Varuthini Ekadashi is a holy Hindu ritual. Varuthini is linked to one of the three supreme deities, Lord Vishnu. Varaha is one of the 10 avatars of Lord Vishnu. Varaha means boar. Ekadashi is the day in the month, that is the moon’s 11th day, in the Hindu lunar calendar month. The number eleven is called Ekadashi in Sanskrit. Ekadashi is the 11th lunar day in a fortnight. All Ekadashis through the year, i.e., 2 each month, therefore about 24 in a calendar year, are dedicated in worship to Lord Vishnu or his avatars. Each Ekadashi observance may have a specific purpose rite, ritual, ceremony or significance.
When does Varuthini Ekadashi fall?
Varuthini Ekadashi falls on the 11th lunar day, in the Krishna Paksha phase-side of the moon, which is best reflected in a Hindu lunar calendar. Krishna Paksha is the waning-decreasing phase of the moon in the fortnight.
The significance of any Ekadashi, and Varuthini Ekadashi
The 24 Ekadashis that fall in a calendar year are observed in dedication and prayers to Lord Vishnu or his avatars. Devotees seek Lord Vishnu’s blessings and grace in the auspiciousness of wellbeing, good health, prosperity, etc. Lord Vishnu is regarded as the deity of protection, Moksha-liberation, etc. It is believed that observing Vrat, fast, on Varuthini Ekadashi is also particularly auspicious in bringing good luck and the desirous results, and also in removing pain, obstacles, etc.
How is Varuthini Ekadashi observed?
Many devotees observe a full or a partial Vrat, fast, on any of the Ekadashis. Items such as milk, all kinds of fruits, vegetables, etc are considered fine to consume in the fasting period time. However, some devotees, among both Hindus and Jains, observe a very strict fast. The avatar of Lord Vishnu Varaha is worshiped on Varuthini Ekadashi. Some devotees make donations especially at temples, to Brahmins, etc. Salt should not be put in the Vrat, fasting meal. On the day of Varuthini Ekadashi, devotees wake up early, bathe and clean their surrounding areas. Essence sticks, oil lamps, flowers, etc are used especially at the time of prayers. The dates and timings of Varuthini Ekadashi are given below.
What are the days and timings to observe Varuthini Ekadashi?
Varuthini Ekadashi falls on the 11th day of the waning-decreasing phase of the moon, Krishna Paksha, in the Hindu calendar month of Vaishakha. This always corresponds and occurs in the Gregorian March-April period every year. According to an accepted schedule and Hindu calendar, Varuthini Ekadashi falls on the 30th of April, Tuesday, in 2019. The Varuthini Ekadashi timing begins at about 10 pm on the 30th of April and ends at about 12:20 pm the following day, the 1st of May, Wednesday. The Vrat, fast, should be broken on the 1st of May morning, between 6:44 am to 8:22 am. However, many devotees start preparing and observing Varuthini Ekadashi on the eve prior to Varuthini Ekadashi day, i.e., in the evening-night of Dashami Tithi, the 10th lunar day of the moon.
A Mantra for Varaha Vishnu is –
Om Namo Bhagavate Varaha Rupaay BhooBhurv Svah Syaatpate Bhootitvan Dehyataddaapay Swaha
ॐ नमो भगवते वाराहरूपाय भूभुर्व: स्व: स्यात्पते भूतित्वं देह्येतद्दापय स्वाहा।
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