In Hinduism, Ekadashi is a very auspicious day that holds great importance. Every month, there are two Ekadashis. Ekadashi (11th) day of Shukla Paksha (Waxing Moon Period) of Magha month (as per the Hindu Calendar) is called Jaya Ekadashi. This Ekadashi is also known as Bhishma Ekadashi. According to Hindu texts, as Bhishma chose the day of Jaya Ekadasi to depart His mortal body, therefore, Jaya Ekadasi is also named Bhishma Ekadasi.
It is believed that the Ekadashi fast helps to get rid of all sins and attain salvation. In South India, Jaya Ekadashi is also known as ‘Bhoumi Ekadashi’. This year, it falls on February 1, 2023, Wednesday, Moreover, according to scripture, not only puja and vrat but also Til Daan and Til Tarpan hold special significance on Shatilla Ekadashi.
So, let’s get to know more about Puja Vidhi, Til Tarpan and the benefits of fasting on Jaya Ekadashi 2023.
Jaya Ekadashi 2023: Date, Muhurat and Timings
In the year 2023, Jaya Ekadashi will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 1.
- Ekadashi Tithi Begins: 11:53 a.m on Jan 31, 2023
- Ekadashi Tithi Ends: 02:01 p.m on Feb 01, 2023
- Parana Tithi (breaking fast) of Ekadashi: February 2 between 07:09 a.m to 09:19 a.m
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Significance of Jaya Ekadashi
In Padma Purana and Bhavisyothara Purana, the importance of Jaya Ekadashi and its benefits are mentioned. It is said that Lord Krishna had narrated the significance and way of observing Jaya Ekadashi vrat to King Yudhisthira, the eldest of Pandavas. According to the Hindu Sanatan Dharma, Jaya Ekadashi vrat can free the Devotee from the most horrible sins such as Brahma Hatya. Also, as Jaya Ekadashi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, it holds greater significance. Added to this, the month of Magha is auspicious for worshipping Lord Shiva. Hence, Jaya Ekadashi is very important for both devotees of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.
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Jay Ekadashi 2023 Puja Vidhi
On Jaya Ekadashi, worshipping Lord Vishnu is highly auspicious. Performing puja is not only rewarding but also brings positive energy into the house and helps to eliminate negative energy. So, let’s find below the puja vidhi on Jaya Ekadashi.
- Lord Vishnu is specially worshipped on Ekadashi.
- Puja vidhi should be carried out in the west direction of the house during the early hours of the day after sunrise or in the evening.
- Wake up early, take bath and wear clean/fresh blue-coloured clothes.
- Take a steel Kalash and fill it with water. Put some tulsi leaves. Close the mouth of the steel Kalash with a coconut.
- Place the Kalash on a blue coloured cloth.
- Offer prayers to Lord Vishnu as the Lord of the Universe.
- Lit a lamp using cow ghee – use just one wick.
- Now, offer Chandan, rose flower, dhoop or agarbatti.
- Offer Kasturi fragrance (attar or water).
- You can also offer blue-coloured flowers, if available.
- Offer a sweet dish prepared using coconut. Offer this to Lord Vishnu as Prasad and then should be shared with family members after puja.
- Chant the mantra ॐ नमो भगवाते जगदीश्वराय (om namo bhagavate jagadishaya) using a chandan mala.
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Jaya Ekadashi Mantra
The mantra ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Jagadishaya’ should be chanted 108 times if possible using a Chandan Mala.
Jaya Ekadashi Vrat Katha
It is said that Lord Krishna had narrated Ekadashi Vrat Kathas to Pandava King Yudhishthira to help him gain wisdom and enlightenment. And here’s the detail about Jaya Ekadashi Vrat Katha.
According to a legend, one day, Indra Dev was listening to Gandharva music and enjoying it with Pushpadanta and Chitrasen. Also, during this period, Pushpadanta’s daughter Pushpavati and Chitrasen’s wife Malini, son Pushpavan and grandson Malyavan were present in the court. After seeing Malyavan for the first time, Pushpavati fell in love. And so they continued to admire each other and distracted the musicians resulting in singing the wrong notes. Enraged by their behaviour, Indra Dev cursed Pushpavati and Malyavan to lose their abilities for disrespecting him. Due to the curse, Pushpavati and Malyavan lost their powers of being demigods, and they had to lead a normal human life on earth.
For many days, the duo endured the struggles and troubles of human life on earth. And therefore, to get rid of this curse, they observed a fast on the Shukla Paksha Ekadashi Tithi of Magha, while sitting under a Peepal tree. Pleased by their dedication and devotion, Lord Vishnu relieved them from the curse and blessed them and therefore, they soon regained their lost abilities and powers.
Benefits of Observing Jaya/Bhishma Ekadashi
- According to Padma Purana, Devotees performing the vrat will help to eliminate all sins and bad virtues.
- Devotees observing the vrat will not reincarnate in Preta Yoni or will not turn into Pret Atma (ghost) after death or any other negative energies.
- Gain victory over enemies.
- All wishes are fulfilled.
- Financial difficulties are resolved.
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