Archive for the ‘Ekadashi’ Category

Chaitra Masa (ಚೈತ್ರ ಮಾಸ) – March 16th- April 14th 2010

Vikrutinama Samvatsara ವಿಕೃತಿನಾಮ ಸಂವತ್ಸರ, Chaitra Masa ಚೈತ್ರ ಮಾಸ, Uttarayana ಉತ್ತರಾಯಣ, Vasantha Ruthu ವಸಂತ ಋತು March 16th – April 14th 2010.

  • March 16th Ugadi ಯುಗಾದಿ
  • March 24th Rama Navami ರಾಮ ನವಮಿ
  • March 26th Ekadashi ಏಕಾದಶಿ
  • March 30th Purnima ಪೂರ್ಣಿಮ, Hanuma Jayanthi ಹನುಮ ಜಯಂತಿ
  • April 10th Ekadashi ಏಕಾದಶಿ
  • April 14th Amavasya ಅಮಾವಾಸ್ಯ

P.S: Attached below is the PDF for Sri Rama Arghya Mantra to be said during Sri Rama Navami.

2010-2011 ವಿಕೃತಿನಾಮ ಸಂವತ್ಸರ Vikruti Nama Panchanga Download

Ms. Chandrika has provided the links for downloading the soft copies (PDF) for  the new year 2010-2011 ವಿಕೃತಿನಾಮ ಸಂವತ್ಸರ. They are available at the following links in various Indian Languages.

  1. http://www.srsmutt.org/ ( Shri Raghavendra Swamy Matha)
  2. http://www.uttaradimath.org/web/index.php?option=com_content&task=category&sectionid=13&id=57&Itemid=246( Uttaradi Matha)

Thanks to Chandrika, and also srsmutt and uttaradimath for providing these online for us.

As always, I will post an entry every month which will list all the important events, festivals and ekadashis.

P.S: To know the exact dates of events happening in your city, take a look at the following link provided by Ms. Shalini Rao.

ಪುಷ್ಯ ಮಾಸ – December 17th 2009 – January 15th 2010

As per Uttaradimatta Panchanga, this year in Virodhi Nama Samvatsara(ವಿರೋಧಿನಾಮ ಸಂವತ್ಸರ), Dhakshinayana(ದಕ್ಷಿಣಾಯನ‌), Hemantha Ruthu(ಹೇಮಂತ ಋತು), Pushya Masa (ಪುಷ್ಯ ಮಾಸ) starts from December 17th 2009 and ends on January 15th 2010

  • December 28th 2009 – Ekadashi, Vaikuntha Ekadashi
  • December31st 2009 – Poornima Hunnime
  • January11th 2010 – Ekadashi
  • Januray 14th 2010 – Makara Sankranthi
  • January 15th 2010 – Amavasya

P.S: To know the exact dates of events happening in your city, take a look at the following link provided by Ms. Shalini Rao.

More details about Vaikunta Ekadashi can be found here.

Vaishaka Masa – April 26-May 24 2009

Vaishaka Masa – Vasantha Ruthu – April 26th – May 24th 2009

1. April 27th – Akshaya Thrithiya

2. May 4th -Sri Srinivasa Kalyana

3. May 5th – Ekadashi

4. May 7th – Narasimha Jayanthi

5. May 9th – Poornima

6. May 12th Angarika Sankashti

7. May 20th – Ekadashi

8. May 24th – Amavasya

Chaitra Masa – March/April 2009

March 27th – April 25th Chaitra Masa Uttarayana Vasantha Ruthu

March 27th Friday- Ugadi
April 3rd Friday – Rama Navami
April 5th Sunday- Ekadashi
April 9th Thursday – Poornima, Hanuman Jayanthi
April 21st Tuesday – Ekadashi
April 25th Saturday – Amavasya

Vaikunta Ekadashi – December 28th 2009

Vaikunta Ekadashi falls in the month December-January. This year it falls on December 28th 2009. This is observed with all solemnity in the temples of Lord Vishnu. Vaikunda Ekadashi is of great significance at the Tirupati Balaji Temple, and also all Balaji temples. They prepare what is called a “Swargada Bagilu” also called as ‘Vaikunta Dwaram’ or ‘the gate to the heaven‘ This gate is opened on this day. This is the passage encircling the innermost sanctum of the Lord. Scores of devotees queue up to pass through the Gate of Vaikunta in the temples.

Orthodox Madhwa people in South India observe complete fasting on ordinary Ekadashi day. For the devotees of Lord Vishnu, every Ekadashi is a very sacred day

No rice should be eaten on Ekadashi days. This is very important. Those who are unable to fast completely can take some light fruit and milk.

So you may ask why we shouldn’t eat rice, so here comes the story for the same.

The sweat that fell down from the head of Brahma assumed the form of a demon and said to the Lord, “O Lord! now give me an abode to dwell.” Brahma replied, “O demon! go and dwell in the rice particles eaten by men on Ekadashi day and become worms in their stomach.” For this reason rice is prohibited on Ekadashi.

If you don’t believe in this story, just think of all the benefits you can from fasting. Fasting makes a man strong, both spiritually and mentally.Fasting controls passion. It checks the emotions. It controls the senses also.

It is good to fast once in a while as it recuperates the body. Ekadashi observance cleans our body and the digestive organs get much needed rest.

Those people suffering from ailments and on medications should take the advice of a doctor before fasting. Never torture your body in the name of religion. There is nothing wrong in having fruits or milk. And you can bring a certain amount of flexibility in the way it is observed.

If you can’t fast completely here are some quick and simple recipes you can choose from on Ekadashi day:

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