|Ekadashi Dates for the year 2016
Date Day Month Paksh Name of Ekadashi
17th April Sunday Chaitra Shukla paksh Paap Mochini
03rd May Tuesday Baishakh Krishna paksh Varuthini Ekadashi
17th May Tuesday Baishakh Shukla paksh Mohini Ekadashi
1st June Wednesday Jyeshtha Krishna paksh Apra Bhadrakali Ekadashi
16th June Thursday Jyeshtha Shukla paksh Nirjala Ekadashi
1st July Friday Ashadh Krishna paksh Yogini Ekadashi
15th July Friday Ashadh Shukla paksh Devshayani Ekadashi
30th July Saturday Shravana Krishna paksh Kamda Ekadashi
14th August Sunday Shravana Shukla paksh Putrada Ekadashi
28th August Sunday Bhadrapad Krishna paksh Ajaa Ekadashi
13th September Tuesday Bhadrapad Shukla paksh Padma Ekadashi
26th September Monday Ashvin Krishna paksh Indira Ekadashi
12th October Wednesday Ashvin Shukla paksh Papankusha Ekadashi
26th October Wednesday Kartik Krishna paksh Rama Ekadashi
11th November Friday Krtik Shukla paksh Devprabodhini Ekadashi
25th November Friday Margshirsh Krishna paksh Utpattika Ekadashi
10th December Saturday Margshirsh Shukla paksh Mokhda Ekadashi
24th December Saturday Paush Krishna paksh Safala Ekadashi
9th January Monday Paush Shukla paksh Putrada Ekadashi
23rd January Monday Magh Krishna paksh Shattila Ekadashi
7th February Tuesday Magh Shukla paksh Jaya Ekadashi
22nd February Wednesday Falgun Krishna paksh Vijaya Ekadashi
8th March Wednesday Falgun Shukla paksh Amla Ki Ekadashi
24th March Friday Chaitra Krishna paksh Paapmochini Ekadashi
Ekadashi is the name of Goddes that arose from the Lord Vishnu to fight and defeat the demon Mura.
When Goddess Ekadashi defeated The demon Mura then Lord Vishnu pleased and blessed her that anyone who will observe Ekadashi fast will be free from all their
sins and will attain moksha (salvation).
How to observe Ekadashi was narrated by Lord Krishna to Arjuna which is mentioned in Bhavishyottara Purana.
When to start
Lord Krishna adviced Arjuna to begin Ekadashi fasting in the Autumn season with Utpanna Ekadashi (also said as Uttpatti Ekadashi).
It comes in Hindu month Margsheersh Krishna paksh 11th day, which comes normally during November- December every year.
Ekadashi means eleven in Sanskrit. Every lunar month during waxing phase of moon (Shukla paksh) 11th day and during waning phase of moon
11th day is called ekadashi tithi (date). Every month there are two day of Ekadashi.
What to do and what not to do...
If fasting is for 24hrs, it gives reward of bliss.
Do not eat rice or any food made with rice, grains, honey, egg or meat.
Do not apply oil on your body for the day.
Do not sleep during day.
Some people take a single meal on day before Ekadasi and do not take anything on Ekadashi.
Those who are doing partial fasting can consume fruit and milk.
How to do Ekadashi pooja
Wake up and take bath in morning.
Light a lamp in front of lord Vishnu's picture or idol.
Offer Gangajal, Tulsi leaves and banana.
Pray to him to visit in the picture/ idol and in your vision.
You may read Ashtottarsatnam or Vishnu Sahasranam.
Then pray to him for the peace and sinfree life.
You may visit to any nearby temple for darshan.
Next day get up early in the morning and light up a lamp and offer prayer to Lord Vishnu and break the fast by milk/juice and take normal
Important: If you are sick and have health issues then please consult your doctor before starting fasting. In shastras ill devotees need not
to do what can make them more ill.
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