Parsva Ekadashi is one of the virtuous vrats that falls on the ‘ekadashi’ (11th day) of the Shukla Paksha (the bright fortnight of moon) during the lunar month of ‘Bhadrapada’ in the traditional Hindu calendar. If you follow the English calendar, it is observed between the months of August to September. Parsva Ekadashi occurs at the time of ‘Dakshinayana Punyakalam’ that is, the night time of the Gods and Goddesses. As this ekadashi observance, falls during the ‘Chaturmas’ period, it is considered to be very auspicious. It is a popular belief that by observing the Parsva Ekadashi vrat, the observer will be granted forgiveness for all his/her committed sins.
Parsva Ekadashi is observed with immense dedication and enthusiasm all over India. It is known by different names like ‘Vamana Ekadashi’, ‘Jayanti Ekadashi’, ‘Jaljhilini Ekadashi’ and ‘Parivartini Ekadashi’ in different regions of the country. According to the Hindu mythology it is believed that during this period Lord Vishnu take rest and He shifts his sleeping position to the right side from the left side, and hence the name ‘Parsva Parivartini Ekadashi’. In some places, Lord Vamana, an avatar of Lord Vishnu is worshipped on the day of Parsva Ekadashi. By observing the sacred vrat of this ekadashi a person will be blessed with the divine blessings of Sri Hari Vishnu, who is the preserver of this Universe.
Parsva Ekadashi 2017 was on September 02 Saturday
Rituals during Parsva Ekadashi:
- Devotees observe a fast on the day of Parsva Ekadashi. It is normally observed for a period of 24 hours, from the sunrise of ekadashi to the dwadashi tithi. Sometimes even on Shukla Paksha ‘dashami’ (10th day) the devotees eat one meal, that too before sunrise. The fast is broken after offering prayers to Lord Vishnu and giving food to a Brahmin.
- Some devotees owing to health complications are unable to observe this strict fast; they can however keep partial fasting. Eating of dairy products, fruits and vegetable is allowed. On the day of Parsva Ekadashi eating grains, rice and beans is not allowed, even for those not observing any fast.
- Fasting on Parsva Ekadashi does not only mean abstaining from eating food, instead the observer of this vrat should perform activities that bring him/her closer to God. Therefore on this day, one must recite Vedic mantras or bhajans in praise of Lord Vishnu. Reading Hindu religious books like ‘Vishnu Sahasranaam’ is considered very favourable.
Important Timings On Parsva Ekadashi
|Sunrise||02-Sep-2017 06:13 AM|
|Sunset||02-Sep-2017 18:39 PM|
|Dwadashi End Moment||03-Sep-2017 11:12 AM|
|Ekadashi Tithi Begins||01-Sep-2017 07:36 AM|
|Ekadashi Tithi Ends||02-Sep-2017 09:38 AM|
|Hari Vasara End Moment||02-Sep-2017 16:01 PM|
|Parana Time||06:13 AM - 08:42 AM|
|Place : Ujjain [ India ]|
Significance of Parsva Ekadashi:
The Parsva Ekadashi has been observed since the ancient times. It is believed that the Parsva Ekadashi vrat bestows the observer with happiness, wealth and good health. Moreover it relieves from the sins of the past and also liberates the person from the continuous cycle of birth and death. By observing the Parsva Ekadashi vrat, devotees benefit spiritual gains and it also helps them to strengthen their will power. Parsva Ekadashi is considered to be superior than the other ekadashi observances as it falls during the ‘Chaturmas’ period and the ‘Punya’ or virtues accumulated during this time is of higher value as compared to the normal months. The significance of Parsva Ekadashi is also explained in the ‘Brahma Vivarta Purana’ in the form of a conversation between Lord Krishna and King Yudhisthira.
Parsva Ekadashi festival dates between 2014 & 2024
|2014||Friday, 5th of September|
|2015||Thursday, 24th of September|
|2016||Tuesday, 13th of September|
|2017||Saturday, 2nd of September|
|2018||Thursday, 20th of September|
|2019||Monday, 9th of September|
|2020||Saturday, 29th of August|
|2021||Friday, 17th of September|
|2022||Tuesday, 6th of September|
|2023||Monday, 25th of September|
|2024||Saturday, 14th of September|