Indira Ekadashi 2023: Indira Ekadashi, observed on the 11th day of the Krishna Paksha (the waning phase of the moon) in the Hindu month of Ashwin, is a significant fasting day in Hinduism. It is often referred to as “Ekadashi Shradh” as it coincides with Pitru Paksha, a fortnight dedicated to honoring ancestors. The main purpose of observing this sacred Ekadashi Vrat is to seek peace for the ancestors, ensuring their peaceful journey to heaven. Hindus fast on Indira Ekadashi to seek forgiveness for past wrongdoings.
Indira Ekadashi 2023 Date And Parana Timings
- Indira Ekadashi Vrat 2023 Date – 10th October 2023 (Tuesday)
- Indira Ekadashi 2023 Tithi Begins – 12:36 PM, 9th October 2023 (Monday)
- Indira Ekadashi 2023 Tithi Ends – 03:08 PM, 10th October 2023 (Tuesday)
- Indira Ekadashi 2023 Parana Timings – 06:19 – 10:11 AM, 12th October (Wednesday)
Indira Ekadashi 2023: Significance
The revered Indira Ekadashi vrat is believed to bestow wealth and prosperity upon its observer. By faithfully observing this auspicious vrat, individuals can cleanse themselves of sins and release their ancestors from the negative consequences of their past actions. This vrat is regarded as a powerful means to grant peace to one’s ancestors, and it should be undertaken with unwavering dedication by those seeking their ancestors’ absolution. According to sacred Hindu scriptures, observing the Indira Ekadashi vrat yields benefits equivalent to those achieved through participating in the “Ashwamedha Yagya.”
Indira Ekadashi 2023: Vrat Katha
According to a legend, a king named Indrasen of Mahishmati Nagar was a formidable devotee of Lord Vishnu during the Satyuga. In his Mahishmati realm, everyone lived contentedly and there was no unrest. Devarshi Narada Muni showed up in the king’s court one day as he was having a conversation with his ministers when they were seated in the court. The sage Narada told the king that although everyone in the kingdom was living in peace, his father was bound to live in Yamaloka because of his poor karma. When King Indrasen learned of this, he inquired of Devarshi Narada regarding the condition of his father’s soul. The sage advised him to fast on Ekadashi of Krishna Paksha of Ashwin month in order to atone for his father’s transgressions.
Then King Indrasen inquired of Sage Narada regarding the Ekadashi vrat. Narada advised taking a river bath on the tenth day and doing Shradh for your ancestors just one day before Indira Ekadashi. Worship Lord Vishnu on Ekadashi and then eat fruit in the evening. Your father would gain virtue from keeping this fast. Together with his brothers, King Indrasen observed the ritual fast of Indira Ekadashi. As a result, his father was saved, and once King Indrasen passed away, his soul entered heaven.