Yogini Ekadashi, also known as Ashadha Krishna Ekadashi is one of the most important Ekadashi tithis this year and falls today, i.e., July 9, 2018. According to the Hindu calendar, the auspicious day falls in the month of Ashadha that is during the Krishna Paksha, which is the waning phase of the moon. Yogini Ekadashi is considered as the best day to keep fast for the people who are suffering from any skin related problems including leprosy. The vrat can be kept by anyone, young or old, who want to avoid any kind of disease or health problems. Also Read - Air India Plans to Send Some Employees on Compulsory Leave For up to 5 Years Without Pay

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As per various Hindu scriptures and puranas, the greatness of Yogini Ekadashi can be read from ‘Padma Purana’. The vrat is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. According to Hindu mythology, on this day, Lord Vishnu goes to sleep or ‘shayan’. It is believed that whoever follows the rituals of Yogini Ekadashi is able to achieve good health, become prosperous, and in return leads a happy life. Yogini Ekadashi vrat comes once every year and its effect is as strong as serving and feeding around 80000 brahmins. Also Read - IIT-Kanpur Develops Ultraviolet Sanitising Device 'Shudh' to Disinfect Room in 15 Minutes

Yogini Ekadashi 2018: Puja Vidhi, Vrat Katha and Vrat Benefits

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Yogini Ekadashi 2018: Important Timings

Sunrise: July 9, 5:51 am

Sunset: July 9, 7:12 pm

Dwadashi End Moment: July 10, 6:45 pm

Ekadashi Tithi begins at 11:30 pm, on July 8, 2018, and ends at 21:27 pm, on July 9, 2018

The Parana (time to end the fast) is between 02:46 am to 08:31 am.

Yogini Ekadashi 2018: Puja 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”

On Yogini Ekadashi, devotees must even chant ‘Vishnu Sahastranaam’ and can chant the relatively easier maha mantra of ‘Om Namoh Bhagwate Vasudevaya.’