Indira Ekadashi 2020 - When is Indira Ekadashi 2020? Vrat, Importance, Significance, Tithi and Puja Vidhi
Updated Sep 15, 2020
What is Indira Ekadashi 2020 ?
The Indira Ekadashi (eleventh day) of Ashwin, Krishna Paksha (waning phase of the Moon), is named Indira Indira Ekadashi . It's also noted as Indira Ekadashi Shradh because, on this present day, people perform the Indira Ekadashi Shradh of the Pitru Paksha period to pay obeisance to their dead ancestors (who breathed their last on the Indira Ekadashi Tithi). The eleventh day of each month is taken into account as an ideal for worshipping Shri Vishnu. Therefore, devotees keep a day-long fast and spend the day chanting the name of Lord Vishnu and reciting Mantras and slokas dedicated to him. This year, Indira Indira Ekadashi Vrat is going to be observed on September 13. Read on to understand about the Indira Indira Ekadashi Vrat Katha.
What is the Story behind Indira Ekadashi 2020 ?
Pandava King Yudhishthira once asked Shri Krishna to elucidate the importance of Indira Ekadashi. And to answer all his questions regarding the Vrat, Lord Krishna started narrating an age-old story. Here's how the story unfolded.In Satyuga, there lived a king named Indrasena. He ruled a kingdom called Mahishmati. He was a benevolent king, and his people were happy and content under his leadership. Once, Devarishi Narada Muni paid a visit to Indrasena's court to convey his father's message. The Devarishi said that Indrasena's father is within the Yama Loka and hasn't been ready to attain Moksha attributable to some sins committed by him during his lifetime. Therefore, Narada Muni suggested Indrasena must observe a vrat on the Ekadashi Tithi of Ashwin Krishna Paksha and pray to Lord Vishnu for liberating his father's soul. Narada Muni said that the King must pray to Lord Vishnu on the Dashami Tithi and pay obeisance to his dead ancestors within the afternoon (Madhyana). These prayers must be followed by a vrat on Ekadashi. Then, Narada Muni said that in this day and age, the King must appeal to Lord Vishnu to alleviate his dead father from the Yama Loka. After performing puja, one must read the sacred texts that hail the glory of Lord Vishnu. And so on Dwadashi, after taking a shower and worshipping Lord Vishnu, one must break the fast. Thus, by performing the Indira Ekadashi Vrat, one can help their dead ancestors attain Moksha.
Indira Ekadashi significance
Indira Ekadashi Vrat is primarily observed by devotees to rid their dead ancestors from the vicious circle of birth, death and rebirth. The last word aim of this Ekadashi Vrat is to assist the Pitru (dead family members) attain Moksha (liberation). And since it concurs with the Pitru Paksha period, it's also called Ekadashi Shradh.
Rituals during Indira Ekadashi 2020 :
At the moment, people perform Shradh and Tarpan rituals to please those that have departed, do the Pind Daan and offer food to the crows, cows, the poor and also the needy. The target of those rituals is to hunt the blessings of the deceased elders and elicit forgiveness for causing any agony to them. Moreover, the person observing the Ekadashi fast on these days keeps the vrat to assist his Pitru to obviate the sins he/she may have committed during their lifetime. It's believed that in Pitru Paksha, the Pitrus (the dead) visit the planet from the Pitru Loka, a zone between the earth and therefore the heaven. Therefore, their kin perform the Shradh/ Tarpan rituals and offer food to them within the kind of cooked rice balls mixed with black sesame seeds and water with 'kala til'
When is Indira Ekadashi 2020 ?
Indira Ekadashi September 2020 Date and Time
The Indira ekadashi was on Sep 13, 2020, Sunday
Starts – 04:13 AM, Sep 13
Ends – 03:16 AM, Sep 14