Yogini Ekadashi Significance, Rituals, and Fasting
According to astrology, there are two Ekadashi in every month, first in Krishna Paksha and second in Shukla Paksha. The same Ekadashi date falling in the Krishna Paksha of the month of Ashadh is known as Yogini Ekadashi Vrat. On the day of Yogini Ekadashi, Lord Vishnu is worshiped with rituals. Yogini Ekadashi is considered very special because by worshiping and fasting on this Ekadashi, one gets freedom from all sins. With this comes salvation after death.
Yogini Ekadashi 2024 Muhurat
Yogini Ekadashi -Tuesday, 02 July 2024
Start Date - July 01, 2024 at 10:26 am
End Date - July 02, 2024 at 08:42 am
Yogini Ekadashi story
According to the legend, there lived a king named Kuber in the city called Alkapuri of Swarg Dham. He was a devotee of Shiva and used to worship Lord Shiva every day. A gardener named Hem used to bring flowers to the king for worship. Hem had a beautiful woman named Vishalakshi. One day he brought flowers from Mansarovar, but being in love with his wife, he started joking and enjoying himself with his wife.
Here the king kept waiting for him till afternoon. At last, King Kuber ordered the servants to go and find out the reason for the gardener not coming, because he has not yet brought flowers. The servants said that Maharaj is a sinful rapist, he must be joking with his wife. Hearing this, Kubera got angry and called him.
Hem Mali appeared. King Kuber got angry and said – You have disrespected my most worshipable God Shri Shivji Maharaj, so I curse you that you will suffer the separation of the woman and will be a leper after going to the land of death.
Hem Mali fell from heaven due to the curse of Kubera and he fell on the earth at that very moment. As soon as he came to the ground, his body got white leprosy. His wife also disappeared at the same time. The mountain of sorrows broke over the gardener after coming to the world of death. He wandered in the forest without food and water. He could not even sleep at night, but due to the effect of worshiping Lord Shiva, he definitely had the knowledge of the memory of his previous birth. While roaming around, one day he reached the hermitage of sage Markandeya, who was even older than Brahma and whose hermitage looked like Brahma's assembly. Hem Mali went there and fell at his feet.
Seeing him, sage Markandeya said, what sin have you committed, due to which this condition has happened? Hem Mali narrated the whole story. Hearing this, the sage said - Surely you have spoken true words in front of me, that's why I tell a fast for your salvation. If you fast on the Ekadashi named Yogini of the Krishna Paksha of Ashadh month, then all your sins will be destroyed.
Hearing this, Hem Mali was extremely pleased and prostrated before the sage. Muni picked him up with affection. Hem Mali observed Yogini Ekadashi fast according to the sage's instructions. With the effect of this fast, he returned to his old form and started living happily with his wife.
Significance of Yogini Ekadashi
One who observes the Ekadashi fast gets a hundred times the virtue that is achieved by donating a thousand cows to a Brahmin, a transcendental scholar of Vedangas. Among these, 'Yogini Ekadashi' helps in making life successful by getting rid of all kinds of infamy and skin diseases. It destroys all half-diseases of the body and gives a beautiful appearance, qualities, and fame. The fruit of this fast is equal to the fruit of feeding 88 thousand Brahmins. Yogini Ekadashi is the destroyer of great sins and the giver of great virtue. By reading and listening to it, man becomes free from all sins. By fasting on Yogini Ekadashi, happiness and prosperity reside in a person's life. Along with this, along with Lord Vishnu, the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi are also received.
Yogini Ekadashi Rituals
On this day, get up early in the morning before sunrise and take a bath in a holy river or take a bath by mixing Ganges water at home. After this, sit at the place of worship facing east or north and light a lamp in the temple. Then anoint Lord Vishnu with Panchamrit and offer flowers and Tulsi Dal to him. After this, offer Satvik things to Lord Vishnu and perform aarti with camphor. On this day, along with Lord Vishnu, there is also a ritual of worshiping the Peepal tree. To please Lord Vishnu, lamps should be lit near houses, temples, Peepal trees, and Tulsi plants in the evening under the sky, lamps should be donated in holy rivers like Ganga etc. In order to please Lord Narayan during the night, one should wake up with dance, hymns, and praises. The fruit that one who awakens gets, does not get even by doing penance for thousands of years.
Yogini Ekadashi Fasting
The rules of this fast start a day before. A person should not take food made of barley, wheat, and moong dal on the night of Dashami.
On the other hand, salt-rich food should not be eaten on the day of fasting, so salt should not be consumed on the night of Dashami.
On the day of Ekadashi, the pledge of fasting is taken after taking a bath, etc. in the morning.
After this, the Kalash is established, and the idol of Lord Vishnu is placed on top of the Kalash and worshipped. Jagran should be done on the night of fasting.
This fast starts on the night of Dashami Tithi and ends on the morning of Dwadashi Tithi after charity work.
Lord Shri Narayan is worshiped on the day of Yogini Ekadashi. Shri Narayan is the name of Lord Vishnu. By fasting on this Ekadashi, all the sins are destroyed and one gets freedom from sin like cutting the Peepal tree. With the effect of this fast, the curse given by someone is also removed. This Ekadashi destroys all half-diseases of the body and gives a beautiful appearance, qualities, and fame. Through Online Astrology Consultation, you can know in detail about Yogini Ekadashi fast, its worship method, and its importance.