Rama Ekadashi 2017
About Rama Ekadashi :
Rama Ekadashi also known as Rambha Ekadashi is a Hindu holy day celebrated on the 11th lunar day (Ekadashi Tithi) of the Krishna Paksha (waning moon phase) in the Hindu Calendar month Ashwina (as per Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu and Kannada Calendar) or Kartika (as per North Indian Calendar) which in the Gregorian calendar falls in October or November.
Rama Ekadashi is celebrated two days before the five day festival of Diwali, and hence it is celebrated with great enthusiasm.
Rama Ekadashi is a highly auspicious day dedicated to worship of Lord Vishnu to get rid of all sins and problems.
Rama Ekadashi Story / Vrat Katha :
According to legends, once upon a time there was a King named Muchukund. He was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu and was friend of Indra, Varuna, Kuber and Vibhishana. He had a daughter whose name was Chandrabhaga. She got married to Shobhan who was son of King Chandrasen.
In the Kingdom of King Muchukund, everyone including animals used to fast on every Ekadashi day. Even Chandrabhaga used to carry fast of Ekadashi with great devotion.
Shobhan who used to feel physically weak, never used to keep fast. Once he visited his father-in law’s house and incidentally the next day was Ekadashi day. He had to compulsorily keep the fast, as everyone in King Muchukund used to keep Ekadashi fast.
On observing the fast, Shobhan started suffering from hunger and thirst during the Jagran night and died before the morning. His body was cremated and Chandrabhaga remained at her fathers house.
By the virtue of Rama Ekadashi fast, Shobhan got a great kingdom which was a unique one but highly unstable, which would vanish anytime. This was because of the fact that though Shoban had fasted, he had done it without faith and in compulsion.
Once, a Brahman, belonging to King Muchukund’s kingdom went out to travel. He accidentally saw the Kingdom of Shobhan on his way. Shobhan told him about the whole story and told about the greatness of observing the Ekadashi fast and the problem of his kingdom, which only his wife could correct.
He asked the Brahman to tell about Chandrabhaga about him and his kingdom. Brahman returned to the Kingdom and told about the whole thing to Chandrabhaga.
Chandrabhaga, who used to observe the Ekadasi fast since her childhood, told the Brahman to take her to that kingdom. She with the power of the merit of observing the Ekadashi fast for her entire life, converted the kingdom of her husband into the reality and started living with her husband happily ever after.
Rama Ekadashi Puja Vidhi :
The Puja Vidhi performed during Rama Ekadashi is similar to that followed during other Ekadashi’s.
On the day of Rama Ekadashi, devotees worship Lord Vishnu with great devotion and chant his name or his mantra throughout the day.
Devotees observe a strict fast which is broken on the next day, i.e., on dwadashi 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.
Rama Ekadashi Mantra :
You can chant any one of these Vishnu Mantra and Slokas on this auspicious day of Rama Ekadashi – Om Namo Bhagavate Vaasudevaaya Mantra, Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram or Vishnu Ashtottaram.
Rama Ekadashi 2017 Date :
- Rama Ekadashi – 15th October 2017
Rama Ekadashi 2017 Parana Date & Time :
- 06:55 to 08:55 hrs IST on 16th October 2017
- 06:55 to 10:26 hrs IST on 16th October 2017 (For Vaishnava’s)