Indira Ekadashi (Hindi:इंदिरा एकादशी, Gujarati:ઈન્દિરા એકાદશી વ્રત, Tamil:இந்திரா ஏகாதசி) is a one of the auspicious fasting days of Hindus that falls on the ekadashi tithi (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 Shraddh’. 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 2022 is on September 21, Wednesday

1 month and 13 days to go for the event

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Indira Ekadashi is also known as Ekadashi Shraddh

Indira Ekadashi comes after Parsva ekadashi and is followed by Papankusha ekadashi

Rituals of Indira Ekadashi:

  • On Indira Ekadashi, the observer of this vrat performs the rites of Shraddh. 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

SunriseSeptember 21, 2022 6:19 AM
SunsetSeptember 21, 2022 6:21 PM
Dwadashi End MomentSeptember 23, 2022 1:18 AM
Ekadashi Tithi BeginsSeptember 20, 2022 9:26 PM
Ekadashi Tithi EndsSeptember 21, 2022 11:35 PM
Hari Vasara End MomentSeptember 22, 2022 6:00 AM
Parana Time September 22, 6:19 AM - September 22, 8:43 AM
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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.

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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 2019 & 2029

2019Wednesday, 25th of September
2020Sunday, 13th of September
2021Saturday, 2nd of October
2022Wednesday, 21st of September
2023Tuesday, 10th of October
2024Saturday, 28th of September
2025Wednesday, 17th of September
2026Tuesday, 6th of October
2027Sunday, 26th of September
2028Friday, 15th of September
2029Thursday, 4th of October

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