Aja Ekadashi is the ekadashi that is observed during the Krishna Paksha (the dark fortnight of moon) in the Hindu month of ‘Bhadrapada’. In the English calendar it corresponds to the months of August-September. This ekadashi is also popularly known by the name of ‘Ananda Ekadashi’. Aja Ekadashi is observed in the month of ‘Bhadrapada’ in northern states of India, while in other regions of the country, it falls in the Hindu month of ‘Shravana’. The Aja Ekadashi observance is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, His consort. Hindus believe this vrat to be most beneficial of all.