Vaishnava Kamika Ekadashi popularly known as Kamika Ekadashi is celebrated on the eleventh day of the Krishna Paksha in the Shravana month of the Hindu calendar. Ekadashi is a day dedicated to Lord Vishnu. There are two Ekadashi due to having two paksha’s in a month, one on the Shukla Paksha and the other on the Krishna Paksha. Therefore, there can be at least 24 Ekadashi in a year, but in the case of Adhik Mas (extra months), this number can also be 26.
The fast of Ekadashi of the two days is suggested for faithful devotees who seek the love and affection of Lord Vishnu.
Kamika Ekadashi 2020 Date:
This year, Kamik Ekadashi will begin on July 15 at 10:23 pm and will end on July 16 at 11.47 pm.
Kamika Ekadashi 2020 Timings:
Kamika Ekadashi Parana time: 5:59:09 to 8:19:27 on July 17
Duration: 2 hour 20 minute
Hari Varara End time: 5:59:09 on July 17
Kamika Ekadashi Vrat Puja Vidhi:
The Vaishnava Kamika Ekadashi Vrat is an important fasting ritual of the Hare Krishna followers. The fast for Ekadashi is related to the three-day routine. Devotees do not take the evening meal after taking food in the afternoon a day before the fasting day, to ensure that there is no residual food left in the stomach the next day. Devotees strictly follow the rules of fasting on Ekadashi. And the next day ends the fast only after sunrise. Eating all types of grains is forbidden during Ekadashi fast.
Importance of Kamika Ekadashi Vrat:
According to Hindu Mythology, worshipping Lord Vishnu on this day not only benefits a devotee, but also ends the sufferings of his/her ancestors. On the occasion of Kamika Ekadashi, taking a bath in a river, lake, or pond at pilgrim places and reap fruits equivalent to Ashwamedha Yagya. The Vaishnava Kamika Ekadashi is one of the most propitious and significant Ekadashi celebrations for Vaishnavas.