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One of the most significant Ekadashi Vrat of all the Ekadashis, Kamika Ekadashi falls on the 11th day of the new moon or Krishna paksha month of Shravan according to the Hindu calendar of North India. However, this Ekadashi is celebrated in the month of 'Ashada' according to the Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, and Kannada calendars. According to the Gregorian Calendar, it falls in the months of July and August.
Ekadashi is one of the most important days in the Hindu calendar and each Ekadashi has a different name and significance. In the 2021 Kamika Ekadashi falls on Wednesday, August 4.
On 5th Aug, Parana Time - 05:45 AM to 08:26 AM
Ekadashi Tithi Begins - 12:59 PM on Aug 03, 2021
Devotees worship Lord Vishnu with utmost devotion on this day. The devotees wake up early in the morning and Worship the Lord with Tulsi leaves, flowers, fruits, and sesame seeds. Devotees also perform Panchamrut Abhishek. Devotees also seek absolution from all their sins by lighting a Diya in front of God.
Devotees worship the tulsi plant as it is considered a sacred plant. It is believed that only the mere sighting of the tulsi plant can wash away all the sins. Offering prayers to Tulsi can also help get rid of diseases. People believe that watering the tulsi plant will stop the worshipper from the wrath of the god of death, Lord Yama. This is the reason most Hindus plant Tulsi in their houses.
The devotees usually keep Jagran at night in their houses and sing kirtans and bhajans in the praise of the Lord.
The legend says that there was once a landlord in a village in ancient times who once had a fight with the Brahmin and out of anger killed him.
The anger left the landlord’s body. He realized what a sin he had committed therefore he wanted to repent and asked for permission to be a part of the Brahmana's cremation rituals but was denied. Therefore he was cursed. He was desperate to wash away his sin and so he approached a saint to ask for advice. The saint advises him to observe a strict fast on Kamika Ekadashi. He did as he was told and at night he met lord Vishnu in his dreams and freed him of all his sins and was finally forgiven.
The significance of Kamika Ekadashi is immense. When a Person worships Lord Vishnu on this day he is blessed by the Lord. People take baths in religious pilgrimage places.
When a person worships Lord Vishnu on this day he is freed from pitru dosha. He is also freed from material desires and attains Moksha.
Sleeping Lord Vishnu in the month of Shravan helps one get similar results as worshipping Gandharva and snakes.
The story of this Ekadashishi was told to Yudhishthira by Lord Krishna and was told by Saint Vashishtha to king Dilip. It is considered the best time to worship Lord Vishnu to fulfill one’s desires.