Kamika Ekadashi Vrat 2019

Kamika Ekadashi  is one of the significant ekadashi vrats that falls on the 11th day of Krushna Paksha of ‘Shravan’ maas, it is on July 28, Sunday 2019.

Kamika Ekadashi is the first ekadashi during ‘Chaturmas’, the auspicious period dedicated to worship Lord Shri Krushna. This holy ekadashi pardons all the sins and the person attains ‘moksha’ and relieves from ‘Pitru Dosha’.

Gaudugdh / COW MILK is offered to Shri Thakurji on this day.

Rituals during Kamika Ekadashi: 

We worship Lord Vishnu with full devotion. People get up early and the lord is worshiped with Tulsi leaves, flowers, fruits and sesame seeds. Later Panchamrut Abhishek is also done. There is also a practice of lighting a lamp in front of the God and ask for forgiveness for all the sins committed.

On this day there is a special significance of worshiping Tulsi plant as Tulsi is considered sacred to Lord Vishnu. Mere sighting of Tulsi leaves on Kamika Ekadashi will wash away all the sins and by offering prayers to Her will eradicate all the diseases. Watering of Tulsi plant will protect the person from the wrath of Lord Yama, the God of Death. So it plays a major role during the Kamika Ekadashi vrat rituals and most of the Hindus plant Tulsi in their houses for this reason.

On Kamika Ekadashi, people observe a complete fast by abstaining from drinking or eating anything all day long. If complete fast is not possible then partial fast can also be undertaken. In this eating fruits and milk products is allowed. The ekadashi fast is broken on the next day, ‘Dwadashi’ after giving food and donating money and clothes to Brahmins.The observer of Kamika Ekadashi vrat must keep jagran at night and sing kirtans and bhajans in the praise of Lord Vishnu. Reading ‘Vishnu Sahastrsanaam’ and chanting ‘Om Namo Narayana’ is considered auspicious on this day.

On Kamika Ekadashi, Hindus also visit pilgrim centres and take bath in various ‘Tirthas’ like Ganga, Godavari, Yamuna, Krishna and Cauvery to name a few. This day is of great importance in Lord Vishnu temples. Special puja, Abhishek, bhajans and aarti are performed on this day. A variety of ‘Bhog’ is prepared for this occasion and offered to Lord Vishnu.