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Ekadashi Fasting Dates in 2018

According to Hindu calendar, Ekadashi is considered as auspicious day. Ekadashi is taken from Sanskrit language meaning 'eleven'.

 

Each month there are two Ekadashi which come during Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha. Ekadashi fast is very strict.

 

It is kept from Sunset to Ekadashi before the Ekadashi date till next sunrise; it is about 48 hours fast.

 

Ekadashi Fasting Dates of 2018

 

Date Day Ekadashi
12-January-2018 Friday Shattila Ekadashi
27-January-2018 Saturday Jaya Ekadashi
28-January-2018 Sunday Gauna, Vaishnava Jaya Ekadashi
11-February-2018 Sunday Vijaya Ekadashi
26-February-2018 Monday Amalaki Ekadashi
13-March-2018 Tuesday Papmochani Ekadashi
27-March-2018 Tuesday Kamada Ekadashi
12-April-2018 Thursday Varuthini Ekadashi
26-April-2018 Thursday Mohini Ekadashi
11-May-2018 Friday Apara Ekadashi
25-May-2018 Friday Padmini Ekadashi
10-June-2018 Sunday Parama Ekadashi
23-June-2018 Saturday Nirjala Ekadashi
09-July-2018 Monday Yogini Ekadashi
23-July-2018 Monday Devshayani Ekadashi
07-August-2018 Tuesday Kamika Ekadashi
08-August-2018 Wednesday Gauna, Vaishnava Kamika Ekadashi
22-August-2018 Wednesday Shravana Putrada Ekadashi
06-September-2018 Thursday Aja Ekadashi
20-September-2018 Thursday Parsva Ekadashi
05-October-2018 Friday Indira Ekadashi
20-October-2018 Saturday Papankusha Ekadashi
03-November-2018 Saturday Rama Ekadashi
04-November-2018 Sunday Vaishnava Rama Ekadashi
19-November-2018 Monday Devutthana Ekadashi
03-December-2018 Monday Utpanna Ekadashi
18-December-2018 Tuesday Mokshada Ekadashi
19-December-2018 Wednesday Gauna, Vaishnava Mokshada Ekadashi

 

Importance of Ekadashi Dates

 

According to Hindu mythology, Ekadashi is also called 'Green Vase' and 'Green Day'. Ekadashi is celebrated by both Vaishnav and non Vaishnav community.

 

The significance of Ekadashi is also explained in Skanda Purana and Padam Purana. Those devotees, who keep fast on this day, do not eat wheat, spices and vegetables.

 

The devotees make preparations for this fast starting from Dasami a day before Ekadashi. The devotees wake up early in the morning and take a bath with holy water and eat on this day without salt.

 

Ekadashi Fast Rules

 

  • Fresh fruits, desserts made from dried fruits, vegetables and milk are eaten on this day, and in some states only meals of sabudana, peanuts and potatoes are eaten on this day.
  • Lentils and honey are not eaten on the day of Dasami.
  • Some people do not drink water on this day, so it is also called Nirjala Ekadashi.
  • Lord Vishnu is worshiped on this day. Some devotees read the story, story and mantra of Ekadashi vrat during the night.
  • The next day of Ekadashi is called Dvashashi. It is a normal day like Dashami or other days.
  • After bathing early in the morning, the light of the lamp is worshiped and Lord Vishnu is worshiped and the fasting is done by eating the food made on the day of Dasami.

 

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