Thursday, August 21, 2014

Aja Ekadashi Vrat 2014 - Golden Chance To Dispel Your Sins

Do you wish to get rid of all sins? Observe Aja Ekadashi Vrat to please Lord Vishnu and wash away all your sins. Observing this Vrat will help to lead a vigorous and happy life. Let’s take a glance at this article to know more about this Vrat and its significance.

 Aja Ekadashi Vrat is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and will be observed on August 21, 2014.

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Ekadashi Tithi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. There is a provision of observing fast and worshiping Lord Vishnu on Ekadashis of every month. Among these 24 Ekadashis, one very significant Ekadashi is ‘Aja Ekadashi’. According to Hindu calendar, Aja Ekadashi Vrat is observed on the eleventh day of the Krishna Paksha in Bhadrapada month. After the battle of Mahabharata, Lord Krishna told Yudhishthir to observe Aja Ekadashi Vrat and worship Lord Vishnu to get rid of all his sins.

Aja Ekadashi Vrat - Ancient Mythology

According to Brahma Vaivarta Purana, King Harishchandra, who is popular for always standing by truth, lost his kingdom and powers due to the sins committed by him in previous birth. Due to the adverse circumstances, he had to sell his wife and had to work on the cremation yard. During this unfortunate phase, he met Sage Gautam. He asked the reason of his bad condition and also for its solution. Sage Gautam advised him to observe Aja Ekadashi Vrat and worship Lord Vishnu to get rid of all his sins and to get back all the wealth and prosperity.

King Harishchandra observed the fast on the Ekadashi tithi of Krishna Paksha in Bhadrapada month (Aja Ekadashi), as suggested by the Sage Gautam. He performed vigilance (Jagran) throughout the night and worshiped Lord Vishnu to get rid of his sins.

It is said that by observing this Vrat, King Harishchandra’s got relief from his sins and he also got back his wife and son. Also, he got back his lost kingdom, name, and fame. He lived a very happy life thereafter and achieved salvation (Moksha) after death.

Aja Ekadashi Vrat - Rules To Perform Vrat

The rituals followed on Aja Ekadashi are similar to the ones followed on the other Ekadashis. Let us read about these rituals (Puja Vidhi) in the below mentioned points:

  • Wake up early in the morning and take bath
  • Worship Lord Vishnu with pure heart and soul
  • Read and listen Aja Ekadashi Vrat Katha (story)
  • Avoid eating rice and grams
  • Honey should not be consumed on this day, as it decreases the effect of the Vrat
  • Avoid eating borrowed food from others on this day
  • Avoid speaking lie on this auspicious day
  • Perform vigilance throughout the night to ward off your sins
  • Offer food to Brahmins, students, and needy people
  • Donate rice on this sacred day
Know all about the auspiciousness of this day through our exclusive article on Aja Ekadashi 2014. To read the article, please click the given link - Aja Ekadashi Vrat 2014

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