Indira Ekadashi - For the Peace of the Forefathers
Indira Ekadashi is celebrated during the waning phase of the moon in the month of Ashwin (September-October), according to the Hindu calendar. The day falls in the period of Pitru Paksha Shradh. Praying for forgiveness for one’s sins and those of one’s forefathers on this day proves very beneficial. Like all the other Ekadashi, this day is also dedicated to Vishnu. A fast observed on this day is equivalent to performing a horse sacrifice.
The story and significance behind performing Indira Ekadashi was told to Yudhisthira by Lord KrishnaKrishna
It is described that there are three aspects of the Supreme that must.... According to a legend, there was a just and noble king named Indrasena. He was an ardent devotee of VishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,.. and performed his prayers with dedication and devotion. He was once visited by sage NaradaNarada
Narada, also popularly known as Narada Muni, is a great Vedic sage and is one of the most significant and iconic characters of the Hindus. who told him about his dead father. Narad had visited YamaYama
Also known as Yamaraja, Yama is the controller of the hell (Naraka)... and seen King Indrasena’s father still waiting for salvation. He was suffering in the abode of Yama for all his sins and had not experienced peace even for a moment. The dead father had requested Narada to pass his message to his beloved son to perform the rituals of Indira Ekadashi.
The king was saddened after knowing the plight of his father. He asked Narada to help him perform the rituals. Sage asked him to first perform Shradh rites a day before Ekadasi. Then on the day of Indira Ekadashi, the king was supposed to eat only a single meal and break his fast on the next day after remembering and praying to Vishnu.
As soon as the king was successful in performing the rituals of Ekadashi, his father was given salvation and he went to Vishnu’s abode for eternity.
People observe a complete day fast and pray to Vishnu for salvation. They can consume one meal after taking bath and before sunrise. The Lord is offered holy basil, flowers and fruits. Worshippers stay vigil at night and spend their time in chanting various names of Vishnu, collectively known as Vishnu Stotram. They visit temples and listen to the above mentioned story being narrated by a priest. They sing hymns in the name of the God and try to find solace. Various food items are prepared, consuming which the fast is broken. A special note is taken of not making any dish which includes rice or non-vegetarian item.
Some people prefer visiting the banks of sacred and holy rivers and perform Shradh. The afternoon is considered the most auspicious and appropriate time to pray to and for the ancestors. Food is offered to Brahmins It is one of the caste of Hindus. They are known for their knowledge of ancient, sacred scripturesand some people may also present food to cows.
People meditate and repent for their mistakes. This process purifies their soul and mind and make their life peaceful. The dead ancestors are able to attain salvation after following the rituals of the day.