Since ancient times, Ekadashi has been observed as a fasting day in the Hindu religion. The Sanskrit word “Ekadashi” means eleven. Hence, Ekadasi is every eleventh day counted from the full moon or the new moon day. So, altogether, this fast happens for only 24 days a year.
The Christians confess their sins to the Lord at least once every week with the belief that it helps get rid of their sins. Ekadashi is similar in the Hindu religion; it comes once every fortnight during Shukla Paksha or Krishna Paksha. Hindus believe that fasting on Ekadashi will remove sins.
Knowingly or unknowingly, people commit sins in their present or previous births (even if some don’t believe in reincarnation, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist). Therefore, observing fast on Ekadashi days is vital to purify sins. Each Ekadashi has the power of spiritual cleansing. Incarnations of Lord Vishnu are the presiding deities of all the Ekadashis.
Ekadashi has its set of popular rituals among those observing the fast. Given below are the rituals followed.
Food: Most people avoid eating rice, grains, pulses, curd, etc. Fasting differs according to one’s capabilities and habits.
- Some observe fast without drinking water (Nirjala).
- Some observe fast drinking water alone.
- Some observe fast consuming just fruits and vegetables
Chanting Mantra: ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya’ and ‘Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare/Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.’
Lord Vishnu darshan: We should visit the Lord Vishnu/Krishna temple to seek blessings from the Lord.
Reading: You should read Srimad Bhagavatham and Bhagavad Gita, considered auspicious.
List of 2022 Ekadashi Dates & Timings:
Pausha Putrada Ekadashi 13 January Begins: 12 Jan 4:49 pm
(Thursday) Ends: 13 Jan 7:32 pm
Shattila Ekadashi 28 January Begins: 28 Jan 2:16 am
(Friday) Ends : 28 Jan 11:35 pm
Bhaimi Ekadasi 12 February Begins: 11 Feb 3:52 am
(Saturday) Ends : 12 Feb 4:27 pm
Vijaya Ekadashi 27 February Begins: 26 Feb 10:39 am
(Sunday) Ends : 27 Feb 08:12 am
Amalaki Ekadashi 14 March Begins: 13 Mar 10:21 am
(Monday) Ends : 14 Mar 12:05 pm
Papamochani Ekadashi 28 March Begins: 27 Mar 06:04 pm
(Monday) Ends : 28 Mar 04:15 pm
Kamada Ekadashi 13 April Begins: 12 Apr 04:30 am
(Wednesday) Ends : 13 Apr 05:02 am
Varuthini Ekadashi 26 April Begins: 26 Apr 01:37 am
(Tuesday) Ends : 27 Apr 00:47 am
Mohini Ekadashi 12 May Begins: 11 May 07:31 pm
(Thursday) Ends : 12 May 06:51 pm
Apara Ekadashi 26 May Begins: 25 May 10:32 am
(Thursday) Ends : 26 May 10:54 am
Pandava Nirjala Ekadashi 11 June Begins: 10 Jun 07:25 am
(Saturday) Ends: 11 Jun 05:45 am
Yogini Ekadashi 24 June Begins: 23 Jun 09:41 pm
(Friday) Ends : 24 Jun 11:12 pm
Sayana Ekadashi 09 July Begins: 09 Jul 04:39 pm
(Sunday) Ends : 10 Jul 02:13 pm
Kamika Ekadashi 24 July Begins: 23 Jul 11:27 am
(Sunday) Ends: 24 Jul 01:45 pm
Pavitropana Ekadashi 08 August Begins: 07 Aug 11:50 pm
(Monday) Ends : 08 Aug 11:00 pm
Annada Ekadashi 23 August Begins: 22 Aug 03:35 am
(Tuesday) Ends : 23 Aug 06:06 am
Parshva Ekadashi 07 Sep Begins: 06 Sep 05:54 am
(Thursday) Ends : 07 Sep 03:04 am
Indira Ekadashi 21 Septembar Begins: 20 Sep 11:26 pm
(Wednesday) Ends : 21 Sep 11:34 pm
Pashankusha Ekadashi 06 October Begins: 05 Oct 12:00 pm
(Thursday) Ends : 06 Oct 09:40 am
Rama Ekadashi 21 October Begins: 20 Oct 04:04 pm
(Friday) Ends : 21 Oct 05:22 pm
Utthana Ekadashi 04 November Begins: 03 Nov 07:30 pm
(Friday) Ends : 04 Nov 06:08 pm
Utpanna Ekadashi 20 November Begins: 19 Nov 10:29 am
(Sunday) Ends : 20 Nov 10:41 am
Mokshada Ekadashi 04 December Begins: 03 Dec 05:39 am
(Sunday) Ends : 04 Dec 05:34 am
Saphala Ekadashi 19 December Begins: 19 Dec 03:32 am
(Monday) Ends : 20 Dec 02:32 am
Of all the Ekadashis, Vaikuntha Ekadashi is considered the most auspicious Ekadashi. It elevates the person to the Lord residing in Vishnuloka after death, deprived of all the sins accumulated from previous births. In 2022, the first celebration for Hindus is the Vaikunta Ekadasi.
It is effortless and auspicious to fast on the dates mentioned above. Scientifically speaking, it cleanses your body and mind and keeps you healthy. The stomach is washed clean, and the body functions properly.
The mind is devoted to the Lord, and reading the scriptures mentioned above will purify our minds and increase our concentration. So it works both ways- body and mind get purified.