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Varuthini Ekadashi takes place on the 11th day during the waning phase of the moon (Krishna Paksha) in the month of Chaitra/Vaisakha in the traditional Hindu calendar. In the North Indian calendars, this Ekadashi is observed during the Krishna Paksha in Adhik Vaisak month while in other regions, it is practiced in the Chaita Krishna Paksha. The followers of Varuthini Ekadashi vrat believe that by observing the Varuthini Ekadashi fast, they can successfully cleanse their sins and seek blessings of happiness, prosperity and wealth.
Great kings like Mandhaata, Dhundhumaar and others have achieved salvation in Swarag by observing many such Ekadashi vratts (fast ). Once Mahadevji beheaded the fifth head of Brahmaji and was cursed for this. But he was freed from the sins and curse due to this vratt of Varuthini Ekadashi. Performing continuous penance for a thousand years equates and provides the same fruits as keeping the vratt of Varuthini Ekadashi.
Giving the daughter away as a daan on her wedding (kanyadaan) is termed as the most absolute daan a person can give to anyone in this world. However the vratt of this Ekadashi gives a person similar fruits to a hundred kanyadaan. On the day before this Ekadashi devotees must eat once a day and observe a full fast on the actual Ekadashi day. One must perform continuous devotion during the day and night singing the full glory of Almighty Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan .
Observe Varuthini Ekadashi Vrat
The Hindu women regard Varuthini Ekadashi vrat to be highly significant as they believe the vrat is a step towards a fortunate phase of life. Also, those observing this fast will be successfully blessed with salvation or ‘Moksha'. The day before Varuthini Ekadashi is known as Dashami day. Devotees who are considering observing a fast refrain themselves from consuming food made from urad dal, red lentils, chickpeas, spinach, kondo and honey. On this day, a single meal is taken. Also no meals are served on a bell metal plate.
Apart from abstaining from certain foods, devotees also restrict themselves from indulging in gambling and sex. On the day of Varuthini Ekadashi, the day is spent at home reciting Holy Scriptures, such as Bhagavada Purana, and conversing with people is kept at minimum. Rice, onion, spinach, and betel nuts and leaves are avoided. People usually keep awake during the daytime and at night as well. On the day after Varunithi Ekadashi, known as Dwadasi day, the same schedule is followed as that on Dashami. Men keep away from shaving while everyone observing the vrat avoids an oil bath.