Mokshada Ekadashi – Worshipping for Salvation
Mokshada Ekadashi is a Hindu festival dedicated to Vishnu. The name Mokshada Ekadashi is a conjugation of two words - “Mokshada” which means “salvation”, and “Ekadashi” which in Sanskrit translates to “eleventh lunar day”. As such, Mokshada Ekadashi occurs on the eleventh day of the growing moon phase of the Dhanur month according to the Hindu calendar, which according to the Gregorian calendar is from December to January. The festival is celebrated by many devotees all over the world with the popular belief of attaining salvation on this day.
Legends state that once upon a time there was a king named Vaikhanasa who ruled over the city of Champaknagar. He was a very kind person and treated his subjects with great love and compassion. His people were great worshippers and followers of VishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,.. and were great at the knowledge of the Vedas. Four ancient texts constituting the oldest layer of Sanskrit literature and the oldest scriptures of Hinduism Once while sleeping the king had a dream in which he saw that his late father was being tortured by YamaYama
Also known as Yamaraja, Yama is the controller of the hell (Naraka)... in hell. He woke up next day and was confused over the nightmare he had. He then called his council for suggestions as to what should be done regarding the dream. The council advised the king to approach and seek the help of a very powerful and great sage called Parvata Muni. The name Parvata Muni literally translates to “sage of the mountain”. The sage meditated for a while and told the king that his late father had committed a sin due to which he was being punished in hell. The sage told the king that his late father quarreled aggressively with his wife and tried to have sexual intercourse with her while she was in her menstrual cycle. She protested a lot, but his father fulfilled his desire with force. This was the sin for which he has been suffering.
The sage suggested that the king should perform certain rituals of Mokshada Ekadashi. On this, the king along with his family members and relatives observed fast for the whole day and prayed to Vishnu with great devotion and sincerity. It is believed that the gods were pleased by the devotion and prayers of the king and his people and ascended the king’s father to the heaven freeing him from his sins, thus, providing him the salvation.
It is also believed that on this day KrishnaKrishna
It is described that there are three aspects of the Supreme that must... gave the supreme knowledge of Bhagavad Gita It is a Hindu scripture of 700 verse, teaching the concept of Dharma (righteousness)to Arjuna during the great battle of Kurukshetra, It is one of the many cities of Haryana which has a huge historical significance. The fight between Kauravas and Pandavas, depicted in Mahabharata, was fought on the grounds of Kurukshetra. Bhagavad Gita was also preached here by Krishna to Arjuna. The land is also known as Dhamakshetra.
which has been referred to in the Hindu epic Mahabharata as well.
Rituals and Significance
People are supposed to wake up early in the morning and take a vow to observe the fast for the whole day. They are supposed to take a bath, wear clean clothes and read Bhagavad Gita. They also narrate the above-mentioned story. Devotees offer flowers, incense, lamps and fruits to Vishnu and worship him. The devotees are then supposed to break their fast the next day during the Parana Time or the time to complete the fast. It is believed that those who observe fast for the whole day and offer prayers to the deities with pure heart and devotion are freed from all of their sins. They are no more tied in the cycle of birth and death. Moreover, their ancestors and forefathers are freed from their sins as well and are ascended to the heaven. Those who cannot observe fast for the whole day can observe the fast partially and are allowed to have their meal in the evening. However, eating of a grains or cereals, especially rice, is completely prohibited on this day. They consume fruits and have milk too. Mokshada Ekadashi is one of the festivals when the deities when pleased grant the boon of Moksha, i.e., the ultimate salvation and supreme knowledge to their devotees. Devotees should sleep on the floor, rather than on bed and should mediate on the name of Vishnu.