29th July 2012 - Pavitra Ekadasi Putrada Ekadashi
Putrada Ekadashi Vrat is observed during the waxing phase of the moon in the month of July/August and in some regions also during the waxing phase of moon in December/January. Putrada Ekadashi 2012 date is January 5. Putrada Ekadasi is observed in Paush month (December/January) in North India. In Gujarat and Maharashtra, the fasting is observed in Shravan month. Putrada Ekadashi 2012 date in Shravan month is July 29. Please note that there is no change in fasting rules - the only change is the different period in different regions.
This Ekadasi is specially observed by married couples for getting healthy children. After early morning bath on the day, the murti of Srihari Vishnu should be bathed using Curd, Milk and Water. Prayers should be then performed using roli, chandan, dhoop and deep. Arati should be performed using Karpoor deep.
It is also highly meritorious to feed poor children and old people on the day.
The significance of Putrada Ekadashi was narrated to Yudhishtira by Lord Krishna and is found in the Bhavisyotara Purana.
The popular belief is that those observing Putrada Ekadasi Vrat will get redemption from sins and will help in attaining Moksha. A popular legend mentioned in the Puranas indicates that a King was able to beget a son by observing Putrada Ekadashi.
All the normal rules associated with Ekadasi fasting is observed during Putrada.
Ekadasi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is observed on the 11th day of waning and waxing phase of moon in traditional Hindu calendar.
Please note that Putrada Ekadasi is also observed during the waxing phase of the moon in Shravan month (July August) in Gujarat, Orissa, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The corresponding name of Ekadasi observed in North India during the Shukla Paksha in Shravan month is the Pavitra Ekadasi.
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