The Ekadasi that falls in the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of the moon) of Magh month has the potency to convert even hobgoblins into celestial beings! The glories of this Ekadasi known as Jaya Ekadasi are explained by Lord Krishna to King Yudhishtira in the Bhavishya-uttara Purana.
Glories of Jaya Ekadasi:
Chitrasena was the chief musician of Indra, the king of heaven. He was once accompanied by his wife Malini and his son Malyavan to perform in the court of Indra. An apsara (celestial nymph) named Pushpavati also came to the court of Indra to perform. Malyavan and Pushpavati were allured by each other and thus, their performance was very disharmonious. This enraged Indra who cursed them to become pisachas (hobgoblins) and suffer on Earth.
As a result of the curse, they fell from the Nandana forest in the heavenly kingdom to the Himalayan peak. They did not have food or water throughout the day grieving at their condition. They could not fall asleep too owing to the cold weather atop the hill. Fortunately, the day happened to be Jaya Ekadasi. By complete fasting and keeping vigil at the night (though unintentionally) they received the merit of observing the Jaya Ekadasi vrat.
The next morning as Dwadasi arrived, both Malyavan and Pushpavati lost their demoniac forms and regained their celestial forms. They made their way back to Indra's kingdom on a celestial plane and explained the glories of Jaya Ekadasi to the astonished Indra. Indra glorified them for having followed the Jaya Ekadasi vrat which is very dear to Lord Vishnu and blessed them to live happily in their celestial forms.
Significance of the observance of Jaya Ekadasi vrat:
The following benefits are rewarded to the one who faithfully observes the Jaya Ekadasi vrat:
• Relived of sinful reactions and demoniac influences
• Fulfilment of desires
• It is equivalent to giving all kinds of charity, performing all kinds of sacrifice and bathing in all the holy places of pilgrimage<> Freedom from the cycle of birth and death
• One secures residence in
Appropriate way to observe Jaya Ekadasi vrat:
This Ekadasi is also known as Bhaimi Ekadasi and Bhishma Ekadasi.
This year, Jaya Ekadasi falls on 10th of February. Please break your fast between 07:02AM and 10:44AM on 11 February 2014.
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