Kamada Ekadashi- Religious Significance and Observance
What is Kamada Ekadashi?
After the beginning of Hindu New Year, the very first Ekadashi which takes place is called Kamada Ekadashi. On this day, people worship Lord Vishnu with utmost devotion and seek his blessings. It is also famous as Chaitra Shukla Ekadashi in many parts of the country. Kamada in a literal sense signifies ‘fulfilment of the desires’. Thus, Kamada Ekadashi is regarded as the day when the devotees get bestowed with the divine blessings and also have the fulfillment of their worldly desires.
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When is Kamada Ekadashi?
As per the Hindu calendar, Kamada Ekadashi takes place in the Chaitra month during the Shukla Paksha on the eleventh day (Ekadashi). According to the Gregorian calendar, Kamada Ekadashi falls either in the month of March or April.
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What is The Significance of Kamada Ekadashi?
With the start of the Hindu New Year, Kamada Ekadashi is regarded as the very first Ekadashi of the year. In various Puranas, Vedas and Hindu scriptures, the importance and significance of Kamada Ekadashi has been described. The devotees can regain as well as enhance their virtues by keeping a fast of Kamada Ekadashi. It also safeguards the devotees from all sort of evils and curses. The people who observe a fast can get rid off all their past and present sins and also attain salvation. It is believed that if a childless couple observes this fast, then they are blessed with a male child.
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What Are The Rituals Of Kamada Ekadashi?
- On Kamada Ekadashi, devotees wake up early morning and take a holy bath.
- Preparations are done to worship and offer prayers to Lord Vishnu.
- The idol of Lord Vishnu is worshipped with dhoop, sandalwood paste, fruits, incense sticks, and flowers in order to evoke the deity.
- The devotees refrain from consuming meals. In the milder form, they can consume one meal in a day comprising only of Satvik food.
- The Kamada Ekadashi fast initiates from Dashami where the devotees need to take their meals before dawn.
- The Vrat lasts for a period of 24 hours i.e. till the sunrise of the following Ekadashi day.
- The fast concludes after donating food, clothes and other essentials to a Brahmin.
- Devotees chant sacred mantras and recite songs in honor of the deity.
- People also read ‘Vishnu Sahastranaam’ to get bestowed with the divine blessings of Lord Vishnu.
- The devotees are required to listen to the Kamada Ekadashi Vrat story to accomplish their fast.
Also See: Shri Vishnu Mantra
What is Kamada Ekadashi Vrat Katha (Story)?
According to Hindu mythology, the legend of the Kamada Ekadashi was narrated by Lord Krishna to King Yudhishthira. The legend states that ages back there was a couple, named Lalitha, who was an apsara and Lalit who was a Gandharva. Both of them used to give their services in the court of King Pundarika who ruled the city of Ratnapura.
Once, all Gandharvas went for a singing performance in the King’s court, Lalit also joined them. But at that time, Lalita was not present in the court and thus Lalit got lost in the thoughts of his wife Lalita which affected his performance. It was observed by a serpent who then informed King Pundarika about all this. The King got furious and cursed Lalit to get transformed into an ugly demon so that Lalita disavows him and his love.
Lalit was immediately changed into a ghostly and terrible looking demon. When Lalita came to know about all this, she became too depressed. Both of them set out to get a solution and thus were wandering at different places. One day they reached Vindhayachal mountain where they saw the Ashram of Sage Shringi. Lalita sought help and guidance from the sage to get Lalit relieved from his curse. To this, Sage Shringi asked her to keep a fast of Kamada Ekadashi which would fall in the Chaitra month during the Shukla Paksha on Ekadashi.
Lalita observed the fast with all the rituals and ask the deity to give the blessings of this fast to her husband Lalit by getting him free from his curse. Soon after the completion of the fast, Lalit got his true appearance once again. Since that day, devotees observe a fast of Kamada Ekadashi in order to get all their desires fulfilled.
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