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