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Aja Ekadashi is called Ekadashi of Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapada month. It is said that Aja Ekadashi is very dear to Lord Vishnu, so keeping fast on this Ekadashi brings blessings to Lord Vishnu and Mother Lakshmi. It is also called Annada Ekadashi.
Ekadashi of Bhadrapada Krishna Paksha is known as Aja or Kamika Ekadashi. On the day of Ekadashi, there is a law to worship Lord Vishnu. This year Aja Ekadashi will be celebrated on Friday, 03 September.
- Take a bath before sunrise on Ekadashi day
- In front of Lord Vishnu, light a lamp of ghee and worship it devoutly with fruits and flowers.
- After worship, recite Vishnu Sahasranama
- Follow fasting and waterless fast during the day
- Do Jagran in the night on the day of this fast
- On the day of Dwadashi, feed Brahmins in the morning and give donations.
- On the day of Dwadashi, after giving food to the Brahmin, give alms to the Brahmin
- Then eat yourself
The story of Aja Ekadashi is related to King Harishchandra. King Harish Chandra was very brave and truthful. He sells his wife and son for the fulfillment of his truth and promise and also himself becomes a servant of a Chandala. Gautam Rishi sees them as a way to get rid of this crisis. Maharishi told the king about the fast of Aja Ekadashi. On hearing the statement of Gautama Rishi, according to the king's sage, he fasts lawfully.
With the effect of this fast, all the sins of the king are destroyed. Due to the effect of the fast, he got the kingdom again. Finally, he went to heaven with his family. All this was the effect of fasting on Aja Ekadashi. People who do this fast lawfully. And awakening in the night. All their sins are destroyed. And in the end, he goes to heaven. The mere hearing of the story of this Ekadashi gives results similar to that of Ashwamedha Yagya.
Among all the fasts, the fast of Aja Ekadashi is said to be the best. A person observing Ekadashi fast has to be restrained in his mind, senses, diet, and behavior. The fasting of Aja Ekadashi Vrat inspires a person to rise above artha-kama and walk on the path of salvation and dharma. This fast has been going on since ancient times. The basis of this fast is a mythological, scientific and balanced life. Regarding this fast, it is believed that the fruits obtained as a result of this fast are more than the fruits obtained by Ashwamedha Yagya, hard penance, bathing in pilgrimages, etc. This fast cleanses the mind, purifies the heart, and inspires you towards the path.
Lentil lentils should be avoided on the night of Dashami. This reduces the auspicious results of the fast. One should not eat gram, should not eat crores of food, even by eating herb, etc., there is a shortage in the fruits of fasting, Ekadashi fasting should be less on this day. On the day of fasting and on the day of Dashami, the complete Brahmacharya should be followed.