Parivartini Ekadashi, also referred to as Parsva Ekadashi or Vamana Ekadashi stands as a momentous Hindu religious observance celebrated with unwavering devotion and enthusiasm. This sacred day falls on the 11th day of the lunar fortnight, commonly known as Ekadashi, within the Hindu calendar.
Particularly, the Ekadashi occurring during the Shukla Paksha
, the Waxing Moon Period, of the Bhadrapada month, earns the titles of Padma Ekadashi or Parivartini Ekadashi. This day is dedicated to the revered deity Lord Vishnu, and it holds a unique significance for those individuals who are on a quest for spiritual growth and inner renewal.
In the year 2023, Parivartini Ekadashi is to grace us on Monday, September 25th, 2023.
This auspicious occasion presents devotees with an exceptional opportunity to embark on a profound journey of personal change and transformation.
It is customary on this day for devotees to observe a strict fast, engage in prayers and meditation, offer fruits and flowers to Lord Vishnu, chant his sacred mantras, sing devotional hymns, and partake in acts of charity to uplift the less fortunate. Parivartini Ekadashi is a day to shed the old and embrace positive changes, both in the physical and spiritual realms, seeking blessings for peace, renewal, and prosperity.
Ekadashi Tithi Starts: 07:55 a.m on September 25, 2023
Ekadashi Tithi Ends: 05:00 a.m on September 26, 2023
Parivartini Ekadashi Parana Muhurta: Between 01:25 p.m. to 03:49 p.m. September 26, 2023.
The Significance of Parivartini Ekadashi
Lord Vishnu’s Resting Period
The concept of Lord Vishnu’s cosmic slumber and awakening is a profound and symbolic aspect of Hindu mythology,
adding depth to the significance of Parivartini Ekadashi. According to this belief, Lord Vishnu, the preserver, and sustainer of the universe, reclines on the celestial ocean for four months, commencing with Devshayani Ekadashi.
This cosmic slumber, also known as the “Chaturmas” or “four-month period,” represents a time when the Lord withdraws from his earthly responsibilities and enters a state of rest. During this phase, it is believed that the natural order of the universe may undergo certain changes.
However, Parivartini Ekadashi serves as the pivotal moment when Lord Vishnu awakens from this celestial rest. Devotees hold this day in profound reverence, as they believe that with the Lord’s awakening, he returns to his divine duties of preserving and maintaining the balance of the cosmos. It symbolizes the renewal of cosmic order and the assurance of divine protection and guidance for all living beings.
This aspect of Lord Vishnu’s rest and awakening adds a layer of spiritual significance to Parivartini Ekadashi, reminding devotees of the eternal cycle of creation, preservation, and transformation in Hindu cosmology.
Change and Renewal
“Parivartini,” derived from the Sanskrit word for change or transformation, beautifully encapsulates the essence of Parivartini Ekadashi. This sacred day is more than a religious observance; it is a profound spiritual journey that invites individuals to embrace change and break free from the shackles of stagnation.
The Ekadashi is seen as a powerful catalyst for personal growth and renewal. By observing a strict fast and engaging in fervent prayers and meditation on this day, devotees aim to shed not only physical but also spiritual impurities. The act of fasting symbolizes detachment from material desires and attachments, while the prayers and mantras chanted create an atmosphere of spiritual purification.
In this pursuit of transformation, Parivartini Ekadashi is believed to aid individuals in letting go of old habits, negative patterns of thought, and behaviors that hinder personal progress. It serves as a spiritual reset button, allowing devotees to embark on a journey of inner renewal, bringing them closer to their higher selves and the divine.
Ultimately, Ekadashi’s profound message is one of hope and the possibility of positive change, reminding us that within every individual lies the potential for transformation and spiritual evolution. It encourages us to break free from the chains of inertia and stagnation, guiding us toward a path of personal growth and spiritual renewal.
The Rituals and Observance:
Parivartini Ekadashi’s fasting regimen is marked by devout discipline. As the sun rises on this sacred day, devotees embark on a strict fast that extends until the following day. During this fasting period, they refrain from partaking in grains, pulses, and specific vegetables. This abstention signifies a deep commitment to self-control and spiritual devotion. By denying themselves these dietary staples, devotees seek to purify their bodies and minds, creating a conducive environment for inner transformation and heightened spiritual awareness. This austere act of fasting is seen as a means to detach from material desires, promoting a state of heightened consciousness and spiritual growth.
Parivartini Ekadashi is a day rich with devotional activities. Devotees devote their time to heartfelt prayers, deep meditation, and the recitation of sacred texts. One of the most revered practices is the recitation of the Vishnu Sahasranama, a compilation of a thousand divine names of Lord Vishnu. This ancient text is believed to invoke the divine presence and instill a profound sense of spiritual connection. Meditation on this day is often focused on Lord Vishnu’s form, attributes, and his role as the preserver of the universe. These devotional activities serve to create a sense of tranquility, devotion, and closeness to the divine, reinforcing the spiritual significance of Parivartini Ekadashi.
On Parivartini Ekadashi, devotees engage in heartfelt offerings to express their devotion to Lord Vishnu. They present a variety of offerings, including fresh fruits, fragrant flowers, and sacred Tulsi leaves, which hold deep spiritual significance. These offerings symbolize purity and reverence. Furthermore, chanting Lord Vishnu’s mantras and singing devotional songs fill the atmosphere with a sense of spiritual vibrancy. Mantras like the “Om Namo Narayana” are recited with profound devotion, aiming to invoke the divine presence and seek blessings. Singing devotional songs and bhajans creates a communal bond among devotees, enhancing the overall spiritual experience and fostering a sense of unity in their shared devotion to Lord Vishnu on this auspicious day.
Charity stands as a vital pillar of Parivartini Ekadashi observance, reflecting the essence of selflessness and compassion. Devotees embrace the act of giving wholeheartedly, recognizing it as an essential part of their spiritual journey. On this sacred day, they extend their hands to the less fortunate, making charitable donations that encompass food, clothing, money, and other essentials. These acts of kindness are believed to spread positive energy, create change in the lives of those in need, and bring blessings into the giver’s life. Charity on Parivartini Ekadashi is a profound expression of devotion and an opportunity to make a positive impact on the world.
The Vrat Katha, a cherished tradition of Parivartini Ekadashi, involves the narration or reading of the legend associated with this auspicious day. Devotees eagerly gather to listen to this captivating story, which typically recounts the significance of Lord Vishnu’s awakening and the transformative power of this Ekadashi. This narrative often emphasizes the virtues of devotion, faith, and perseverance, providing valuable life lessons. It serves as a source of inspiration and reinforces the spiritual significance of the day. By immersing themselves in the Vrat Katha, devotees not only gain a deeper understanding of Parivartini Ekadashi but also strengthen their connection to Lord Vishnu and their commitment to personal growth and transformation.
In conclusion, Parivartini Ekadashi 2023 stands as a remarkable juncture for spiritual seekers to embark on a profound journey of inner growth and transformation. The rituals, fasting, and devotional practices associated with this sacred day provide a unique opportunity for devotees to connect with the divine and seek the blessings of Lord Vishnu.
It is a day to shed the weight of old habits, negativity, and stagnation, symbolically represented by the strict fast, and deep prayers. Through acts of devotion, charity, and self-discipline, devotees create an atmosphere conducive to personal renewal and spiritual rejuvenation.
Parivartini Ekadashi encourages individuals to embrace change, just as Lord Vishnu awakens from his cosmic slumber, signifying the renewal of cosmic order. It is a time to release the old, both in the physical and spiritual sense, and to welcome the new with open hearts and minds.
May this sacred day bring inner peace, profound renewal, and abundant prosperity to all who observe it with unwavering devotion, reinforcing the eternal message of growth, transformation, and spiritual evolution in the tapestry of Hindu traditions.