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Parasva Ekadashi is considered as one of the most auspicious and virtuous festivals taking place on the eleventh day (Ekadashi) of Bhadrapada month in the Shukla Paksha according to the Hindu calendar. This auspicious festival is falling in the month of September.
Parsva Ekadashi is observed with immense dedication and enthusiasm all over India. Its believed that Lord Vishnu shifts his sleeping position from left to the right side, so the day is also known as Parsva Parivartini Ekadashi. In the year 2021, Parasva Ekadashi falls on Friday, 13 September.
The fast of Parasva Ekadashi is celebrated with great enthusiasm and reverence in various parts of the country. It is also popular as 'Parvatini', 'Jaljhulini Ekadashi' and 'Vaman Ekadashi' in different regions of India. According to Hindu mythology, devotees who observe a Parvati Ekadashi fast are forgiven for all their past sins and are pleased with the virtue and divine blessings of Vishnu who is the protector of the universe.
Parasva Ekadashi fast has been observed by devotees for centuries. According to Hindu beliefs, it is believed that devotees who observe this fast with dedication get good health, wealth, and happiness. The most important aspect of this fast is that it frees the observer from his past sins and frees the devotees from the cycle of death and birth. By keeping fast on this auspicious day, individuals receive high spiritual benefits and at the same time, it also helps in strengthening the willpower of the observers.
Parasva Ekadashi is considered to be the most auspicious and supreme Ekadashi as it falls in the Chaturmas. Punya (virtue) has a higher value than various rituals performed during this time and rituals performed in other months. The Brahma Vaivarta Purana highlights the importance of Paras Ekadashi in the form of an in-depth conversation between King Yudhishthira and Lord Krishna.
- On the eve of Parasva Ekadashi, devotees usually observe Ekadashi fast.
- The fast is observed for a period of 24 hours, starting from the sunrise of Ekadashi to Dwadashi Tithi. In the milk form of the fast, devotees consume a meal but it should be before sunrise.
- Devotees conclude the fast after feeding Brahmins and worshiping Lord Vishnu.
- On the eve of Parshva Ekadashi, devotees, as well as other individuals, are not allowed to cook and eat beans, rice, and grains.
- The observers are also required to recite mantras and sing hymns to please Lord Vishnu. The recitation of 'Vishnu Sahasranama' is considered highly auspicious on this day.
Shri Krishna started saying O Rajan! Now listen to the story that destroys all sins. In Tretayuga there was a demon named Bali. He was my great devotee. Vedas of various types used to worship me with hymns and used to regularly worship Brahmins and perform Yajna, but due to the envy of Indra, he conquered Inderlok and all the gods.
For this reason, all the deities gathered together and went to God after thinking. Indradik Devas, including Brihaspati, went near to the Lord and bowed down and started worshiping and praising the Lord through Veda mantras. So I took the fifth incarnation by taking the form of Vamana and then won King Bali with great splendor.
Hearing this talk, King Yudhishthira said, "O Janardan!" How did you win that Mahabali monster by taking the form of Vamana?
Shri Krishna started saying - I asked Brahmachari, the Vamana form while praying for three feet of land with sacrifice - I said this is like three people and you must give it, O Rajan
King Bali sacrificed it to me as a trivial plea and gave me the promise of three steps land and I increased my Trivikram form, even the post in Bhooloka, the thigh in Bhuvarloka, the waist in Swargaloka, the belly in Maha Loka, the heart in Janlok, the throat in Yamlok. After establishing the face in Satyalok, set the head on it.
Sun, Moon, etc. All the planets, Yoga, Nakshatra, Indradik deities, and all other serpents, etc., prayed to the Vedas in different ways. Then I held the hand of King Bali and said, "O Rajan!" From one post the earth, from the other, the heavens were completed. Where should I put the third step now?
Then Bali bowed his head and I put my foot on his forehead so that my devotee went to Hades. Then seeing his request and humility, I said, O Bali! I will always be near you. My idol was installed at Bali's ashram on the day of Bhadrapada Shukla Ekadashi after asking Virochana's son Bali.
Similarly, the second happened on the back of Sheshnag in Kshirsagar. Hey Rajan! On this Ekadashi, the Lord takes his turn while sleeping, so Lord Vishnu, the lord of the three worlds, should be worshiped on that day. It is advisable to donate copper, silver, rice, and curd on this day. Awakening must be done at night.
Those who observe fast on this Ekadashi methodically, go to heaven, free from all sins, they are illuminated like the moon and get fame. Those who read or listen to this story, the destroyers of sins, get the result of a thousand Ashwamedha sacrifices.