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Kamika Ekadashi falls on the 11th day of New Moon phase, Krishna Paksha, of Shravan month(Ashad), as per the Hindu calendar, which is July-August month. Observing Vrat or fast on Kamika Ekadashi brings many benefits to the devotee and appeases Lord Vishnu.
Kamika Ekadashi Date & Time (Muhurat) 2023 Kamika Ekadashi on Thursday, July 13, 2023 Ekadashi Tithi Starts - 17:59 on Jul 12, 2023 Ekadashi Tithi Ends - 18:24 on Jul 13, 2023 Prana Time - On 14th Jul, 06:09 to 08:47
On Parana Day Dwadashi End Moment - 19:17
The fast must be broken after sunrise the next day of Ekadashi. It is to be noted that one should break the fast (Parana) within Dwadashi Tithi. Dwadashi ends at 04:15 PM on 25th July. Another important consideration is that one must not break the fast during Hari Vasara which is the fourth duration of Dwadashi. The best time to break the fast is pratah kala (morning).
Kamika Ekadashi Vrat (Fast) Significance
Observing the Kamika Ekadashi Vrat is equivalent to taking bath in holy River Ganga and other holy rivers, visiting Kashi(Varanasi) and performing Yajnas. It is a day to worship Lord Vishnu in Sridhar form and garner His blessings. When Kamika Ekadashi is followed meticulously, the devotee is blessed with peace, prosperity and fulfilment of wishes. It helps to get relief from Pitra Dosha and helps ancestors This virtuous Ekadashi absolves sins and brings salvation. Observing the Kamika Ekadashi Vrat in the Shravan month and worshipping Lord Vishnu brings benevolent benefits to the devotee.
Lord Shridhar, is the presiding Deity of Kamika Ekadashi and Sridhar is one of the names of Lord Vishnu, depicted in the same way as Lord Vishnu images, with Shankh, Chakra, Gada, Padma held in His four hands. Sridhar means the consort of Goddess Laxmi or Shri.
What to do on Kamika Ekadashi
Kamika Ekadashi, Thursday, July 13, 2023
On the morning of Ekadashi, take a bath early in the morning. The devotee should intend on keeping the fast with sincerity.
Worship Lord Shridhar/Vishnu with dedication. Offer Bog, flowers, etc. to Him at home.
Light a Ghee Lamp in honour of Lord Vishnu.
Remain is a spiritual mode. Chant Mantras and praises of Lord Vishnu, sing Bhajans, through the day. Visiting Lord Shridhar/ Vishnu/Krishna Mandir on Ekadashi is commonly followed by devotees.
Stay awake through the night of Ekadashi, in full consciousness. Play Music for Lord Vishnu/Shridhar, through the night if possible. If the devotee falls asleep on Ekadashi night then the Vrat is incomplete.
Kamika Ekadashi Vrat Katha(Traditional Story of the Fast)
The Kamika Vrat Katha narrates that once there lived a pious man, who was physically very strong, but had a lot of anger and aggression. One fine day the man had an argument with a Brahmin and in rage he killed the Brahmin. It was a crime and especially killing a Brahmin is considered a big sin. He wanted to do some austerity to wash away his sins. He met a Sadhu(Saint) and asked how he can be relieved of such a sin. The Sadhu advised him to observe the Kamika Ekadashi fast, following all the rules and sincerely pray to Lord Vishnu. The man observed the Kamika Ekadashi strictly and prayed to Lord Sridhar (Vishnu) with clear intention and was relieved from the sin.
Kamika Ekadashi Vrat Vidhi (Fasting Procedure)
For fasting on Kamika Ekadashi, the Vrat Vidhi should be followed by devotees to ensure successful completion of the Vrat.
Kamika Ekadashi Vrat starts on the morning of Ekadashi and the Sankalp(intension) of observing the Vrat(fast) should be taken after having bath early in the morning.
Invoke and worship Lord Shridhar/Vishnu.
The best fasting is dry fasting, Nirjala Vrat, which means, fasting without drinking water and food. However, devotees should be aware of what their body and health and fast accordingly. Commonly devotees abstain from eating any food but drink water.
Beans and grains are prohibited to eat on Ekadashi for devotees who are fasting by eating one meal on Ekadashi. Non vegetarian food, onion, garlic is strictly not allowed on Ekadashi and Dwadashi.
Sleeping during the day or night during Ekadashi Vrat is prohibited. The devotee should chant/ sing praises of Lord Vishnu/Krishna, read the Bhagawat Geeta and other holy books through the day and night.
Indulging in gossiping, talking/thinking ill of others or self, does not give the desired outcome of the Ekadashi Vrat.
Abstinence from alcohol, drugs, tobacco, other addictions, sex on Ekadashi and Dwadashi has to be observed.
Maintain calmness, avoid anger/aggression for the best outcome of observing the Kamika Vrat.
Distribute the Prasad to family members and as many people as possible on Dwadashi.
Devotees who observe fast should not eat food in other people's house on the day after Ekadashi.
The next morning give charity to Brahmanas respectfully ask them for forgiveness for any offence. Donating to the needy is also advised which garners Lord Vishnu's blessings.
For people who observe Kamika Vrat, when breaking the fast, one should say the prayer - "O Pundarikaksha, O lotus-eyed Lord, now I will eat. Please shelter me".
After the prayer the devotee should offer flowers and water at the lotus feet of Lord Vishnu and request the Lord to eat by chanting the mantra of eight-syllable, thrice: Om Namoh Narayanaya. To garner the full merits of the fast, the devotee should have water which has been offered to the Lord.
On Dwadashi only one meal should be eaten and Honey and Urad-dal(black lentil) is not to be consumed.
For devotees observing fast, if due to some unavoidable reason they are not able to break the fast on Dwadashi during Prana time, then drinking water to signify breaking of fast is advised. Later food can be eaten as per convenience.
Kamika Ekadashi Puja Vidhi(Pooja Procedure)
On Kamika Ekadashi after taking a bath early in the morning and wearing fresh clothes, take sankalp of Vrat/fast to put forward your intention.
Light a Ghee Lamp in your Puja Mandir/Alter
Perform Abhishek of Lord Shridhar/Vishnu with Gangajal(holy water of Ganges river) and Tulsi leaves. Devotees who have the sacred Shaligram Shila at home will perform Abhishek of Shaligram. Tulsi leaves are very important for worshipping Lord Vishnu as they are His favourite.
Offer fresh flowers and offer Bhog.
Perform Aarti of Lord Shirdhar.
Chant Lord Vishnu Mantras. Reciting the Vishnu Sahasranama on Ekadashi is meritorious.
On this day Goddess Laxmi(consort of Lord Vishnu) and Tulsi is worshipped too.
Constantly chant Lord Vishnu Mantras, sing His praises through the day and night.
Kamika Ekadashi Puja Benefits
Puja of Lord Shridhar(Vishnu) on Kamika Ekadashi blesses the devotee and family with good health, prosperity, wealth, righteous living, spiritual progress, happy family, contentment, worldly comforts, joy, protection and abundance.
Observing Kamika Vrat pleases Lord Shridhar(Vishnu), who is the presiding Deity of Kamika Ekadashi. Kamika Vrat when observed with sincerity and devotion dissolves sins of the devotee. It offers an opportunity for the devotee to focus only in Lord Shridhar, chant and sing His praises which is helps to garner the blessings of the Lord and adds to the fruits earned by the devotee with his/her spiritual journey.
Observing Kamika Vrat helps to remove Pitru Dosha. The ancestors of the devotee bless him/her and they progress to a higher realm.
The month of Shravan is considered very holy for spiritual practices by Hindus. Therefore, Kamika Vrat is powerful to observe because Kamika Ekadashi comes during Shravan Mas.
Observing Kamika Vrat and other Ekadashi Vrat ensures Moksha and a place at the Lotus feet of Lord Vishnu.
Kamika Vrat helps to fulfil desires of the devotee.
Kamika Ekadashi Puja & Vrat (Fasting) Mantras
On Kamika Ekadashi Lord Vishnu/Krishna are chanted.
Mantras:- Om Namo Narayanaya Om Namah Bhagavate Vasudevaya Hare Krisha, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare.
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