Varuthini Ekadashi Vrat:
The meaning of the word Varuthini is ‘protected’ or ‘armored’ as per the Sanskrit language. Therefore it is believed that devotees following this vrat will receive protection from Lord Vishnu against all the evil and negative energies. Moreover, fasting on this day brings prosperity, fame, and health to individuals.
Varuthini Ekadashi is also known as Baruthani Ekadashi. It is a spiritual day of the Hindu religion that falls on the 11th day of Krishna paksha in the Hindu month Vaishakh. And as per the Gregorian calendar, this day arrives between March-April. So the year 2022 will observe Varuthini Ekadashi on Tuesday of 26th April.
This day holds an immense significance in Hindu mythology. For example, it is believed that a person with a walking disability will be able to walk properly, a misfortune woman can be turned into a fortunate one, and any person can be freed from the cycle of birth and rebirth by observing fast on this day.
As per the texts, Kings Mandhaata and Dhundhumaar achieved the ultimate liberty after observing fast on this day. One more important story is attached to this day which talks about how Lord Shiva got dismissal from the curse after observing Varuthini Ekadashi’s fast for beheading Lord Brahma’s one of the avatars.
Ritual and practices:
Every Ekadashi holds a unique significance in the Hindu calendar. However, Varuthini Ekadashi is particularly dedicated to Lord Vishnu’s Vamana avatar. Fasting is an essential ritual of this day. Devotees are required to wake up early and pay their visit to Lord Vishnu or Krishna’s temples.
People worship Lord Vishnu with various offerings and prayers. Different Prashad, bhogs, holy chants, Havans, and religious activities are integral parts of this Ekadashi.
Charity and donation is also a prominent practice of Varuthini Ekadashi. Donating food, clothes, money and other essentials to needy people brings joy and prosperity to the family. That’s why devotees perform all this holy ritual with utmost faith and kindness.
They are also restricted to practice any harmful or forbidden task on this day. This involves talking negatively, robbery, violence, anger, hatred, lying, gambling, shaving one’s head or face, and any other hurtful action and words.
Varuthini Ekadashi has a profound meaning in the scriptures, and it offers mythical help and support by Lord Vishnu to all the devotees who observe a stringent fast on this day.