2023 Jaya Ekadashi is a fasting ritual which is observed on the ‘Ekadashi’ tithi during the Shukla Paksha (the bright fortnight of moon) in the month of ‘Magh’ as per the Hindu calendar. According to the Gregorian calendar, it comes between the months of January-February. According to believes that if this Ekadashi comes on a Thursday, then it is even more auspicious. Like any other Ekadashi, this Ekadashi is also celebrated in the honour of Lord Vishnu, one of the three main Hindu deities.
The Jaya Ekadashi fasting is taken by almost all Hindus, especially Lord Vishnu devotees to gain his divine blessings. Jaya Ekadashi is also fondly called as ‘Bhoumi Ekadashi’ and ‘Bhishma Ekadashi’ in some Hindu communities of South India, particularly the regions of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Jaya Ekadashi 2023 Date: Wednesday, 01 February 2023
Ekadashi Tithi Begins: 31 January 2023 at 11:53 AM
Ekadashi Tithi Ends: 01 February 2023 at 02:01 PM
Jaya Ekadashi Parana Time: 02 February 2023 at 07:09 AM to 09:19 AM
The devotees keep fasting for the whole day, without eating or drinking anything. Actually the Vrat begins from the ‘Dashami’ tithi (10th day). No food is taken on this day after sunrise to ensure that complete fast is taken on Ekadashi. Hindu followers keep waterless fast from the sunrise of Ekadashi to the sunrise of ‘Dwadashi’ tithi (12th day). During the fast, the person must not let the feelings of anger, lust or greed enters their mind. The Vrat is mainly meant to purify both the body and the soul. The follower of this Vrat must offer foods to respected Brahmins on the Dwadashi tithi and after that break their fast. One who follows the Vrat should not sleep all night and recite Bhajans praising Lord Vishnu.
1. For people who cannot keep complete fasting, can even keep partial fasting by consuming milk and fruits. This exception is meant for elderly people, pregnant women and for those suffering from serious body illnesses.
2. Even those who do not wish to keep fast on Jaya Ekadashi must restrict from eating food made from rice and any forms of grains. Applying oil on the body is also prohibited.
3. Lord Vishnu is worshipped with complete devotion on Jaya Ekadashi. Devotees wake up at sunrise and take an early bath. A small idol of Lord Vishnu is then kept on the place of worship and the followers offer sandalwood paste, sesame seeds, fruits, lamp and dhoop, to the God. Reciting ‘Vishnu Sahastranaam’ and ‘Narayan Stotra’ is considered auspicious on this day.
4. We often wonder why our eyes keep twitching, while there are scientific reasons for it, there are also some astrological reasons for the blinking of the eyes. When we hear about the religious facts about a left eye blinking, it surprises us by the revelations we will get at the end.
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