Padmini Ekadashi is an auspicious Hindus fasting day that falls on the ‘ekadashi’ tithi (11th day) of the Shukla Paksha (the waxing phase of moon) during the ‘Adhik Mahina’ or ‘Purushottam Masam’ (13th month) of the Hindu calendar. According to the ‘Vasistha Siddhanta’ the Adhik Mahina is an extra lunar month in Hindu calendar that occurs once in every three years. Most of the times, Padmini Ekadashi falls in the leaped month of ‘Ashada’ of the Hindu calendar and is therefore also referred as ‘Ashadha Adhika Maas Ekadashi’. It corresponds to the months of July-August in the Gregorian calendar. This special period is ideal for seeking forgiveness of sins and for the purification of the mind, body and even soul. Padmini Ekadashi is also popularly called as ‘Kamala Ekadashi’ and is observed with full enthusiasm and fervour all over India. Dedicated to Sri Hari Vishnu, this sacred vrat grants the fulfilment of all worldly desired to its observer.
There is no Padmini Ekadashi in 2019
Rituals during Padmini Ekadashi:
- The observer of Padmini Ekadashi vrat gets up at sunrise and takes an early bath to cleanse the soul and body. Fasting is one of the core rituals of the day. strict fast is observed on the Padmini Ekadashi day and the observer is not allowed to eat foot items like urad dal, rice, spinach, chickpeas and honey to name a few. Some devotees observe the vrat by eating ‘falahar’ that comprises of fruits and dairy products.
- The vrat begins from the ‘dashami’ (10th day) and the observer must eat ‘saatvik’ food once during the day. The food consumed should be light and be made without using onion or garlic. Also eating in bronze utensils is not allowed. The devotees fast for the whole night of Ekadashi. Keeping a vigil at night while fasting is also essential. If however, a person desires to sleep, he/she should do so on the floor. The Padmini Ekadashi vrat ends on the next morning.
- On this day devotees worship Lord Vishnu to seek His divine blessings. A ‘Panchamrit Abhishek’ is performed and the idol of Lord Vishnu is worshipped with flowers, Tulsi leaves, dhoop and incense sticks.
- Vishnu followers spend their time singing and listening to bhakti songs and bhajans in praise of their deity. They also visit temples of Lord Vishnu in the evening to participate in the events held there. Reading Hindu religious books like ‘Vishnu Sahasranama’ is considered very auspicious on this day.
- Charity is another important ritual of the day. On the auspicious day of Padmini Ekadashi, one must donate food and clothes to Brahmins.
Significance of Padmini Ekadashi:
The greatness of Padmini Ekadashi can be read from various Hindu scriptures and puranas like ‘Skanda Purana’. Lord Krishna also explicated the rituals and importance of this ekadashi vrat to Dharmaraja Yudhisthira. Padmini Ekadashi was first observed by Padmini, the queen of King Kartavirya and owing to her dedication, this ekadashi was named after her. The customs and rituals of Padmini Ekadashi are performed to wash away the sins of both, present and past lives, and in the end seek place in ‘Vaikunta’, Lord Vishnu’s abode.