October 29, Kathmandu. Haribodhini Ekadashi is considered as the most important Ekadashi out of the twenty four Ekadashis that fall in a year. Therefore, in common parlance, it is also called Thulo Ekadashi.
Tulsi, planted four months ago on the day of Ashadh Shukla Ekadashi, has been traditionally adorned in the monastery and worshiped on this day.
Today, Sakharkhand, Pindalu, etc., are offered as offerings to Lord Vishnu.
On the day of Haribodhani Ekadashi, fairs are held in various religious places of Nepal. On this day, a special fair is held at Changunarayan, Bishankhunarayan, Ichangunarayan and Shesh Narayan, four Narayan temples in the four directions of the valley including Barah area of Sunsari and Budhanilkantha of Kathmandu. Budhanilkantha and Nagarjuna municipalities of Kathmandu have given public leave today on the day of Haribodhani Ekadashi.
Similarly, Khandbari Municipality of Sankhuwasabha, Barahpokhari Municipality of Khotang and Jantedhunga Municipality have also given public leave for two days on October 12 and 13 on the occasion of Haribodhani Ekadashi.
Haribodhani Ekadashi is considered as a festival to worship Lord Vishnu. On every Ekadashi day, Lord Vishnu is worshiped by fasting. In Hindu scriptures, Tulsi, Pipal, Dubo and Shaligram are worshiped as symbols of Lord Vishnu.
It is believed that from the day of Ashadh Shukla Ekadashi, Lord Vishnu sleeps in the ocean of milk and wakes up on the day of Kattik Shukla Ekadashi. Therefore, Ashadh Shukla Ekadashi is called Harishyani Ekadashi and Kattik Shukla Ekadashi is called Haribodhani Ekadashi.