Rama Ekadashi which is also popularly known as ‘Rambha Ekadashi’ or ‘Kartik Krishna Ekadashi’ is the most important Ekadashi fasts that are practiced in the Hindu culture in India. There is a common belief regarding Rama Ekadashi that devotees can wash away their sins by keeping a holy fast on this day.
Rama Ekadashi 3 November 2018
According to Hindu Lunar Calendar, it falls during the fading phase of the Krishna Paksha (the dark fortnight of moon) during the Hindu month of ‘Kartik’, which in English calendar falls between the months of September to October. While Rama Ekadashi, falls in the month of ‘Puratassi’ as per the Tamilian calendar. Besides other parts of the country such as Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Maharashtra it is observed during the ‘Ashwayuj’ month and even in the month of ‘Ashwin’. Rama Ekadashi is celebrated four days before the festival of lights, Diwali.
This year in 2018, Rama Ekadashi is going to be celebrated on 3rd November 2018, Saturday
Rama Ekadashi Shubh Muharat & Rama Aarti In Hindi
Rama Ekadashi Shubh Muharat Time & date
रमा एकादशी तिथि प्रारम्भ: 3 नवंबर को को 05:10 बजे
रमा एकादशी तिथि समाप्त: 4 नवंबर को 03:13 बजे
रमा एकादशी पारण समय : 4 नवम्बर को सुबह 08:47 से 08:49 बजे तक
Rama Ekadashi Aarti
ॐ जय एकादशी, जय एकादशी, जय एकादशी माता
विष्णु पूजा व्रत को धारण कर, शक्ति मुक्ति पाता
तेरे नाम गिनाऊं देवी, भक्ति प्रदान करनी
गण गौरव की देनी माता, शास्त्रों में वरनी
मार्गशीर्ष के कृष्णपक्ष की उत्पन्ना, विश्वतारनी जन्मी
शुक्ल पक्ष में हुई मोक्षदा, मुक्तिदाता बन आई
पौष के कृष्णपक्ष की, सफला नामक है
शुक्लपक्ष में होय पुत्रदा, आनन्द अधिक रहै
नाम षटतिला माघ मास में, कृष्णपक्ष आवै
शुक्लपक्ष में जया, कहावै, विजय सदा पावै
विजया फागुन कृष्णपक्ष में शुक्ला आमलकी,
पापमोचनी कृष्ण पक्ष में, चैत्र महाबलि की
चैत्र शुक्ल में नाम कामदा, धन देने वाली,
नाम बरुथिनी कृष्णपक्ष में, वैसाख माह वाली
शुक्ल पक्ष में होय मोहिनी अपरा ज्येष्ठ कृष्णपक्षी,
नाम निर्जला सब सुख करनी, शुक्लपक्ष रखी
योगिनी नाम आषाढ में जानों, कृष्णपक्ष करनी
देवशयनी नाम कहायो, शुक्लपक्ष धरनी
कामिका श्रावण मास में आवै, कृष्णपक्ष कहिए
श्रावण शुक्ला होय पवित्रा आनन्द से रहिए
अजा भाद्रपद कृष्णपक्ष की, परिवर्तिनी शुक्ला
इन्द्रा आश्चिन कृष्णपक्ष में, व्रत से भवसागर निकला
पापांकुशा है शुक्ल पक्ष में, आप हरनहारी
रमा मास कार्तिक में आवै, सुखदायक भारी
देवोत्थानी शुक्लपक्ष की, दुखनाशक मैया
पावन मास में करूं विनती पार करो नैया
परमा कृष्णपक्ष में होती, जन मंगल करनी
शुक्ल मास में होय पद्मिनी दुख दारिद्र हरनी
जो कोई आरती एकादशी की, भक्ति सहित गावै
जन गुरदिता स्वर्ग का वासा, निश्चय वह पावै
Rituals of Rama Ekadashi:
On Rama Ekadashi devotees contribute in the bhajans or kirtans planned on this day. While some devotees read ‘Bhagavad Gita’ on this day which is believed to be auspicious in Hindu Culture.
The most important ritual that is practiced on this day is Fasting. The ritual starts a day before the actual Ekadashi which is known as Dashami, on this day before sunset devotees abstain from certain foods and eat only ‘Saatvik’ meal. On next day, on the occasion of Ekadashi they do not eat at all. The end of the fasting ritual is observed on the ‘Dwadashi’ tithi known as ‘Parana’. Consuming rice and grains on any Ekadashi is strictly forbidden even for those who are not even fasting.
On this day Lord Vishnu is worshipped, devotees get up early and take a holy bath and after which devotees prepare a special ‘Bhog’ and then offer it to their deity along with flowers, fruits, incense sticks to Lord Vishnu. After which an ‘Aarti’ is performed and then the ‘Prasad’ or ‘Bhog’ is distributed between the family members.
Another name of Goddess Lakshmi is ‘Rama’, therefore on this fortunate day; devotees also offer prayers to Goddess Lakshmi along with Lord Vishnu to seek their blessings of success, wellbeing and happiness.
The significance of Rama Ekadashi
According to the manuscript, there was a king named Muchukunda who was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. He was blessed with a daughter who was named Chandrabhaga. Later, she was married to Prince Shobhana who was the son of King Chandrasen.
Chandrabhaga used to practice fast on Ekadashi so she followed the tradition at her parent-in- laws house too. On the occasion of Ekadashi, she asked her husband to keep the fast along with her. Shobhana refused to keep the fast as he was feeling physically weak, because of which Chandrabhaga got upset. He realized the disappointment of Chandrabhaga so he kept the fast, but soon started suffering from hunger and thirst and could not survive the fast so he died before the morning.
By the grace of Rama Ekadashi fast, Shobhana received a great but unseen kingdom. Once, a Brahmana of his wife’s empire went out to travel, where he discovers the kingdom on his way. Shobhana then told him, to tell his wife about his kingdom. Brahmana after returning, informed Chandrabhaga about the whole event. Chandrabhaga who practiced the Ekadashi fast since her childhood, transformed his kingdom into reality by the grace of her karma. Then they both lived happily ever after.
Benefits of Rama Ekadashi Fast (Vrat Vidhi & Puja)
It is believed, that by observing fast on this day, all sins of a devotee are removed. If a person is suffering difficulties in his life, he must worship Lord Vishnu.
Important Timings on Rama Ekadashi
|Ekadashi Tithi Begin||3rd November 2018|
|Ekadashi Tithi Ends||4th November 2018|
|Parana Time||8:46 AM – 8:50 AM|
All the devotees who observe fast on Rama Ekadashi should avoid eating food made from grains and rice. However, offering Tulsi leaves to Lord Vishnu is considered best as by offering Tulsi Leaves all the past sins of a person’s life got vanished. On this day some devotees also offer some valuable stones or pearls to Lord Vishnu as he also gets pleased with pearls and precious stones.