Saphala Ekadasi – Date, Significance and Rituals

When is Saphala Ekadasi?

The 11th day of the Waning phase (Krishna Paksha) of the month in the month of Paush (Dec-Jan) is called Saphala Ekadashi. It is also popularly known as the Pausa Krishna Ekadashi.

Who is worshiped During Saphala Ekadasi?

Lord Vishnu is worshiped during Saphala Ekadashi.

What is the significance of Saphala Ekadashi?

Saphala, in Hindi means ‘to prosper’. So people attain the desired success, prosperity, Peace of mind, abundance and fortune and happiness in their lives. It is also believed that Saphala ekadasi transforms one’s bad luck to good luck.

Saphala Ekadashi (13-Dec-2017)

Saphala Ekadashi Dates

2017 – 13 December

2019 – 02 January & 22 December

2021 – 09 January



Like any other ekadasi devotees’ wake up early and cleanse them. The fast as such begins on the dusk of dasami day and ends in the dawn of the dwadashi day. Devotees consume only saatvik food through the day. Those not able to adhere to a complete fast do a partial fast.

Devotees offer tulsi garlands to Lord Vishnu to remove their sins. They also offer fruits like, jambira fruit, pomegranate, betal leaves, betal nuts, coconut and various types of nuts, cloves, guavas and mangoes to please the lord. Some go ahead and offer aromatic spices, incense sticks and ghee lamps.

Devotees generally don’t sleep on the Ekadasi night; instead they praise the lord and sing Bhajan. Aarthi is performed to finish the pooja and Prasad is served to people. It is believed that for the Saphala ekadasi devotees must donate food, money and essential items to a Brahmin or needy.

Read the Legend of Saphala Ekadasi as preached by Lord Krishna to King Yudhistra


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