Kamada Ekadashi: Celebrations
On the eve of Kamada Ekadashi, devotees eat ‘Saatvik’ food, meaning food that is simple and completely vegetarian. People of Hindu religion chant, recite and sing songs throughout the night, praising the Lord. They believe that Lord would respond to their prayers and bring peace and harmony in their lives by removing all the sins. Kamada Ekadashi is the second Ekadashi that falls during the Shukla Paksha of the first month of the Hindu Calendar.
Kamada Ekadashi: Fasting
The devotees keep fast for the entire day and are forbidden to take rice. They sing prayers and do ‘Japa’ and devote the entire day in the name of Lord Vishnu. The Hindu society especially the Vaishavas celebrates this festival. Two ekadashis occur in one month considering the position of the moon. This is considered to be an auspicious time and if one wishes to commence some new event, then this is the perfect day. According to the Hindu calendar, it is a lucky time to start with. Though it is celebrated by Hindus across the country, it is mainly celebrated in South India in cities like Bangalore.
The fast is typical, and is basically a fast wherein one doesn’t consumes even water until next morning.
Special yajnas, speeches and discourses are held at every Vishnu temple across the nation. Observing the Ekadashi fast is set above all religious considerations.
Kamada Ekadashi: Legends & Significance
According to various Puranas, fasting is considered mandatory during both types of Ekadashi. It is believed that on this day Lord Vishnu had opened the doors of ‘Vaikunthan’ and two demons entered through it. Those demons requested for a boon that the gate of Vaikunth should also be opened for all those who will chant his prayers on this pious day. It is said that those who will worship ekadashi would liberate themselves from the cycle of life and death. And their present lives will overtake all the good deeds over all their bad ones.