadrapada Ekadashi, GautamRrishi was disappeared.
So that king did this fast by following all rules and regulation. After his fast, he got his son alive and his wife who wore beautiful clothes and ornaments. He also got back his kingdom and luxuries. By the effects of this fast, his all sins destroyed and he became free from his bad karmas. At last he got the heaven and peace for forever.
O king! Therefore, these all things happened just because of Aja Ekadashi Vrat. The person who truly does this fast with pure thoughts, he becomes free from all of his bad karmas.
Recipes for Ekadashi Vrat
In this fast, you must eat “Falahari” but here two recipes which you can make and eat in your fast.
Lauki Ki Kheer
1. Bottle guard or lauki- 1 grated
2. Sugar- 1 cup
3. Khoya- 50 gram
4. Milk- 3-4 cup
5. Ghee- 2 tsp
Take a pan and heat the ghee, then add grated lauki into this. Fried this for 2 minutes then add milk. Whisk it until lauki get cooked. After ½ hour add khoya and mix it well. Then add sugar into this. Now whisk it until all the sugar get melt with kheer. Now switch off the flame. Your lauki ki kheer is ready to eat.
Chop of Potato and Sabudana
Note- this recipe is for those who eat sendha namak in ekadashi vrat.
1. Potato- 2 cup boiled and mashed
2. Sabudana- ½ cup soaked in water
3. Peanuts- ½ cup roasted and grined
4. Kuttu flour- for binding
5. Sendha namak- as per taste
6. Oil- for frying
Take all ingredients in a bowl and mix it well. Give a shape of chop to them. Then heat the oil and fry them. It is so easy and quick recipe for everyone.
Benefits of Ekadashi Vrat
It makes you free from the cycle of birth and death.
It gives you the blessings of lord Vishnu.
It makes your body and soul pure.
It destroys all your sins which you have done in past.
It brings happiness, peace and wealth into your home.
It makes the balance of thoughts into your mind.
It makes your body strong to face any situation. It calms your soul and mind.
So now I think you got so much knowledge about this Vrat. I hope lord Vishnu’s blessings always stay on you. Fasts always give benefits to its fasters. When you are doing Ekadashi vrat, you must keep your heart pure with thoughts. Think about lord Vishnu on the whole day and you will realize the effect in your life after this Vrat. Keep fasting and keep believing