Ekadashi Vrats – Parivarthini Ekadashi

Parivarthini Ekadashi
Parivarthini Ekadashi

Parivarthini  Ekadashi is the eleventh day from the Amavasya day (Shukla Paksha Ekadashi) which occurs on the Shukla Paksha Ekadashi Tithi of the Bhadra Padha month as per both the Amantha and the Purnimantha Calendars.

In the year 2023, it occurs on Monday, 25th September 2023. The exact duration of the Ekadashi Tithi has to be ascertained from the respective regional calendars.

The Vrat is also called as Parsva Ekadashi.


As per the legend, Bhagwan Sri Maha Vishnu is believed to turn around in His sleeping position on this day.

It is also believed that Bhagwan Sri Vishnu had taken the fifth incarnation of Sri Vamana on this day. Hence the day is also celebrated as Sri Vamana Jayanthi.

Parivarthini Ekadashi – rituals

The general rituals followed for Ekadashi Vrats are given below:

-The exact time of dawn of Ekadashi tithi is ascertained either from family elders / astrologers. It is mentioned in the Holy Almanac (Panchang) as well. Even daily Calendars provide the information.

-The idol or picture of Sri Vishnu is decorated with flowers. Incense sticks are lit. Diyas are lit with ghee. Pujas are done with tulsi leaves.

– The items such as Jambira fruit (goose berry), Pomegranate, Mangoes, Guava, Betal nuts and leaves, Coconut, Varieties of nuts and Cloves and other aromatic spices are offered in Puja subject to availability.

Slokas or stotras of Sri Maha Vishnu including Sri Vishnu Sahasra Nama are recited with devotion. Srimad Bhagavad Gitaa is also recited.

-Special Puja is done for Sri Lakshmi Devi as well.

-The Vrat Katha is read and recited.

-At the end of the puja, aarti is done. Prasad is distributed to the family members.

-Devotees of Bhagwan Maha Vishnu observe strict fasting from the dawn of Ekadashi.

-They do not sleep on the night of Ekadashi. At this time, tales of Sri Maha Vishnu are recited by the elders. Others listen to the stories.

-Various bhajans and kirtans are held.

-The fast shall continue till the sunrise of the next day, i.e., Dwadashi.

-Those devotees who cannot do fasting due to medical or other reasons can take sattvic food. Mostly prasadams and fruits are partaken.

-Making daan / donation to the needy on Ekadashi day is believed to please Sri Maha Vishnu.

-On Dwadashi day, unless it happens to be another Vrat day, a nutritious meal is partaken to balance the internal physical effects of fasting on the previous day. It is considered pious to forego eating of brinjal on Dwadashi day.


-alleviation of all the sins both intentional and unintentional.
-blessed with progeny
-fulfillment of the wishes

Importance should be given to the sincere prayers to Sri Maha Vishnu.

Sri Vishnu Gayathri Manthras
Sri Vishnu Gayathri Manthras

Kalki Dwadashi

This Vrat is observed on the Shukla Paksha Dwadashi of Bhadra Padha month. It occurs on the day next to Parivarthini Ekadashi. For the Year 2023, it occurs on Tuesday, 26th September 2023.  The exact duration of the Dwadashi Tithi has to be ascertained from the respective regional calendars.

Sri Kalki is the tenth incarnation of Sri Maha Vishnu which is yet to happen. It is believed that Bhagwan Sri Maha Vishnu shall incarnate to protect the universe at the end of the present Kaliyug.

On Kalki Dwadashi day, the devotees observe fasting either partially or fully. Special prayers and archanas are done to Sri Vishnu Murthy. The Slokams / Stotrams invoking Bhagwan Sri Vishnu are recited with devotion.

The synopsis of Kamada Ekadashi, Varuthini Ekadashi, Mohini Ekadashi, Apara Ekadashi, Nirjala Ekadashi, Yogini Ekadashi, Devshayani Ekadashi, Kamika Ekadashi, Sravana Putrata Ekadashi and Aja Ekadashi are narrated in the previous articles. The rest of the Ekadashi Vrats shall be dealt with in the subsequent articles of the series

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