Rama Ekadashi 2024 Date, Vrat Khatha, Rituals and Significance

February 23, 2024

Ekadashi is celebrated in Kartik month, and Krishna Paksha is Rama Ekadashi. Rama Ekadashi has great importance in the Hindu religion. According to Hindu beliefs, on the day of Rama Ekadashi falling in this month, the full incarnation of the Keshav form of Lord Vishnu is worshiped along with the Rama form of Mahalakshmi. This is the last Ekadashi of Chaturmas. It is mentioned in the ancient Vedas as the most auspicious and important Ekadashi. Rama Ekadashi in 2024 will be celebrated on Monday, 28 October 2024.

Rambha Ekadashi

Also known as Krishna Ekadashi or Rambha Ekadashi in Kartik month. It falls just four days before India’s most popular festival, Diwali. This time Ekadashi is falling on Monday. The devotee who fasts on this Ekadashi gets happiness and prosperity in his life, and he is freed from all his sins.

Kartika Krishna Ekadashi 2024

According to Hindu beliefs, Kartika Krishna Ekadashi is considered the most auspicious and important Ekadashi. Kartika Krishna Ekadashi is celebrated on the 11th day during Krishna Paksha of Kartik month. It is also popular by other names like Kartik Krishna Ekadashi or Rambha Ekadashi and falls four days before the festival of Diwali. Kartika Krishna Ekadashi fast is considered to be one of the most important Ekadashi festivals. Devotees can be absolved of all their sins by considering it religiously safe.

Rama Ekadashi Date

Rama Ekadashi on Monday, 28 October 2024

Rama Ekadashi Start Time – 27 October 2024 at 05:23 AM

Rama Ekadashi End Time – 28 October 2024 at 07:50 AM

Rama Ekadashi Parana time

Rama Ekadashi (breakfast) time – 29 October 2024, 06:11 AM to 08:33 AM

Dwadashi ending time on Paran Tithi – 10:31 AM

Rama Ekadashi Vrat 2024

  • The ritual of fasting starts one day before Ekadashi i.e. Dashami. On this special day, grains or rice are not to be consumed by observers and they are allowed to consume only sattvik food. Observers are not allowed to eat anything after sunrise.
  • On the eve of Ekadashi, observers abstain from eating or drinking for the entire day. The fast is completed the next day i.e. on the 12th day of the lunar month on Dwadashi at the time of Parana.
  • Flowers, fruits, special offerings, and other essential things are offered to the deities during the puja. Once the Aarti is completed, Prasad (sacred food) is distributed among all the devotees.
  • On this day, devotees keep vigil throughout the night and spend the whole night listening to the glory of Lord Vishnu, singing bhajans, and performing kirtans.
  • As this word symbolizes Goddess Lakshmi, hence devotees also worship Goddess Lakshmi on this day. Devotees also read Bhagavad Gita during the midnight vigil.

Rama Ekadashi of Rituals

Observing a fast on the day of Rama Ekadashi is an important ritual. This ritual begins one day before the actual Ekadashi. Even on this day, devotees abstain from certain food items and consume sattvic food only once before sunset. They do not eat at all on the day of Ekadashi. The end of the fasting ritual called “Paran” occurs on Dwadashi Tithi. On the day of Rama Ekadashi, devotees wake up early and take a holy bath in any water stream. Lord Vishnu is worshiped with devotion on this day. Fruits, flowers, incense sticks, and incense are offered to Lord Vishnu. ‘Rama’ is another name of Goddess Lakshmi. The one who observes Rama Ekadashi fast remains awake the whole night. They contribute to the bhajan or kirtan organized on this day. Reading ‘Bhagavad Geeta’ on this day is considered auspicious.

Rama Ekadashi of Significance

According to the Hindu Padma Purana, fasting on Rama Ekadashi gives results similar to those of Kamadhenu and Chintamani. It destroys all sins and gives virtuous benefits to man. Fasting on this day brings special blessings from Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu. One gets relief from a financial crisis and happiness and prosperity reside in the house. Devotees who listen to the glory of Lord Vishnu on this day attain salvation.

Rama Ekadashi of Vrat Katha

A king named Muchukunda ruled in a city. He had a daughter named Chandrabhaga. The king married his daughter Chandrabhaga to Shobhan, son of King Chandrasen, with great pomp and show. King Muchukunda was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. He used to observe the fast of Rama Ekadashi every year and instructions were given to the entire state to observe this fast. Everyone had to follow this rule. No one could break this rule. His daughter also used to observe this Rama Ekadashi fast with full rituals.

But Prince Shobhan was unaware of all this and he also had a weakness that he could not remain hungry for long. Sometime after the marriage, Prince Shobhan came to the kingdom of King Muchukunda during Krishna Paksha. Meanwhile, the festival of Rama Ekadashi has arrived. Everyone in her in-laws’ house used to observe this fast with devotion. Therefore he was also told to observe this fast. Shobhan became worried about how this fast would be observed. Because he could not remain hungry.

When he talked to his wife about it, she said she couldn’t do anything about it. Because on this day humans as well as animals do not consume food. Therefore, keep the fast otherwise go out of the state. On this, Shobhan agreed and said that he would stay here and would also observe fast.

He started fasting with his sick and weak body. But Shobhan was already weak and on top of that he could not tolerate hunger. Due to this, he died at midnight. But by fasting on Rama Ekadashi he attained heaven and a unique great kingdom. Since he was being forced to observe this fast, the empire he had achieved had become invisible.

Once a Brahmin came out of the Muchukunda kingdom and saw Shobhan and his kingdom. He was astonished to see all these things. Prince Shobhan narrated the entire story to him and asked him to tell all this to his wife also. The Brahmin returned and told the whole story to the prince’s wife Chandrabhaga. Chandrabhaga who was fasting on this Rama Ekadashi since childhood. With the benefit obtained from that fast, Chandrabhaga transformed the invisible kingdom into reality. In this way, both of them came together and started living a happy life.

Wrapping Up

Rama Ekadashi is one of the luckiest and most important days of the year. This Ekadashi also has many other names, which include Rambha Ekadashi, Kartik Krishna Ekadashi, etc. This festival is celebrated 4 days before Diwali. It is a devotional festival also dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Through online astrology consultation, you can learn about the importance of Rama Ekadashi and its effects.

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