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Kamada Ekadashi Vrat Katha (19 April)

Welcome to a world of  devotion and spirituality . Among numerous hindu festivals, Kamada Ekadashi holds a special place in the hearts of devotees as it connects us to the divine mercy of Supreme Lord Krishna.

This auspicious day is celebrated by fasting, prayer, and the narration of the Vrat Katha, a story that encapsulates the essence and divine power of this festival. Kamada Ekadashi is a gateway to spiritual awakening and purification of the soul.

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Overview of Kamada Ekadashi

Kamada Ekadashi is an auspicious day observed by the Vaishnavas and Hindu community as a whole. According to the Hindu lunar calendar, It falls  on the 11th day (Ekadashi) of the waxing moon in the month of Chaitra. In the Gregorian calendar this typically falls around March or April, with the exact date varying each year.

This year , Kamada Ekadashi is marked on the 19th of April, 2024.

This day holds a great spiritual importance for devotees, featuring fasting, prayers, and various religious activities.

Significance of Kamada Ekadashi

The word ‘Kamada’ translates to ‘fulfiller of wishes’, signifyingthe day’s ability to grant wishes and bring about happy and positive transformation in an individual’s life.

 It is believed that  observing the fast and engaging in devout worship of Supreme personality of Godhead, Lord Krishna, on this day brings  immense spiritual rewards.

Kamada Ekadashi is revered for its power to clear all sins and obstacles, bestowing upon its observers purity and loving devotional service of the Supreme Lord Shri Krishna.

On this day, devotees immerse themselves in reading sacred texts like SrimadBhagwatam, SrimadBhagavad Gita, Sri Chaitanya Charitamrta, singing hymns, and offering prayers to Lord Krishna, seeking his blessings for happiness, prosperity, and forgiveness for any misdeeds. On this day one should specifically chant His Mahamantra Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare,Hare Ram Hare Ram Ram Ram Hare Hare.

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Iskcon Ghaziabad distributes free meal to needy people everyday. 

Join us by making a kind contribution to provide the prasadam to needy people on the occasion of Kamada Ekadashi.

Scriptures mention food (prasadam) distribution as one of the most charitable acts. Food (prasadam) distribution is a tradition that dates back to ancient times. Prasadam is infused with blessings. It not only nourishes the body but it energizes the soul one with unlimited blessings of Lord Krishna.

Please donate generously and do not miss this unique opportunity to receive the unlimited blessings of Lord Krishna. Contribute to help us make this this occasion very special. 


Origin and legends related to the Vrat Katha

 The origins of Kamada Ekadashi are rooted in ancient Hindu scriptures, primarily the BhavishyaPurana, According to the legend, there was a city named Bhagipur, which was ruled by a king named Pundarika. King Pundarika was blessed with many opulences. Many Apsaras, Gandharvas, Kinnars etc. lived in his kingdom.

The Vrat Katha (story associated with the Ekadashi fast) explains the tale of a celestial couple, a Gandharva named Lalit and his nymph wife Lalita. Lalit and Lalita were proficient in singing. There was so much love between them that they used to get distressed at the mere thought of separation.

They faced King  Pundrik’s wrath due to Lalit’s inadvertent disrespect and negligence while singing.

 Once Lalit was singing in the court ofKing Pundarikaand at that time his beloved Lalita was not present there, and he suddenly remembered Lalita, due to which he started doing mistakes in singing. Nagraj Karkotaka complained about Lalit to King Pundarika. On this, the king got very angry and in anger he cursed Lalit – “to become a cannibalistic demon and suffer the consequences of his deeds.”

After becoming a demon in this way,Lalitstarted suffering many sorrows. Seeing monstrous appearance of her beloved husband, Lalita became distressed with immense sorrow. She started thinking about the means to get his  husband from this hell-like suffering?

Once they went to the Ashram of Shringi Muni at Vindhyachal mountain. There she bowed down to the sage and humbly sought solution for his husband to get rid of the demon form.”

Hearing the entire story, Sage Shringiasked her to observe fast of Kamada Ekadashi

Which falls on the Shukla Paksha of Chaitra month .

He told that , by observing its fast, all the desires of the living being are soon fulfilled.He asked to give the virtue of her fast to her husband, by which he will easily be freed from the demonic form and the king’s curse.

As per the advice of the sage, Lalita fasted with devotion and on the day of Dwadashi, she gave the result of her fast to her husband.

As soon as she gave the results of Ekadashi, her husband was freed from the demon form and attained his divine form.

Pleased with her piety, Lord Hari absolved Lalit of the curse, restoring their celestial bliss.

Due to the powerful influence of Kamada Ekadashi, he became as beautiful as before and after death, both of them went to Vishnu Loka sitting on PushpakaVimana.

By observing this fast, all sins are destroyed and by its virtue man becomes free from the sins of Brahmahatya etc. and from the worldly life of demons etc. There is no other fast in the world better than this.Even by listening and reading its significant story and greatness one gets infinite results.

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Sadhus are those who engage in the service of Lord Krishna and have surrendered completely themselves to Lord Krishna. They perform kirtans in temples and serve the societies by spreading the teaching of the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita.

Lord Krishna is more Pleased when sadhus are served. Kindly Donate to feed Sadhus on the occasion of Kamada Ekadashi and get the spiritual shower of blessing and success in your life. 


Rituals and Observances followed during the Vrat

On Kamada Ekadashi, devotees wake up early, preferably before sunrise, and take a holy bath and perform the MangalArotika. They clean their altar and decorate it with flowers and incense sticks, creating a serene ambiance for worship. Lighting a lamp in front of the deity signifies the removal of darkness or ignorance from one’s life. Throughout the day, devotees participate in reciting the Vrat Katha (fasting story) linked to Kamada Ekadashi and engage in worshipping the Lord Hari by chanting the Mahamantra Hare Krishna Hare Krishna KrishnaKrishna Hare HareHareRam Hare Ram Ram Hare Hare, singing bhajans (devotional songs) dedicated to Lord Krishna. Visiting a nearby temple to offer prayers or participating in community services also forms a crucial part of the day’s observances. The focus is on maintaining a pure and contemplative mindset, dedicating the day to spiritual upliftment and connection with the divine.

How to Observe Kamada Ekadashi

  • Begin the fast from dawn on Ekadashi till the dawn of the following day, Dwadashi.
  • Abstain from eating grains, pulses, garlic, and onions as these are considered tamasic, potentially disturbing spiritual practices.
  • Engage in chanting HareKrishna Mahamantra, recitation of Vishnu Sahasranamam (a thousand names of Lord Vishnu), and reading of sacred texts.
  • Practice mauna (silence) for parts of the day to internalize spiritual experiences.
  • Offer fruits, tulsi leaves, and sweets to Lord Krishna, seeking his blessings for longevity and redemption of sins.

Foods to be Consumed and Avoided During The Fast:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Milk and dairy products like paneer
  • Nuts and dried fruits
  • Sendhanamak (rock salt)

To Avoid:

  • All types of grains and pulses
  • Onions, garlic, and leeks
  • Meat and poultry
  • Table salt and any tamasic food that disrupts spiritual practices

Spiritual Significance of Kamada Ekadashi

Observing Kamada Ekadashivrat (fast) is believed to wash away sins and facilitate rapidspiritual growth.It bestows several spiritual benefits, including the absolution of sins, overcoming obstacles in life, and achieving a greater sense of peace and well-being. It is a day that emphasizes self-discipline, compassion, and the importance of shedding materialistic desires to elevate one’s soulspiritually. Devotees believe that fasting on this day opens the doors to love of Godhead and leads to a harmonious afterlife, inviting divine grace into their lives.

Ways to Enhance Spiritual Growth During this Fasting Period

  • Dedicate extra time in chanting the Holy name of the Lord and prayer to foster a deeper connection with the divine.
  • Participate in Satsang or community gatherings to immerse in collectivechanting of His Mahamantra“Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare,Hare Ram Hare Ram RamRam Hare Hare.”

The transcendental spiritual vibration

  • Practice serving the Vaishnava and Brahman by donating food, clothes, or money asking for their kind mercy for our spiritual elevation.
  • Reflect on personal goals and ethical values, contemplating ways to lead a more dharmic (righteous) life

Rituals Performed in Temples and Households

On this day, both temples and households resonate with the spiritual fervor of Kamada Ekadashi. Devotees observe a strict fast from the dawn of Ekadashi until the sunrise of the next day, abstaining from food and, in more austere practices, water as well. Temples conduct special poojas, aartis, and bhajans dedicated to Lord Vishnu, inviting the local community to participate in the prayers and seek blessings. Homes are cleansed, and families decorate their altars with flowers and offer fruits, sweets, and other vegetarian offerings to the deity, seeking loving devotional service unto the Supreme Lord Krishna  and blessings for prosperity and happiness.


Celebrating Kamada Ekadashi is a deeply enriching spiritual experience that aligns believers with the virtues of truth, devotion, and purity. This special day, observed with utmost faith each year is not just about fasting or listening to the Vrat Katha but  It is a time for renewal, for making amends, and for setting intentions to lead a life guided by dharma (righteousness).

The fasts and rituals are believed to purify the soul, washing away sins and leading the devotee closer to becoming eligible to engage in loving devotional service of the Lord.

In essence, Kamada Ekadashi is much more than a date on the Hindu calendar. It’s a beacon of hope, a guide towards living a more fulfilling and spiritually rich life. Whether through fasting, praying, or simply reflecting on the profound stories and teachings associated with this day, believers find a deeper connection to their faith and a clearer path to inner peace and enlightenment.

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