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Jaya Ekadashi is observed in the Magh month of Hindu calendar. Ekadashi is the 11th day of a lunar fortnight. In the same manner, this Ekadashi is celebrated during Shukla Paksha in a Hindu calendar and is devoted to Deity Vishnu. This auspicious festival is also called as ‘Bhishma Ekadashi’ and ‘Bhoumi Ekadashi’. Devotees observe fast (vrat) throughout the day on this auspicious day as part of prayer to the God.
As per the beliefs, the Vrat (fast) associated with Jaya Ekadashi is auspicious for both Lord Vishnu as well as Deity Shiva, as Magh month is also considered very apt for Gauri Shankar Puja, besides being auspicious for worshipping Lord Vishnu. Therefore, worshipper can seek the blessings of both the powerful Gods, on this say.
- Take bath before sunrise
- Worship Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu with complete faith and devotion
- While, performing Aarti, chant Shiva and Narayana Aarti
- Observe fast throughout the day and pray to Lords
- Avoid intake of grains, Non-vegetarian meals and drinks
- Offer clothes and food to the Priests or Brahmins
Jaya Ekadashi is an auspicious day for destroying the sins committed by one. Attaining Moksha (salvation) is also the key objectives to observe fast on Jaya Ekadesi.
Legend behind Jaya Ekadashi
According to the legend, once a Gandharva was asked to sing in front of God Indra. While singing he was missing his wife and thus was unable to sing properly. Because of his out of rhythm singing, Lord Indra got irritated and cursed his beloved and said she will change into a demon. Gandharva got scared and asked for mercy. But as Lord Indra was annoyed, he refused his plea.
Gandharva tried numerous trials to restore back his better half to her normal form, but wasn’t successful. One day he met Narad Rishi. He pleaded him and asked for help. On this, Narad Rishi (Priest) suggested Gandharva to observe the fast in the Magh month. He followed the suggestion of Narad Rishi (Priest) and observed Ekadashi fast. As a result, his beloved returned back to her original beautiful form.
So, one can easily observe Jaya Ekadashi Vrat with a clean mind & soul and overcome all the hurdles of his/ her life.
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