Yogini Ekadashi date comes after Nirjala Ekadashi and before Devshayani Ekadashi. According to Hindu Panchang, Ekadashi of Krishna Paksha of Ashadha month is called Yogini Ekadashi (Yogini Ekadashi 2020). Yogini Ekadashi is fasting on Wednesday, 17 June. By observing this fast, Lord Vishnu is pleased.
By observing Yogini Ekadashi, all sins are destroyed and prosperity is attained. By observing this fast, a person becomes a possessor of heaven. The importance of fasting for Yogini Ekadashi is like feeding 88 thousand Brahmins.
Yogini Ekadashi: June 17, 2020
Date Time: On June 16, 2020, it will start at 5.40 am and will end on June 17, 2020 at 4.50 am.
Parayan: From 05.28 AM to 08.14 AM on 18 June 2020
Method of worship:
Clean the house first in the morning on the day of Yogini Ekadashi and then bathe and wear clean clothes. After this install the idol of Lord Vishnu. Then offer flowers, akshat, coconut and basil leaves to the Lord. Then worship Peepal tree too. Listen to the story of Yogini Ekadashi Vrat and do Parayan on the next day.
In the Alakapuri city of heaven, a king named Kubera lived. Kubera was a devotee of Lord Shiva. He used to worship Bholenath every day. A gardener named Hem used to bring flowers to worship the king. Hem Mali’s wife’s name was Vishalakshi, a very beautiful woman. Then one day Mali brought a flower from the lake, but due to being lustful, he got busy humorous with his wife and did not go to the palace. On the other hand, the king waited for the gardener till noon. After this, King Kubera ordered the soldiers that go find out why Mali has not come yet. The soldiers returned and told the king that the gardener is very sinful and transgressive. He is engaged in humor with his wife. Hearing this, King Kubera became enraged and ordered Mali to be present immediately.
Then Hem Mali Raja came to the king trembling with fear. King Kubera cursed the gardener and said, ‘Oh lowly! Sinner! Kami! You have disrespected Mahadev, the god of gods. I curse you that you will suffer in disconnection from your wife. You will become a leper by going to death.
Then Hem Mali suffered a lot of problems by coming to death. Once, going to the terrible forest, Hem Mali wandered without food and water. Then he went to the sage Markandeya’s ashram. He told his story to the sage. Hearing this, the sage said – You have told me the truth, that is why I am telling you a fast for salvation, if you observe Yogini Ekadashi fast by law, then all sins will be destroyed.
Hearing this, the gardener bowed down to the sage and methodically observed the fast of Yogini Ekadashi. Consequently Hem Mali went to heaven again and lived happily with his wife.