Indira Ekadashi

In the Brahmavaivarta Purana, the importance of Indira Ekadashi is described briefly. Lord Krishna also described it to Yudhisthira. It is believed that this Ekadashi can help to remove and wipe out the sins committed by one’s forefathers or oneself. The devotees dedicate the Ekadashi fasting to Lord Vishnu. It is believed that just hearing the Indira Ekadashi Vrat Katha or story of this fast, anyone can get rid of sins.

Now let’s perform Indira Ekadashi Vrat Katha.

  1. Let’s listen to Indira Ekadashi Vrat Katha and information about the event.
  2. Then We will conclude with the aarti.

Let’s Do Indira Ekadashi Vrat Katha

Let’s Do Indira Ekadashi Vrat Katha.

We Will Conclude Indira Ekadashi Vrat Katha With The Aarti.

Puja is considered incomplete without the aarti.
Let's now do the Indira Ekadashi Vrat Katha to successfully conclude the puja.

Puja is considered complete after we offer dakshina


Mantras, Regional Information, Food Restrictions For Indira Ekadashi Vrat Katha.

Indira Ekadashi

In the Brahmavaivarta Purana, the importance of Indira Ekadashi is described briefly. Lord Krishna also described it to Yudhisthira. It is believed that this Ekadashi can help to remove and wipe out the sins committed by one’s forefathers or oneself. In North India this Ekadashi falls at the time of Pitru Paksh Shradh period. The devotees dedicate the Ekadashi fasting to Lord Vishnu. On the day of this Ekadashi, devotees should give some part of the prepared foods to the cows. On this holy day Lord Vishnu is worshipped with Navedy, Lamps and incense sticks. The devotees should offer food to the Brahman. The ancestors of a person can receive heaven if he or she observes the fast of this Ekadashi without laziness. It is believed that just hearing the Indira Ekadashi Vrat Katha or story of this fast, anyone can get rid of sins. Since this Ekadasi falls during the Pitru Paksha Shradh period it is considered apt for redemption of sins of one’s own and that of forefathers. The story of this Ekadashi fasting was narrated to Yudhishtira by Lord Krishna.

Indira Ekadashi Katha Once there lived a powerful, honest and popular king named Indrasena. He was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu. Once Sage Narada visited King Indrasena and mentioned about his visit to the abode of Lord Yama, the Hindu God of death. At the abode of Lord Yama, Sage Narada found the father of King Indrasena. He had not got moksha and was living in the house of Yamraj. The father of Indrasena asked Sage Narada to ask his son to observe Indira Ekadasi so that he will escape from the house of Yama and attain Moksha and reach the feet of Lord Vishnu. Indrasena immediately agreed to observe Indira Ekadasi for his father and asked Sage Narada to guide him in observing the Ekadasi fasting. Sage Narada explained to the King on how to observe Indira Ekadasi. The day before Ekadasi one should perform Shradh rites and rituals for dead ancestors and parents. On the day one should only take a single meal. On the Ekadasi day it is a complete fast. At noon, one should pray for the wellbeing of the ancestors and for their souls to rest in peace. Devotees do not sleep during the night and stay awake by chanting prayers or listening to stories of Lord Vishnu. The next day after morning prayers, the fast is broken by eating with family members. As a result of observing Indira Ekadasi, father of King Indrasena got Moksha and reached the abode of Lord Vishnu.