Ekadashi 2020: Appease Lord Vishnu With Ekadashi Fast Rituals

Ekadashi 2020 datesEkadashi 2020 dates are provided to you in this article in tabular form below. We have mentioned the Ekadashi fasts with their religious significance and why observing them can be auspicious. Know more about Ekadashi fasts in 2020 as per Hindu Panchang and their mythological importance.

Ekadashi, the sanskrit term for ‘Eleven’, is the eleventh day of every month. As per Hindu calendar, two Ekadashis occur in a month, each falling every fortnight. First during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of the moon) of the month and the other in Krishna Paksha (waning phase of the moon) of the same month. Devotees perform Ekadashi fast on this day to please Lord Vishnu and get rid of all the sins committed by them. The fast of Ekadashi is considered highly auspicious and held a great significance as per Hindu religion. Know more details about Ekadashi 2020 dates and Ekadashi fasts and their religious significance.

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Ekadashi 2020 Vrat Dates

Date Ekadashi Vrat
Monday, 06 January Pausha Putrada Ekadashi
Monday, 20 January Shattila Ekadashi
Wednesday, 05 February Jaya / Bhami Ekadashi
Wednesday, 19 February Vijaya Ekadashi
Friday, 06 March Amalaki Ekadashi
Thursday, 19 March Papmochani Ekadashi
Saturday, 04 April Kamada Ekadashi
Saturday, 18 April Varuthini Ekadashi
Monday, 04 May Mohini Ekadashi
Monday, 18 May Apara Ekadashi
Tuesday, 02 June Nirjala Ekadashi
Wednesday, 17 June Yogini Ekadashi
Wednesday, 01 July Deva Shayani Ekadashi
Thursday, 16 July Kamika Ekadashi
Thursday, 30 July Shravana Putrada Ekadashi
Saturday, 15 August Aja Ekadashi
Saturday, 29 August Parsva Ekadashi
Sunday, 13 September Indira Ekadashi
Sunday, 27 September Padmini Ekadashi
Tuesday, 13 October Parama Ekadashi
Tuesday, 27 October Papankusha Ekadashi
Wednesday, 11 November Rama Ekadashi
Wednesday, 25 November Devutthana Ekadashi
Friday, 11 December Utpanna Ekadashi
Friday, 25 December Mokshada Ekadashi

Ekadashi Fasts in 2020

Let's have some more knowledge about different types of Ekadashi fasts observed by the devotees in 2020. Get a quick sneak and find out more about them:

Putrada Ekadashi

One of the major Ekadashi fasts that comes in the Hindu month of Paush during Shukla Paksha is known as Putrada Ekadashi. A married couple not blessed with a child even after years of marriage observe a fast on this day.

Shattila Ekadashi

On Shattila Ekadashi, using sesame seeds is auspicious. These seeds are used in six different ways to attain spiritual purification. Some people also add sesame seeds in their food as it is considered a good omen on Shatila Ekadashi.

Jaya Ekadashi

Jaya Ekadashi occurs in the month of Magha during Shukla Paksha. Fasting on this day is considered auspicious.

Vijaya Ekadashi

One of the Ekadashi 2020, Vijaya Ekadashi comes in Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of Hindu month Phalgun. It is the next Ekadashi after Jaya Ekadashi.

Amalaki Ekadashi

Amalaki Ekadashi occurs in Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) of Hindu month Phalguna. This occasion comes in between Maha Shivratri and Holi.

Papamochani Ekadashi

Papamochani Ekadashi, under the list of major Ekadashi 2020 fasts, occurs in between the duration of Holika Dahan and Chaitra Navratri. It is observed in the Krishna Paksha of Hindu month Chaitra.

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Kamada Ekadashi

Kamada Ekadashi comes after Chaitra Navratri and Ram Navami. It is observed on Shukla Paksha of the Hindu month Chaitra. It is said that if a person fasts on this day, he/she gets rid of all sins.

Varuthini Ekadashi

Varuthini Ekadashi, as per the North Indian Purnimant calendar, comes in Krishna Paksha of the Hindu month Vaishakh, while according to the South Indian Amavasyant calendar it comes in Krishna Paksha of the Hindu month Chaitra.

Mohini Ekadashi

Mohini Ekadashi comes in Shukla Paksha of the Hindu month Vaishakh. It is said that fasting on this day removes all the sins and obstacles coming in the path of a person.

Apara Ekadashi

Apara Ekadashi comes in Krishna Paksha of the Hindu month Jyeshtha. It is said that if anyone fasts on this day, the purity of this Ekadashi removes away the greatest sins from his/her life.

Nirjala Ekadashi

One of the main Ekadashi fasts in 2020 is Nirjala Ekadashi, which falls on Shukla Paksha of the Hindu month Jyeshtha. It is said that the fast of Nirjala Ekadashi is the toughest of all Ekadashi fasts, as it is performed without food and water. Also, if someone is not able to fast on all Ekadashis, then she/he should fast on Nirjala Ekadashi.

Yogini Ekadashi

The Ekadashi that comes in Krishna Paksha of the Hindu month Ashadha is called Yogini Ekadashi. Keeping a fast on this day helps a person to come out of the greed of materialistic world and attain salvation.

Devshayani Ekadashi

Devshayani Ekadashi comes in Shukla Paksha of the Hindu month Ashadha. On the day of Yogini Ekadashi, Lord Vishnu sleeps as per Hindu scriptures. He wakes up after span of four months. It is also known as Hari Shayani Ekadashi, Ashadi Ekadashi and Padma Ekadashi.

Kamika Ekadashi

Kamika Ekadashi occurs in Krishna Paksha of the Hindu month Shravana. It is believed that the fast performed on this day is as good as donating a cow. Feeding a cow and her calf is also considered sacred on this day.

Shravana Putrada Ekadashi

A significant Ekadashi in 2020 which occurs in Shukla Paksha of the Hindu month Shravan is known as Shravana Putrada Ekadashi. It is believed that those who await for a newborn should perform the fast of Shravana Putrada Ekadashi.

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Aja Ekadashi

Aja Ekadashi occurs in Krishna Paksha of the Hindu month Bhadrapada. It is well known as sin-removing Ekadashi. Also, as per religious beliefs, one gets rid of all the sins done in the past only by hearing about this Ekadashi.

Padma Ekadashi

One of the major Ekadashi in 2020, Padma Ekadashi occurs in the Hindu month of Ashadha during Shukla Paksha. During this time, taking a holy dip is considered auspicious.

Indira Ekadashi

The Ekadashi, which comes in Krishna Paksha of the Hindu month Ashwin, is known as Indira Ekadashi. It is said that if a person fast on this day, not only he would be benefited with it, but his ancestors would also get liberation from hell.

Papankusha Ekadashi

Papankusha Ekadashi comes in Shukla Paksha of the Hindu month Ashwin. On this day, the deity Padmanabha is worshiped, who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. With this fast, one achieves all luxuries of the world and liberates from all sins.

Rama Ekadashi

Ekadashi that comes in Krishna Paksha of the Hindu month Kartik is known as Rama Ekadashi. Those who fast on this Ekadashi are freed from all sins and attain spiritual peace. This is one of the significant Ekadashi fasts in 2020.

Dev Prabodhini Ekadashi

Dev Prabodhini or Devutthana Ekadashi is the time when Lord Vishnu wakes up from his four-month sleep (Chaturmas). This Ekadashi falls on Shukla Paksha in the Hindu month Kartik. The time when Lord Vishnu goes to sleep starts from Devshayani Ekadashi and this period is considered inauspicious. After this period, when Lord Vishnu wakes up, all the auspicious ceremonies like marriages are conducted.

Utpanna Ekadashi

Utpanna Ekadashi comes in Krishna Paksha of the Hindu month Kartik. It is dedicated to Goddess Ekadashi, who appeared from Ekadash Indris (eleven senses) of Lord Vishnu and on whose name, Ekadashi fast was named. So, Utpanna Ekadashi is celebrated as the birthday of the Goddess Ekadashi.

Mokshada Ekadashi

Mokshada Ekadashi occurs in Shukla Paksha of the Hindu month Margashirsha. It is said that fasting on this day helps in achieving liberation after death. This day is also considered as the day that gives spiritual wellness.

Saphala Ekadashi

The Ekadashi that occurs in Krishna Paksha of the Hindu month Paush is called Saphala Ekadashi. On this Ekadashi, Lord Narayana is the deity to be worshiped. Prayers are offered to him being the Supreme of all. Also, one would get spiritual liberation.

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Ekadashi Fast in Mythology

As per ancient scriptures, once Lord Vishnu was in Yoga Nidra. At that time, a demon named Murdanav came and challenged Lord Vishnu for a fight. As Lord Vishnu was in Yoga Nidra, a female appeared from his Ekadash Indri (eleventh sense). As soon as Murdanav had a glimpse of her, he got so attracted that he wanted to marry her. But she put a condition that he would have to fight with her first. Murdanav became so passionate after seeing her that he agreed. In the fight, the demon got killed by the female. Lord Vishnu became very happy and pleased by her firm devotion. He granted her a boon that she will be named as Ekadashi, since she appeared from his Ekadash Indri. Goddess Ekadashi then told Lord Vishnu that she wants people to fast on the day of Ekadashi. Also, by performing this fast, people will get free from all evils and sins. Lord Vishnu granted her the boon and said that if anyone fasts on Ekadashi, he/she would attain Moksha (salvation).

On this day, people fast for Ekadashi and do not eat any cereal or grain. It is believed that having a proper meal is considered sin on this day.

Hopefully, this information on Ekadashi fasts in 2020 will help you in performing the fasts with devotion. Now, you know the importance of all Ekadashi Vrat. Make the best use of this article and perform all Ekadashi fasts in 2020 with full dedication.