Indira Ekadashi is the Krishna Paksha Ekadashi tithi of Ashwina masa, corresponding to the months of September or October. This Ekadashi appears in the Pitru Paksha and is ideal for Ekadashi Shradh. All the Ekadashis of Chaturmaas are believed to establish better divine connection with Lord Vishnu. ‘Chaturmas’ period is the hibernation phase of the Lord and best time to accumulate ‘Punya’ or virtues. The divine purpose of this ekadashi vrat is to bestow salvation to the forefathers or dead ancestors.
Indira Ekadashi Date 2023
Tue , 10th Oct 2023
Indira Ekadashi Fast
According to the puranas, the devotees who observe Indira Ekadashi Vrat are blessed with forgiveness for all their past sins. Indira Ekadashi fasting means spiritual cleansing, a spiritual detoxification of all senses. People refrain from consuming solid food, grains, pulses or lentils on this day. Wake up in the brahma muhurat, take bath and clean sacred live space at home for pooja and bhajan ceremonies. We can recite or meditate on Vishnu Sahasranama during this time. Or be with the mantra “Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaaya” all day, learn more Vishnu Mantras. Choose a fast that suits your schedule for the day or activities for the day. It is generally preferred to avoid grains and pulses, or lentils, tubers on Ekadesi. Eat fruits, positive prana foods like coconut, coconut water, dairy products, peppercorn, honey and nuts. Stay mindful of your every thought and action.
Offer flowers and light a lamp for Tulsi plant. We can participate in bhajan or homa remedy ceremonies. Temple visits, offerings and donations are advised since they can deepen the sense of devotion. Refrain from negative emotions like hate, anger, greed, jealously and violence choose happier, inclusive attributes like empathy, care, faith, integrity.
Pregnant women, elderly people can skip fasting and rather chant & internalise Lord Vishnu Mantras. Children below the age of 12 can also avoid fasting since they are in the assimilation phase of their life.
We also suggest other modes of fasting like gadget free fast- taking a break from social media for a day, staying away from watching television, or mobile phone or even gaming gadgets and other distractive media. This can also create a significant amount of awareness and mindfulness.
Magnanimity of Ekadashi Vrat
Bhagavad Gita says that this Ekadashi Vrat was revealed by Lord Krishna to King Arjuna and all the Pandavas followed this fast all their lifetime. Vrat doesn’t necessarily mean denial of food, it’s the compulsive nature that is moderated during the Vrat. Ekadashi Vrat aims at making everything, a conscious process. When we do not act based on compulsive nature, we become conscious, when we are conscious, we choose; choose our reactions, our words and actions. This is the cycle the Vrat taps into, by making a shift in our very nature, from compulsive to conscious. We go on collecting data or memories based on day-to-day life, things we see, read and eat. Ekadashi creates a window to reflect on this memory pile, reevaluate data fetched to our system, a hard reboot. It is also believed that full stomach causes lethargy and dullness, and a light stomach keeps the mind sharp and alert. This Vrat is considered to be of incomparable power and benefits. There is a famous sloka on Ekadashi Vrat that goes,
“Na Gayathrya para mantram:
Na Mathu para dhaivatham:
Na Ganagasya paramam theertham:
Na Ekadasya samam vratham”
There is no mantra superior to Gayathri Mantra; there is no God superior to one’s mother; there is no holy water superior to River Ganga and there is no vrata superior to the Ekadasi vrat.
According to Srimad Bhagavad Purana, this Ekadashi Vrat earns the same merit as equivalent to performing an aswamedha homa, 10 times the merit of donating 1000 cows to a temple or an ashrama and the merit of feeding 1000 sages or spiritual seekers.
Indira Ekadashi festival dates between 2019 & 2029
Wednesday, 25th of September
Sunday, 13th of September
Saturday, 2nd of October
Wednesday, 21st of September
Tuesday, 10th of October
Saturday, 28th of September
Wednesday, 17th of September
Tuesday, 6th of October
Sunday, 26th of September
Friday, 15th of September
Thursday, 4th of October