Varuthini Ekadashi Importance, Rituals, And Fasting
Ekadashi has the most prominent place in the fasting festivals of Hinduism. There are two Ekadashi every month and all have some special significance. The Ekadashi of Krishna Paksha of Vaishakh month is known as Varuthini Ekadashi. It is said in the scriptures about this fast that by observing this fast and worshiping it with complete rules and regulations, the worshiper attains the heavenly world and all sins are destroyed.
Describing the importance of this Ekadashi, Lord Krishna says that the person who observes Varuthini Ekadashi fast according to the rules and regulations, all his worldly sins are removed and he attains heaven. On the day of Varuthini Ekadashi, Lord Vishnu, and Mother Lakshmi are worshiped with rituals. Vrat Katha is recited during the Puja. Without listening to or reading the fasting story, one does not get the full benefit of this Ekadashi. Come let's learn the story and date of the fast.
Varuthini Ekadashi Date and Time
04 May 2024, Tuesday
Ekadashi Tithi Starts - 03 May 2024 at 11:24 PM
Ekadashi Tithi Ends - 04 May 2024 at 08:38 PM
Significance of Varuthini Ekadashi
If an unfortunate woman observes this fast, then she gets good luck. Due to the influence of this Varuthini Ekadashi, King Mandhata went to heaven. The result of Varuthini Ekadashi is equal to ten thousand years of penance. The fruit that is obtained by donating gold at the time of the solar eclipse in Kurukshetra, the same fruit is obtained by fasting on Varuthini Ekadashi. By observing the fast of Varuthini Ekadashi, a person attains heaven in the hereafter by enjoying happiness in this world.
It is said in the scriptures that the donation of an elephant is better than the donation of a horse. Donation of land is better than the donation of elephants, donation of sesame seeds than the donation of land, donation of gold than the donation of sesame seeds, and donation of food grains are better than the donation of gold. There is no charity equal to the donation of food. Gods, ancestors, and humans all three are satisfied by food donations. In the scriptures, it is considered equivalent to Kanyadan.
Fasting on Varuthini Ekadashi gives results equal to both Annadan and Kanyadan. Those people who take the wealth of a girl under the control of greed, live in hell till doomsday or they have to take the birth of a cat in the next life. The person who donates a girl child with love and money, even Chitragupta is unable to write about their virtue, they get the fruit of the donation of a girl child.
Varuthini Ekadashi Fast Worship Method
Eat Satvik food on the night of the Dashami date. Ekadashi fasting is done in two ways. First by staying waterless and second by eating fruits. On Ekadashi Tithi, wake up before sunrise and take a bath after retiring from defecation, etc after this take a vow of fasting. After that worship Lord Vishnu duly with Akshat, Deepak, Naivedya, etc. sixteen ingredients. Then, if there is a Peepal tree near the house, worship it as well and light a ghee lamp by offering raw milk to its root. If you are away from home, then worship Tulsi. Keep chanting the mantra of Om Namo Bhagwat Vasudevaya Namah during worship. Then worship Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi at night as well. Remember Lord Vishnu from time to time throughout the day and keep vigil in the night near the place of worship. Open the fast on the next day of Ekadashi on Dwadashi. Open this fast in Paran Muhurt. After breaking the fast, offer food to a Brahmin or a poor person.
Story of Varuthini Ekadashi Fast
It is believed that once Dharmaraj Yudhishthir requested Lord Krishna to listen to the importance of Ekadashi of Vaishakh month Krishna Paksha and the story of its fast. After this, while narrating the story to Yudhishthira, Lord Krishna said that in ancient times a king named Mandhata ruled on the banks of the river Narmada. He was a charitable king with very religious views. He was always engrossed in worship while meditating on God. Once King Mandhata was doing penance in the forest, a bear came there and started eating the king's leg and started dragging the king's leg to the forest. The king was severely injured, so he could not defend himself. Then King Mandhata prayed to Lord Narayana for his protection.
Hearing the king's call, Lord Vishnu saved him by killing the bear with his discus. But when the king saw his feet, he was very sad and then remembered God. When God appeared, the king asked him how to get rid of physical and mental suffering Lord. Then God said that it was the crime of your previous birth. Now you go to Mathura and keep fast on Varuthini Ekadashi with devotion and worship my Varah Avatar. With the effect of this fast, once again you will become like before. Then the king bowed down to the Lord and went to Mathura and there worshiped the Lord with reverence. With the effect of this fast, he got back his leg and he got rid of all kinds of sorrows.
It is described in the scriptures that Lord Krishna had told Yudhishthira about its importance regarding Varuthini Ekadashi. It is said that whoever observes this fast gets to heaven after death and gets good fortune throughout his life. The mind also gets peace and relaxation. Offering Tulsi mixed water to Lord Vishnu on this day brings Lakshmi to your home. After observing this fast, the worshiper should donate melons. If you also want detailed information about the importance and worship method of Varuthini Ekadashi, talk to astrologers.