Know The Importance And The Story Behind Yogini Ekadashi Vrat Festival

29 June 2019

Yogini Ekadashi Festival
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Yogini Ekadashi 2019 Date and Their Importance

The Yogini Ekadashi festival has great significance. It is observed all over India. As per the Padma Purana, whosoever follows the rituals of the Yogini Ekadashi achieves good health, prosperity, and leads a happy life. In 2019, Yogini Ekadashi will fall on 29th June.

The Tithi And Duration Of Yogini Ekadashi Fast (Vrat) 2019

2019 Yogini Ekadashi fast is observed from the night of the Dashami (tenth day) of Krishna paksha (dark half of the lunar month) in the Ashada month. Thus, the fasting begins from the previous night of Ekadashi. Stretching over the Ekadashi day, the fast concludes on the Dwadashi (twelfth day), or the day following Ekadashi. Thus, the total time span of the vrat or fasting is approximately 36 hours.

The Story Of Yogini Ekadashi

Puranas cite the story of a gardener, and his beautiful wife, Swarupavati. Gardener worked under Kuvera, King of Alakapuri, who was a pious devotee of Lord Shiva. The gardener would every day collect flowers from Manasarovar Lake and provide them to the king for the Shiva puja. The gardener was very much attracted to his wife. Hence, one day, he stayed back with wife ignoring his duties. He could not deliver flowers to the king. The king came to know that Gardener was spending time with his wife instead of performing his duty of collecting flowers. The king summoned the gardener to the court. He pleaded for forgiveness. But the king cursed him, which made the gardener suffer from leprosy and had to face separation from his wife. The gardener was removed from the palace, and he got afflicted with white leprosy. He wandered through the forests for several years. One day he came to the ashram of Sage Markandeya. He narrated his story to the sage. The sage suggested him to observe Yogini Ekadashi and get rid of the dangerous infection and relieved from the curse. Gardener observed the fast and returned to his normal appearance. Therefore, he was able to reunite with his wife and live the rest of his life happily.

Benefits Of Yogini Ekadashi Fast or Vrat

It is believed that fasting on Yogini Ekadashi can remove all sins and provides all gains & comforts in current life. In fact, one can transcend to Swarga Lok after observing Yogini Ekadashi fasting. Yogini Ekadashi is famous in all three realms (Loks). It is stated that Fasting on Yogini Ekadashi is equivalent of feeding 88 thousands Brahmins.

Rituals And Practices During Yogini Ekadashi Vrat

The fasting is accompanied by prayers and puja to Lord Vishnu, donations, feeding Brahmins and giving away gifts to Brahmins. Donating cow to Brahmans is also very popular during this observance. This vrat is believed to remove all the sins of the observer and lead to a blissful state of health and prosperity.

Yogini Ekadashi 2019: Puja Mantra

1: "Tvameva Maataa Ca Pitaa Tvameva Tvameva Bandhush-Ca Sakhaa Tvam-Eva, Tvameva Viidyaa Dravinnam Tvam-Eva Tvameva Sarvam Mama Deva Deva”

2: “Om shreem krishnaya shreem shreem shreem govindaya gopalaya goloka sundaraya sathyaya nithyaya paramathmane paraya vykhanasaya vyrajamoorthaye meghathmane shreem narasimhavapushe namah”

On Yogini Ekadashi, devotees must even chant ‘Vishnu Sahastranaam’ and can chant the relatively easier maha-mantra of ‘Om Namoh Bhagwate Vasudevaya.’

With Ganesha’s Grace,
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