Varuthini Ekadashi is also known as Vaishakh Krishna Ekadashi or Varuthini Gayaras. On this day, devotees pray to Lord Vishnu’s Vaman Avtar.
Before moving forward and knowing more about Varuthini Ekadashi in 2015, let’s first know what would be the appropriate date and time to seek the blessings of Lord Vishnu.
Varuthini Ekadashi Timings
Ekadashi Date 15 April 2015 (Wednesday)
Varuthini Ekadashi Parana On 16 April 2015
Varuthini Ekadashi Parana Time = 05:59 to 08:31
On Parana Day Dwadashi End Moment = 10:08
Ekadashi Tithi Begins = 16:02 on 14 April 2015
Ekadashi Tithi Ends = 13:14 on 15 April 2015
Varuthini Ekadashi 2015: Rituals
Following are the traditions that are followed on the day of Varuthini Ekadashi:
- Devotees wake up early in the morning and take a holy bath.
- During Varuthini Ekadashi, devotees pray to Lord Vishnu’s Vaman Avtar.
- The Vamana Idol is established at the Puja Sthan (worshiping place). Post this, Lord Vishnu is offered with flowers and sweets.
- Devotees observe a day long fast. During this time period, devotees recite various Mantras (holy chanting) and pray to Lord Vishnu with full devotion.
Varuthini Ekadashi 2015: Significance Of The Day
Varuthini Ekadashi holds a lot of significance for the ones who observe the Varuthini Ekadashi fast. By observing Varuthini Ekadashi Vrat, a person becomes free from all health related problems. Another important fact about Varuthini Ekadashi Vrat is it frees a person from the cycle of life and death. The devotees who observe Varuthini Ekadashi are blessed with prosperity, wellness and results in removal of all the past sins.
Hence, on this Varuthini Ekadashi 2015, do not forget all these significant points of Varuthini Ekadashi and receive the blessings of Lord Vishnu.
Varuthini Ekadashi 2015: Benefits Of The Day
There are immense benefits of observing Varuthini Ekadashi Vrat, let’s find out what are these:
- During Varuthini Ekadashi, one should donate something. It is believed that by donating, one’s past sins are washed out.
- Devotees who impart their knowledge on the day of Varuthini Ekadashi, receive lord Vishnu's blessings and his/ her ancestors are pleased.
- By observing the Varuthini Ekadashi fast, a person attains the path of spirituality and the eternal abode.
- Worshiping Lord Krishna (incarnation of Lord Vishnu) on this day, earns immense merits.
Observe the Varuthini Ekadashi Vrat and receive the lord’s blessings to glorify your life. Now, let’s take a look at the Story of Varuthini Ekadashi.
Varuthini Ekadasi most mercifully descends in the month of Vaisakha and is described in details in a conversation between Sri Krsna and Yudhisthira Maharaj. Once upon a time the sublime king Yudhisthira asked the Lord: "Please explain to me the process for observong this Ekadasi which takes place during the waning Moon in the month of Vaisakha. What is the process for observing this Ekadasi and what results may be obtained by such practice."
Lord Krsna replied: "My dear Raja (king) the name of this Ekadasi is Varuthini and it awards one greatly intrinsic fortune, both in this life and the next. By following the vow of Ekadasi one obtains perpetual happiness and his sinful reactions dwindle as of a dimminuendo. By following such a vow an unfortunate wife grows fortunate, a lame man may leap and a blind man see. A human being attains prosperity in this life and the next, and even without realising so; an animal may be liberated from the cycle of birth and death. Many saintly kings such as Dhundhumara and Jambhudra became liberated by following this delectable and most transcendent of days… Varunthini Ekadasi."
"O great king! Donating an elephant is superior to donating a horse, donating land is superior to donating an elephant and donating sesame seeds is greater than donating sesame seeds and donation of food grains is greater than donating gold. In fact there is no greater charity than donating food grains in charity. By such munificence one can satisfy the forefathers, the demigods and all living entities. The learned scholars have recorded in their Vedic legacy that, giving a daughter in charity is equal to giving grains in charity. The Supreme Lord Himself has compared donating food grains to be equal in stature and benificence to donating cows! Moreover, among all kinds of charities sharing one's knowledge with others is the highest.
"By following Varuthini Ekadasi one can attain the results of all charities. A person who earns his livelihood by cowardly selling of his daughter, deserves to live in hell untill the end of time. Therefore no one should ever accept wealth in exchange for his daughter. A householder who, under the influence of greed sells his daughter in exchange for money becomes a cat in his next life. But one who decorates his daughter with beatific ornaments according to his own capacity and gives her away in all good faith to a qualified and chaste groom, even Citragupta-the secretary of Yamaraja, is unable to count his piety.
The follower of this Ekadasi should abstain from eating out of a bell metal pot, eating meat, masura gram, chickpea, spinach, honey, accepting foodstuffs cooked by others, eating more than necessary, eating more than once and engaging in sex life from the day before Ekadasi. He should not engage in gambling, sleeping, eating betel nuts, brushing his teeth, blaspheming anyone, gossiping, speaking ill truths, speaking with a sinful person, becoming angry and telling lies on the day of Ekadasi. If one observes the Ekadasi day in this manner with great tenacity and determination, according to these reglatory stipulations-all his sinful reactions will be completely annihilated and he will attain the supreme destination. One who remains awake on the day of Ekadasi and worships Lord Janardana becomes freed from all sins and attains the supreme goal of life. Anyone who hears or reads some narration of the inscrutable glories of this Ekadasi surely achieves the result of donating one thousand cows, and being freed from all his sinful reactions he attains the abode of Visnu."
The Vaman Avtaar
The Bhagavata Purana describes that Vishnu descended as the Vamana avatar to restore the authority of Indra over the heavens, as it had been taken by Mahabali, a benevolent Asura King. Bali was the great grandson of Hiranyakshipu, the grand son of Prahlada.
King Mahabali was a generous man who engaged in severe austerities and penance and won the praise of the world. This praise, from his courtiers and others, led him to think of himself as the greatest person in the world. He believed that he can help any one and can donate whatever they ask. Even though he became benevolent, he became pompous of his activities and forgot that the almighty is above him. Dharma says that one should do his duty and helping others is the duty of a king. Mahabali was a devoted worshiper of the Lord. The story is an ample example that the almighty, the Parabrahma is neutral and unbiased; he only tries to balance nature. He showers his divine light to all, irrespective of what they do.
Vamana, in the guise of a short Brahmin carrying a wooden umbrella, went to the king to request three paces of land. Mahabali consented, against the warning of his guru, Sukracharya. Vamana then revealed his identity and enlarged to gigantic proportions to stride over the three worlds. He stepped from heaven to earth with the first step, from earth to the netherworld with the second. King Mahabali, unable to fulfill his promise, offered his head for the third. Vamana then placed his foot and gave the king immortality for his humility.
In worshiping Mahabali and his ancestor Prahláda, he conceded sovereignty of Pátála, the netherworld. Some texts also report that Vamana did not step into the netherworld, and instead gave its rule to Bali. In giant form, Vamana is known as Trivikrama.
Just before King Mahabali was pushed out of this earth, he was given permission by Vamana to visit his people once a year. The Onam festival is a celebration of welcoming Mahabali home to his lost kingdom. During this festival, beautiful floral decorations are made in every house and boat races are held throughout Kerala. A twenty-one-course feast is the most important part of the Onam festival.
Mahabali symbolizes ahankar, the three feet symbolizes the three planes of existence (Jagrat, Swapna and Sushupthi) and final step is on his head which elevates from all three states and he attains moksha.