Indira Ekadashi is a one of the auspicious fasting days of Hindus that falls on the ‘ekadashi’ (11th day) of the Krishna Paksha (the wanning phase of moon) during the Hindu month of ‘Ashwin’. This corresponds to the month of September to October according to the Gregorian calendar. As Indira Ekadashi falls in Pitru Paksha, the fortnight dedicated to ancestors, it is also referred as ‘Ekadashi Shradh’. The main objective of this ekadashi vrat is to give salvation to the forefathers or dead ancestors so that they do not have to go through hell. Hindus observe the Indira Ekadashi fast to seek forgiveness of the wrong deeds of the past. Indira Ekadashi fast is observed by staunch devotees of Lord Vishnu who seek His love and affection.

Indira Ekadashi 2017 was on September 16 Saturday

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Rituals of Indira Ekadashi:

  • On Indira Ekadashi, the observer of this vrat performs the rites of Shradh. The devotees must observe the vrat by following the complete rituals to get maximum benefits. On this day an idol of Lord Vishnu is worshipped with gaiety and fervour. The devotees offer Tulsi leaves, flowers, and fruits along with other puja essentials to the idol. One must also visit any Lord Vishnu temple on this day.
  • The vrat of the Indira Ekadashi starts a day before, that is, on ‘dashami’ (10th day). On dashami the rituals for dead ancestors are performed and prayer is offered. The meal is taken before sunrise only as on Ekadashi day, the devotees keep a strict fast. The vrat begins at sunrise and ends on the next day, ‘dwadashi’ after worshipping Lord Vishnu. As it falls in the Pitru Paksha day, food is offered to priests and cows, before eating.
  • On the day of Indira Ekadashi the devotees get up early before sunrise. This day is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Vedic mantras and bhajans are sung in praise of the Lord. The observer of this vrat should stay awake all night and sing devotional songs and listen to the stories of Lord Vishnu. Reading ‘Vishnu Sahastranaam’ is also considered to be fortunate.
  • On this day, special rituals and prayers are performed in the memory of the dead ancestors. The afternoon time is considered to be favourable for praying to the forefathers.

Important Timings On Indira Ekadashi

Sunrise16-Sep-2017 06:17 AM
Sunset16-Sep-2017 18:25 PM
Dwadashi End Moment17-Sep-2017 14:42 PM
Ekadashi Tithi Begins15-Sep-2017 18:29 PM
Ekadashi Tithi Ends16-Sep-2017 16:30 PM
Hari Vasara End Moment16-Sep-2017 22:03 PM
Parana Time 06:17 AM - 08:43 AM
Place : Ujjain [ India ] Time Zone : IST (+05:30)

Significance of Indira Ekadashi:

Indira Ekadashi vrat is a significant Hindu observance that blesses the person with prosperity and richness. By observing this propitious vrat the person can wash away all the sins and also free their forefathers from the ill-effects of the sins they committed in their lifetime. Therefore an individual, who desires to free their ancestors from all offence and ultimately offer them peace, should keep the Indira Ekadashi vrat with full dedication.

It has been stated in the Hindu scriptures that by keeping the Indira Ekadashi vrat, the devotees get the same results as received by performing the ‘Ashwamedha Yagya’. This marks the importance of this ekadashi fast over other Ekadashi vrat. Even more the prominence of Indira Ekadashi can be read in the ‘Brahmavaivarta Purana’ and has also been told to Yudhishtira by Lord Sri Krishna.

Indira Ekadashi festival dates between 2014 & 2024

YearDate
2014Friday, 19th of September
2015Thursday, 8th of October
2016Monday, 26th of September
2017Saturday, 16th of September
2018Friday, 5th of October
2019Wednesday, 25th of September
2020Sunday, 13th of September
2021Saturday, 2nd of October
2022Wednesday, 21st of September
2023Tuesday, 10th of October
2024Saturday, 28th of September
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