Yogini Ekadashi- Importance and Rituals
About Yogini Ekadashi
According to the Hindu beliefs, the observance of Yogini Ekadashi is highly significant and is observed in most parts of the nation. It is regarded as one of the most important Ekadashis which help the devotees to get relieved from various health ailments.
When is Yogini Ekadashi?
According to the Hindu calendar, the auspicious occasion of Yogini Ekadashi is observed in the Hindu month of Ashadha on the eleventh day, i.e. Ekadashi tithi, during Krishna Paksha. According to the Gregorian calendar, the day falls either in July or June.
What is The Significance of Yogini Ekadashi?
According to Hindu mythology and scriptures, it is believed that there is a great significance of Yogini Ekadashi which is also mentioned in the Padma Purana.
- It is believed that the one who observes a Yogini Ekadashi Vrat gets absolved of his/her past and present sins.
- It helps the devotees to attain good health by getting relief from several ailments.
- The devotees get bestowed with the divine blessings of Lord Vishnu and are also blessed with longevity and well being.
- Devotees can attain a path of salvation.
- Yogini Ekadashi Vrat helps the observers to attain prosperity, good health, success and recognition in their lives.
What Are The Rituals of Yogini Ekadashi?
- The devotees or the observers of Yogini Ekadashi are required to wake up early and take a holy bath before initiating with the rituals of the ceremony.
- It is essential to have firm dedication and devotion while performing all the rituals.
- Devotees must observe a Yogini Ekadashi Vrat.
- Devotees must worship and offer prayers to the deity and should also offer incense stick, flowers, and tulsi leaves to the deity.
- It is essential to recite the story of Yogini Ekadashi to complete the fast.
- Aarti of the deity must be performed and then sacred food (prasad) must be distributed among all.
- The devotees must visit Lord Vishnu's temple on the festival of Yogini Ekadashi to attain the divine blessings of the deity.
- All the rituals of Yogini Ekadashi Fast initiate on the eve of Dashami (tenth day).
- On this particular day, observers are required to consume a single satvik meal and that too before the period of sunset.
- The Vrat continues till the time when Ekadashi tithi ends.
- The observers are not allowed to sleep at night. They must spend their entire time reciting Mantras in order to please Lord Vishnu.
- Reciting of ‘Vishnu Sahasranama’ is considered as highly auspicious.
- On this particular day, devotees worship Lord Vishnu with immense devotion.
- Performing charity on the eve of Yogini Ekadashi is regarded as highly rewarding. The observer should donate food, clothes, and money to the Brahmins.
What is The Legend of Yogini Ekadashi?
As per the legends, the story of Yogini Ekadashi states that once there was a gardener named Hemamali who lived with his beautiful wife Visalakshi. Hemamali used to serve his duties in the kingdom of Alakapuri whose King was Kuvera.
The King was a firm devotee of deity Shiva and used to worship and offer prayers to the deity on a daily basis. For the King’s prayers for Lord Shiva. , the gardener used to collect fresh flowers from the Mansarovar Lake and offer them to him.
Hemamali was too much attracted towards the beauty of Visalakshi and one day he neglected his duties and stayed with his wife. King Kuvera after waiting for a long time sent his guards to find out the reason behind the absence of Hemamali.
The guards informed the King that Hemamali was busy spending time with his wife and thus neglected his duties. The King in anger summoned Hemamali to his court and cursed him to get affected with leprosy as well as to be separated from his wife.
Hemamali had to left Alakapuri. He was also affected by leprosy and used to wander in the forest for a long time. One day while wandering, Hemamali met Sage Markandeya. After listening to the story of Hemamali, the sage suggested him to observe a fast of Yogini Ekadashi and worship Lord Vishnu for forgiveness.
As suggested by the Sage, Hemamali worshipped and offer prayers to Lord Vishnu and also observed a fast of Yogini Ekadashi with utmost devotion and dedication. As a result, Hemamali was relieved from the curse and attained his natural appearance and healthy body back. He was also united with his wife Visalakshi and lived a happy life.