Yogini Ekadashi - Attain Salvation With The Grace Of Lord Vishnu

Today is Yogini Ekadashi, a chance to remove all the evils and bad Karmas. Throughout our life, we commit mistakes be it intentionally or unintentionally. Overcome all those sins on this divine day and stay at bay from the greed of getting more & more material wealth.

Yogini Ekadashi will be observed on June 23, 2014.

Yogini Ekadashi is observed during the Krishna Paksha of the Hindu month Ashadha, as per the Hindu calendar. Beliefs say that Yogini Ekadashi is a way to overcome sins, miseries, and ailments of all kinds. This is a day to worship and honor Lord Vishnu who in turn blesses the devotees with well being, sound health, and overall prosperity. Attaining salvation (Moksha) gets easier with assistance of Yogini Ekadashi Vrat. Let us read all about Yogini Ekadashi in the below mentioned lines.

Why Is Yogini Ekadashi Observed?


Long back ago, there was a King whose name was Kuber. He was a devotee of Lord Shiva and used to worship him with the fresh flowers brought by his Mali (gardener). The name of the Mali was Hema and he had a very beautiful and charming wife. Once, Hema did not go to the King's court and started enjoying his wife's company. The king who was waiting for the flowers got annoyed and enraged. He ordered his servants to find Hema at that very moment.

On this, the servants started looking for him and informed the King that he was spending time with his wife. This raised King's anger even more and he ordered the servants to bring him in the court. When the servants came back with Hema, the King cursed him saying that not only will he suffer from leprosy in the Mrityu Loka, but will also face separation from his wife. These words of the King came true and Hema fell extremely ill and got separated from his wife. Distressed Hema went into the Himalayas, where met a Saint. He explained the story to the Saint, who then advised him to observe Yogini Ekadashi Vrat. Hema did exactly the same and got relief from his sufferings. His health got back to normal and he met his wife again.

Yogini Ekadashi Rituals & Vrat


Rituals of Yogini Ekadashi begin from the night of Dashmi i.e. one day before and are concluded in the morning of Dwadashi, next day of Ekadashi. Ekadashi rituals start with taking holy bath in the morning. The bath includes bathing with either Til (sesame) paste or mud paste. At the Pooja Sthan (place of worship), a Kalash (earthen pot) is established. As the day is devoted to Lord Vishnu, thus, idol of the deity is kept over it. The Lord is worshipped with fresh flowers, incense sticks, and Diyas (earthen lamps). As a part of Ekadashi custom, devotees stay awake during the whole night and indulge in performing Jagran. If you are observing Yogini Ekadashi Vrat, make sure you avoid consumption of rice, cereals, alcohol,and non-vegetarian food. Instead, you can take fruits, nuts, and milk.

The Significance


You have read all about Yogini Ekadashi, but what about its significance? You should know it as well. As per Hindu mythology, observing Yogini Ekadashi Vrat is equivalent to serving 88 Pandits or Brahmins. The divinity of this Ekadashi helps in getting relief from all the sins and evils. Making donations or performing charity on this day, increases the auspiciousness further.


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