Ekadashi 2019

The literal translation of the Sanskrit word, Ekadashi, is 'the eleventh’. The festival of Ekadashi refers to the eleventh day of a fortnight in a Hindu Lunar month. According to the Hindu calendar, there are two fortnights in a lunar month – one bright and the other dark. Thus, Ekadashi occurs twice in a month, once in the bright fortnight and then again once in the dark fortnight.

During the festival, devotees worship Lord Vishnu. A traditional ritual observed on Ekadashi is the Ekadashi vrat (a fast) kept by devotees to seek Lord Vishnu’s blessings. The Ekadashi Vrat spans for three days.

Devotees have a single meal a day in the afternoon before fasting, to make sure there is no residual food in their stomachs on the next day. The fast is broken after sunrise, on the day after the Ekadashi.

Different types of fast are observed on this day. Some choose to fast without water, some with water and some only eat fruits. It is believed that by fasting, one can become alert and attentive, and become more devoted towards God.

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Ekadashi 2019 will be observed on 29 days. The following is the list of Ekadashi 2019-

S.No.

Ekadashi

Krishna/Shukla Ekadashi                                

Date

1

Saphala

Pausha Krishna Ekadashi                              

1st January

2

Pausha Putrada

Pausha Shukla Ekadashi

17th January

3

Shattila

Magha Krishna Ekadashi

31st January

4

Jaya

Magha Shukla Ekadashi

16th February

5

Vijaya

Phalguna Krishna Ekadashi

2nd March

6

Amalaki

Phalguna Shukla Ekadashi

17th March

7

Papmochani

Chaitra Krishna Ekadashi

31st March

8

Vaishnava

Chaitra Krishna Ekadashi

1st April

9

Kamada

Chaitra Shukla Ekadashi

15th April

10

Gauna Kamada/Vaishnava Kamada         

Chaitra Shukla Ekadashi

16th April

11

Varuthini

Vaishakha Krishna Ekadashi

30th April

12

Mohini

Vaishakha Shukla Ekadashi

15th May

13

Apara

Jyeshtha Krishna Ekadashi

30th May

14

Nirjala

Jyeshtha Shukla Ekadashi

13th June

15

Yogini

Ashadha Krishna Ekadashi

29th June

16

Devshayani

Ashadha Shukla Ekadashi

12th July

17

Kamika

Shravana Krishna Ekadashi

28th July

18

Shravana Putrada                                       

Shravana Shukla Ekadashi                 

11th August

19

Aja

Bhadrapada Krishna Ekadashi       

26th August

20

Gauna Aja/ Vaishnava Aja

Bhadrapada Krishna Ekadashi

27th August

21

Parsva

Bhadrapada Shukla Ekadashi

9th September

22

Indira

Ashwina Krishna Ekadashi

25th September

23

Papankusha

Ashwina Shukla Ekadashi

9th October

24

Rama

Kartika Krishna Ekadashi

24th October

25

Devutthana

Kartika Shukla Ekadashi

8th November

26

Utpanna

Margashirsha Krishna Ekadashi

22nd November

27

Gauna Utpanna/ Vaishnava

Margashirsha Krishna Ekadashi

23rd November

28

Mokshada/ Guruvayur

Margashirsha Shukla Ekadashi

8th December

29

Saphala

Pausha Krishna Ekadashi

22nd December


According to Hindu scriptures, it is believed that Ekadashi and the movement of the moon have a direct impact on the human mind. During Ekadashi, our mind attains maximum efficiency, which gives us the ability to concentrate easily and successfully on tasks.

A special puja is also performed during the Festival. The Ekadashi Puja Vidhi is decided by astrologers, choosing the most auspicious time to perform prayers and chants.

 

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