Thursday, July 18, 2013

Tholi Ekadashi 2013 ....Happy Tholi Ekadashi Wishes to all !!

Toli Ekadasi is the name given to the Ekadashi observed during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Ashada or Ashara Masam (June – July) in Andhra Pradesh and by Telugu speaking community around the world.

In 2013, the date of Toli Ekadashi date in Telugu calendar is on July 19  Friday. This Ekadashi is also known as Deva Shayani Ekadasi or Hari Sayani Ekadashi and the Chatur Mas Vrat (four holy months in Hinduism) begins from the day. The night time of Devas begins on this day and it believed that Lord Vishnu goes to sleep from the day.

The fast is dedicated to Srihari Vishnu. The fast is broken on the Dwadashi day by eating fruits.

It is popularly believed that by praying and observing Toli Ekadashi will help in a person from redemption of sins. All the normal fasting rules associated with Ekadashi fasting is observed on Toli Ekadasi day.

The day is of great significance to the farming community as they begin to sow seeds after the first rains on Toli Ekadasi day.

Ekadasi Fasting is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is observed on the 11th day of waning and waxing phase of moon in a traditional Hindu calendar. This is one of the most popular Vrat observed in Hinduism. How to observe Ekadashi was narrated to Arjuna by Lord Krishna and is found in the Bhavisyottara Purana.

When to start Ekadasi Fasting?

Lord Krishna advices Arjuna to begin the Ekadasi fasting in the autumn season with Utpanna or Uttpatti Ekadasi occurring during the waning phase of the moon in November – December.

Ekadashi Vrat Fasting Method

Ekadasi is the name of the Goddess that arose from Lord Vishnu to defeat Demon Mura. Happy with her divine act, Lord Vishnu blessed her that anyone who observes Ekadasi fast will be freed of their sins and will attain Moksha.Some people only take a single meal on the Dasami day, the day before Ekadasi

Things needed for Ekadasi Puja and Prayer

  1. A picture or photo or idol of Lord Vishnu
  2. Fruits
  3. Tulsi leaves (The tulsi leaves should not be picked on the day but on the previous day)
  4. Yellow bananas and other normal puja items


  • Wake up early in the morning. Take bath and offer prayers.
  • Perform a simple puja to Lord Vishnu at home by lighting a lamp and offering fruits and Tulsi leaves.
  • Pray or meditate for few minutes.

If there is a Vishnu temple nearby visit the temple and witness morning pujas and rituals.

Complete fast or Upavas on the day is the main observance.

Ekadasi Fasting

  • Fasting is for 24 hours. It is believed that a partial or total abstinence from food on Ekadasi is rewarded with bliss.
  • If you have any health problem or are taking medicines, please consult your doctor before deciding on fasting. You can also opt for a partial fast by avoiding food made of rice.
  • Do not eat food made from rice on Ekadashi.
  • Strictly avoid eating rice and grains, honey, meat and eating on a bell metal plate. Do not apply oil on the day. (What food can be eaten on Ekadasi for those observing partial fast?)
  • Those taking partial fast can consume fruits and milk.

Afternoon,Take bath and offer prayers to Lord Vishnu.

Evening Prayers

Take a bath in the evening.
Repeat the morning puja to Vishnu
Visit Vishnu temple and witness the evening puja and rituals.

Prayers for Ekadashi or Click here (Contains prayers,prasadam)

  • Vishnu Ashotharam
  • Vishnu Sahasranamam
  • Simple Chanting of – Om Namo Narayana

Or any prayers dedicated to Lord Vishnu or Sri Krishna

No Sleep of Keeping Vigil at Night

Staunch devotees who observe Vaikunta Ekadasi fasting do not sleep on the day. They spend the whole night at Vishnu temples or by singing prayers or listening stories dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

But those devotees who have health problems sleep at night. Those people who work, take rest at night and avoid keeping vigil at night

Next Day Morning

The fast is broken on the next day (Dwadashi) after taking bath. Offer prayers to Lord Vishnu by lighting a lamp and then you can break the fast.

My past experiences from my childhood regarding this festival was applying mehendi leaves paste on palms of hands and legs previous day.
Having a head bath,Wearing new clothes,praying god,visit to a temple,having Pelala Pindi as Prasadam.

The story in brief was known when I got married and the google search Engine and many other blogs regarding Hinduism and it's festivals helped me to know the importance of festivals etc.So that as a reader ,I am able to post the content what I knew.

So friends,enjoy the Festival day by chanting Mantras .Have a wonderful festival  with all ur Family.

Finally I wish you all my friends with a very Happy Tholi Ekadashi !!

Here you can find the few links about this Festival in Telugu .I like those to share ,Have a Wonderful look friends(Telugu Lovers) to this .

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