30 April 2024

Understanding the Significance and Rituals of Varuthini Ekadashi 2024

In the Hindu faith, the month of Vaishakh holds immense significance, regarded as profoundly auspicious for worship and receiving divine blessings. Scriptures extol Vaishakh as unparalleled, comparing it to no other month, era, scripture, or sacred site. Within this sacred month, each festival holds the promise of spiritual merit and the fulfillment of desires. Among these, Varuthini Ekadashi stands out as a day of profound sanctity and spiritual significance.    

Varuthini Ekadashi, falling in the Krishna Paksha of Vaishakh month, is believed to absolve one of sins accumulated over lifetimes through observance of fasting, devotion to Lord Vishnu, and acts of charity. It is said that the merits accrued from observing this fast fulfill all desires of the devotee.


Significance of Varuthini Ekadashi

Observing fasting, performing ablutions, and worshipping Lord Vishnu on Varuthini Ekadashi bestow merits equivalent to performing penance. Additionally, this fast is believed to bring auspiciousness and blessings into one’s life. Offering food and charity on this day is said to result in inexhaustible spiritual merits. For unmarried individuals, observing this fast is recommended to find a suitable life partner.             


Date and time of  Varuthini Ekadashi 2024

This year, Varuthini Ekadashi falls on May 4th. The auspicious period for observing Ekadashi begins late on May 3rd at 11:24 PM and concludes on May 4th at 8:38 PM. The fast can be broken on May 4th between 5:37 AM and 8:17 AM.               


Legend (Katha) of Varuthini Ekadashi

In ancient times, King Mandhata, revered for his virtuous rule, faced a trial when a wild bear attacked him during meditation. Despite the ordeal, he maintained his composure and prayed to Lord Vishnu for guidance. Responding to his plea, Lord Vishnu appeared, vanquishing the bear and advising the king to observe Varuthini Ekadashi in Mathura.  

Following Lord Vishnu’s counsel, King Mandhata observed the Varuthini Ekadashi fast with utmost devotion. As a result, his injured foot was miraculously healed, and he regained his strength. The king’s faith and adherence to the Ekadashi rituals earned him divine grace, leading to his eventual liberation.

Varuthini Ekadashi’s significance lies in its ability to grant spiritual solace and physical well-being to devotees. Through sincere observance of the fast and devotion to Lord Vishnu, one can overcome obstacles, purify the soul, and attain divine blessings.     


Puja Rituals of Varuthini Ekadashi

  • Awakening: Wake up during the Brahma Muhurta, the auspicious time before dawn, and take a bath.
  • Resolution: Make a resolve (sankalp) to observe the fast.
  • Pooja Preparation: Set up a wooden platform and place an image of Lord Vishnu on it, covered with red or yellow cloth.
  • Offering: Offer Panchamrit (a mixture of milk, curd, ghee, honey, and Ganga water) to Lord Vishnu.
  • Illumination: Light incense, lamps, and camphor.
  • Worship: Worship Lord Vishnu with devotion, offering Tulsi leaves, fruits, and sweets.
  • Invocation: Chant the mantras of Lord Vishnu.
  • Aarti: Conclude with Aarti and distribute Prasad among all.    


Significance of Charity on Varuthini Ekadashi

The tradition of giving charity has been upheld in Hinduism for millennia, symbolizing generosity and compassion. Donating to Brahmins and the needy on Ekadashi is considered highly meritorious. Giving charity on this auspicious day amplifies its significance manifold, bringing joy and positive transformations into one’s life. 

The importance of charity is emphasized in ancient texts, stating that those desiring a heavenly abode, longevity, wealth, and liberation should generously donate to deserving individuals.   


Recommended Items for Charity on Varuthini Ekadashi

On Varuthini Ekadashi, offering food, clothing, and educational assistance holds special significance. Providing meals to the hungry and clothing to the needy, along with supporting educational initiatives, are considered virtuous acts. Collaborating with non-profit organizations like Narayan Seva Sansthan for food distribution, clothing drives, and educational sponsorships can contribute significantly to the welfare of society and accrue immense spiritual merit.                                 


The Sacred Essence of Varuthini Ekadashi 2024

Varuthini Ekadashi 2024 offers a unique opportunity for spiritual elevation and altruistic actions. Observing fasting, worshipping Lord Vishnu, and engaging in acts of charity on this sacred day bring blessings, fulfillment, and spiritual growth. Let us embrace the essence of Varuthini Ekadashi by dedicating ourselves to devotion, selflessness, and service to humanity, thereby enriching our lives and contributing to the greater good.