Varuthini Ekadashi 2022 Date: Tuesday, 26 April
Tithi - Vaishakha Krishna Paksha Ekadashi
Parana Time - 06:41 AM to 08:22 AM on 27th April
Ekadashi Tithi Starts - 01:37 AM on 26 April, 2022
Ekadashi Tithi Ends - 12:47 AM on 27 April, 2022
Varuthini Ekadashi is observed on the Krishna Paksha Ekadashi of Vaishakh Month. As per all Ekadashi vrat, this is also dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Varuthini means armored or protected. This day suggests that devotees who follow vrat on this day are bound to be protected from all harm and evil and are believed to usher in good fortune. One who follows all these rules is bound to gain name and fame and prosperity.
There are certain rules to be followed strictly by the devotees on this day. On Varuthini Ekadashi devotees usually keep an all-night vigil, praying to God. They sing devotional songs and hymns accompanied by the members of the family. One should stay away from activities like gambling, sports, robbery, lying, exercise, shaving one's head, face, body and violence.
Devotees should observe a fast and after the fast should have only one meal. Devotees should refrain from eating meat, red lentil, black gram, honey, betel nut, chickpea, paan (betel nut leaves) and spinach. Also one should not eat in other people’s houses. To the yajna, only boiled food is offered on the previous day. The boiled food is known as the Havishyanna food and people should be consuming this during this fast.
God Krishna narrates the greatness of Varuthini Ekadashi to King Yudhishthira in the Bhavishya Purana. While explaining he says that the Ekadashi would turn a destitute woman into a lucky one, a lame person would walk normally, would liberate an animal from its cycle of birth and death.
This Ekadashi enlightened King Mandata. Not only this but also, the Ikshvaku king Dhundhumara was freed from a curse that was given by Shiva. This Ekadashi assures all human beings prosperity in this life and the next. Charitable activities are encouraged on this day as it is believed to bring prosperity and good health to the donors.