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    Indira Ekadasi – 2 Oct,2021

    Indira Ekadashi occurs during the dark fortnight (krishna paksha) of the month of Aswina (September-October). The glory of Indira Ekadashi is related in the Brahmavaivarta Purana. There Lord Krishna extols the Ekadashi to Yudhisthira by narrating the story of a devotee King named Indrasena. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna said, “If a person fasts on the holy Indira Ekadashi, all his sins are eradicated and his forefathers who may have fallen into hell obtain liberation. O best of kings, merely hearing about this sacred Ekadashi delivers the great merit of performing a horse sacrifice. King Indrasena “In the Satya-yuga there lived a powerful king named Indrasena, who…

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    Parsva Ekadashi – 17 Sep 2021

    Sri Yudhishthira Maharaja asked Lord Sri Krishna, “What is the name of that Ekadashi that occurs during the light fortnight (shukla paksha) of the month of Bhadrapada (August-September “Hrishikesha masa”) ? Who is the worshipable Deity for this Ekadashi, and what merit does one attain in observing it? Kindly reveal all of this to me my Lord.” The Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Sri Krishna addressed His devoted Yudhishthira as follows, “This Ekadashi, Oh Yudhishthira, is called Vamana Ekadashi, and it bestows upon those who observe it both great merit and ultimate liberation from material bondage. Therefore, because it removes all one’s sinful reactions, it is also called Jayanti Ekadashi.…

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    Annada Ekadashi – 03 Sep 2021

    Sri Yudhishthira Maharaja said, “Oh Janardana, protector of all living entities, please tell me the name of the Ekadashi that occurs during the dark fortnight of the month of Bhadrapada (August-September).”    The Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna, then replied, “Oh King, hear Me attentively. The name of this sin-removing, sacred Ekadashi is Aja. Any person who fasts completely on this day and worships Hrishikesha, the master of the senses, becomes free of all reactions to his sins. Even one who simply hears about this Ekadashi is freed from his past sins. Oh King, there is no better day than this in all the earthly and heavenly worlds. This is true…

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    Kamika Ekadashi – 4th Aug, 2021

    The saintly king Yudhisthira maharaj said, “Oh Supreme Lord, I have heard from You the glories of fasting on Deva-sayani Ekadashi, which occurs during the light fortnight of the month of Ashadha. Now I would like to hear from You the glories of the Ekadashi that occurs during the dark fortnight (krishna paksha) of the month of Shravana (July -August). Oh Govindadeva, please be merciful to me and explain its glories. Oh Supreme Vasudeva, I offer my most humble obeisances unto You. The Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna, replied, “Oh King, please listen attentively as I describe the auspicious influence of this Holy fast (vrata) day, which removes all sins. Narada…

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    Deva Shayana Ekadashi – 20 Jul, 21

    The glories of Ashada-Shukla Ekadashi – also known as Padma Ekadashi or Deva-shayana Ekadashi – are found in the Bhavishyottara Purana in a conversation between Lord Krishna and King Yudhishthira. Yudhishthira Maharaj, the saintly king, asked Lord Krishna, “O Keshava, what is the name of the Ekadashi that occurs in the bright fortnight of the month of Ashada (June – July)? Who is the presiding Deity of the auspicious day, and what are the observances of this day?” Lord Sri Krishna replied, “O caretaker of the Earth, I shall narrate to you a historical event that Lord Brahma once related to his son Narada when he asked him about this…

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    Yogini Ekadashi – 6 July, 2021

    The glories of Ashada-Krishna Ekadashi, or Yogini Ekadashi, are found in the Brahma-vaivarta Purana in a conversation between Maharaja Yudhishthira and Lord Krishna. Yudhishthira’s Question Yudhisthira Maharaj asked Lord Krishna, “O Supreme Lord, I have heard the glories of Nirjala Ekadashi that occur during the bright fortnight of the month of Jyeshtha (May – June). Would you kindly now tell me of the Ekadashi that falls in the dark fortnight of the month of Ashada (June – July) O Madhusudana?” Lord Krishna Replies The Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna, replied, “O king, I shall certainly relate to you of this, the best day of fasting. It is the Ekadashi that occurs…

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    Pandava Nirjala Ekadashi – 21 June, 2021

    Narration from the Brahma-Vaivarta Purana Jyeshtha Shukla Ekadashi Ekadashi is an important day in the lives of devotees of Lord Krishna. It’s a day of austerities and intensified devotional practices. These recommended days of fasting are meant for learning to transcend the bodily needs, especially food, and fix one’s consciousness on one’s constitutional position as a loving servant of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna. Of all Ekadashis, the Jyestha Shukla Ekadashi, which falls in the hottest time of the year called Grishma ritu, is hardest for observing austerities. The summer is at its peak in the northern hemisphere and water is essential. On this Ekadashi one is supposed to…

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    Apara Ekadashi – 06 June, 2021

    Apara Ekadashi is considered very powerful in eliminating sinful reactions. This article describes the benefits of following this Ekadashi as narrated by Lord Krishna to King Yudhishthira in the Brahmanda Purana. The following narration of Apara Ekadashi is found in the Brahmanda Purana. King Yudhisthira inquired from Lord Krishna about this most auspicious of Ekadashis. Yudhishthira Maharaj said, “O Janardana, what is the name of the Ekadashi that occurs during the dark fortnight (krishna paksha) of the month of Jyeshtha (May-June)? I wish to hear from You the glories of this sacred day of Hari. Please narrate them to me.” Lord Sri Krishna appreciating the query said, “O king, your…

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    Mohini Ekadashi

    The glories of Mohini Ekadashi are narrated in the Kurma Purana in a conversation between Maharaja Yudhishthira and Lord Krishna. Yudhisthira Maharaja enquired from Lord Krishna. He said, “O Janardana! What is the name of the Ekadashi that occurs during the bright fortnight (sukla paksha) of the month of Vaisakha (April-May)? What is the process for observing it? Kindly narrate to me.” The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna replied, “Oh blessed son of Dharma, I shall now describe to you what Vasishtha Muni once told Lord Ramachandra. Please hear attentively. “Lord Ramachandra asked Vasishtha Muni, ‘O great sage, I would like to hear about the best of all…