A FRIENDLY REMINDER Monday :Parsva Ekadashi Tuesday : Lord Vamanadev Appearance, Ekadasi Breaking time : 6:29 to 10:40 A.M Mahatmya : The Vaishnava Parsva Ekadashi is also popularly known as ‘Vamana Ekadashi’ and it is strongly believed that a person who desires freedom from the material bondage should observe this auspicious ekadashi vrat devotedly, every year. This ekadashi observance falls in the period of ‘Dakshinayana Punyakalam’ (the night time of Hindu Gods and Goddess) during the ‘Chaturmas’. Hence this ekadashi is believed to be highly auspicious.
As per the Hindu mythological stories, during the time of this ekadashi, Sri Hari Vishnu takes rest and also changes His sleeping position from the left to the right side. Owing to this reason, this ekadashi is also referred as ‘Parsva Parivartini Ekadashi’. The person must not eat anything after sunset and should sleep on the floor and maintain celibacy. Spinach, honey, chick peas, urad dahl and sea salt must be avoided and he/she should not dine in metal plates. On ekadashi day, the devotees do not eat or drink all day. They must not talk unnecessarily or touch anything unclean. Instead, they must listen or read the glories and teaching of Lord Vishnu . Chant 25 rounds of Mahamantra. The day after Vaishnava Parsva Ekadashi is celebrated as ‘Sri Vamana Dwadashi’ as Lord Vamanadev appeared on this day. This ekadashi vrat should therefore be continued till the noon. The vrat is broken on the next day in the noon with Ekadashi prasadam. Devotees worship ‘Vamandev’, a dwarf incarnation of Lord Vishnu with full affection and love. It is believed that worshipping Him is equivalent to praying all three foremost deities, Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. On the Vaishnava Parsva Ekadashi, it is auspicious to offer rice mixed with yogurt and some silver to a qualified Brahmin. Thank you, Ys, Karunanidhi Das ISKCON Chicago