Ekadashi 2023: Dates, Time, Rituals & Benefits Of Observing This Fast

Know about the Ekadashi 2023 & Ekadashi vrat kept for Lord Vishnu

The eleventh day of the Lunar month’s two waxing and a waning lunar fortnight is Ekadashi. Known by this name in Sanskrit, it is the eleventh tithi on the calendar. Moreover, according to the Bhagwat Gita, Lord Krishna explained to Arjuna the significance of fasting on the auspicious day of Ekadashi. In addition, the goal of the Ekadashi Vrat is to purify your soul and prepare for Moksha (salvation). Without a doubt, by engaging in this ceremonial activity, folks can overcome negative planetary effects and find happiness. Moreover, people devote this fast to Lord Vishnu, the realm’s protector. Let us understand in detail all about Ekadashi 2023 and how to keep Ekadashi Vrat with appropriate rituals.

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The Ekadashi Tithi & Ekadashi Vrat

In brief, according to Hinduism, the lunar phase has two different phases— the New Moon, or Krishna Paksha, and the Full Moon, or Shukla Paksha (waxing moon). On the whole, fourteen days make up each phase. Further, according to ancient texts, the Ekadashi Vrat lasts for three days. Devotees enjoy one meal in the afternoon on the tenth day (Dashami), the day before the fast, to ensure there won’t be any leftover food in their bodies the following day. 

Besides, devotees keep a tight fast on Ekadashi and break it after Sunrise. So depending on their physical stamina and resolve, devotees may pick a rigorous Ekadashi Vrat. During it, natives abstain from all food and liquids. They may break their fast by consuming fruits or Phalhaar, such as juices, milk products, tea, etc. 

Ekadashi 2023: List of all Ekadashi Vrat & their timings

Date & DayEkadashi VratTimings
January 02, 2023, MondayPausha Putrada Ekadashi01 Jan 07:11 PM to 02 Jan 08:23 PM
January 18, 2023, WednesdayShattila Ekadashi17 Jan 06:06 PM to 18 Jan 04:03 PM
February 01, 2023, WednesdayJaya Ekadashi31 Jan 11:53 AM to 01 Feb 02: 01 PM
February 16, 2023, ThursdayVijaya Ekadashi16 Feb 05:32 AM to 17 Feb 02:49 AM
March 03, 2023, FridayAmalaki Ekadashi02 Mar 06:39 AM to 03 Mar 09:11 AM
March 18, 2023, SaturdayPapmochni Ekadashi 17 Mar 02:06 PM to 18 Mar 11:13 AM
April 01, 2023, SaturdayKamada Ekadashi 01 Apr 01:58 AM to 02 Apr 04:19 AM
April 16, 2023, SundayVaruthini Ekadashi15 Apr 08:45 PM to 16 Apr 06:14 PM
May 01, 2023, Monday Mohini Ekadashi 30 Apr 08:28 PM to 01 May 10:09 PM
May 15, 2023, MondayApara Ekadashi 15 May 02:46 AM to 16 May 01:03 AM
May 31, 2023, WednesdayNirjala Ekadashi30 May 01:07 PM to 31 May 01:45 PM
June 14, 2023, WednesdayYogini Ekadashi13 Jun 09:28 AM to 14 Jun 08:48 AM
June 29, 2023, ThursdayDevshayani Ekadashi29 Jun 03:18 AM to 30 Jun 02:42 AM
July 13, 2023, ThursdayKamika Ekadashi 12 Jul 05:59 PM to 13 Jul 06:24 PM
July 29, 2023, SaturdayPadmini Ekadashi 28 Jul 02:51 PM to 29 Jul 01:05 PM 
August 12, 2023, SaturdayParama Ekadashi 11 Aug 05:06 AM to 12 Aug 06:31 AM
August 27, 2023, SundayShravana Putrada Ekadashi 27 Aug 12:08 AM To27 Aug 09:32 PM
September 10, 2023, SundayAja Ekadashi 09 Sep 07:17 PMTo 10 Sep 09:28 PM
September 25, 2023, TuesdayParsva Ekadashi25 Sep 07:55 AM To 26 Sep 05:00 AM
October 10, 2023, TuesdayIndira Ekadashi 09 Oct 12:36 PMTo 10 Oct 03:08 PM
October 25, 2023, WednesdayPapankusha Ekadashi 24 Oct 03:14 PMToOct 25 12:32 PM
November 09, 2023, ThursdayRama Ekadashi08 Nov 08:23 AMTo 9 Nov 10:41 AM
November 23, 2023, ThursdayDevuthana Ekadashi 22 Nov 11:03 PM To 23 Nov 09:01 PM
December 08, 2023, FridayUtpanna Ekadashi08 Dec 05:06 AM To 09 Dec 06:31 AM
December 22, 2023, FridayMokshada Ekadashi 22 Dec 08:16 AMTo 23 Dec 07:11 AM

How to keep Ekadashi Vrat in 2023?

Fish, cereals, and meat are not permitted during the Ekadashi fast. You can have fruits, milk, milk-based goods, and non-grain food instead. Moreover, you must avoid eating foods like flour, rice, wheat, lentils, onions, and garlic if you’re following the Ekadashi fast for the first time and are unsure what to eat. Further, Ekadashi fasting promotes good health and a tranquil mind and maintains the body’s normal fluid flow.

Here are some things to keep in mind when Ekadashi:

  • Accordingly, pregnant women, the elderly, and those who are ill should not observe this fast.
  • Also, only those with a strong will and spiritual foundation can observe this fast according to the rituals.
  • You must not touch water and food when fasting. Next, those people who are unable to observe Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat in 2023 (Ekadashi without water) can eat fruits and drink milk. Also, food grains, meat, and fish consumption are severely forbidden.
  • The fast must begin at dawn and end at dusk. Furthermore, it is important to remember for those who observe this fast rise early, take a cleansing bath, and say the Vishnu mantra.
  • Those who keep this fast should engage in benevolent endeavors and abstain from violence, dishonesty, and lying.

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Completion of the Ekadashi

The Ekadashi fast occurs every month. There are 24 Ekadashi in total, and they are extremely significant to those who pray intensely to Lord Vishnu. The tithi determines when Ekadashi falls, and you must keep the fast as long as Ekadashi is in effect.

You ought to fast during the Ekadashi hours, if possible. But, after dusk, you may have Ekadashi fasting foods. Following the Ekadashi fast-breaking time, you can resume your regular eating schedule.

What to eat on Ekadashi 2023?

Although one should not consume rice and pulses, people can consume quick dishes like Kuttu ki poori, paratha, sabudana khichdi, and kheer, among others. People can also have milk and fruit for nutrient consumption. 

It is possible to eat several fruits, makhana, Singhare ka atta, Kuttu ka atta, and Rajgira ka atta. And then, Nirjala Ekadashi, the most stringent version of this fast, forbids water consumption. Moreover, strictly forbid alcohol consumption and smoking during the fast. Another option is Sabudana Khichdi with potatoes and ground nuts.

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Benefits of observing fast on Ekadashi

Many studies suggest that observing a fast is a good way to cleanse yourself. The fast helps our body to flush out toxins. Equally important, there are many other benefits of observing fast on Ekadashi. In addition, it is a technique for Hindus to make their bodies the focus of rituals necessary and integral to worshipping God. Ekadashi is one such fast. 

The Ekadashi Vrat is a great way to purify your mind, body, and soul, but also finds application in the study of metabolism and other bodily processes. Moreover, the Ekadashi fast can help you spiritually and cleanse your conscious soul. 

Ekadashi rituals for Vishnu worshippers

On the day of Ekadashi, fasting is equivalent to a pilgrimage to any holy site. People believe the fast to have virtue because of the well-known Aswamedha sacrifice. In addition, worshippers devote the entire month of Ekadashi to seeking mental stability and peace. 

Subsequently, these Ekadashi fasting advantages are perfect for you if you wish to purify your body, mind, and soul and eliminate all your sins. The Ekadashi fast not only purifies the soul but also detoxifies the body and improves metabolism. In addition, the advantages of the Ekadashi fast include ultimate salvation, wealth, and religious faith.

The tale related to Ekadashi Vrat

One of the goddesses Lord Vishnu created was known by the name Ekadashi. Accordingly, Mura vanquished for the sake of peace, according to the tail Demon. Consequently, Ekadashi was the one who accomplished this. 

People regard that one of the benefits of a person who observes the fast of Ekadashi will be able to free himself from all sins and mental impurities and will undoubtedly achieve Moksha. In brief, Lord Vishnu was pleased with her deed of killing the demon and blessed her with this ability. Hence, the Ekadashi fast is one of the most notable and exceptional fasts to date.

Ekadashi Vrat puja vidhi

Devotees have been following several rituals for the Ekadashi Vrat puja, so here are a few rituals to follow while performing the Ekadashi Vrat pujan.

  • Those staying near holy rivers such as Ganga and Yamuna are welcome to take a holy dip in the waters. However, the others can get up early and take a shower.
  • Soon after it, perform meditation, and light a Diya in your home’s temple area.
  • Then, as per the Ekadashi 2023, pray to Lord Vishnu and ask for his grace.
  • Then make a Sankalpa (promise) to observe the Ekadashi Vrat with sincerity and devotion.
  • Moreover, offer Lord Vishnu water, flowers, dhoop, deep, and naivedya. And then, you can make halwa, kheer, or any other sweet dish. Also, you could even give out fruits.

What more devotees can do?

  • In addition, devotees should read the Ekadashi Vrat Katha. Each Ekadashi Vrat associates a unique story.
  • Meanwhile, one should chant ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya’ repeatedly.
  • In addition, you can perform the Naam Jaapa or read the Vishnu Sahasranam.
  • Moreover, help the less fortunate by giving them financial or in-kind assistance.
  • Furthermore, light an incense stick and offer prayers to Lord Vishnu in the evening. Moreover, water, Bhog (any sweet dish), and flowers (if you have them) are acceptable offerings.
  • In addition, by conducting the aarti, the puja should come to an end.
  • After bathing and offering prayers to Lord Vishnu, break your fast the following morning when Dwadashi Tithi is in effect.

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