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Kamada Ekadashi is a Hindu festival that falls on the 11th day (Ekadashi) of the Chaitra month in the Hindu calendar. This festival is observed with great devotion and reverence by the Hindus. It is believed that observing fast and performing puja (worship) on this day helps in purifying the mind and soul, and brings prosperity and happiness.
Story of Kamada Ekadashi:
The story of Kamada Ekadashi is mentioned in the Varaha Purana. According to the legend, there was a demon named Lalit who lived in a kingdom called Ratnapur. He was a cruel and wicked demon who used to torment the people of the kingdom. The people of Ratnapur prayed to Lord Vishnu to save them from the demon’s atrocities.
Lord Vishnu, who is also known as Kamalnayan, appeared in their dreams and asked them to observe a fast on the Ekadashi of the Chaitra month to get rid of their miseries. The people of Ratnapur observed the fast and performed puja to Lord Vishnu with devotion. Pleased with their devotion, Lord Vishnu appeared before them and killed the demon Lalit. Since then, this day is celebrated as Kamada Ekadashi.
Rituals of Kamada Ekadashi:
The following rituals are followed on Kamada Ekadashi:
Fasting: Devotees observe a strict fast on this day, which begins from the previous day’s sunrise and ends on the next day’s sunrise. Some devotees also observe a partial fast by eating only fruits and milk.
Puja: Devotees perform puja to Lord Vishnu with devotion. They offer flowers, fruits, and other items to the deity. The idol of Lord Vishnu is decorated with sandalwood paste, flowers, and tulsi leaves.
Reading holy scriptures: Devotees read the Bhagavad Gita, Vishnu Sahasranama, and other holy scriptures on this day.
Donations: Donating food, clothes, and money to the needy is considered auspicious on Kamada Ekadashi.
Chanting mantras: Devotees chant mantras like “Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya” and “Hare Krishna Hare Rama” on this day.
Significance of Kamada Ekadashi:
Kamada Ekadashi is considered auspicious and significant for the following reasons:
It is believed that observing a fast on Kamada Ekadashi helps in getting rid of sins and negative energies.
It is believed that worshipping Lord Vishnu on this day helps in attaining salvation and achieving peace and happiness.
Donating food, clothes, and money to the needy on this day is considered auspicious and helps in accumulating good karma.
Chanting mantras on Kamada Ekadashi helps in purifying the mind and soul.