Kamika Ekadashi


Krishna Paksha ekadashi of Shravana month is observed as Kamika Ekadashi or Pavithra Ekadashi. This ekadashi eliminates all the bad karma from sins of the previous incarnations and present, thus the name Pavithra-Pure Ekadashi. This fasting also enhances father- child relationship and improves the child’s life.  

Kamika Ekadashi Date 2023

Thu , 13th Jul 2023

History of Ekadashi

In SathyaYug, a demon named Mura or Murdanav terrorised the earth by causing severe harm to people. They prayed to Lord Vishnu to put an end to their sufferings. Lord Vishnu created a goddess by the name Ekadashi to slay the demon on the 11th lunar day. After Ekadashi defeated the demon, pleased Lord Vishnu endowed the goddess with a boon that anyone who observes ritualistic fast on this day will free himself from all forms of sins and mental impurities, also gets on fast track towards Moksha, the devotee will also be held close to Lord Vishnu's heart.

Rituals

The best way to celebrate Ekadashi is to observe fast and chant Vedic mantras. Ekadashi fasting means spiritual cleansing, a spiritual detoxification of all senses. People refrain from consuming solid food, grains, pulses, or lentils on this day. According to ancient Vedic scriptures, the Ekadashi fast spans for about three days. The day prior to Ekadasi, i.e On Dashami, devotees relish one healthy balanced meal around the afternoon or before sunset to ensure no residual food remains in the body during Ekadashi. On Ekadashi, devotees observe a sincere, clean fast and break the fast after sunrise of the next day. This has been the ritualistic fasting process. 

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 Ekadashi. 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. We can perform Sri Lakshmi Narayana Homa or Sri Vishnu Homa and Sri Sudharshana Homa. Refrain from negative emotions like hate, anger, greed, jealously and violence choose happier, inclusive attributes like empathy, care, faith, integrity.

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.

Benefits

  • Most of our bodily functions are influenced by the planet moon and its magnetic pull. Fasting or Ekadashi Vrat aids a healthy balance in bodily fluids like hormones, blood plasma and other blood components. 
  • Ekadashi Vrat facilitates sound health and a peaceful, calm mind. 
  • It is the simplest way to attract multifold blessings from Lord Vishnu and reach His abode. 
  • It cures illness and other mental imbalances in a physical system. Hormonal imbalances, other gland dysfunctions can be cured. 
  • Cleansing and spiritual detoxification renews body cells, erases unwanted emotions and alters the body metabolic processes for better functioning in this world 
  • Ekadashi Vrat purifies mind, body, and soul. Destroys potential cancer cells in the process of detoxification. 
  • The planet goes through a particular energy shift on this day. If you are a spiritual seeker or a person who performs yoga and meditates regularly, you could know when it is Ekadashi without the calendar because there is naturally a lesser inclination towards food and other compulsive behaviour on this day. 
  • Fasting strengthens the will power and Mind power. It is the first step towards turning in, to your inner self.

Kamika Ekadashi festival dates between 2019 & 2029

Year

Date

2019

Sunday, 28th of July

2020

Thursday, 16th of July

2021

Wednesday, 4th of August

2022

Sunday, 24th of July

2023

Thursday, 13th of July

2024

Wednesday, 31st of July

2025

Monday, 21st of July

2026

Sunday, 9th of August

2027

Thursday, 29th of July

2028

Tuesday, 18th of July

2029

Monday, 6th of August