Utpanna Ekadashi Festival

According to mythology, Ekadashi’s fast story has its own great significance. People who are religiously connected with Hindu religion know the importance of Ekadashi fast (vrat) and its related fasting story (vrat katha). Two Ekadashi are solemnized together during Krishna and Shukla Paksha of every month. Lord Vishnu is worshiped on this divine day. However, a very lesser known fact about Ekadashi festival is that Ekadashi was a Goddess who was born on this blessed day with the grace of Lord Vishnu. The Ekadashi which falls in the month of Margshirsha of Krishna Paksha is celebrated as Utpanna Ekadashi Fasting Festival across the world with great joy and enthusiasm every year.

It is believed that with the influence of Utpanna Ekadashi, salvation (moksha) is attained, if a person observes Ekadashi fast with proper rituals and ceremonies. On the day of Krishna Ekadashi of Margashirsha month, Goddess Ekadashi was born, who had protected the Lord Vishnu by slaying the monstrous demon named Mur. It is believed that due to Ekadashi Goddess, the beginning of the festival of Gyaras has also begun. This Goddess has originated from Lord Vishnu's body on the day of Ekadashi.

Utpanna Ekadashi Fasting Rituals (Vrat-Vidhi):

According to Padma Purana, Goddess Ekadashi is also worshipped along with Lord Vishnu. On the dasami of Marghashirsha Krishna Paksha, these are the rituals to be followed-

• Clean the tooth properly after the meal so that any grains part is not stuck in the mouth.

• On the eve of Utapanna Ekadashi, wake up in the morning and take a sacred oath for the fast.

• Bathing with pure holy water is recommended.

• A divine worship should be done of 16 foremost puja samigiri (stuffs) including- sunlight, lamp, nayadya etc.

• In the evening, the earthen lamp should be lit near to the temple area.

• After that, the Lord Vishnu should be worshipped by devotion.

• Apologize for your sins and wrongdoings in front of the God idol.  T

• The next morning, after worshiping Lord Sri Krishna, feed the Brahmin

• After the meal, the Brahmin should donate according to the capacity as Dakshana.

• Break the fast just after puja.

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