Kamika Ekadashi 2021: Date, time, significance
- There are two Ekadashis in one month - one during the Krishna Paksha and the other during the Shukla Paksha
- According to the Purnimant calendar, Kamika Ekadashi is the Ekadashi of Shravan
- Each Ekadashi has a specific name and significance
Kamika Ekadashi 2021 is considered to be one of the most important days in the Hindu calendar. Vaishnava Kamika Ekadashi is observed on the Ekadashi Tithi that is the 11th day of the Krishna Paksha (11th day of the lunar fortnight) in the Shravana month of the Hindu calendar.
There are usually two Ekadashis in one month — one during the Krishna Paksha and the other during the Shukla Paksha. Because of this, a total of 24 Ekadashis happen throughout a calendar year and each Ekadashi holds its own importance.
According to the Purnimant calendar, Kamika Ekadashi is the Ekadashi of Shravan and according to the Amavasyant calendar, Kamika Ekadashi is the Ekadashi of Ashadha, Krishna Paksha.
Devotees, on this day, worship Lord Vishnu. The Kamika Ekadashi is considered one of the most prosperous Ekadashi because it comes during the Chaturmas period. This is a four-month period devoted to Lord Krishna, an avatar of Lord Vishnu.
Each Ekadashi has a specific name and significance.
Date and tithi of Kamika Ekadashi Vrat 2021
In 2021, Kamika Ekadashi will be practiced on Wednesday, August 4, 2021. The Ekadashi tithi begins at 12:59 pm on August 3, 2021. It will end at 3:17 pm on August 4, 2021.
Parana time of Kamika Ekadashi Vrat 2021
Parana time of Kamika Ekadashi Vrat 2021 is from 05:45 am to 08:26 am.
Ending time of Ekadashi Parana
It is believed that Ekadashi Parana is done after the sunrise on the next day of the Ekadashi fast. It is scheduled to end at 05:09PM. It is necessary to practice Parana within Dwadashi Tithi. Not doing Parana within Dwadashi is considered to be a sin.
Puja Vidhi of Kamika Ekadashi 2021
Devotees wake up early, during the Brahma Muhurat which is two hours before sunrise. They take a batch and do meditation. Devotees of Lord Vishnu keep a fast and chant 'OM Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya', asking for his blessings. Lord Vishnu is adorned in bright yellow clothes and prayers are offered along with water, flowers, and bhog (prasad).
It is believed that Lord Krishna, during the Mahabharat, told Yudhishthir Kamika Ekadashi's importance and said that anybody who prays to Lord Vishnu is freed of any sins.
According to the Vedas, worshipping Lord Vishnu brings your aspirations to fruition. As a result of fasting and worshipping Lord Vishnu, devotees achieve salvation or moksha. It is believed that results of the Kamika Ekadashi fast are equivalent to Ashwamedha Yagya.