Kamada Ekadashi

Kamada Ekadashi

The day that falls after the Chaitra Navratri is known as Kamada Ekadashi. Thus, people also call it Chaitra Shukla Ekadashi. In the Hindu religion, Kamada Ekadashi is the day to worship Lord Krishna, another Avatar of Lord Vishnu. This day is celebrated in the Chaitra month on the 11th day of the waxing moon. The Kamada Ekadashi has great importance in Hinduism as it is the first Ekadashi that comes after the Hindu Nav Varsh or Hindu New Year.

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Kamada Ekadashi 2021 Date and Auspicious Muhurat Timings

The day to observe Kamada Ekadashi Vrat is Friday, 23rd April 2021.

Month: Chaitra (Both Purnimanta and Amanta)

Auspicious Muhurat Timings on Kamada Ekadashi:

  • Sunrise at 05:48 AM and Sunset at 06:52 PM
  • Moonrise at 02:48 PM and Moonset at 04:01 AM, Apr 24
  • Ekadashi Tithi Begins – 11:35 PM on Apr 22, 2021
  • Ekadashi Tithi Ends – 09:47 PM on Apr 23, 2021

Kamada Ekadashi Vrat Katha and Its Importance

In the great epic of Mahabharata, there is mention of Kamada Ekadashi Vrat Katha. People believe that Lord Krishna shared the importance and benefits of Kamada Ekadashi Katha to the eldest Pandava and King of Indraprastha, Yudhisthir. The Varaha Purana also mentions the Kamada Ekadashi story. Kamada means the accomplishment of all the wishes. Therefore, people say that Kamada Ekadashi Vrat is observed to fulfil all the wishes in life.

Many other Hindu scriptures talk about Kamada Ekadashi Vrat. This Vrat can help to regain the lost virtues of life. Many people keep fasting on this day to seek forgiveness for their past wrongdoings. Married Couples observe fast on Kamada Ekadashi to get the blessing of a child. It is nothing less than a pathway that leads people to the Vaikuntha, the abode of Lord Vishunu.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Kamada Ekadashi Vrat

People should consider following the Dos and Don’ts of Kamada Ekadashi Vrat. It will help them complete the Vrat in its authentic way and receive the benefits in life.

  • Wake up before sunrise and take a bath.
  • Begin the puja by worshipping Lord Krishna.
  • The ideal way to honour him is by offering sandalwood, fruits, and flowers to receive the Kamada Ekadashi Vrat puja’s benefits.
  • Whosoever performs the Kamada Ekadashi Vrat is not allowed to eat things like rice, moong dal, wheat and barley.
  • However, they may consume food like milk, fruits and veggies and dry fruits.
  • Non- vegetarian food is strictly prohibited from eating on this day.
    The devotees should note that the fasting for Kamada Ekadashi Vrat starts from the night before on the day of Dashami in the month of Chaitra during Shukla Paksha.
  • A single meal is allowed to eat before the sunset.
  • It is a 24-hour fasting Vrat, starting from the sunrise, and it ends on the following day, the dawn of Dwadashi.
  • People also donate grains and money to Brahmins before concluding the fasting.
  • On this day, devotees recite a thousand names of Lord Vishnu while doing Vishnu Puja also known as Vishnu Sahasranama.
  • Many people recite Krishna Bhajans and other Vedic mantras to receive the blessings of Lord Krishna.
  • In our country, people organise Yagnas in temples of Lord Vishnu on this day.
  • It is advised to listen to the interesting Kamada Ekadashi story.
  • People also believe that Great Sage Vashishtha narrated this story to King Dilip, the father of Raghu, the mighty ruler of the Ikshvaku dynasty.
  • Lord Rama, the avatar of Lord Vishnu, belonged to the lineage of Raghu.

This day is considered the perfect day to reach Moksha or Salvation. People of the Hindu religion in India celebrate Kamada Ekadashi with utmost devotion and worship Lord Vishnu. May all of us get the blessings of Lord Vishnu to lead a happy and prosperous life.