With so many festivals and auspicious days, the Hindu calendar is full of fasts and religious days. Another Ekadashi which is observed after the Kartik Purnima in Margshirsh month is called Utpanna Ekadashi or Utapanna Ekadashi Vrat. Also read about Paakunsha Ekadashi, Hariprabodhini Ekadashi, Rama Ekadashi, .
The first Ekadashi which falls on the 11th lunar day after the Kartik month, during Krishna Paksha is also called Utpatti Ekadashi. It is celebrated as the beginning of all auspicious fasts.
In various parts of India, the day is celebrated according to different calendars but the main deities worshiped everywhere are Maa Ekadashi and Lord Vishnu.
When is Utpanna Ekadashi in 2020?
December 10, 2020
Utpanna Keadashi Vrat Katha
The day celebrates the birth of Ma Ekadashi and the victory of Lord Vishnu over a demon. The legend associated with this day is of a demon called ‘Mur’, he was so powerful that he captured the Swarg Lok (heaven), and none of the Devtas were able to defeat him. So lord Vishnu came to their rescue and went on to fight the demon. The battle went on for days, so after some time, Lord Vishnu went to sleep in a cave. Taking advantage of the situation Mur went to kill him but to his surprise, a beautiful lady emerged and defeated him.
Seeing this Lord Vishnu blessed the lady and named her Ekadashi and since then the day is celebrated as Utpanna Ekadashi.
Significance of Utpatti Ekadashi
This great day has been mentioned in various scriptures as a conversation between Krishna and Yudhisthira. According to the best astrologer of India Shweta Bharadwaj, the day is considered quite auspicious among the Hindus as it is believed that if we practice this day with full devotion the Lord shall bless us with salvation after death. It is also believed that if we keep a fast on this day then all our sins and wrongdoings are forgiven.
Devotees also believe that keeping a fast on this day is equal to a fast kept for the three main deities, Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Hence it is one of the most sacred days among Hindus.
Rituals associated with Utapanna Ekadashi
On this day several rituals are done to please the Lord, which are as follows –
- The Utpanna fast beings from dawn and continues till the sunrise of the ‘Dwadashi’. Some devotees can also start their fast from a day before, i.e. the tenth day by eating only ‘Saatvik’ meal before sunset.
- On Ekadashi, the consumption of rice, pulses, grains, and meat is avoided.
- The devotees wake up before the sunrise, take a holy bath, and dress up in clean clothes. They offer prayers to Lord Vishnu and Maa Ekadashi. Flowers, water, incense sticks, and rice are offered to the Gods.
- A special Bhog is prepared in the evening and Vedic songs and mantras to please the Lord are sung as it is considered highly fruitful and auspicious on this day. Some devotees also keep Jagran to show their devotion.
- The next day on Dwadashi the fast is completed with a pooja and donations are given to a Brahmin and poor people.
- Donating food, clothes, money, and various other essential items to poor and needy people are considered highly rewarding on this day.
- Some devotees also keep a two day fast just to show their intense love and devotion towards Lord Vishnu.
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