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Varuthini Ekadashi is an auspicious day observed by Hindus, especially those who follow the Vaishnavism tradition. It is celebrated on the 11th day (Ekadashi) of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of the moon) in the Hindu month of Vaishakha, which usually falls between April and May.
Significance of Varuthini Ekadashi:
Varuthini Ekadashi is considered significant for the following reasons:
It is believed that Lord Vishnu goes into a state of deep slumber, known as Yoga Nidra, on this day. Therefore, devotees fast and perform puja to seek the blessings of Lord Vishnu.
Observing a fast on this day is believed to remove sins and help in achieving salvation.
Varuthini Ekadashi is considered one of the most important Ekadashi fasts, and it is believed that observing this fast is equivalent to performing a Vajapeya Yajna.
Story of Varuthini Ekadashi:
According to Hindu mythology, King Mandhata of the Ikshvaku dynasty was a righteous king who performed many yajnas and sacrifices. However, due to some unknown reasons, the crops in his kingdom started to fail, and people started to suffer from famine and drought.
One day, Sage Angira came to the king and advised him to observe Varuthini Ekadashi fast to overcome his problems. The king followed the sage’s advice and observed the fast with devotion. As a result, Lord Vishnu appeared before him and blessed him with abundant crops, rainfall, and prosperity.
Rituals of Varuthini Ekadashi:
The following rituals are performed on Varuthini Ekadashi:
Fasting: Devotees observe a strict fast on this day, which begins from sunrise and ends on the next day after sunrise.
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 vermillion, garlands, and tulsi leaves.
Reading the Vishnu Sahasranama: Devotees read the Vishnu Sahasranama, which is a hymn containing 1000 names of Lord Vishnu, on this day.
Donations: Donating food, clothes, and money to the needy is considered auspicious on Varuthini Ekadashi.
Abstinence: Devotees are expected to abstain from indulging in any kind of sensual pleasures, including sex, on this day.
In conclusion, Varuthini Ekadashi is an important festival for Hindus. Observing a fast, performing puja, reading the Vishnu Sahasranama, donating to the needy, and abstaining from sensual pleasures on this day helps in seeking blessings from Lord Vishnu and purifying oneself.