When is Yogini Ekadashi?The 2022 Yogini Ekadashi falls on Friday, June 24. It is the 11th tithi of the Krishna Paksha in the month of Ashadha. Like all Ekadashi, Yogini Ekadashi too sees the worship of Lord Vishnu. Devotees observe fast on this day. Yogini Ekadashi comes after Nirjala Ekadashi and before Dev Shayini Ekadashi. Details are given below:
Yogini Ekadashi on Friday, June 24, 2022
- Ekadashi Tithi Begins – 09:41 PM, June 23, 2022
- Ekadashi Tithi Ends – 11:12 PM, June 24, 2022
- Yogini Ekadashi Parana Time – 05:56 AM to 08:38 AM
What is the significance of Yogini Ekadashi?Worshipping Lord Vishnu on Yogini Ekadashi will bless the devotee with prosperity and joy in life. Those who observe vrat on this day gain virtues equivalent to feeding 88 thousand Brahmins. Meaningful changes will happen in the life of devotees upon observing Yogini Ekadashi rituals. The vrat also ensures good health. Observing it can help the individual avoid health problems. It also helps get rid of ailments. The vrat can be especially effective on those suffering from skin-related diseases. It is said one can transcend to Swargaloka by observing the Yogini Ekadashi vrat.
What are the rituals in Yogini Ekadashi?The devotees are to wake up early in the morning and are required to take a holy bath before initiating the rituals. Make sure you remain calm and composed throughout the vrat period. Lord Vishnu is worshipped and offered incense sticks, flowers, and tulsi leaves. Carry out aarati and distribute prasad among family. The devotee should strictly avoid meat, alcohol and tobacco and limit oneself to a single sattvic meal during the duration of the vrat. The rituals of Yogini Ekadashi begin on the eve of the Ekadashi and continues till the time when the Ekadashi ends. The devotees are supposed to spend the entire night reciting mantras to please Lord Vishnu. Reciting ‘Vishnu Sahasranama’ with immense devotion is highly auspicious. A visit to Lord Vishnu temple is recommended. Performing charity deeds will also do good for the devotee. The vrat is complete only with the recital of the story of Yogini Ekadashi.
What is the story behind Yogini Ekadashi?In the kingdom of Alakapuri, ruled by King Kuvera lived the gardener to the king Hema Mali. It was Hema Mali’s duty to ensure fresh flowers from Mansarovar Lake for the king’s daily worship of Lord Shiva. Hema Mali did his job well. He had a beautiful wife whom he dearly loved – Swarupavati. Hema Mali’s life was perfect. One day King Kuvera, when he reached the temple for the daily worship of Lord Shiva, found to his utter dismay that there were no fresh flowers for the puja. The king immediately sent a royal official to see what Hema Mali was doing. Hema Mali, at that time, was absorbed in spending time with his wife. The messenger returned and informed the king about this. In anger, King Kuvera ordered Hema Mali to be brought to court. For gross neglect of duty, the king banished him from his kingdom, separated Mali from his wife and cursed him with leprosy. Hema Mali begged for pardon but was not given any. Outside the kingdom, Hema Mali roamed around the forest as a leper. Animals also avoided coming anywhere near him. Isolated and alone, Hema Mali cut a dejected figure. One day he found himself in the ashram of Sage Markandeya. Hema Mali told Sage Markandeya everything. Hearing it, the sage advised Hema Mali to observe the Yogini Ekadashi vrat and worship Lord Vishnu. Hema Mali did as was told. He got cured of leprosy. Hema Mali returned to Alakapuri. King Kuvera took him in, and Hema was reunited with his dearest wife. All of this happened because Hema Mali sincerely observed the Yogini Ekadashi vrat. Another aspect of Yogini Ekadashi is it is also related to Kubera, the lord of wealth. So it is good to worship Lord Kubera alongside Lord Vishnu on Yogini Ekadashi.
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