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Jaya Ekadashi is a sacred Hindu fast observed on Ekadashi of the Shukla Paksha of Magh. Like all Ekadashi fasts, this Ekadashi is also dedicated to the worship of Lord Vishnu. In 2021, Jaya Ekadashi falls on Monday, February 22. By observing this Ekadashi fast one can be free from all sins of past and present.
Jaya Ekadashi comes every year on the bright side of Magh month. According to the Gregorian calendar, it falls in the month of January or February every year. This time Jaya Ekadashi falls on 22 February 2021.
Ekadashi Tithi Begins February 22, 2021, 5:16 PM
Ekadashi Tithi Ends February 23, 2021, 6:05 PM
In regions of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, Jaya Ekadashi is also fondly known as Bhoumi Ekadashi and in some parts, it is known as Bhisma Ekadashi.
The Jaya Ekadashi fast should be initiated from the early morning of Ekadashi. The observance comes to an end at the sunrise of Dwadashi. One can also initiate the fast from the very tenth day by only consuming Satvik meal and that too before sunset. On the day of the fast, it is prohibited for the observers to consume grains, rice, or pulses.
- On the very day, the devotees wake up before sunrise and take a bath, following which prayers are offered to Lord Vishnu in the Brahma Muhurta and later devotees offer prayers to Mata Ekadashi.
- Devotees prepare a special bhog to please the deities and once the bhog is offered, they seek blessings by reciting devotional songs as well as Vedic Mantras.
- One of the most important deeds of the day when the fast is observed is to help the needy, offer them alms and various other essential commodities as per the capacity of the donor.
Nandana was a forest in the heavens. It was a serene little place with all the gods living in peace. There amidst the beauty of the very cloud cuckoo land lived a couple so engrossed in each other that they often forgot their duty and indulged in mutual admiration of each other. The man was a handsome young Malyavan and the woman was a beautiful damsel Pushpavati.
Once Lord Indra took a casual walk to the forest and to welcome him, the gods arranged for a dance concert and the couple took part in it. But to everyone’s dismay, halfway into their performance, they started to sensuously indulge in loving each other. Indra felt insulted and so did all the other gods. He was so furious that he spelled a curse unto them both. The curse would make them take birth on earth as a poor couple.
As the curse unfolded itself, the couple was indeed born in the Himalayas as a poor couple who had no food to feed themselves and no clothes to cover themselves. They lived a miserable life. However, one day accidentally they went into penance and ended up impressing Lord Vishnu with their repentance. As blessings, Lord Vishnu gave back to them their lost glory and prosperity.
The most significant part of this observance is to feed the poor and perform the puja of Lord Vishnu as by performing this the devotees get blessed and are bestowed with abundant wealth and happiness. An individual who has observed Jaya Ekadashi Vrat is bestowed upon the fulfillment of desires and remedies, it also confers moksha.
Jaya Ekadashi Vrat is so effective that it can help the person who is fasting, get rid of all their sins from past and present. So much so that even Brahma Hatya can be absolved Ekadashi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva puja is held in the month of Magh. Therefore, this Vrat holds great significance for the devotees of Lord Vishnu and Shiva.