Vijay Ekadashi is one of the most auspicious fasts and is observed for prosperity. Observed on the Falgun Krishna Paksha, as the name suggests, Vijaya Ekadashi is the symbol of victory over the enemy. The sole purpose of the devotees observing this vrat is to attain Moksha. Moksha is the liberation from the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. The devotees also fast to seek refuge in Vaikuntha, Lord Vishnu’s heavenly abode.
Vijaya Ekadashi falls every year in the month of February or March. This year it will be observed on Tuesday, 09 March.
On 10th Mar, Parana Time - 06:36 AM to 08:58 AM
Ekadashi Tithi Begins - 03:44 PM on Mar 08, 2021
Ekadashi Tithi Ends - 03:02 PM on Mar 09, 2021
Devotees should wake up before sunrise on Vijaya Ekadashi and bath. They should wear light-colored clothes and offer yellow flowers and yellow fruits and clothes to Lord Vishnu. Then they should apply saffron tilak to the idol of Lord Vishnu on this day. They should also chant 108 time Namo Bhagwate Vasudevya Mantra. They break their fast the next morning after taking a bath on Dwadashi Tithi.
Fasting on Vijaya Ekadashi is considered an ancient ritual. The story takes place in Lord Rama’s exile of fourteen years when Sita was abducted by the lanka king Ravan. While Ram and Lakshman searched for Sita, they arrived at the seashore but failed to cross over to Lanka. To please Lord Sea, sage Vakdalabhya advised Ram to fast on the day of Vijaya Ekadashi. Vijaya Ekadashi falls on the Falgun Krishna Paksha. Rama took the sage’s advice and fasted on that day and conquered Lanka and rescued Sita.
Considered as one of the most auspicious fasts for the Hindus, observing it is of great importance. Devotees who observe this fast with proper rituals are believed to acquire success, good health, and prosperity. It also helps to get rid of their past sins. Parana, then breaking of the fast is an important part of the festival. Parana is done just after sunrise on the next day of the Ekadashi fast. A fast on this day really changes one’s life by ushering in all things nice and positive.