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Kamada Ekadashi

Kamada Ekadashi is an auspicious day that signifies special fasting observed by the Hindus. The date of Kamada Ekadashi is largely decided based on the lunar calendar. The day is marked with observances of religious rituals and prayers, including special puja to the Lord Vishnu in the form of his Krishna avatar. It is a holy day for the Hindus that particularly fall in the Hindu month of Chaitra (March-April), of the fortnight of the waxing moon, on the 11th lunar day (ekadashi).

After the Hindu New Year, it is the first ekadashi. As the name Kamada indicates that all the desires will be fulfilled. According to the local legends, “there is tale regarding Lalit and his wife Lalita related to Kamada Ekadashi. This was narrated by Lord Krishna in the Varaha Purana to the Pandava King Yudhishtira, as it was told by the sage Vasishtha to King Dilipa. The couples lived in the city of Ratnapura that was ruled by the King Pundarika. One day Lalit song a song on wrong note in the absence of his wife because his thought was behind his wife. This was noticed by the serpent who complained to the King. In turn, the King cursed Lalit in order to convert him into a monstrous cannibal. They left the kingdom and roamed around Vindhyachal Hills. Lalita meet the sage Shringi and requested for a solution for her husband, the sage suggested her to observe ekadashi fast and pray for help from Lord Krishna. The Lord was really pleased with her devotion and dedication. With the blessing of Lord Krishna, Lalit was immediately restored to his gandharva form. Later they were taken on a celestial flying chariot to heaven.

Hindus take an early morning bath or dip in the nearest river on the auspicious day of Kamada ekadashi. They also observe fasting for the whole day. They worship Lord Vishnu in the form of Krishna. They also visit temples that are dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna.

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