Friday, January 27, 2012
Literal meaning of Ekadshi is, the 11th day of lunar month as per Hindu calendar. There are two Ekadasis celebrated in every lunar month. So, there are overall 24 Ekadashi in a year. The year of Adhimasa have 26 Ekadashis. Moon month have two parts (Paksha). The 11th date of both the Paksha is called Ekadashi. It is believed that result of observing Ekadasi Fast is even more than the fruits earned by donating gold, land, cereals and cow. Lord Vishnu is worshipped on the day of Ekadshi
Vijaya Ekadashi occurs during the waning phase of moon (Krishna Paksha) in February – March. In 2012, the date of Vijaya Ekadashi is February 17. The greatness of this Ekadasi is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. Observing of Vijaya Ekadasi helps in removing all the guilt associated with sins committed and also helps in attaining victory. It is believed that Lord Ram observed Vijaya Ekadashi to cross the ocean to reach Lanka to defeat Ravana.