Ekadashi name and day –
- Baisakh – Baruthini and Mohini Ekadashi (2020 april 18 and May 3 2020).
- Jestha – Apara and Nirjara(nirjala) Ekadasi (2020 May 18 and June 2,2020)
- Aasad – Yogini and Sayini Ekadashi (2020 Jun 17 and July 1,2020)
- Shrawan – Kamika and Putrada Ekadashi ekadashi (2020 July 16 and July 30,2020).
- Bhadra – Aja and Padma Ekadashi ( 2020 august 15 and aug 29,2020)
- Ashwin – Indira and Papakunsha Ekadashi (sep 13 2020 and sep 27 2020).
- Kartik – Rama and prabodhini ekadashi. (oct 13,2020 and oct 27,2020)
- Margashirsa/mangshir – Utpati and Moksha/mochya ekadashi.(nov 11 2020 and nov 25,2020)
- Push – Safala and putrada ekadashi (dec 11,2020 and dec 25,2020)
- Magh – Sattila and Jaya ekadashi (jan 9 2021 and jan 24,2021)
- Falgun Vijaya and Amalaki ekadashi (feb 27,2021 and feb 23,2021)
- Chaitra – Papmochani and Kamada ekadashi (march 9,2021 and mar 24,2021) + april 7 2021
- Purshotam mass/month – Kamala anad Kamada ekadashi.(extra month in hindu calendar which come every 3 years)
- Sayani ekadashi is also known as hari sayani ekadashi. In this day lord vishnu sleep. Lord vishnu change sleeping position or move little in bed in hariparibartani ekadashi. Lord vishnu wake up in Prabhodhini ekadashi. Prabodini ekadashi is also known as hari bodhani ekadashi (lord vishnu wake up day) which falls in month of kartika.
Ekadashi day or Ekadashi fasting is very great day in hinduism. Main purpose of ekdashi day is fasting to lord vishnu,to please him. Ekadashi even remove sin like brahmahatya”killing of brahmin”.Ekadashi falls on every 11th of lunar month. Every month two ekadashi fall in single month. There is also interesting story about pandav regarding ekadashi. Among Five brother(five pandava) and mother kunti brother whose name name was ‘Bhim’ used to not fast on any ekdashi and at auspicious time Bhim ask to sage vyas, I feel very hungry,i should eat heavy,mouse will run if i donot eat. What should i do no now. After it sages vyas replied and say to observe “Nirajala ekadashi” which provide equal benefits of all ekadashi. We should not take any food and water in this ekadashi,next morning after praying to lord vishnu,and giving donation to brahmin we can eat anything.We should eat after sunrise.
Story of Ekadashi – Ekadashi tithi mahima
Once yodhistira (incarnation of dharmaraj or biggest brother among Pandav ask Lord krishna. Dear god! How is holy ekadashi origin?,Why is known as sacred in world?,and how it become favourite to god/
Lord krishna says ‘kuntinandan’! – It was very ancient time,In satya yuga,there used to live demon whose name was ‘mur’ . He was very powerful,anger and danger to god. This demon has even won king of heaven’indra’.All god was taken out from heaven from this demon. And god was roaming in earth very scarely. One day all god went to god mahadev(shiva). There Indra said everything to God shiva.
Indra said – Maheshwor(god of god)!,these all god is taken out from heaven and roaming in earth. Being human they donot have beauty.Dev(god)! please say some way. Who does god take shelter?
Mahedev ji(shiva) said ! Devraj(king of god)! where everyone is given shelter,who always look forwar to save everyone . God of world. Where god Garudadwaj(lord vishnu) is you go there. He will save and defense you.
Lord krishna said youdhistir! After listening to mahadev! God indra with all god went there! God gadhadhar(lord vishnu) was sleeping inwater of ocean. After seeing him indra started praying to him by closing his hand(namaste or greeting).
Indra said! dev deveshwor! Namaskar/namaste for you. Both god and demon pray for you. Pundarikachya(lotus eye god) you are enemy of monster(demon). Madhusudan Please save us! Jaggarnath all god came in your shelter with fear of demon whose name is ‘mur’.
Bhaktabatsal(shelter of devotee) ! Save us! dev deveshwor! Save us!
Janardhan ! defense us! defense us! save us! The destroyer of demon ‘kamalnayan’ save us. Dear god we all came in front of you. We are in your shelter. God please help who has come for shelter. God you are god(pati),You are mati(opinion/intellect), You are cause and you are reason. You are mother of all and you are father of all. God, God who provide shelter, devdeveshwor,all god are scared with demon and came in your shelter. Very big giant and anger demon ‘mur’ won all god in heaven and all god is taken out from heaven.
Listening to indra,Lord vishnu said. Devraj! How is this demon? how is his face/body or power?, And where is the living place of this wicked(dusta) demon?
Lord indra said – Dev deveshwor! In old time,in ancestor of Lord brahma there was a origin of one great demon whose name is taljanga. He was very giant. There is a famous place name chandrawati,at that place he live there by making home. This demon won all god and taken out from heaven. He has kept other one indra(king of heaven) in that chair. Fire(agni),chandrama(moon).surya(sun),vayu(air) and varun(water) is also he has kept another. Janardhan! i am telling truth. He has change everything other.He has taken out god from every place.
After listening indra ,Lord janardhan(vishnu) feel very anger. He went chandrawati pur(city) with all god. God see! Demon is making very great sound. By loosing with demon all god went and run in 10 direction.
Now this demon by seeing lord vishnu,he said stand ! stand! Listening to his word lord vishnu eyes became very red with anger. Lord vishnu said: vicious demon! Look at this my hand. After saying this Lord vishnu started hiting demon with bow with came in lord vishnu hand. Demon stand by becoming very scared . Pandunanadan(son of pandu,yudhistir) after it lord vishnu attack demon army with chakra. With this hundred of demon army die. After it lord vishnu went to badariashram(badrinath). There was a cave name singhawati. Who was 100-120 km distance. Pandunanda,there was only one door in this cave. Lord vishnu sleep there. Demon was planning to kill lord vishnu. He went back of lord vishnu. When he reach cave he enter inside it. Demon feel very happy when he see lord vishnu sleeping inside cave. Demon feel, he is god who gives trouble and scare to demon. I will definately kill him. Yudhistir when demon think like this. One girl originated from lord vishnu body. Who was very beautiful,auspcious. She was carrying different weapon in her hand. She was incarnated from energy of lord vishnu part. Her power and courage was very great.
Yudhistir! demon mur see this girl. Girl think of fight and offer fight to demon. Both started fighting. Girl was very intelligent in fight. This mur demon just die and turn into ashes just by sound of girl (hunkar). After the dead of demon,lord vishnu wake up from sleep. Lord vishnu see demon is dead and was in ground. He asked,my this enemy was very powerful and giant,who killed him?
Girl said , God! with your blessing i have killed this great demon.
Lord vishnu said! kalyani ! with your this great work. All sages and god of all there world is feeling happy. So please ask any boon which you wish. Even it is very rare to god i will give to you.There is no doubt on it.
This girl was Sakshat Ekadashi. She said god ! If you are happy, i with your blessing, Me become great among any pilgrimage and tithi(day)! I may be able to remove all obstacles and i may able to provide all kinds of siddhis(enlightment). Janardhan! Those who fast in my day by keeping devotion on you. I may be able to provide them everykind of siddhi(enlightment).
Madhav! those who fast on my day with very devotion,fully surrendered, Please provide them wealth,religious value(dharma) and moksha(salvation).
Lord vishnu said!Kalyani! Whatever yoy say! all will be fulfilled.
Lord krishna said ! yudhistir! After getting this type of boon from lord vishnu,the great fasting day ekadashi became very happy. Both ekadashi of every month is equal fruitful. In this we should not distinguish sukla and krishna ekadashi.
If morning time only little ekadashi,all day dwadashi and at last if there is trayodashi then it is consider as ‘triesprisha’ ekadashi. This is very favourite to god.If we fast one ‘triesprisha’ ekadashi’ then we will get benefits of doing all ekadashi. And when do paran of any ekadashi in dwadashi we will get incountable benefits. Paran means next day of ekadashi. We should worship lord vishnu this day. And offer some fruits and some money to brahmin. And we can have food after that.
In first day If there is ekadashi in day and night. And next day if there is just little ekadashi in morning then. Then we should do ekadashi which fall in morning of dwadashi tithi. Dwadashi mean next day of ekadashi vrat(fast).
I have said this process for both Paksha ekadashi.
Those who do ekadashi vrat(fasting) will go to vaikuntha where lord vishnu live. Those who read glory of ekadashi everytime get benefits of donating incountables cows. Those who read or listen this in day or night he will be free from sin like brahma hatya ‘killing of brahmin or murder’. There is no any fasting or vrat then ekadashi who is able to wash away all kind of sin.
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