Mokshada Ekadashi 2017
About Mokshada Ekadashi :
Mokshada Ekadashi is a Hindu holy day celebrated on the 11th lunar day (Ekadashi Tithi) of the Shukla Paksha (waxing moon phase) in the Hindu Calendar month Margashirsha which in the Gregorian calendar falls in November or December.
As the name itself indicates, Mokshada Ekadashi is a highly auspicious day dedicated to worship of Lord Vishnu – Shri Hari to get rid of all your sins and to achieve liberation (moksha).
Just like the case of Indira Ekadashi, keeping fast on Mokshada Ekadashi not only helps you but also helps your forefathers to get rid of their sins.
This day is also celebrated as Gija Jayanti – the day on which Lord Krishna gave the hold sermon of the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna before the beginning of the Mahabharata War.
Mokshada Ekadashi Story / Vrat Katha :
According to legends, once upon a time there was a King named Vaikhanasa who ruled the city of Champakanagar. He was a noble king and treated his subjects as if they were his children.
One night, while sleeping, King Vaikhanasa had a dream that his father was in hell (naraka) ruled by Yamaraj, the god of death. The King found himself very helpless as he could do nothing to help his father, despite of the fact that he was very powerful and rich.
Next Day, the King called his council of ministers and sought their advice for freeing this father from tortures of Hell and grant him moksha (liberation).
On advice of the council, King approached Parvata Muni, an omniscient sage who had knowledge of past, present and future. King told the sage about his dream and asked for a solution.
The sage meditated and found the reason for King’s father’s sufferings in hell. The sage said to the King, “Your father is in hell because he committed the sin of quarrelling with his wife and having coitus with her in her menstrual cycle, in spite of her strong protests.”
Later the sage gave king the solution to free his father from all those sins so that he can achieve liberation. The sage suggested King to observe a fast on Mokshada Ekadashi.
King Vaikhanasa along with his wife and children observed the Mokshada Ekadashi vrata and worshipped Lord Vishnu with great devotion.
Lord Vishnu got pleased and Kings father was released from heaven and was taken on Garuda to Heaven – the adobe of Lord Vishnu.
Since then people of the region started observing Mokshada Ekadashi Vrata with great devotion.
Mokshada Ekadashi Puja Vidhi :
The Puja Vidhi performed during Mokshada Ekadashi is similar to that followed during other Ekadashi’s.
On the day of Mokshada Ekadashi, devotees worship Lord Vishnu with great devotion and chant his name or his mantra throughout the day.
Devotees observe a strict fast which is broken on the next day, i.e., on dwadashi tithi day during the parana time. Those who are unable to keep a whole day fast keep a partial fast by consuming fruits and milk and avoid eating rice and other grains for the whole day.
On this Day Lord Krishna is also worshiped as they day is celebrated as Gita Jayanti as well.
Mokshada Ekadashi Mantra :
You can chant any one of these Vishnu Mantra and Slokas on this auspicious day of Mokshada Ekadashi – Om Namo Bhagavate Vaasudevaaya Mantra, Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram or Vishnu Ashtottaram.
You can also chant Shri Krishna Mantra’s like – Shri Krishna Sharanam Mamah, Hare Krishna Mantra, etc.
Mokshada Ekadashi 2017 Date :
- Mokshada Ekadashi – 30th November 2017
Mokshada Ekadashi 2017 Parana Date & Time :
- 06:59 to 07:12 hrs IST on 1st December 2017 (For all)