Why do Devotees Worship Lord Vishnu on Shravana Putrada Ekadashi?

Why do Devotees Worship Lord Vishnu on Shravana Putrada Ekadashi?

We celebrate the Shukla Paksha Ekadashi of Shravan month every year as ‘Shravana Putrada Ekadashi’. There is a great significance of observing fast on this auspicious day. This year it will be celebrated around Mid-August. Putrada Ekadashi occurs twice a year, one is the ekadashi of Pausa Shukla Paksha and the other one is Shravan Shukla Paksha. Putrada Ekadashi in Paush month is famous in Northern Indian states, while Putrada Ekadashi of Shravan month is widely celebrated in all over India. 

In India, whenever a person dies, their last rites is usually performed by their son. The son should execute the last rites for the salvation of the soul and follow Shradh to make the departed soul rest in paradise. Besides, the couple also observes a Nirjala Vrat together on this day, without taking even a drop of water. On this day, devotees observe the Ekadashi fast and then worship Lord Vishnu. It is believed that, by doing so, their wishes may get granted by the Lord.

2021 Shravana Putrada Ekadashi Date and Time

Ekadashi MuhuratsDate / Timings
Shravan Putrada Ekadashi Date:18th August, 2021 - Wednesday
Ekadashi Muhurat Timings Begins: 03:20 AM on 18th Aug, 2021
Ekadashi Muhurat Timings Ends:01:05 AM on 19th Aug, 2021

Shravana Putrada Ekadashi Vrat Katha

In ancient times, the city of Bhadravatipuri was ruled by a monarch named Suketuman.

The king got married with a lot of fanfare. But, even after a long time after the marriage, he had no child. The king and queen were frequently concerned about who would conduct their final rites after their death and who would do the tarpan of their ancestors. The monarch used to spend the entire day thinking about this. The distressed king then rode his horse into the wilderness one day. After some hours, he arrived in the heart of the deep forest. He walked near the pond to satisfy his thirst after a long trek. He saw an ashram where some sages lived. 

The monarch, after drinking water, went to the ashram where he saw rishis reciting Vedas. When the king inquired about the cause for reciting the Vedas, the sages informed him that today is Putrada Ekadashi. On this day, whoever fasts and worships Lord Vishnu, gets blessed with a son. The king was overjoyed when he heard this and made a commitment to follow the Putrada Ekadashi fast at the same time. On Putrada Ekadashi, the king fasted and worshipped the Gopal – child avatar of Vishnu. Following that, the queen gave birth to a baby boy on the day of Dwadashi. And from there onwards, the couple started following the Shravana Putrada Ekadashi vrat.

Shravana Putrada Ekadashi Significance

According to the ancient texts, devotees should follow fast on this day in order to have children and for their offspring to live a long life. By doing so, one can get rid of life obstacles and their children live a long life by observing the fast of Shravana Putrada Ekadashi. On this day, child-related problems may get resolved if you keep fast with the utmost sincerity. Couples who want to avoid having children or who want to be childless must adhere to this fast. If the pair fasts together, the fast will bear fruit shortly. Those who read or listen to the significance and tale of the fast with complete dedication receive a blessing comparable to the donation of several cows.

Tips For Fasting Rituals

  • One should wake up early in the morning and clean the area around home temple 
  • Eat vegetarian food items for a few days
  • Take a vow of fast by lighting a lamp in front of Lord Vishnu’s idol
  • Now, place the Kalash and worship it by tying it with a red cloth.
  • Offer prasad of fresh fruits, flowers, coconut, betel, betel nut, clove, plum, gooseberry etc.
  • Recite devotional songs at night
  • Next day, eat food only after giving to Brahmins

Parana Rituals (Breaking of Fast)

Parana means the breaking of a day-long fast in Hindu culture. It should be performed before the end of Dwadashi Tithi. To perform Parana, one should wait till the completion of Hari Vasara as it can not be performed during this inauspicious phase (Hari Vasara). One should avoid breaking the fast in the middle of the day. The best time to break this day-long fast is in the early morning of the next day. If you are unable to break the fast in the morning for some reason, you may break the fast after midday. Many devotees also keep Ekadashi fasting for two straight days along with their family members. Ancient scriptures recommend second-day fasting for widows and for ones who want moksha.

Parana Time: On 19th Aug from 06:32 AM to 07:49 AM

Ending Note

This is how Hindus celebrate the auspicious day of Shravana Putrada Ekadashi. The couples seeking a child may receive good news following the fast. There is great significance in worshipping Lord Vishnu by organizing Vishnu Puja as well. With this, we hope you get your wishes fulfilled by Lord Vishnu’s divine blessings.