Sravana Putrada Ekadashi


Shravana Shukla Paksha Ekadashi is called Putrada Ekadashi. Shravana Shukla Paksha Ekadashi is also called Pavitropana Ekadashi or Pavitra Ekadashi in the Vaishnava community. Married couples who wish for a baby boy can observe this Ekadashi, this is one of the reasons it is called Putrada Ekadashi. Ekadas is translated to eleven in sanskrit, Eka-1 and Dash/Das meaning 10. Ekadashi is an auspicious day to transform our sense organs and its associated actions towards liberation using our mind. This day holds a great spiritual relevance and is often considered as a penance.

Sravana Putrada Ekadashi Date 2023

Sun , 27th Aug 2023

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.

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. In today’s world people follow different types of fast-

Nirjala Ekadashi: ultimate fast. Fast the whole day without eating and drinking water.

Sajala Ekadashi: similar to a juice fast. Consume water and fruit juices.

Farali Ekadashi: Fruit diet that is commonly followed. Consume Fruits and Milk only. 

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.

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. 
  • Fasting directs us towards the mind, over body, when we become less of a physical body our awareness of other dimensions is naturally heightened. This awareness is the meditative state, a conscious state of mind ,not the compulsive state. 

Important Timings On Sravana Putrada Ekadashi

Sunrise

August 27, 2023 6:11 AM

Sunset

August 27, 2023 6:45 PM

Dwadashi End Moment

August 28, 2023 6:23 PM

Ekadashi Tithi Begins

August 27, 2023 12:08 AM

Ekadashi Tithi Ends

August 27, 2023 9:32 PM

Hari Vasara End Moment

August 28, 2023 2:45 AM

Parana Time

August 28, 6:11 AM - August 28, 8:42 AM

Sravana Putrada Ekadashi festival dates between 2020 & 2030

Year

Date

2020

Thursday, 30th of July

2021

Wednesday, 18th of August

2022

Monday, 8th of August

2023

Sunday, 27th of August

2024

Friday, 16th of August

2025

Tuesday, 5th of August

2026

Sunday, 23rd of August

2027

Thursday, 12th of August

2028

Tuesday, 1st of August

2029

Monday, 20th of August

2030

Friday, 9th of August