Rama Ekadashi is an Ekadashi that is celebrated on the eleventh lunar day of Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in the Hindu calendar month of Ashwin.
Rama Ekadashi marks the onset of the Diwali festival. It is celebrated two days prior to Dhanteras, the first day of the five day Diwali festival.
It is a great auspicious day to worship Lord Vishnu and get rid of your sins.
Rituals of Rama Ekadashi :
Fasting is an important ritual on the day of Rama Ekadashi. A day prior to the Ekadashi day, devotees refrain from certain foods and consume only ‘saatvik’ meal once, before sunset.
On the day of Ekadashi, they do not eat at all. The fasting ends with ‘Parana’ which occurs on the next day in morning.
People who are not able to keep a fast, should at least ensure that they at do not consuming rice and grains on the ekadashi day.
On the day of Rama Ekadashi, devotees get up early, take a holy bath and then worship Lord Vishnu.
‘Rama’ is another name for Goddess Lakshmi. Therefore on this auspicious day, devotees also offer prayers to Devi Lakshmi along with Lord Vishnu to seek the blessings of prosperity, health and happiness.
Rama Ekadashi 2017 Date :
In 2017, Rama Ekadashi will be celebrated on Sunday, 15th October 2017.