7th May 2021 – Varuthini Ekadashi
There are 24 types of Ekadashi in a year, all associated with various incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Here we will talk about Varuthini Ekadashi.
According to the North Indian Purnimant calendar, Varuthini Ekadashi occurs during Krishna Paksha of Vaishakha month, and Krishna Paksha of Chaitra month according to the South Indian Amavasyant calendar. However, it is observed on the same day in both North and South India. In the English calendar, it is now in the months of March or April.
The Varuthini Ekadashi holds a deep meaning and importance for the Hindus. Devotees fast and give prayers to Lord Vamana, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, on this particular day.
What is the story behind ekadashi?
After a struggle between Vishnu and the devil, Vishnu discovered that he wanted a new sword to kill Muran. The goddess was given the name ‘Ekadashi’ by Vishnu, who was delighted with her and requested her to say a boon. Ekadashi, on the other hand, prayed to Vishnu that those who fasted on that day be forgiven of their sins.
What can we eat in Varuthini ekadashi?
Abuse and sexual intercourse should be avoided at all costs. One should fast (upavas) and eat only one meal a day. Meat, black gramme, red lentil, chickpea, sugar, betel nut, paan (betel nut leaves), rice and spinach should be avoided.
Why rice is not eaten on Ekadashi?
There is, however, an explanation why rice is avoided on this day. The magnetic force of the Moon creates high and low tides on Earth. It draws water bodies into it, resulting in high tides. The Moon’s location on Ekadashi Tithi is said to be unfavourable to the human digestive system.