Padmini Ekadashi Significance, Rituals, and Fasting
Ekadashi is a very auspicious day in Hinduism which holds great importance. There are two Ekadashis every month. Ekadashi (11th) day of Shukla Paksha of Adhikamas or Purushottam month of the Hindu calendar is called Padmini Ekadashi.
The concept of Adhik Maas is one of the most accurate methods and is applied to accommodate the difference between the solar and lunar years. According to 'Vashishtha Siddhanta', Adhik Maasa or Mahina is an extra lunar month in the Hindu calendar which comes once every three years. Purushottam/Padmini Ekadashi falls in the leap month of 'Ashadha' according to the Hindu calendar and hence it is also called 'Ashadha Adhikamas Ekadashi'. It is related to the months of July-August in the regular calendar.
This Ekadashi is very virtuous and hence it is also called Purushottam Ekadashi. Padmini Ekadashi is also known as Kamala Ekadashi and it is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm all over India. It is believed that observing this Purushottam or Padmini Ekadashi gives freedom from past deeds and sins. Apart from this, all the wishes and worldly desires of the devotees are fulfilled.
Padmini/Purushottama Ekadashi Muhurat 2026
Padmini Ekadashi 2026 is on Wednesday 27th May
Ekadashi Tithi Starts: 26th May, 5:11 am
Ekadashi Tithi Ends: 27th May, 6:22 am
Padmini/Purushottama Ekadashi Story
In Treta Yuga there was a mighty king Kritavirya. The king had many queens but still, he had no children. With the desire to have a child, the king along with his queens performed severe penance. But he did not get the fruits of his penance. In such a situation, the queens asked Mata Anusuya for a remedy for this. Then the mother asked him along with the king to fast on the Ekadashi of Shukla Paksha in the month of Mal.
The queens observed the fast of Padmini Ekadashi as per the rules prescribed by Goddess Anusuya. At the end of the fast, the Lord appeared and asked to ask for a boon. He asked God for this boon to give us such a son who is full of all qualities, who is respected in all three worlds, and who is not defeated by anyone except you. God gave him such a boon. And after some time the queen gave birth to a son who came to be known as Kritavirya Arjuna. In the course of time, this child became a very mighty king who had made Ravana also a prisoner.
Padmini/Purushottama Ekadashi Significance
Ekadashi fast will be worshiped in the month of Purushottam at Shri Panchmukhi Hanuman Temple. Temple priest Pt. Kishanlal Mishra told that Ekadashi's fast worship will be done on Sunday. He said that Ekadashi fast has special significance in Purushottam month. By observing the Ekadashi fast that falls in the month of Purushottam, one gets the result of the perennial Ekadashi fast. In this one has to get up before sunrise. In Brahmamuhurta, Surya Narayan is offered water by putting a roll in the water. Also, these 33 names of God are pronounced or the Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya mantra is chanted. During this, the story of Ekadashi's fast is heard. During this, fodder is given to the cow, and food is given to the girls. In the month of Purushottam, women fast according to religious texts. This month of Purushottam was done by the entire Braj residents to get Lord Krishna. Since then the fast of Purushottam month is being observed.
Rituals of Padmini Ekadashi
To perform Purushottam Ekadashi, wake up early in the morning and take a bath before sunrise. Purify both your body and soul, by chanting your favorite hymns.
Fasting is the ritual that you should try to observe at any cost, it is known as Padmini Ekadashi Vrat. Avoid consuming urad dal, rice, spinach, Chikoo, and honey. If you cannot observe a complete fast, you are allowed to eat fruits and dairy products under such circumstances.
On the tenth day, Dashami Tithi before the Padmini Ekadashi fast, the devotee should have a healthy 'Satvik' meal once and it should be without onion and garlic. Avoid eating utensils made of bronze.
Try to stay awake on the night of Padmini Ekadashi and try to sleep on the floor if you have some important work to do the next day and you need to sleep.
After Padmini Ekadashi, if possible, do Panchamrit Abhishek of Lord Vishnu by lighting tulsi leaves, incense sticks, a candle, and a dhoop.
Worshipers of Lord Vishnu can sing hymns of Vishnu or listen to songs of Vishnu in the evening. Try reading the Vishnu Sahasranama and also try reading other books that you enjoy, such as the Upanishads and the Vishnu Purana. You can also chant his name if nothing else is available to you. You can also chant Purushottam Ekadashi Vrat Katha in the evening.
On the day of Padmini Ekadashi, you can give food, clothes, and other things to someone who is very needy in society, or who is at a lower level than you.
Padmini Ekadashi Fasting
It is very auspicious to worship Lord Vishnu on the day of Padmini Ekadashi. Performing puja not only gives results but also brings positive energy to the house and helps in eliminating negative energy. So let's know about the worship method on Padmini Ekadashi.
On Ekadashi fast, wake up early in the morning and take a holy bath and wear clean clothes.
Install idols of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi and light a ghee lamp in front of them.
Light a lamp of incense sticks and ghee. Offer flowers, fruits, sweets, and Panchamrit to Lord Vishnu and Mother Lakshmi.
Don't forget to put basil leaves in every Bhog offered to God.
Recite 'Vishnu Sahasranamam' and 'Narayan Stotra' on this day.
Go to the temple of Lord Vishnu and keep a fast for the day.
On the second day i.e. Dwadashi, the fast is broken by having Satvik food at the time of Paran.
Hinduism in India is such a religion in which every month some or the other day is important or is named after some god. Similarly, according to Hindi speech, the fasting of Padmini Ekadashi comes at the time of Adhikamas or Malmas. On this festival, people keep a fast and pray to God for happiness and prosperity in their homes. In such a situation, the fast of Padmini Ekadashi is observed on the Ekadashi date of Shukla Paksha of Ashwin month. Padmini Ekadashi is also known as Adhikamas Ekadashi. Lord Vishnu is worshiped on the day of Ekadashi. Lord Krishna told Dharmaraj Yudhishthira about the importance of Padmini Ekadashi. If you also want to observe the fast of Padmini Ekadashi, then you can know which Muhurta you can worship during this festival as well as its importance through Online Astrology Consultation.