Rama Ekadashi is one of the important ekadashi fasts that are observed in the Hindu culture. It falls on the ‘ekadashi’ of the Krishna Paksha (the dark fortnight of moon) during the Hindu month of ‘Kartik’. This date falls between the months of September to October in the English calendar. While Rama Ekadashi is observed in the month of Kartik according to the North Indian calendar, it falls in the month of ‘Puratassi’ as per the Tamilian calendar. Besides in states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Maharashtra it occurs during the ‘Ashwayuj’ month and is even observed in the month of ‘Ashwin’ in some parts of the country. Rama Ekadashi falls four days before the celebrations of Diwali, the festival of lights. This ekadashi is also referred as ‘Rambha Ekadashi’ or ‘Kartik Krishna Ekadashi’. It is a popular conviction that Hindu devotees can wash away their sins by keeping a sacred fast on this day.

Rama Ekadashi 2017 was on October 15 Sunday

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Rama Ekadashi

Rama Ekadashi

Rituals of Rama Ekadashi:

  • Fasting is an important ritual on the day of Rama Ekadashi. This ritual starts from ‘dashami’, a day before the actual ekadashi. On this day too devotees refrain from certain foods and consume only ‘saatvik’ meal once, before sunset. On ekadashi, they do not eat at all. The end of the fasting ritual called as ‘Parana’ occurs on the ‘dwadashi’ tithi. Even for those not fasting, consuming rice and grains on any ekadashi is strictly prohibited.
  • On the day of Rama Ekadashi devotees get up early and take a holy bath in any water bodies. Lord Vishnu is worshipped with devotion on this day. Fruits, flowers, incense sticks and dhoop to Lord Vishnu. Devotees prepare a special ‘Bhog’ and offer it to their deity. An aarti is performed and then the ‘Prasad’ is distributed among the family members.
  • ‘Rama’ is another name for Goddess Lakshmi. Therefore on this auspicious day, devotees also offer prayers to Devi Lakshmi along with Lord Vishnu to seek the blessings of prosperity, health and happiness.
  • The observer of the Rama Ekadashi fast maintains vigil all through the night. They contribute in the bhajans or kirtans organised on this day. Reading ‘Bhagavad Gita’ on this day is believed to be auspicious.

Important Timings On Rama Ekadashi

Sunrise15-Oct-2017 06:27 AM
Sunset15-Oct-2017 17:57 PM
Dwadashi End Moment17-Oct-2017 00:26 AM
Ekadashi Tithi Begins15-Oct-2017 02:03 AM
Ekadashi Tithi Ends16-Oct-2017 01:05 AM
Hari Vasara End Moment16-Oct-2017 06:55 AM
Parana Time 06:55 AM - 08:45 AM
Place : Ujjain [ India ] Time Zone : IST (+05:30)

Significance of Rama Ekadashi:

According to the Hindu religious scriptures like ‘Brahma-Vaivarta Purana’, it is believed that one who observes the sacred Rama Ekadashi fast will be freed from all his/her sons, even those that are the same to killing a Brahmin. A person who hears the glories of Rama Ekadashi will attain salvation and reach the supreme abode of Sri Hari Vishnu. It is also believed that the merits of observing Rama Ekadashi are even more than performing 100 Rajasuya Yagyas or 1000 Ashvamedha Yagyas. By worshipping God Vishnu with devotion on the day of Rama Ekadashi, the person will be able to overcome all the obstacles in his/her life and achieve immense success.

Rama Ekadashi festival dates between 2014 & 2024

YearDate
2014Sunday, 19th of October
2015Saturday, 7th of November
2016Wednesday, 26th of October
2017Sunday, 15th of October
2018Saturday, 3rd of November
2019Thursday, 24th of October
2020Wednesday, 11th of November
2021Monday, 1st of November
2022Friday, 21st of October
2023Thursday, 9th of November
2024Monday, 28th of October
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