Padmini Ekadashi, also known as Kamala Ekadashi, falls on the ‘ekadashi’ tithi (11th day) of the Shukla Paksha (the waxing phase of moon) during the ‘Adhik Mahina’ or ‘Purushottam Masam’ (13th month) of the Hindu calendar. As per the ‘Vasistha Siddhanta’ the Adhik Mahina is an extra lunar month in Hindu calendar that occurs once in every three years. Most of the times, Padmini Ekadashi falls during the leaped month of ‘Ashada’ of the Hindu calendar and is therefore also referred as ‘Ashadha Adhika Maas Ekadashi’. This special period is considered as the best time for seeking forgiveness of sins and for the purification of the mind, body and even soul. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this sacred vrat is observed with full enthusiasm and fervour all over India. This year Padmini Ekadashi falls on May 25.
Padmini Ekadashi 2018: Significance
According to the various Hindu scriptures and puranas, the greatness of Padmini Ekadashi can be read from ‘Skanda Purana’. One of the legends states that the rituals and importance of Padmini Ekadashi was first narrated by Lord Krishna to King Yudhishthira, the eldest son of King Pandu. This Ekadashi vrat was first observed by Padmini, the queen of King Kartavirya and owing to her dedication, this ekadashi was named after her. The rituals and customs of Padmini Ekadashi are performed to wash away the sins of both, present and past lives, and in the end seek place in ‘Vaikunta’, Lord Vishnu’s abode.
Padmini Ekadashi 2018: Rituals
On this auspicious occasion, devotees observe fast which is one of the core rituals of the day. The observer of this fast should get up before sunrise and take bath. The Ekadashi vrat begins from the ‘dashami’ (10th day) and the observer must eat ‘saatvik’ food once during the day. People consume fruits but refrain from having Anna (rice/ or any other grain). Ardent devotees also do charity by distributing food, clothes and other things the poor need to sustain. On this day, people who want to attain Moksha (liberation) and be blessed at the Vaikuntha must chant the Vishnu Sahasranama.
Padmini Ekadashi 2018: Important Timings
Sunrise: May 25, 5:46 am
Sunset: May 25, 7:01 pm
Dwadashi End Moment: May 26, 5:40 pm
Ekadashi Tithi begins at 06:18 pm, on May 24, 2018, and ends at 05:47 pm, on May 25, 2018
The Parana (time to end the fast) is between 06:01 to 08:37.