Hindu calendar actually based on the waxing and the waning phase of the moon. During the waxing phase, the moon’s light part increases and on the completion of fifteen days it attained the full moon. In the waning phase, moon’s lighted part shrinks and on completion of fifteen days attains New Moon. In both phases, the eleventh day is called Ekadashi. However, each Ekadashi is known by different names.
Generally, Ekadashi falls twice in the month. In a year, there are 24 Ekadashi. When any year falls in the category of Adimas it has 26 Ekadashi. Year 2015 comes in the catagery of Adimas and thus has 26 Ekadashi.
Vijaya Ekadashi is one of the important Ekadashi that is commenserated in the Hindu Month Phalguna(twelfth lunar month).
How People Celebrate Vijaya Ekadashi?
People generally keep fast on this day. They eat pure vegetarian food the night before Ekadashi. People keep fast for 24 hours means they will break their fast on the next day. During the night of Ekadashi, they wake up for the whole night (Jagaran), and they worship Lord Vishnu. They place the idol of the VishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,.. on the seven grains, and they are as follows:
Wheat (Gehun), Rice (Chawal), Whole Green Gram (Moong), Red Lentil (Masoor), Barley (Jau), chickpea (Channa) and Black Gram (Urad).
After that light an earthen lamp and incense sticks in front of the deity. After prayers, Devotees offer fruits, flowers, Charanamrit and Prasad It is the sacred food that is distributed after an auspicious event or day after offering it to the Godsto the deity to seek his blessings and later distribute to the devotees gathered there for the prayer. People break their fast on the next day, i.e. Dwadashi (twelfth day) with donating the earthen pot full of seven whole grains.
Significance Of Vijaya Ekadashi
There is a believe that the one who keep fast on this day can increase its good fortune and ward off his bad fortune. He/she can overcome all the obstacles in his/her life and get rid of all the difficulties in their life.
According to Hindu scriptures, one who donates gold, land, cow would be bestowed with blessings of the Vishnu.
Refence of Vijaya Ekadashi in Ramayana
We can get the reference of the Vijaya Ekadashi in the Ramayana (one of the important epic of Hindus). It depicted the importanct phase when RamaRama
As of late, in the year 2007, the idea of whether Rama... was sent to exile. Ravana had forcefully kidnapped the wife of Rama, Sita.
Rama had kept this fast to get success in the war with Ravana and liberates SitaSita
Sita is the most benevolent Goddess, who is known... from the shackles of Ravana. We all know that there was a remarkable war between Rama and Ravana took place, and Rama slew ten heads of the Ravana and overpower him.
Vijaya Ekadashi falls on 15th February 2015.
The fast timing starts on 15th Feb; Time = 07:03 to 09:15
And end on 16th Feb Dwadashi; Time = 15:46