Kamada Ekadashi 2017
About Kamada Ekadashi :
Kamada Ekadashi is a Hindu holy day celebrated on the 11th lunar day (Ekadashi Tithi) of the Shukla Paksha (waxing moon phase) in the Hindu Calendar month Chaitra which in the Gregorian calendar falls in March or April.
Sanskrit word “Kamada” means fulfillment of all desires. By performing the Kamada Ekadashi vrata, devotees are able to please Lord Vishnu and hence get Lord’s blessings to be able to fulfill all their desires.
The Kamada Ekadashi vrata is also performed to get rid of your sins and also helps married couples to obtain their own child.
It is the first Ekadashi of a new Hindu Calendar year which starts on the first tithi of Shukla Paksha of Hindu month Chaitra.
Kamada Ekadashi Story / Vrat Katha :
According to legends, once upon a time there was a gandharva couple, Lalit and his wife Lalita. They lived in the city of Ratnapura which was ruled by King Pundarika. Lalit was a famed singer and wife Lalita was renowned dance. Both always used to perform together in the court of the king.
One day, kings asked Lalit for a solo performance. During this performance, Lalit’s attention fluttered from the song to his wife, who was absent from the court. As a result, he made some mistakes in his performance.
One of the native of the king’s court noticed this mistake and complained to the king about it saying that Lalit considered his wife more important than his master, the king. This annoyed the king and he cursed Lalit due to which he became a giant demon.
Now Lalit in the form of monstrous demon wandered in the jungle along with his wife Lalita in search of help so that he can regain in original human form.
While wandering around the Vindhyachal Hills, the couple came across the ashram of sage Shringi. Paying her respects to the sage, the couple pleased to him to provide a solution to their problem. Sage Shrinig advised the couple to observe Kamada Ekadashi vrata.
The couple observed the fast of Kamada Ekadashi with great devotion and worshipped Lord Krishna – avatar of Lord Vishnu. As a result, Lalit got free from Kings curse and regained his original human form.
After this incidence, the Kamada Ekadashi Vrata became popular in the region.
Kamada Ekadashi Puja Vidhi :
The Puja Vidhi performed during Amalaki Ekadashi is similar to that followed during other Ekadashi’s.
Devotees of Lord Vishnu observe a strict fast which is broken on the next day during the parana time. Those who are unable to keep a whole day fast keep a partial fast by consuming fruits and milk and avoid eating rice and other grains for the whole day.
During Kamada Ekadashi, devotees worship Lord Krishna – an avatar of Lord Vishnu.
Kamada Ekadashi Mantra :
On the auspicious day of Kamada Ekadashi, devotees can chant any of the mentioned Krishna Mantra – Shri Krishna Sharanam Mamah, Hare Krishna Mantra, etc.
You can also chant any one of these Vishnu Mantra and Slokas on this auspicious day – Om Namo Bhagavate Vaasudevaaya Mantra, Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram or Vishnu Ashtottaram.
Kamada Ekadashi 2017 Date :
- Kamada Ekadashi – 7th April 2017
Kamada Ekadashi 2017 Parana Date & Time :
- 06:30 to 08:58 hrs IST on 8th April 2017
Kamada Ekadashi Vrat Katha, Puja Vidhi, Vrat Mahatmya Hindi Video :