Prabodhini Ekadashi is observed on the Shukla Paksha ekadashi tithi of ‘Kartik’ masa.
It is also known as Dev Uthani Ekadashi or Devutthana Ekadashi, Vishnu-Prabodhini, or Dev Prabodhini Ekadashi. Prabodhini Ekadashi is a renowned Ekadashi festival in the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat.
The Famous ‘Pushkar Fair’ commences on this auspicious day, and Kartik masa Pandarpur Yatra ends on the same day as Prabodhini Ekadashi.
Prabodhini Ekadashi Date 2022
Fri , 4th Nov 2022
Prabodhini Ekadashi Fast
According to the Puranas, the devotees who observe Prabodhini Ekadashi Vrat are forgiven for all their past sins. Prabodhini Ekadashi fasting means spiritual cleansing, 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 a 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 about 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 the 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 & internalize 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.
The magnanimity of Ekadashi Vrat
Bhagavad Gita says that Lord Krishna revealed this Ekadashi Vrat to King Arjuna and all the Pandavas followed this short all their lifetime. Vrat doesn’t necessarily mean denial of food, and 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 collect 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 a 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”
Meaning: 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 performing an Ashwamedha homa, 10 times the merit of donating 1000 cows to a temple or an ashrama the merit of feeding 1000 sages or spiritual seekers.