Significance of Utpanna Ekadashi
The Ekadashi comes on the eleventh day of the waning phase (KrishnaKrishna
It is described that there are three aspects of the Supreme that must... Paksha) of the Hindu month Margasirsha that falls in the month of (January – Februrary). This special Ekadhshi is called as Utpanna Ekadashi as it is first in the sequence of the twenty four Ekadashi's in the year.
There is the interesting legend behind celebrating Utpanna Ekadashi
Once there was the demon Mura, son of demon Naadijang. He was so powerful that he had conquered all the three worlds and defeated all Gods and even God Indra. All the Gods went to Lord VishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,.. for help. Lord Vishnu then fought with him for more than one thousand years.
Lord Vishnu apparently fatigued and left to rest. He entered into a very beautiful cave named Himavati to rest. Demon Mura was spying Lord Vishnu and had the intention to kill him while he was sleeping. At that time beautiful Goddess Ekadashi She was a beautiful goddess who saved the life of Vishnu from a demon named Muran. The demon had taken control of heaven by defeating the Gods in a battle. The Gods finally approached Vishnu. He and Muran fought various battles. Once the demon tried to kill Vishnu in his sleep but Goddess Ekdashi saved him. Since then she has been his favorite who has been blessed with all the charms and qualities. She also asked for three boons from Vishnu and he accepted them happily.
had appeared from Lord Vishnu’s transcendental body. Demon Mura was so impressed by the divine beauty that he asked the goddess Ekadashi to marry him.
Goddess Ekadashi said she had taken a vow that one who could defeat her in the war would marry her. Demon Mura agreed and Goddess Ekadshi defeated the demon and killed him. Meanwhile, when Lord Vishnu wake up, he saw the dead body of the demon and the beautiful lady. Lord Vishnu was pleased by the victorious work done by the Goddess Ekadashi and asked her for the boon.
Goddess Ekadashi asked for the boon that devotees who keep fast on this day would be close to Lord Vishnu. It is believed that he or she who keep fast on this day would not only get rid of the sins, but also blessed with the long life, good health and wealth.
How to keep fast on Utpanna Ekadashi
Utpanna Ekadasi in 2014, falls on 18th November. If you are also going to observe the fast on this day, You have to follow certain rituals such as you have to take a bath early in the morning and then worship Lord Vishnu, read the legend behind the Utpanna Ekadashi Fast during an auspicious time between 12:06 PM to 1:25PM with full devotion and then take prasadam and charanamrit after completing your prayers. During this fast you have to just take fruits, milk, milk products, some vegetables, and fruits on this day.
This means you have to abstain yourself from taking any cereals, especially rice and any kind of non veg. One more thing you have to remember that you don’t indulge in gambling, playing cards, taking intoxicants, drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes or sex. Break your fast on the next day means before sunrise. If due to some reasons, one is not able to break the fast before sunrise, then you should break it in an afternoon during 10:47AM - 12:06 AM. It is necessary to break your fast on the next day, otherwise it will be considered as an offense. It is believed that If you follow all the above rituals dedicatedly then you will definitely earn Lord Vishnu’s blessings.