Rama Ekadashi Festival: Know Its Vrat Date, Significance and Rituals In 2020

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Rama Ekadashi Is The Last Ekadashi Of Chaturmas
Rama Ekadashi fast is one of the important festivals as per the Hindu Tradition which falls on the eleventh day of Krishna Paksha (the dark fortnight) of the lunar cycle. As per the Hindu culture, the day is of great significance, as it is believed that on this day Kesahav Swaroop of Lord Vishnu is worshipped with Rama Swaroop of goddess Laxmi. It is the last Ekadashi of Chaturmas. People who make offerings to God achieve wealth and prosperity in life. In the year 2020, Rama Ekadashi will fall on November 11, Wednesday.

Important Dates And Times Of Rama Ekadashi
Ekadashi tithi timing: November 11, 3:23 am - November 12, 12:41 am
Sunrise - November 11, 2020 6:42 AM
Sunset - November 11, 2020 5:39 PM
Dwadashi End Moment - November 12, 2020 9:30 PM
Ekadashi Tithi Begins - November 11, 2020 3:23 AM

Ekadashi Tithi Ends - November 12, 2020 12:41 AM
Hari Vasara End Moment - November 12, 2020 5:53 AM
Parana Time - November 12, 6:42 AM - November 12, 8:54 AM

The Mantra For Ekadashi
The mantra for Rama Ekadashi goes like this: 'Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare or Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare Hare, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare.

The Importance Of Ekadashi
As per the holy Hindu scripture Brahma-Vaivarta Purana’, it is a well-known conviction that one who keeps fast on this auspicious day, is freed from all the sins. The person who hears the glories of Rama Ekadashi is believed to attain Salvation and reach the supreme abode of Sri Hari Vishnu. On this day, whosoever worship Lord Vishnu with complete devotion, can overpower all the hindrances and achieve immense success in his/her life. You can also hold our virtual Vishnu Puja and Laksmi Puja to get rid of all the sins and evil and bring wealth and prosperity in your life.

The Importance Of Rama Ekadashi Vrat Katha
In earlier times, there was a king named Muchukunda. He was a very kind and sacred person. He used to observe fast every year on the day of Ekadashi, and the same rule had applied to the people of Kingdoms. His daughter Chandrabhaga who had a great faith Ekadashi Vrat. One day, she got married to Shoban, son of King Chandrasena. When Ekadashi came, he also observed the fast with his beloved. But the fast didn’t seem to work for him, and he died a premature death because of the starvation. Realising this, she got disheartened. On the other hand, Shobhan went to Deva-nagari On Mandarachal mountain from the influence of the fast, where he was assisted by Nymph. Once, king Muchukunda visited Mandarachal mountain, where he met his son-in-law and told everything to his daughter. Having heard this, she went to her beloved and lived happily thereafter.

The Rules & Rituals of Rama Ekadashi Vrat
Fasting is a prominent ritual of this festival. Other Vedic processes of this festival start from Dashami, a day before the actual Ekadashi.
On this day, all the devotees refrain from eating anything at all and focus on only Satvik food. And on the prime day of Ekadashi vrat, they do not eat at all.
On this day, devotees wake up before sunrise and take a holy dip into the water before offering fruits, flowers, incense sticks, and dhoop to Lord Vishnu.
Devotees prepare a special Bhog and offer it to the deity Lord Vishnu. An Aarti is performed, and then the prasad is distributed all over the place.
The last part of the fasting is called 'Parana', that occurs on 'Dwadashi' tithi. It is even for those who are not fasting.

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