Here, we have shared with you Kamada Ekadashi Vrat Katha and Date 2023. Kamada Ekadashi Vrat is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
It is said that whoever keeps this Vrat is relieved of all the sins committed. They get the blessings of Lord Vishnu, and all their wishes are fulfilled.
Kamada Ekadashi Vrat falls on the 11th lunar day (i.e., Ekadashi Tithi) in the waxing phase of the moon (Shukla Paksha) in the Hindu month of Chaitra (March – April).
So, it is the first Ekadashi after the Hindu New Year. It is believed that this Ekadashi Vrat fulfills all the desires of devotees.
Lord Vishnu is worshiped on the day of Kamada Ekadashi by offering flowers, fruits, milk, til, and Panchamrit. According to Hindu religious traditions, one should read or listen to the Kamada Ekadashi Vrat Katha on this holy day.
Vishnu Sahasranama Stotra is also recited on the day of Kamada Ekadashi. You should worship Lord Vishnu and keep the Ekadashi Vrat on this holy day.
Devotees should not consume rice and other grains on this day. One should break the fast on the Dwadashi Tithi after donating food items to a Brahmin or a poor person.
Kamada Ekadashi Vrat Katha
Lord Krishna narrated the Kamada Ekadashi Vrat Katha to the Pandava Prince Yudhishthira. It has been described in the Varaha Purana. It is believed that Sage Vashishta first told this Ekadashi Katha to King Dilipa.
In ancient times, there lived a young Gandharva (a term used for distinct heavenly beings that are skilled singers in Indian classical music) couple, Lalit and his wife Lalita, in the prosperous city of Ratnapura, which King Pundarika ruled.
Lalit was a famed singer, while his wife Lalita was a renowned dancer at the royal court of King Pundarika.
One day it so happened that when Lalit was giving his performance in the royal court, he got distracted, and his attention fluttered from the song to his wife, Lalita, who was not present in the court. So, Lalit faltered in his performance and missed some beats while singing.
A serpent named Karkotaka from the Patala Loka came to know the mystery of the situation and complained to the King that Lalit was dreaming about his wife, which was the cause of his folly.
This infuriated King Pundarika so much that he cursed Lalit to become a monstrous cannibal, a Rakshasa.
So, Lalit became a monstrous husband who wandered with his wife Lalita in the forests around the Vindhyachal Hills.
This greatly distressed Lalita.
When they were wandering around Vindhyachal Hills, Lalita reached Sage Shringi Ashram. Lalita paid her respect to the sage and told the dreadful plight of her husband. She requested the sage to provide a solution to her problem.
Sage Shringi told Lalita that she should observe the Kamada Ekadashi Vrat to atone for the sins of her husband.
So, Lalita kept this Ekadashi Vrat with full devotion. She visited the sage and prayed to Lord Vishnu to free her husband from the king’s curse.
Lalita offered the rewards gained by performing the fast (Kamada Ekadashi Vrat) for her husband’s well-being. Ultimately, Lalit gained his original Gandharva form.
Later, they were both taken to heaven on a celestial flying chariot.
So, this is the Kamada Ekadashi story.
Kamada Ekadashi Date 2023
Chaitra Shukla Paksha Ekadashi is observed as Kamada Ekadashi. It is the next Ekadashi after Chaitra Navaratri and Rama Navami. It falls in March or April, according to the English calendar. Kamada Ekadashi Vrat helps devotees to get rid of all types of sins.
Kamada Ekadashi Vrat will be observed on the 1st (Saturday) and 2nd (Sunday) of April 2023.
Ekadashi Tithi Begins: 01:58 AM on 1st April 2023
Ekadashi Tithi Ends: at 04:19 AM on 2nd April 2023
On 2nd April: 01:27 PM to 03:56 PM
On 3rd April: Vaishnava Ekadashi – 05:58 AM to 06:24 AM
Note: Parana means breaking the Ekadashi fast. It is done after sunrise on the next day of Ekadashi Tithi. Parana should be done within Dwadashi Tithi.
It should not be completed during Hari Vasara, which is the first one-fourth duration of Dwadashi Tithi. The most preferred time for breaking the fast is Pratahkal. You should avoid breaking the fast during Madhyahna.
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