Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Ekadasi is the 11th day of every lunar fortnight in traditional Hindu calendar, an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Fasting on Ekadashi is considered highly auspicious and is believed to help in redemption of sins and in attaining Moksha.
Kamika Ekadasi is observed during the waning phase of moon in the month July or early August. It is believed that observing this Ekadashi is equal to bathing in sacred rivers on auspicious days and also equal to reading all the scriptures dedicated to Lord Vishnu. In 2011, Kamika Ekadasi date is July 26.
Offering Tulsi leaves to Lord Vishnu on this day is considered highly auspicious. Another important offering made is lighting ghee or sesame oil filled lamps at Sri Krishna Temples.