Yogini Ekadashi, the ritual that is carried out by Hindus, is also known as Ashadh Krishna Ekadashi. This year, Ekadashi will fall on July 9 and the ritualistic ceremonies will end on July 10. During this time Lord Vishnu is worshipped during Yogini Ekadashi. The devotees of Lord Vishnu keep a fast and are told to stay steady and calm. Legend has it that devotees should fast on this auspicious day so that they can get rid of the sins they have committed in their lives. The rituals also help the worshipper attain salvation after death. According to beliefs, it is lucky to use sesame or mud for bathing and cleansing the body. It is considered extremely fruitful to worship Lord Vishnu on the night of Yogini Ekadashi and to offer food to the Lord as well as donate to Brahmins before breaking the fast.

The following are the muhurat timings for Yogini Ekadashi this year:

  • Start date of Ekadashi: July 8, 2018 at 11:30 late evening.
  • End date of Ekadashi: July 9, 2018 at 09:27 in the evening.
  • July 10 2018 (open time): 05:51 in the morning to 08:31 in the morning.

Puja Vidhi of Yogini Ekadashi 2018: According to certain beliefs, worshippers should pray to Lord Vishnu on the night of Yogini Ekadashi as well as offer food and donate to Brahmins. Sesame paste applied to the body before bathing is considered auspicious. 

Worship lord Vishnu on Yogini Ekadashi by chanting Shri Vishnu mantra

“Tvameva Maataa Ca Pitaa Tvameva Tvameva Bandhush-Ca Sakhaa Tvam-Eva, Tvameva Viidyaa Dravinnam Tvam-Eva Tvameva Sarvam Mama Deva Deva”

“Om shreem krishnaya shreem shreem shreem govindaya gopalaya goloka sundaraya sathyaya nithyaya paramathmane paraya vykhanasaya vyrajamoorthaye meghathmane shreem narasimhavapushe namah”