Rama Ekadashi has great importance in Hinduism. This Ekadashi is known as Rama Ekadashi after the name of Lakshmi Ji. This Ekadashi is also known by other names like Kartik Krishna Ekadashi or Rambha Ekadashi and it falls four days before the festival of Diwali. On this Ekadashi, along with Mahalakshmi, there is a law to worship Keshav, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Keeping fast on this Ekadashi brings happiness and prosperity to your life.
In the year 2021, Rama Ekadashi will be celebrated on Monday, 1 November. This is the Ekadashi of Kartik month. This Ekadashi is the Ekadashi of Kartik Krishna Paksha.
According to the rules on this Ekadashi fast, food should not be taken after sunset on the day of Dashami. The method of worship is something like this.
1. On the day of Rama Ekadashi, wake up and take a bath, after that Lord Vishnu should be worshipped.
2. While worshiping Lord Vishnu, offer incense, basil leaves, lamp, naivedya, flowers, and fruits, etc.
3. Bhajan-Kirtan or Jagran of Lord Vishnu should be done during the night.
4. On the next day of Ekadashi, after worshiping on Dwadashi, the needy person or Brahmin should break the fast by giving food and donation-Dakshina, in the end by eating food.
Once when her husband Prince Shobhan was present in the kingdom of King Muchukunda during the time of Krishna Paksha and it was Rama Ekadashi fasting day. After that, he too was required to observe fast on that day. Shobhan could not fast due to his ill and weak health. Chandrabhaga asked her husband to go to some other place because if he would stay here, he would have to perform this ritual. But, Shobhan said that he will stay there and also observe Rama Ekadashi fast, let's see what happens. Along with this, he had said this. One has to starve for the whole day to keep this fast. So he had not eaten anything, due to which he died. But because of the virtues acquired by observing Rama Ekadashi fasting, the prince got a place in heaven and attained a unique and great kingdom. But because he was being forced to fast, the kingdom was invisible. Once a brahmin came out of the Muchukunda kingdom, and he saw Shobhan and his kingdom. The prince told all the incidents to the Brahmin and asked his wife, Chandrabhaga to tell everything. The Brahmin returned and told everything to the prince's wife. Due to the benefits and merits gained by Chandrabhaga by observing several Rama Ekadashi Vrats, Chandrabhaga with her divine blessings turned the kingdom into reality and both created an everlasting kingdom and started living a divine and blissful life.
For this reason, the importance of Rama Ekadashi has been mentioned in the Puranas. By following its worship, the weakness of life is reduced, and life becomes free from sin.
It is believed in Hindu that Rama Ekadashi is said to be the most auspicious and important Ekadashi. It is also popular with other names like Kartik Krishna Ekadashi or Rambha Ekadashi and falls four days before the festival of Diwali. Rama Ekadashi Vrat is considered one of the most important Ekadashi celebrations. According to the Hindu calendar, Rama Ekadashi is celebrated on the 11th day during the Krishna Paksha of the month of Kartik. Devotees religiously absolved of all their sins by considering it safe.