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.
When is Jaya Ekadashi this year
Sunrise16-Feb-2019 07:02 AM
Sunset16-Feb-2019 18:19 PM
Dwadashi End 17-Feb-2019 08:10 AM Ekadashi Begins15-Feb-2019 13:18 PM
Ekadashi Ends16-Feb-2019 11:02 AM
Hari Vasara Ends16-Feb-2019 16:19 PM
Parana Time 06:58 AM - 09:13 AM
Rituals on the Jaya Ekadashi:
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 enter 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.
For people who cannot keep complete fasting, can even keep partial fasting by consuming
milks and fruits. This exception is meant for elderly people, pregnant women and for those
suffering from serious body illnesses.
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 body is also prohibited.
Lord Vishnu is worshipped with complete devotion on Jaya Ekadashi. Devotees wakes 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.
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