Kamika Ekadashi Fast: Know The Significance, Rituals & Legends!

Any puja ritual carried out or fast observed on the day of Ekadashi is said to be directly related to Lord Vishnu. To appease Lord Vishnu, various Ekadashis occur throughout the year, during which people observe fasts and carry out various rituals in order to seek his blessings. One of them is known as Kamika Ekadashi.

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It is believed that if anyone observes a fast or worships with utter dedication, he/she is most likely to get his/her wishes and desires fulfilled. However, amid such distressing times, everyone is confused or worried about something in life and wishes to seek a proper solution. For this, you can click here and find an accurate solution to your problem from our expert astrologers in no time. It will help you focus well and perform the rituals with proper concentration.

Kamika Ekadashi is celebrated on the Ekadashi tithi of Krishna Paksha during the month of Shravan. This year, Kamika Ekadashi will be celebrated on August 04 i.e. Wednesday. The “Upendra” Swaroop or form of Lord Vishnu is venerated on the day of Kamika Ekadashi. It is said that Kamika Ekadashi is the best day to venerate and appease Lord Vishnu. Any native who worships Lord Vishnu on this day gets rid of all sins.

Kamika Ekadashi Parana Time: 05:44:22 to 08:25:23 on 5th, August

Duration: 2 Hour 41 Minute

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Kamika Ekadashi Puja Rituals

It is very important to adopt the right method when performing any ritual or observing any fast. Worshipping done otherwise does not yield proper results. In such a case, puja rituals for Kamika Ekadashi fast are also provided, which are as follows:

  • Wake up early in the morning, take a bath and pledge to observe the Lord Vishnu’s fast before performing the rituals.
  • In this puja, offer flowers, fruits, sesame seeds, milk, Panchamrit, etc. to Lord Vishnu. 
  • On the day of fast, chant the name of Lord Vishnu and perform Bhajans and Kirtans. 
  • Reciting Vishnu Sahasranama on this day is said to be very fruitful. 
  • Offer food to Brahmins on the next day of Ekadashi i.e. on Dwadashi and offer them donations.

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Importance Of Kamika Ekadashi Vrat

One of the popular beliefs of this fast is that its observance can help attain freedom from sins. This Ekadashi is said to relieve one from sufferings and provide desired results to the devotees. It is highly believed that the story of Kamika Ekadashi was narrated by Lord Shri Krishna himself to Dharmaraja Yudhishthira and Vashistha Muni to King Dileep, after listening to which they gained freedom from sins and salvation or Moksha. On the day of Kamika Ekadashi, whoever worships Shri Hari helps his/her ancestors gain freedom from sufferings.

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Kamika Ekadashi Fast Katha

It is said that in ancient times, there used to be a Thakur in a village. One day, Thakur got into a heated argument with a Brahmin, and in a fit of anger, murdered him. In his stable sense of mind, the feeling of repentance took over him but other Brahmins did not allow him to participate in the final rites. As a result, Thakur lived under the heavy burden of Brahma Hatya or Killing a Brahmin.

Then the shocked and troubled Thakur requested a Sage to save him from being a part of this mortal sin. Then that Sage told Thakur about Kamika Ekadashi and advised him to carry out all the rituals and duties accordingly. Listening to the Muni, Thakur followed his guidelines and performed the rituals. On that very same night, the Lord himself came in his dreams, freed him from his sin and offered him forgiveness.

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This is why it is said that any person fasting on this day with a devoted heart and performs the worship attains the blessings from Lord Vishnu. His/Her troubles get diminished and he/she attains freedom from all his/her sins. The wishes of a person observing this fast get fulfilled.

A person who listens or recites the Kamika Ekadashi Katha gains the fruits equivalent to that of conducting a Yagna. On this day, Shankha Chakra Gadadhari Shri Vishnu is worshipped.

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