Padmini Ekadashi: Know the Date, Auspicious Time, and Worship Method

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Haridwar, Kashi  : Fasting holds great significance in Hinduism, and among the various fasting festivals, Ekadashi fasting is considered one of the most sacred practices dedicated to the worship of Lord Vishnu.

Ekadashi fasting occurs twice a month, resulting in a total of 24 Ekadashi fasting days in a year. Currently, we are in the month of Shravan, and the Ekadashi falling during this month is known as Padmini Ekadashi. This auspicious day falls on the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of the moon) of the month of Sawan. Let’s explore the date, auspicious time, and the method of performing Padmini Ekadashi Puja.

Introduction: Significance of Ekadashi Fasting

Ekadashi fasting is highly revered in Hinduism as it is believed to bring numerous benefits to the devotee. The fast is observed on the eleventh day (Ekadashi) of both the waxing and waning phases of the moon. Devotees observe this fast to seek the blessings of Lord Vishnu and to cleanse their minds and bodies.

Padmini Ekadashi: Date and Importance

Padmini Ekadashi is an important Ekadashi falling during the auspicious month of Shravan. This year, Padmini Ekadashi falls on Saturday, 29th July. Observing this fast not only grants immeasurable spiritual rewards but also helps ancestors attain salvation. Worshipping Goddess Lakshmi along with Lord Vishnu on Padmini Ekadashi is believed to alleviate all sorrows and troubles from one’s life.

Auspicious Time for Worship

According to the religious calendar, the Ekadashi Tithi (date) of the Shukla Paksha in the month of Sawan commences at 2.51 pm on July 28 and concludes at 1.05 pm on July 29. Hence, it is advisable to observe the Ekadashi fast on 29th July. The most auspicious time for worship is between 7.22 am to 9.4 am on this day. The Paran (breaking the fast) should be done between 5.41 am to 8.24 am on July 30.

The Method of Padmini Ekadashi Puja

To perform the Padmini Ekadashi Puja, follow these steps:

  1. Wake up early and take a bath to purify yourself.
  2. Wear clean clothes and offer water to Lord Suryadev (the Sun God) from the holy river Ganges.
  3. Worship Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi using fruits, flowers, incense, lamps, akshat (unbroken rice grains), durva (sacred grass), and sandalwood.
  4. Recite the Vishnu Chalisa (hymn in praise of Lord Vishnu) during the worship.
  5. Perform an aarti (ritual of waving a lamp) for the deities.
  6. Seek forgiveness for any mistakes committed and express your wishes to the deities.
  7. Observe a fast for the entire day and in the evening, conclude the worship by performing an aarti and offering fruits.
  8. On the following day, offer prayers, break the fast (Paran), and donate to the poor.

Conclusion

Padmini Ekadashi is a highly significant day for devotees of Lord Vishnu. Observing this fast with devotion and following the prescribed rituals can bring spiritual blessings and alleviate difficulties from one’s life. By worshipping Lord Vishnu and seeking the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi, one can attain peace, prosperity, and fulfillment.

FAQs

  1. Q: Can anyone observe Padmini Ekadashi fast?
    • A: Yes, anyone can observe Padmini Ekadashi fast, irrespective of age or gender. It is open to all devotees.
  2. Q: Can I consume water during the Padmini Ekadashi fast?
    • A: The Padmini Ekadashi fast is observed without consuming food or water for the entire day. It is a Nirjala (waterless) fast.
  3. Q: What is the significance of offering fruits during the evening aarti?
    • A: Offering fruits during the evening aarti symbolizes surrendering the fruits of one’s actions to the divine and seeking blessings.
  4. Q: Are there any specific dietary restrictions after breaking the Padmini Ekadashi fast?
    • A: There are no specific dietary restrictions after breaking the fast. However, it is advisable to consume sattvic (pure) food for the overall well-being.
  5. Q: Can I perform Padmini Ekadashi Puja at home?

    • A: Yes, Padmini Ekadashi Puja can be performed at home with devotion and sincerity. Following the rituals and guidelines is essential for a meaningful observance.

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