Rama Ekadashi is one of the important ekadashi fasts 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 Hindu lunar calendar, it falls in the month of ‘Puratassi’ on Tamil calendar. Besides in states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Maharashtra it occurs during the Ashwayuj or Ashwin month.
Rama Ekadashi 2020 is on November 11, Wednesday
Ekadashi tithi timing: November 11, 3:23 am - November 12, 12:41 am
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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.
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
|Sunrise||November 11, 2020 6:42 AM|
|Sunset||November 11, 2020 5:39 PM|
|Dwadashi End Moment||November 12, 2020 9:30 PM|
|Ekadashi Tithi Begins||November 11, 2020 3:23 AM|
|Ekadashi Tithi Ends||November 12, 2020 12:41 AM|
|Hari Vasara End Moment||November 12, 2020 5:53 AM|
|Parana Time||November 12, 6:42 AM - November 12, 8:54 AM|
|Place : Ujjain [ India ] See More|
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.
Ramayana Month Offers
Rama Ekadashi festival dates between 2017 & 2027
|2017||Sunday, 15th of October|
|2018||Saturday, 3rd of November|
|2019||Thursday, 24th of October|
|2020||Wednesday, 11th of November|
|2021||Monday, 1st of November|
|2022||Friday, 21st of October|
|2023||Thursday, 9th of November|
|2024||Monday, 28th of October|
|2025||Friday, 17th of October|
|2026||Thursday, 5th of November|
|2027||Monday, 25th of October|