The year 2020 is all set to witness ‘Moksha Ekadashi’ on the 25th of December, Mokasha Ekadashi is considered to be a very auspicious day and is celebrated on the 11th day in Margashirsha month during the Shukla Paksha. Moksha Ekadashi is also known as ‘Gita Ekadashi’ as on this day Lord Krishna gave Arjun all the knowledge about “Bhagavad Gita”.
Devotees witness fast on this day to get the blessing of God for themselves and also for their ancestors.
Moksha means liberation or freedom after death, that is why we celebrate is to get rid of all our sins and attain moksha.
When is Mokshda or Mokshdayni Ekadashi in 2020?
Moksha Ekadashi will begin from 11.17 pm (24th Dec) and will be ending at 1.54 am (26th Dec), on 25th December it will be celebrated and fast will be witnessed by devotees.
Legends associated with Mokhsha Ekadashi(Moksha Ekadashi vrat katha)
It is believed that whosoever witness the fast of Moksha Ekadashi gets liberated from all the sins mainly ‘Pitra Dosha’, and also this fast is kept for the moksha prapti of the elders who are no more.
Legends behind this auspicious day are Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna (incarnation of Lord Vishnu) who narrated and explained every knowledge and detail about Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna on the battlefield of ‘Kurukshetra’, the reason why this day is also celebrated as Gita Jayanti. Various other Vedic knowledge was also given on this day, it is also believed that one can rinse away all his bad deeds on this day and can attain salvation for himself. This fast also opens the door of heaven for ancestors of the devotee observing the fast.
Rituals of Moksha Ekadashi(Moksha Ekadashi vrat niyam)
These are the rituals advised following in fasting for Moksha Ekadashi
– Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna both are worshipped on this day.
– Devotees wake up early in the morning, take bath and then observe a fast for the entire day.
– Devotees abstain themselves from eating or drinking anything during the entire duration of fast, those who keep a milder form of fasting can consume fruits and dairy products such as milk (observed by pregnant women or old people or people suffering from any other medical problem)
– Consumption of garlic, onion, pulses, grains, non-veg food, alcohol, rice is strictly prohibited even by those who do not observe a fast on this day.
– Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna are immensely and deeply worshipped by all the devotees with utmost devotion to attain divine blessings.
– Some people also worship and read Bhagavad Gita on this day and it is also advisable to do so to gain the most from this day
– Yellow clothes, yellow flowers, Tulsi, Diya, sweets are offered to Lord Vishnu and devotees pray to God with full devotion and a clean heart.
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