Parivartini Ekadashi Puja

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Parivartini Ekadashi Puja

Parshva Parivartini Ekadashi Puja or Vamana Ekadashi is observed on the eleventh day during the waxing phase (Shukla Paksha) of the moon in Bhadrapada month (August – September). This Parivartini Ekadashi Puja  happens during the Dakshinayana Punyakalam. It is believed that on this Ekadasi day Lord Vishnu reclines and takes rest during this period changes his position of sleep – turns from left side to right side (Aadishesha) — this turn is called as Parivarthan. Therefore this Ekadashi is known as Parsva Parivartini Ekadashi Puja Vrat.

Now let’s perform Parivartini Ekadashi Puja.

  1. Let’s first collect all puja items for Parivartini Ekadashi Puja.
  2. Then we will do the puja preparation.
  3. Next we will perform the main Parivartini Ekadashi Puja.
  4. We will conclude with the aarti.
Let’s Collect Parivartini Ekadashi Puja Items & Learn Their Significance
  • Rice
  • Sandalwood
  • Moli (red thread)
  • Roli (red powder)
  • Lamp
  • Incense sticks
  • Coconut
  • Flowers
  • Sweets, Fruits
  • Water
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Curd (Yogurt)
  • Clarified butter (Ghee)
  • Honey
  • Dry fruits
  • Yagyopavit (sacred thread)
Follow The Video To Prepare For The Parivartini Ekadashi Puja.

Before doing Parivartini Ekadashi Puja, we do the puja preparation or commonly called as panch peeth puja.
Lets follow the video through this step. Only after performing this step we proceed towards the main Parivartini Ekadashi Puja.

Let’s Perform The Main Parivartini Ekadashi Puja

After performing the panch peeth puja, we start the main puja.
Follow along the instructions and mantras to perform the main Parivartini Ekadashi Puja.

We Will Conclude Parivartini Ekadashi Puja With The Aarti.

Puja is considered incomplete without the aarti.
Let us now do the Parivartini Ekadashi Puja to successfully conclude the puja.

Puja is considered complete after we offer dakshina

Mantras, Regional Information, Food Restrictions For Parivartini Ekadashi Puja.

Parshva Parivartini Ekadashi Puja or Vamana Ekadashi is observed on the eleventh day during the waxing phase (Shukla Paksha) of the moon in Bhadrapada month (August – September). This Ekadasi happens during the Dakshinayana Punyakalam. It is believed that on this Ekadasi day Lord Vishnu reclines and takes rest during this period changes his position of sleep – turns from left side to right side (Aadishesha) — this turn is called as Parivarthan. Therefore this Ekadashi is known as Parsva Parivartini Ekadashi.

Vamana Avatar of Lord Vishnu is worshipped on this Parivartini Ekadashi Puja day. It is believed that the Vamana Avatar took place during this period and therefore, the Ekadasi is also known as Vamana Ekadashi. The importance of this Parivartini Ekadashi Puja was narrated to Yudhisthira, the eldest of the Pandavas, by Lord Krishna. It is believed that those who observe this Parivartini Ekadashi Puja will be absolved of their sins. Those who undertake a fast on this day avoid grains and rice.


The legend of Parsva Parivartini Ekadashi Puja  is mentioned in Brahma Vivarta Purana as the conversation between Lord Shri Krishna and Yudhistira. Parsava Parivartini Ekadashi Puja is associated with incarnation of Lord Vamana of Lord Vishnu and also with sleep of Vishnu during Chatur Mas period. Parivartini Ekadashi Puja Vrat story praises the glory of the legendary King Bali.

King Bali was popular on earth for his honesty, compassion, justice and the happiness and prosperity in his kingdom. He made the utopia a reality. Although born into a family of Demons, King Bali was a hardcore devotee of Lord Vishnu. His glory and power made Indra (the king of Demi Gods) weak. Soon King Bali overthrew Indra and took over the heavenly kingdom. Indra prayed to Lord Vishnu for help.

Lord Vishnu took the form of Vamana – a dwarf Brahmin and went to the palace of King Bali who was busy performing a huge Yajna. King Bali was donating gifts to all the people present at the Yajna. The young Vamana demanded for three steps of land. King Bali thought those three steps of land were too less and asked the young Brahman to ask for something more.

But Vamana was adamant and he insisted for only three steps of land. King Bali agreed and asked him to take three steps of land wherever he wanted. Suddenly, Lord Vamana grew in a cosmic size. In the first step, Lord Vamana covered the heaven and in the second step he measured the earth and there was no place to keep the third step.

King Bali readily bowed his head and asked Lord Vamana to place the third step on this head. Thus, King Bali was pushed into the another world. Impressed with King Bali’s devotion, Lord Vishnu blessed him that he will live with King Bali forever. So, it is believed that Lord Vishnu, in the form of Vamana, lives in the abode of King Bali.

Parivarthini Ekadashi Puja from Brahma – vaivarta Purana

Sri Yudhishthira Maharaja asked of Lord Sri Krishna, “What is the name of that Ekadasi that occurs during the shukla paksha of the month of Bhadrapada? Who is the worshippable Deity for this Ekadasi, and what merit does one attain in observing it? Kindly reveal all of this to me my Lord.”

The Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Sri Krishna addressed His devoted Yudhishthira as follows, “This Parivartini Ekadashi Puja, Oh Yudhishthira, is called Vamana Ekadasi, and it bestows upon those who observe it both great merit and ultimate liberation from material bondage. Therefore, because it removes all one’s sinful reactions, it is also called Jayanti Ekadasi.

Just hearing of its glories frees one from all his past misdeeds. So auspicious is this fast that observing it bestows the same merit as that earned by performing a horse sacrifice. There is no better Ekadasi than this, because it awards liberation so easily. Thus if one truly desires freedom from the punishing material world, one should fast on Vamana Ekadasi or Parivartini Ekadahsi Puja.

“While observing this holy fast, a Vaishnava should lovingly worship the Supreme Lord in His form as Vaman deva, the dwarf incarnation, whose eyes are like lotus petals. By doing so, he worships all other Deities as well, including Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, and at death he undoubtedly goes to that abode of Sri Hari. In all the three worlds there is no fast that is more important to observe. The reason this Parivartini Ekadashi Puja is so auspicious is that it celebrates the day when the sleeping Lord Vishnu turns over on His other side; thus it is also known as Parivartini Ekadashi Puja.”

Maharaja Yudhishthira then asked of the Lord, “Oh Janardana, please clear up a question I have. How is it that the Supreme Lord sleeps and then turns over on His side? Oh Lord, when you are asleep what happens to all the other living entities? Please also tell me how you bound the king of the demons, Bali Daityaraj, as well as how one may please the Brahmanas. How does one observe Chaturmasya, which you mention in the Chaturmasya-mahatmya of the Bhavishya Purana? Kindly be merciful to me and answer these questions.”

The Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna replied, “Oh Yudhishthira, lion among Kings, I will gladly narrate to you an historical event that, simply by hearing, eradicates all one’s sinful reactions. “In the Treta-yuga there once was a king of the name Bali. Though born in a family dynasty of demons (daityas), he was very devoted to Me.

He sang many Vedic hymns to me and performed the homa rituals (fire sacrifices) just to satisfy Me. He respected the twice-born Brahmins and engaged them in performing sacrifices daily. This great soul had a quarrel with Indra, however, and eventually defeated him in battle. Bali took over his entire celestial kingdom, which I myself had given to Indra.

Therefore Indra and all the other devas (demigods), along with many great sages, approached me and complained about Bali. Bowing their heads to the ground and offering many sacred prayers from the Vedas, they worshipped me along with their spiritual master, Brihaspati. Thus I agreed to appear on their behalf as a dwarf Vamana deva, my fifth incarnation.”

King Yudhishthira further enquired, “Oh Lord, how was it possible for you to conquer such a powerful demon, and only by coming in the form of a dwarf brahmin? Please explain this clearly, for I am your faithful devotee.”

“The Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna replied, “Though a dwarf, I was a brahmana, and I approached that pious king Bali to ask him for alms in the form of land. I said, ‘Oh Daityraj Bali, please give me just three steps of land in charity. Such a small piece of land will be good as all the three worlds for Me.’ Bali agreed to grant my request without lengthy consideration.

But as soon as he vowed to give Me the land, My body began to expand into a gigantic transcendental form. I covered the entire Earth with My feet, all the Bhuvarloka with My thighs, the Swarga heavens with My waist, Maharloka with My stomach, Janaloka with My chest, Tapoloka with My neck, and Satyaloka with My head and face. Indeed, all the planets of the universe, including the Sun and the Moon, were encompassed by My gigantic form.”

“Seeing this astonishing pastime of Mine, all the demigods, including Indra and Shesha, the king of the snakes, began to sing Vedic hymns and offer prayers to Me. Then I took Bali by the hand and said to him, ‘Oh sinless one, I have covered the whole Earth with one step and all the heavenly planets with the second. Now where shall I place My foot to measure the third step of land you promised Me?’

“Upon hearing this, Bali bowed down in humility and offered Me his head to place My third step. Oh Yudhishthira, I placed my foot on his head and sent him all the way to Patalaloka. Seeing him thus humbled, I became very pleased and told Bali that henceforth I would permanently reside in his palace.

“Oh king, until Haribodhinii EkAdasi, which occurs during the light part of the month of Kartika, I continue to sleep in the ocean of milk. The merit one accumulates during this period is particularly powerful. One should therefore observe Parivartini Ekadashi Puja carefully. Indeed, it is especially purifying and thus cleanses one of all sinful reactions. On this day the faithful devotee should worship Lord Trivikrama, Vamana deva, who is the supreme father, because on this day I turn over to sleep on My other side.

“One who observes this sacred Parivartini Ekadashi Puja in the way I have described will surely attain all kinds of happiness in this world and the kingdom of God in the hereafter. One who simply hears this narration with devotion will go to the abode of the demigods and shine there like the Moon itself, so powerful is observance of this Parivartini Ekadashi Puja. Indeed, this observance is as powerful as the performance of a thousand horse sacrifices.”

Food instructions:

Devotees fast on this day and avoid food made from grains specially rice

No non-vegetarian food, Onion and garlic is prohibited in fasting

The most preferred fasting food is potatoes and ground nut

Food that can be consumed includes fresh and dried fruits, milk products, vegetables & nuts.