Rama or Rambha Ekadashi 2024

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  • Rambha or Rama Ekadashi 2024
  • Sunday, 27 October 2024
  • Ekadashi date starts : 27 October 2024 at 05:23 AM
  • Ekadashi date ends : 28 October 2024 at 07:50 AM

This fast is kept on the Ekadashi of Krishna Paksha of Kartik month. This Ekadashi is called Rambha or Rama Ekadashi. For married women, this fast is said to be auspicious and give happiness. On this day, worship Lord Krishna with all things; distribute prasad by doing naivedya and aarti. On the Dwadashi date, after feeding the Brahmin and giving Dakshina, send him away, then the fast should take food.

Rama Ekadashi is a sacred Hindu fasting day dedicated to Lord Rama, who is one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu. It falls on the 11th day (Ekadashi) of the bright half (Shukla Paksha) of the Hindu lunar month of Kartika, which usually occurs in October or November of the Gregorian calendar. This day is observed by devout Hindus as a way to seek the blessings of Lord Rama and to cleanse the mind and body through fasting and prayers.

Here are the key aspects and practices associated with Rama Ekadashi:

  • Fasting: Fasting on Rama Ekadashi is the central observance. Devotees abstain from food and water from sunrise on Ekadashi until the next day (Dvadashi) after sunrise. Some people observe a more rigorous fast without consuming any food or water, while others may consume water or fruits.
  • Worship of Lord Rama: Devotees engage in prayers, bhajans (devotional songs), and reading or narrating stories from the life of Lord Rama, such as the Ramayana.
  • Charity and Donations: Giving to the needy and making charitable donations are considered meritorious on Rama Ekadashi. Donating food, clothing, or money to the poor and underprivileged is a common practice.
  • Visiting Temples: Devotees visit temples dedicated to Lord Rama to offer their prayers and seek His blessings. Many temples hold special ceremonies and processions on this day.
  • Recitation of Vishnu Sahasranama: Some people recite or listen to the Vishnu Sahasranama, which is a sacred text consisting of a thousand names of Lord Vishnu.
  • Meditation and Reflection: Devotees may engage in meditation and self-reflection to cleanse the mind and soul and seek spiritual growth.
  • Austerities: Rama Ekadashi is also considered an auspicious day for observing spiritual austerities and vows to strengthen one's devotion and connection with Lord Rama.
  • Breaking the Fast: The fast is typically broken on Dvadashi (the day after Ekadashi) after sunrise. It is customary to offer prayers to Lord Rama before consuming the first meal.

Rama Ekadashi holds significance as it is believed to help devotees purify their hearts, seek forgiveness for past sins, and enhance their devotion to Lord Rama. It is an occasion for self-discipline, spiritual reflection, and devotion to the divine. Observing Rama Ekadashi with sincerity is believed to bring peace, happiness, and spiritual advancement in one's life.

Rambha Ekadashi Katha

In ancient times, there was a righteous king named Muchukunda. He used to fast on every Ekadashi. The people of the state also started observing fast on every Ekadashi. The king had a daughter named Chandrabhaga. She also used to fast on Ekadashi.

She was married to Shobhan, the son of King Chandrasen. Shobhan lived with the king. That's why he also started fasting on Ekadashi. On the Ekadashi of Krishna Paksha of Kartik month, Shobhan fasted for Ekadashi but died due to hunger. Due to this the king, queen and daughter were very sad but kept on fasting on Ekadashi.

Shobhan got residence in Dev Nagar situated on the Mandarachal mountain due to the effect of fasting. There Rambhadi Apsaras were ready in his service. Suddenly one day Muchukunda went to the Mandarachal mountain and there he saw Shobhan. After coming home, he told all the story to the queen and daughter. The daughter went to her husband after getting this news and both started living happily. Rambhadi Apsaras were engaged in his service. That's why this Ekadashi is called Rambha Ekadashi.


When is Rama Ekadashi in 2024?

Rama Ekadashi is on Sunday, 27 October 2024. Ekadashi will start from 27 October 2024 at 05:23 AM and will end at 28 October 2024 at 07:50 AM.

When is Ekadashi of Krishna Paksha of Kartik month?

Krishna Paksha Ekadashi of Kartik month is on Sunday, 27 October 2024. Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped along with Lord Vishnu on this day.

Who is worshiped on the day of Rama Ekadashi?

In Rama Ekadashi fast, the Keshav form of Lord Vishnu, the full-fledged avatar of Lord Vishnu, is duly worshiped with incense, lamps, naivedya, flowers and fruits of the season.

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