Varuthini Ekadashi is dedicated to the Lord Vamana. This Ekadashi is regionally called as Baruthani Ekadashi. It is observed by the Hindus with significance of fasting on this auspicious day. This particular Ekadashi falls on the dark half of the lunar calendar month of Vaisakhi or Chaitra. Hindus observe this particular day with prayer and religious activities like pujas and rituals that are dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
According to the local legends, “Varuthini Ekadashi, falls on the 11th lunar day (ekadashi) of the fortnight of the waning moon in the Hindu month of Chaitra (per the South Indian Amavasyant calendar, every month ends with a new moon) or Vaishakha (per the North Indian Purnimant calendar, every month ends with a full moon). By both schemes, Varuthini Ekadashi falls on the same day in April or May. Like all ekadashis, the god Vishnu, especially his fifth avatar Vamana, is worshipped.”
Regarding Varuthini Ekadashi, in the Bhavishya Purana, it is largely narrated by the Lord Krishna to the King Yudhishtira. As per the local legends, an unfortunate woman will become very fortunate, a lame person will be able to walk and animal will be perfectly released from its significant cycle of birth and death on the day of Ekadashi. On this particular day, Hindus indulge in donation activities for the needy and poor people. According to the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, charity given on this auspicious day will bring benefit to a person who indulges in it with wholeheartedly.
Vamana is the fifth avatar of Lord Vishnu. This Lord is worshipped by the Hindu on this particular day of Ekadashi. According to the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, there are some strict rules and regulations that need to be followed on this particular Ekadashi day with great devotion and dedication. Most of the Hindus keep an all-night vigil and worship the Lord on this auspicious day.