The ekadashi that falls during the Shukla Paksha (the bright fortnight of moon) in the Hindu month of ‘Shravana’ is celebrated as Shravan Putrada Ekadashi. This ekadashi is also known as ‘Pavitra Ekadashi’ and ‘Pavitropana Ekadashi’. In the Gregorian calendar the date falls somewhere between July to August. The Shravan Putrada Ekadashi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and this ekadashi vrat is observed by husband and wife, in order to be blessed with a son. This day is particularly propitious for Vaishnavas, who are the followers of Vishnu.
The word ‘Putrada’ signifies ‘giver of sons’ and henceforth it is believed that by observing the ekadashi fast in the month of Shravan, desires for a male child by childless couples can be fulfilled. The Shravan Putrada Ekadashi is celebrated with great zeal in all the states of India other than northern regions, where the Pausha Putrada Ekadashi is more popular.
Sravana Putrada Ekadashi 2017 was on August 03 Thursday
Rituals in Shravan Putrada Ekadashi:
- Fasting is the main ritual on Shravan Putrada Ekadashi. The fast must be observed by both the partners if they yearn for a male child. On this day, some couples observe strict fast while some even keep a partial fasting. Eating of grains, pulses, rice, onion and non-vegetarian food is strictly prohibited for all on Shravan Putrada Ekadashi.
- The vrat begins on ‘dashami’ and the observer must eat only ‘saatvik’ food before noon. Complete celibacy is observed on dashami night. No food is eaten from sunrise of ekadashi till the dawn of ‘dwadashi’ (12th day). The fast is broken after finishing the puja rituals and offering food to a respected Brahmin.
- Lord Vishnu is worshipped with full devotion and enthusiasm on this day. The idol of Vishnu is kept on the place of worship and the ‘Panchamrit’ abhishek is performed. The devotees also offer bright flowers, fruits and other puja essentials to the lord. The observer of the Shravan Putrada Ekadashi keeps a vigil whole night by singing bhajans and bhakti songs in praise of Lord Vishnu. The devotees also visit nearby temples of Lord Vishnu during the evening.
- The popular 5-day long ‘Jhulan festival’ also starts on the Shravan Putrada Ekadashi. A jhula is beautifully decorated with creepers and flowers and the idol of Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha is placed in the swing. The festivities end on the day of Shravan Poornima (full moon day).
Important Timings On Sravana Putrada Ekadashi
|Sunrise||03-Aug-2017 06:02 AM|
|Sunset||03-Aug-2017 19:03 PM|
|Dwadashi End Moment||04-Aug-2017 18:52 PM|
|Ekadashi Tithi Begins||02-Aug-2017 14:14 PM|
|Ekadashi Tithi Ends||03-Aug-2017 16:37 PM|
|Hari Vasara End Moment||03-Aug-2017 23:10 PM|
|Parana Time||06:02 AM - 08:38 AM|
|Place : Ujjain [ India ]|
Importance of Shravan Putrada Ekadashi:
In our Hindu society having a son is considered important as he looks after his father and mother during old age. Even the ‘Shraddha ’ (ancestor rites) can only be performed by the male child to offer peace to his dead forefathers. Each of the 26 ekadashis observed in the Hinduism has its own specific goal. The ekadashi that falls during the Shravana Shukla Paksha has powers to bestow a childless couple with a male progeny. There are only two ekadashis that are ‘giver of sons’ with the other one being the ‘Pausha Putrada Ekadashi’.
The importance of Shravan Putrada Ekadashi is mentioned in the ‘Bhavishya Purana’ as a discussion between King Yudhisthira and Sri Krishna. Here Lord Krishna himself explained the rituals and benefits of observing this sacred fast. Besides being blessed with a male offspring, Vishnu followers observe the Shravan Putrada Ekadashi to wash away their sins and attain salvation.
Sravana Putrada Ekadashi festival dates between 2014 & 2024
|2014||Thursday, 7th of August|
|2015||Wednesday, 26th of August|
|2016||Sunday, 14th of August|
|2017||Thursday, 3rd of August|
|2018||Wednesday, 22nd of August|
|2019||Sunday, 11th of August|
|2020||Thursday, 30th of July|
|2021||Wednesday, 18th of August|
|2022||Monday, 8th of August|
|2023||Sunday, 27th of August|
|2024||Friday, 16th of August|