June 27 : The Ashadha month, which has started on June 18, is marked by several religious festivals. One of the major festivals—Yogini Ekadashi—will be celebrated this year on June 29. More than a festival, Yogini Ekadashi is a ritual, observed across India for health, happiness, and prosperity.
According to Padma Purana, Yogini Ekadashi is a ritual of fasting, which begins from the night of the tenth day (Dashami) of Krishna Paksha, the dark lunar fortnight. As per the Hindu calendar, Krishna Paksha begins on the full moon day (Purnima) and ends on Amavasya, the day of the new moon.
Although the north Indian calendar mentions Yogini Ekadashi during Krishna Paksha of Ashadha month, the south Indian calendar marks it during Krishna Paksha of Jyaishta month. However, most of the Indians follow the English calendar, which marks it sometime between June and July. Last year, it was celebrated on July 9.
Starting from the previous night of Ekadashi, Yogini Ekadashi vrat spans over 36 hours, concluding one day after Ekadashi. According to the Hindu calendar, a year witnesses 24 Ekadashis.
Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Yogini Ekadashi falls between Nirjala Ekadashi and Devshayani Ekadashi. The devotees donate grains and water, which are commonly known as ‘anna daan’ and ‘jal daan’.
Listen to Yogini Ekadashi Vrat Katha in Hindi
Indians keep vrat mainly for religious purposes, which have reasons and significance behind them. Sri Krishna explained it to Yudhisthir that Yogini Ekadashi vrat helps devotees purge all past sins, and awards them supreme liberation. It helps people who are drowned in material existence to transcend to the spiritual world. If observed with full faith, the impact of this vrat is believed to be as strong as feeding 88,000 Brahmins, which is considered as a great meritorious act (punya).