In Hinduism, the monthly observance of Ekadashi fasts holds major spiritual significance. According to ancient astrological scriptures, devotees who observe these fasts are believed to be relieved of life’s burdens and accumulate significant spiritual merit. Among the various Ekadashi observances, Yogini Ekadashi stands out for its unique importance. Falling on the Krishna Paksha of the Ashadha month, this day is dedicated to the worship of Lord Vishnu and is also known as Ashadha Krishna Paksha Ekadashi. There are a few Yogini Ekadashi dos and don'ts for devotees to follow. On this auspicious occasion, we bring you Yogini Ekadashi 2024 rituals that should be followed to bring prosperity and good luck into your life.

The story of Yogini Ekadashi's significance was narrated by Lord Krishna to Dharmaraj Yudhishthira. Lord Krishna revealed that observing this fast absolves one of all sins and ensures a place in heaven. Furthermore, the merit gained from observing the Yogini Ekadashi fast is said to be equivalent to feeding eighty thousand Brahmins, highlighting its immense spiritual value.

Fasting on Yogini Ekadashi carries unique significance among all Ekadashi observances. It is believed that this fast brings prosperity and joy into the devotee’s life, fulfilling all their desires. It is considered a pathway to liberation, absolving one of all sins. Devotees who worship and perform rituals dedicated to Lord Vishnu on this day are said to attain a place at His feet after death.

Yogini Ekadashi Dos and Don'ts

  • The fasting for Yogini Ekadashi begins on the night of Dashami, the day before Ekadashi. Devotees should avoid consuming Tamasic food and practice celibacy starting from Dashami night.
  • On the day of Ekadashi, it is customary to sleep on the ground with a simple bedding spread. Devotees should wake up before sunrise, complete their morning rituals, take a bath, and make a vow of fasting in front of God.
  • Offer Kheer as Bhog, ensuring Tulsi leaves are included as they are highly favored by Lord Vishnu.
  • Use flowers, incense, and lamps during the Aarti.
  • It is believed that fasting remains incomplete without listening to or reading the story of Yogini Ekadashi.
  • All deities are believed to reside in the Peepal tree, making it essential to worship.
  • On Ekadashi night, devotees should avoid sleeping and instead engage in vigilance, participating in bhajans and kirtans.
  • Abstain from consuming grains; opt for fruits only.
  • Donate food, water or grains at a temple.
  • Light a ghee lamp near Tulsi and perform seven circumambulations around the plant in the morning and evening.
  • Arrange a meal for a Brahmin the following morning and offer donations and alms.
  • Stay away from thieves, hypocrites, or wicked individuals.
  • Do not consume or offer rice.
  • Avoid gambling, excessive sleeping, chewing betel nuts, slander, gossip, theft, violence, anger, and falsehood.
  • Refrain from sweeping the house as it is believed to instill fear of death in tiny creatures like ants.
  • Avoid trimming hair or nails on this day.

Yogini Ekadashi is more than just a day of fasting; it is a spiritual practice that brings immense benefits to those who observe it with devotion. By following the rituals and practices associated with this auspicious day, devotees can achieve spiritual merit, prosperity, and ultimately, liberation. So, embrace the spiritual journey of Yogini Ekadashi and experience the divine blessings of Lord Vishnu.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Jul 02, 2024 02:29 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website