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2020 Indira Ekadashi

date  2020
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Indira Ekadashi
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Indira Ekadashi - Significance And Rituals

Indira Ekadashi is one of the most significant and religious Hindu festivals which is meant for worshipping Lord Vishnu. As per the Hindu calendar, the festival is observed on the eleventh day (Ekadashi) in the Bhadrapada or Ashwin month during Krishna Paksha. According to the Gregorian calendar, it is celebrated either in the month of September or October.

If the Ekadashi appears in the Pitru Paksha then it is also known as Ekadashi Shradh because of the fact that the fortnight is dedicated to worship and offer prayers to the ancestors. The primary aim behind observing an Indira Ekadashi fast and worshipping Lord Vishnu is to seek forgiveness of all the past sins. This festival also holds immense significance as it helps in offering salvation to the deceased ancestors.

Read More:-Hindu calendar

Rituals of Indira Ekadashi

On the eve of Indira Ekadashi, the devotees usually observe an Indira Ekadashi Vrat. The fast is observed for a time duration of 24 hours which starts from Sunrise of Ekadashi to the Dwadashi tithi.

  • In the milder form of the fast, the devotees consume one meal but it should be before sunrise. The devotees conclude the fast after giving food to the Brahmins and offering prayers to Lord Vishnu.
  • Another form of fast allows the observers to consume dairy products and fruits.
  • On the eve of Indira Ekadashi, the observers are also required to recite Mantras and sing bhajans in order to please Lord Vishnu.
  • Reading of ‘Vishnu Sahasranama’ is considered as highly auspicious on this day

Significance of Indira Ekadashi

The festival of Indira Ekadashi holds immense significance as the devotees who observe an Indira Ekadashi fast are bestowed with prosperity, good fortune relief from their past sins as well. Devotees perform the Indira Ekadashi fast to offer peace to the ancestors. As per the Hindu Mythology, this fast holds similar importance as Ashwamedha Yajna.

See Also: Ekadashi Mata Aarti

Legend (Indra Ekadashi Vrat Katha)

As per the legends, there was a noble, kind-hearted and powerful King named Indrasena. He used to take enough care of his people. Thus, he gained much recognition as an honest king and a keen devotee of Lord Vishnu. Once, Narad Muni visited the Kingdom of Indrasen and informed him about the pity situation of his father after his death.

Narad Muni told Indrasena that his father resides in the Kingdom of Yamaraj where he is suffering because of his past sins. Narad Muni passed a message of his father that Indrasen must observe an Indira Ekadashi fast as well as perform donations to Brahmins in order to free his father from all his past sins and help him attain salvation.

Narad Muni helped the King in explaining the rituals of the fast and how to observe it. King Indrasen observed the Indira Ekadashi fast as explained by Narad Muni and concluded it on the very next day. At that moment, the King saw that his father is rising towards the Lord Vishnu’s abode and flowers are falling on him. Not only the father of the King attained salvation but also King Indrasena got several merits of observing Indira Ekadashi fast as he continued his ruling period without any kind of obstacles. Since that time period, individuals and devotees observe an Indira Ekadashi fast with much joy, devotion, and enthusiasm.

Ekadashi Fasting Days

Apart from Indira Ekadashi, there are 23 Ekadashi Vrat in a year that fall on Krishna and Shukla Paksha of Hindu Calendar. All these Ekadashi tithi are very significant in Hindu traditions and are popular with various Ekadashi names. Here is the list of Ekadashi Vrat observed throughout the year.

S. N.

Hindu Month

Paksha

Ekadashi Vrat

1

Chaitra

Krishna Paksha

Papmochani Ekadashi

2

Chaitra

Shukla Paksha

Kamada Ekadashi

3

Vaishakha

Krishna Paksha

Varuthini Ekadashi

4

Vaishakha

Shukla Paksha

Mohini Ekadashi

5

Jyeshtha

Krishna Paksha

Apara Ekadashi

6

Jyeshtha

Shukla Paksha

Nirjala Ekadashi

7

Ashadha

Krishna Paksha

Yogini Ekadashi

8

Ashadha

Shukla Paksha

Devshayani Ekadashi

9

Shravana

Krishna Paksha

Kamika Ekadashi

10

Shravana

Shukla Paksha

Shravana Putrada Ekadashi

11

Bhadrapada

Krishna Paksha

Aja Ekadashi

12

Bhadrapada

Shukla Paksha

Parsva Ekadashi

13

Ashwin

Krishna Paksha

Indira Ekadashi

14

Ashwin

Shukla Paksha

Papankusha Ekadashi

15

Kartika

Krishna Paksha

Rama Ekadashi

16

Kartika

Shukla Paksha

Devutthana Ekadashi

17

Margashirsha

Krishna Paksha

Utpanna Ekadashi

18

Margashirsha

Shukla Paksha

Mokshada Ekadashi

19

Paush

Krishna Paksha

Saphala Ekadashi

20

Paush

Shukla Paksha

Pausha Putrada Ekadashi

21

Magha

Krishna Paksha

Shattila Ekadashi

22

Magha

Shukla Paksha

Jaya Ekadashi

23

Phalguna

Krishna Paksha

Vijaya Ekadashi

24

Phalguna

Shukla Paksha

Amalaki Ekadashi

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