In Hinduism, Varuthini Ekadashi 2023 is a very auspicious day that holds great significance. There are two Ekadashis every month. Ekadashi (11th) day of Krishna Paksha (waning moon period) of Vaishakha month (April-May) according to the Hindu calendar is call Varuthini Ekadashi. Devotees are said to observe this fast to get rid of past sins and wrongdoings and gain immense benefits.
Each fast has its own meaning and benefits according to Hindu scriptures. Observing the fast is believe to bring the divine blessings of the Lord and shower the devotees with happiness and prosperity. Ekadashi Vrat occupies an essential place among all fasts.
Ekadashi 2023 fasting is believe to help one get rid of all sins and attain salvation.
So let’s know more about Date, Vrat Katha, Puja Vidhi and the benefits of fasting on Varuthini Ekadashi 2023.
Varuthini Ekadashi 2023: Date, Muhurat and Timing?
In 2023, Varuthini Ekadashi will be celebrated on 16th April, Sunday
- Ekadashi Tithi Starts: at 8:45 PM on 15 April, 2023
- Ekadashi Tithi Ends: on April 16, 2023, at 6:14 PM
- Parana Tithi (breaking of fast) of Ekadashi: April 17 between 05:54 and 08:29
Meaning of Varuthini Ekadashi?
In Hinduism, Varuthini Ekadashi has more significance. Worshipping and propitiating Lord Vishnu on this day can remove all your sins and help you lead a happy life. It is believe that if Devotees are facing tough times and have movement-related health problems, relief can be sought by observing this Ekadashi. This vrat also blesses one with happiness in this birth and the births to come.
Moreover, it is also say that kings Dhundhumaar and Mandhaata attain salvation by observing this Varuthini Ekadashi month in Vaishaka. Also, when Lord Shiva was curse to behead the Avatar of Lord Brahma, he freed himself from this curse by observing Varuthini Ekadashi vrat.
Varuthini Ekadashi 2023 Puja Vidhi?
On Varuthini Ekadashi 2023, worshipping Lord Vishnu is very auspicious. Performing puja is not only rewarding but also brings positive energy into the house and helps eliminate negative energy. So below we find puja vidhi on Varuthini Ekadashi.
- Lord Vishnu is given special worship on Ekadashi.
- On Varuthini Ekadashi, wake up early in the morning and take a holy bath. Wear clean clothes.
- Then worship the idol of Lord Vishnu with dhoop, sandalwood paste, fruits, incense sticks and flowers to invoke the deity.
- On this day observe fast and eat fruits.
- The next day, break the fast with a sattvic meal.
- Varuthini Ekadashi fast initiates from Dashami where devotees need to eat before dawn.
- On Ekadashi day, chant mantras of Lord Vishnu and recite songs in honour of the deity.
- You can also recite ‘Vishnu Sahastranaam’ to be bless with the divine blessings of Lord Vishnu.
- Listen to Varuthini Ekadashi Vrat’s story to fulfil your fast. You can read the story below or listen to it via online audiobooks.
- The fast ends after donating food, clothes and other essentials to a Brahmin.
The mantra ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya’’ should be chant 108 times using Tulsi Mala if possible.
Benefits of observing Varuthini Ekadashi
- Gain victory over hidden enemies
- It helps to regain health and overcome health problems.
- Attain salvation and forgive all your sins.
- Lord Vishnu protects you from evil forces.
- You will develop a positive mindset and feel relaxed and stress-free.
- By fasting and chanting the name of Lord Vishnu, your wish will be fulfill.
It is said that Lord Krishna narrate the Ekadashi Vrat Kathas to the Pandava King Yudhishthira to help him attain wisdom and enlightenment. And here are the details of Varuthini Ekadashi Vrat Katha.
According to legend, there lived a man named Maandhata who ruled a kingdom on the banks of the Narmada River. The king was said to be benevolent and spiritually oriente. One day, while the king was meditating in the jungle, a wild bear attacked him, but he did not want to break his penance, so he prayed to Lord Vishnu to save him.
Lord Vishnu, pleased with his devotion and dedication, appeared and killed the bear with his Sudarshana chakra. The king thanked Lord Vishnu for saving his life but wondered why the bear had attacked him. Then Vishnu said that he was punishing for one of his misdeeds during a previous birth. He further advised him to go to Mathura and observe Varuthini Ekadashi vrat so that he can get rid of all his past sins and evil deeds. Devotees, therefore, observe this Ekadashi fast to seek protection from Lord Vishnu.
Another legend about Varuthini Ekadashi says that once Lord Shiva got to enrage, he cut off Lord Brahma’s head and was curse as a result. However, Lord Shiva got relief from this curse and sin after observing the fast and puja rituals of Varuthini Ekadashi. Devotees are also believe to get equivalent fruits and benefits by observing Varuthini Ekadashi as akin to a thousand years of penance.