Jaya Ekadashi Vrat -2019
Jaya Ekadashi is observed on the ‘ekadashi’ tithi of the Shukl Paksh of ‘Maagh maas’ , it is on the 16th February Saturday 2019.
Lord Vishnu’s followers receive His divine blessings, also a popular belief that by fasting for this ekadashi all the sins get washed away and the person will attain salvation.
Special offering of Sugarcane is made to Shri Thakurji in Bhog.
Rituals on the Jaya Ekadashi:
- The devotees observe fasting for the whole day, without eating or drinking anything. In fact the vrat begins from the ‘dashami’ tithi . No food is eaten on this day after sunrise to ensure that complete fast is kept on ekadashi ,nirjala fast from the sunrise of ekadashi until the sunrise of ‘dwadashi’ tithi. While fasting, the person must not let the feelings of anger, lust or greed enters their mind. This vrat is meant to purify both the body and the soul. The observer of this vrat must offer foods to respected Brahmins on the dwadashi tithi and then break their fast. One who keeps the vrat should not sleep all night and sing bhajans praising Lord Vishnu.
- For people who cannot observe complete fasting, can even keep partial fast on milks and fruits. This exception is meant for elderly people, pregnant women and for those suffering from serious body ailments.
- Even those who do not wish to fast on Jaya Ekadashi must abstain from eating food made from rice and all forms of grains. Abstain from applying oil on body.
- Lord Vishnu is worshipped with complete dedication on Jaya Ekadashi. Devotees get up at sunrise and take an early bath. A small idol of Lord Vishnu is kept on the place of worship and the devotees offer sandalwood paste, sesame seeds, fruits, lamp and dhoop, to the lord. Reciting ‘Vishnu Sahastranaam’ and ‘Narayan Stotra’ is considered propitious on this day.
Significance of Jaya Ekadashi:
The importance and story of Jaya Ekadashi is mentioned in the ‘Padma Purana’ and ‘Bhavisyothara Purana’. Shri Krushna also described the greatness and way of observing this auspicious ekadashi vrat to King Yudhisthira, the eldest of the five Pandav brothers. Jaya Ekadashi vrat is so powerful that it can free the person from the most heinous sins committed, even ‘Brahma Hatya’. Jaya Ekadashi vrat holds double significance for the fact that ekadashi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the month of ‘Maagh’ in which it falls is auspicious for Lord Shiva puja. Therefore this ekadashi is very important for devotees of both, Lord Shiva and Vishnu.