Kamada Ekadasi 2020, April 4: Vrat timing, puja vidhi & katha

The idol of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi The idol of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi
Kamada Ekadasi is a Hindu religious day that falls on the 11th lunar day (ekadashi) of the fortnight of the waxing moon in the Hindu month of Chaitra (March–April). The word 'Kamada' means 'The one that grants all wishes'. As the name suggests, Kamada Ekadasi is believed to grant all desires. It is also the first ekadashi after the Hindu New Year.

Kamada Ekadashi Date & Time 2020

Kamada Ekadashi Date: April 4, 2020
Tithi begings at 12.58 pm
Tithi ends at 10.3 pm

Kamada Ekadashi puja vidhi

It is believe that observing a fast on Kamada Ekadashi fulfills all your desires. A day before the Kamada Ekadashi, make sure you practice purity. On the day of Kamada Ekadashi, wake up early and take a bath with soil taken from some pure place. After this, recite recite the Satya Narayan Katha and prayers to Lord Vishnu's avatar Shri Krishna, offer fruits and do the aarti.

Kamada Ekadashi katha

As per legends, a young gandharva couple, Lalit and his wife Lalita, lived in the city of Ratnapura, which was ruled by the King Pundarika. Lalit was a famous singer, while Lalita was a renowned dancer at the royal court. One day when Lalit was singing in the royal court, his attention fluttered from the song to his wife, who was absent from the court. As a result, he missed some beats in his performance. Karkotaka, a serpent complained to the king of fault in Lalit's performance and said that Lalit considered his wife more important than the king. Infuriated, the King Pundarika cursed Lalit to become a monstrous cannibal. This greatly distressed Lalita and she wandered around the forests with her monstrous husband who dealt in sinful activities.

While wandering around the forest, Lalita came across the sage Shringi and asked for help. Sage Shringi told her to observe the Kamada Ekadasi vrata to atone for the sins of her husband. Lalita observed vrat and requested God Krishna to free her husband from the king's curse. With the blessings of Krishna, Lalit was restored to his original gandharva form. Thereafter, they were taken to heaven on a celestial flying chariot.
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