Thursday, 5 November 2015


Rama Ekadashi Vrat

November 2015
Rama Ekadashi
Rama Ekadashi

Rama Ekadashi Parana

On 8th, Parana Time = 06:41 to 08:50
On Parana Day Dwadashi End Moment = 16:31
Ekadashi Tithi Begins = 11:04 on 6/Nov/2015
Ekadashi Tithi Ends = 13:47 on 7/Nov/2015
Note - 24-hour clock with local time of New Delhi & DST adjusted for all Muhurat timings (if applicable)
2015 Rama Ekadashi

Parana means breaking the fast. Ekadashi Parana is done after sunrise on next day of Ekadashi fast. It is necessary to do Parana within Dwadashi Tithi unless Dwadashi is over before sunrise. Not doing Parana within Dwadashi is similar to an offence.

Parana should not be done during Hari Vasara. One should wait for Hari Vasara to get over before breaking the fast. Hari Vasara is first one fourth duration of Dwadashi Tithi. The most preferred time to break the fast is Pratahkal. One should avoid breaking the fast during Madhyahna. If due to some reasons one is not able to break the fast during Pratahkal then one should do it after Madhyahna.

At times Ekadashi fasting is suggested on two consecutive days. It is advised that Smartha with family should observe fasting on first day only. The alternate Ekadashi fasting, which is the second one, is suggested for Sanyasis, widows and for those who want Moksha. When alternate Ekadashi fasting is suggested for Smartha it coincides with Vaishnava Ekadashi fasting day.

Ekadashi fasting on both days is suggested for staunch devotees who seek for love and affection of Lord Vishnu.
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Om Jai Ekadashi is the most famous Aarti of Ekadashi Mata. This famous Aarti of Ekadashi Mata is recited mostly on Ekadashi Day.
एकादशी माता की आरती 
ॐ जय एकादशी, जय एकादशी, जय एकादशी माता।
विष्णु पूजा व्रत को धारण कर, शक्ति मुक्ति पाता॥
ॐ जय एकादशी...॥
तेरे नाम गिनाऊं देवी, भक्ति प्रदान करनी।
गण गौरव की देनी माता, शास्त्रों में वरनी॥
ॐ जय एकादशी...॥
मार्गशीर्ष के कृष्णपक्ष की उत्पन्ना, विश्वतारनी जन्मी।
शुक्ल पक्ष में हुई मोक्षदा, मुक्तिदाता बन आई॥
ॐ जय एकादशी...॥
पौष के कृष्णपक्ष की, सफला नामक है।
शुक्लपक्ष में होय पुत्रदा, आनन्द अधिक रहै॥
ॐ जय एकादशी...॥
नाम षटतिला माघ मास में, कृष्णपक्ष आवै।
शुक्लपक्ष में जया, कहावै, विजय सदा पावै॥
ॐ जय एकादशी...॥
विजया फागुन कृष्णपक्ष में शुक्ला आमलकी।
पापमोचनी कृष्ण पक्ष में, चैत्र महाबलि की॥
ॐ जय एकादशी...॥
चैत्र शुक्ल में नाम कामदा, धन देने वाली।
नाम बरुथिनी कृष्णपक्ष में, वैसाख माह वाली॥
ॐ जय एकादशी...॥
शुक्ल पक्ष में होय मोहिनी अपरा ज्येष्ठ कृष्णपक्षी।
नाम निर्जला सब सुख करनी, शुक्लपक्ष रखी॥
ॐ जय एकादशी...॥
योगिनी नाम आषाढ में जानों, कृष्णपक्ष करनी।
देवशयनी नाम कहायो, शुक्लपक्ष धरनी॥
ॐ जय एकादशी...॥
कामिका श्रावण मास में आवै, कृष्णपक्ष कहिए।
श्रावण शुक्ला होय पवित्रा आनन्द से रहिए॥
ॐ जय एकादशी...॥
अजा भाद्रपद कृष्णपक्ष की, परिवर्तिनी शुक्ला।
इन्द्रा आश्चिन कृष्णपक्ष में, व्रत से भवसागर निकला॥
ॐ जय एकादशी...॥
पापांकुशा है शुक्ल पक्ष में, आप हरनहारी।
रमा मास कार्तिक में आवै, सुखदायक भारी॥
ॐ जय एकादशी...॥
देवोत्थानी शुक्लपक्ष की, दुखनाशक मैया।
पावन मास में करूं विनती पार करो नैया॥
ॐ जय एकादशी...॥
परमा कृष्णपक्ष में होती, जन मंगल करनी।
शुक्ल मास में होय पद्मिनी दुख दारिद्र हरनी॥
ॐ जय एकादशी...॥
जो कोई आरती एकादशी की, भक्ति सहित गावै।
जन गुरदिता स्वर्ग का वासा, निश्चय वह पावै॥
ॐ जय एकादशी...॥

Utpanna Ekadashi Vrat Katha
Utpanna Ekadashi Legend
Goddess Ekadashi killing Demon Mura
In Satya Yuga, there was an awful Demon named Mura. Mura was extremely powerful and awful. With his extraordinary powers Mura defeated not only God Indra but also many other Gods and stared ruling Indra Loka. To end the tyranny of Mura all Gods went to Lord Shiva to seek some help. Lord Shiva suggested them to approach Lord Vishnu, the master of all three Lokas.

Lord Vishnu decided to defeat Demon Mura to help Gods. Lord Vishnu and Gods reachedChandravati, the ruling city of Mura. Lord Vishnu was at one side and Demon Mura with all his army was at the other side. As story goes, Lord Vishnu annihilated whole army of Mura with His Sudarshan Chakra and the divine Gada but all His weaponry proved ineffective in front of Demon Mura power. Neither His Sudarshan Chakra nor His Gada was able to cut the head and break the neck of Demon Mura.

The prolonged battle converted into Malla Yuddha (मल्लयुद्ध), one to one fight without any weaponry. It is believed that the fight between Lord Vishnu and Mura continued for 10,000 years. On seeing no end to this endless battle Lord Vishnu stopped fighting and went to Badrikashram to take rest atHemvati Caves.

Demon Mura chased Lord Vishnu and reached Badrikashram. Demon Mura found Lord Vishnu sleeping and thought it to be a great opportunity to kill Lord Vishnu. To counter attack such a devilish feeling inside Demon Mura, a powerful girl was born out of divine body of Lord Vishnu. The girl was glorious, powerful and adorned with all sorts of weaponry to protect Lord Vishnu. This feminine power of Lord Vishnu defeated Mura in the fight and killed him after putting Her leg on his chest and cutting his head.

All Gods started praising the girl for Her extraordinary power. When Lord Vishnu awoke, He was unaware about His own power and insisted the girl to introduce herself. The girl introduced herself as the luster of Lord Vishnu itself who was born out of Yoga Maya of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu was extremely pleased with His feminine power and asked Her to seek any reward in return for the great work.

The girl asked "Please bestow me the power so that anyone who observes the fasting for me would get rid of all sort of sins and get salvation. Please bless me so that I become the most significant among all pilgrimages and able to bestow DharmaDhanya and Moksha to my devotees."

Lord Vishnu blessed the girl and told "You would be known as Ekadashi as you were born on Ekadashi Tithi. You would be worshipped in all Yugas not only by humans but also by Gods. Nothing else would please me more than Ekadashi fasting. Your devotees will enjoy all sorts of worldly pleasure and would get salvation at the end of their life."

Devotees can decide the type of Ekadashi fasting during Sankalp according to their will power and physical strength. In religious texts four types of Ekadashi fasting has been mentioned. 

1. Jalahar (जलाहर) i.e. Ekadashi fasting with only water. Most devotees observer this fasting during Nirjala Ekadashi. However devotees can observe it on all Ekadashi fasting. 

2. Ksheerbhoji (क्षीरभोजी) i.e. Ekadashi fasting on Ksheer. Ksheer refers to milk and milky juice of plants. But in Ekadashi context it should be all products made of milk. 

3. Phalahari (फलाहारी) i.e. Ekadashi fasting on fruits only. One should consume only high class of fruits like mango, grapes, banana, almond, and pistachios etc. and should not eat leafy vegetables. 

4. Naktabhoji (नक्तभोजी) i.e. having single meal in a day just before sunset. Single meal should not have any variety of grains and cereals including beans, wheat, rice and pulses which are forbidden during Ekadashi fasting. 

Staple diet for Naktabhoji during Ekadashi fasting includesSabudanaSinghada (Water caltrop and also known as Chestnut), ShakarkandiPotatoes and Groundnuts.

For many Kuttu Atta (BuckWheat Flour) and Samak (Millet Rice) is also staple diet during single Ekadashi meal. However validity of both items as Ekadashi food is debatable as those are considered semi-grains or pseudo grains. It is better to avoid these items during fasting.

2016 Ekadashi fasting days

Goddess Ekadashi
Yoga Maya of Lord Vishnu - Goddess Ekadashi
Ekadashi fasting is observed on every 11th Tithi in Hindu calendar. There are two Ekadashi fasting in a month, one during Shukla Paksha and another during Krishna Paksha. Devotees of Lord Vishnu observe Ekadashi fasting to seek His blessings.

Ekadashi fasting spans for three days. Devotees take single meal in the afternoon a day before fasting day to make sure there is no residual food in the stomach on next day. Devotees keep strict fast on Ekadashi day and break the fast on next day only after sunrise. Eating of all type of grains and cereals is prohibited during Ekadashi fasting.

Devotees can choose to observe fasting without water, with only water, with only fruits, with one time latex food according to their will and body power. However it should be decided before starting the fast.
kalash 2016 kalash
05January(Tuesday)Saphala Ekadashi
06January(Wednesday)Vaishnava Saphala Ekadashi
20January(Wednesday)Pausha Putrada Ekadashi
04February(Thursday)Shattila Ekadashi
18February(Thursday)Jaya Ekadashi
05March(Saturday)Vijaya Ekadashi
19March(Saturday)Amalaki Ekadashi
03April(Sunday)Papmochani Ekadashi
04April(Monday)Gauna Papmochani Ekadashi
Vaishnava Papamochani Ekadashi
17April(Sunday)Kamada Ekadashi
03May(Tuesday)Varuthini Ekadashi
17May(Tuesday)Mohini Ekadashi
01June(Wednesday)Apara Ekadashi
16June(Thursday)Nirjala Ekadashi
30June(Thursday)Yogini Ekadashi
01July(Friday)Gauna Yogini Ekadashi
Vaishnava Yogini Ekadashi
15July(Friday)Devshayani Ekadashi
30July(Saturday)Kamika Ekadashi
14August(Sunday)Shravana Putrada Ekadashi
28August(Sunday)Aja Ekadashi
13September(Tuesday)Parsva Ekadashi
26September(Monday)Indira Ekadashi
12October(Wednesday)Papankusha Ekadashi
26October(Wednesday)Rama Ekadashi
10November(Thursday)Devutthana Ekadashi
11November(Friday)Gauna Devutthana Ekadashi
Vaishnava Utthana Ekadashi
25November(Friday)Utpanna Ekadashi
10December(Saturday)Mokshada Ekadashi
24December(Saturday)Saphala Ekadashi
At times Ekadashi fasting is suggested on two consecutive days. It is advised that Smartha with family should observe fasting on first day only. The alternate Ekadashi fasting, which is the second one, is suggested for Sanyasis, widows and for those who want Moksha. When alternate Ekadashi fasting is suggested for Smartha it coincides with Vaishnava Ekadashi fasting day.

Ekadashi fasting on both days is suggested for staunch devotees who seek for love and affection of Lord Vishnu.

This page list Ekadashi fasting days for Smarthas. Vaishnavas should check Vaishnava Ekadashi Fasting to know Vaishnava fasting days. Vaishnava fasting day might be one day after of Smartha fasting day.

Rama Ekadashi Vrat

A significant day to absolve all the sins committed,
Rama Ekadashi falls in the month of Kartik during the waning phase of the moon (Krishna Paksha). This date corresponds in the month of September or October in the Gregorian calendar. While Rama Ekadashi occurs in the Kartik month as per the traditional North Indian calendar, this Ekadashi occurs in the Puratassi month in the Tamilian calendar. Furthermore, it falls on Ashwayuj Krishna Paksha Ekadasi according to the Gujarati, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka calendars while it takes place in the Ashwin month in other regions of the country. Devotees of this Ekadashi believe that their sins and evil deeds can be washed away by observing a vrat on this day. Rama Ekadashi has an interesting tale to narrate regarding its observance. Check it out in the lines below and also find out how to observe the vrat.

How To Observe Rama Ekadashi Vrat
The story of Rama Ekadashi revolves around Prince Shobhana and his princess Chandrabhaga. Muchukunda was a famous and very powerful king apart from being a loyal follower of Lord Vishnu. Thus, his kingdom was popular all throughout the world. The king�s daughter, Chandrabhaga was married off to Prince Shobhana. Prince Shobhana was very weak and hence, was not able to observe the Ekadashi vrats. But, the king strictly supported the Ekadashi fasting. In order to make for this situation, Princess Chandrabhaga asked the prince to return back to his kingdom. Nonetheless, the prince insisted on observing the fast. The Ekadashi period started and everyone started observing the fast. People even kept vigil.

But, prince Shobhana got very weak and could not stand hunger and thirst anymore. As a result, he died during the course of the night. However, due to his determination and influence of observing the vrat, Prince Shobhana was enthroned the king of Devapura, the kingdom of celestial beings. The city of Devapura found place at the top of Mandara Mountain. Conversely, the kingdom was only temporary as the prince had observed the fast only once during his lifetime. One fine day, a holy saint from the land of King Muchukunda visited the prince. He was glad to receive him as he could enquire about his wife through him. 

He told him that he wanted his wife�s help to make his temporary kingdom permanent as she had been observing the Ekadashi vrat since childhood. The saint the visited the princess and retold his conversation with the prince. Princess Chandrabhaga got excited and with the help of Sage Vamadeva, she went to the temporary celestial kingdom of her husband. Thus, due to the power of observing Rama Ekadashi, the couple was reunited and the kingdom became a permanent one. All devotees observing Rama Ekadashi should avoid consuming food items made from grains and rice. However, the other rules are the same as those associated with Ekadashi vrat.
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