Vijaya Ekadashi 2024 Date, Vrat Khatha, Rituals and Significance

February 7, 2024

Vijaya Ekadashi is an important day in Hindu religion. Vijaya Ekadashi is celebrated on Krishna Paksha Ekadashi of Phalgun month according to the Hindu calendar. There are about 24 Ekadashis in a year and each Ekadashi has its special significance, similar to Vijaya Ekadashi also. By the name of Vijaya Ekadashi, it is known that this fast is a fast that brings victory. This fast has been described in Padma Purana and Skanda Purana. By observing this fast one achieves victory over enemies.

Phalguna Krishna Shukla Ekadashi 2024

The auspicious occasion of Phalguna Ekadashi is very important for the devotees of Lord Vishnu. The word ‘Vijaya’ symbolizes victory, and is believed to bring victory and success in the lives of friends who celebrate it with symbol and faith. Phalguna Ekadashi is an auspicious Hindu occasion celebrated with great devotion by Hindus all over India. The fasting day is observed on the twelfth day of Krishna Paksha of the Hindu month of Phalgun.

Vijaya Ekadashi Date 

Vijaya Ekadashi on Wednesday, 6 March 2024

Jaya Ekadashi Start Time – 06 March 2024 at 06:30 am

Jaya Ekadashi End Time 07 February 2024 at 04:13 am

Vijaya Ekadashi Parana time

Jaya Ekadashi (breakfast) time – 7th Mar 2024 at 01:45 pm

Dwadashi ending time on Paran Tithi – 04:09 pm

Vijaya Ekadashi Vrat 2024 

According to ancient texts, to get the benefits of Ekadashi fasting, one should strictly follow the rules.

  • A devotee observing fast should take a bath on the morning of Utpanna Ekadashi.
  • Eating beans and grains is prohibited on the day of Ekadashi.
  • It is prohibited for the devotee to kill any animal on this day.
  • Sleeping during the day is prohibited on Ekadashi and the next day i.e. Dwadashi.
  • The devotee observing the fast should not meet or interact with any cheater, fraudster, or people involved in any nefarious activity. The scriptures even say that if by chance a devotee comes near such a person, then he should stand under the sun and look directly at the sun to become pure.
  • On Dwadashi (the next day of Ekadashi), devotees should not eat at another person’s house, eat only once, and should not consume honey and urad-dal (black lentils), on bell metal plates or cutlery. One should eat food, and one should not massage the body with oil.
  • According to the ancient text, if the devotee has to talk to someone from a lower caste, he has to purify himself by eating Tulsi leaves or Amalaki fruit.
  • If for some reason the devotee is unable to break the fast the next day, he should drink water to complete the fast and eat food later when convenient.

Vijaya Ekadashi of Rituals 

  • One day before Ekadashi i.e. Dashami, take a gold, silver, copper kalash. If not made of these metals then a new clay pot will also do. Fill the water in the vessel.
  • Decorate the leaves of the mango tree as a decoration on the pot.
  • Cover the vessel and place it on a pile of Saptadhya at any puja altar or holy place of worship. The seven grains are wheat, rice, barley, maize, kukani, gram and curd or peas.
  • The vessel kept after bathing in the morning has to be decorated with flower garland and sandalwood paste.
  • Place coconut, barley, and pomegranate on the lid of the vessel.
  • Worship the decorated vessel of water by offering flowers, ghee lamps, sandalwood paste, and delicious food such as Naivedyam.
  • Place a suitably sized golden idol of Lord Shri Narayana on the lid of the vessel in which coconuts etc. are kept.
  • Keep vigil around the pitcher at night.
  • After taking a bath on the morning of Vijaya Ekadashi, replace the flower garland with a new garland and use sandalwood paste to decorate the vessel.
  • Like the previous day, again worship the vessel by lighting a ghee lamp, fragrant incense, and offering flowers dipped in sandalwood paste.
  • Offer fruits like pomegranate, coconut, and various types of cooked food as Naivedyam.
  • Remain awake with awareness the whole night of Ekadashi.
  • The next morning i.e. on the day of Dwadashi, the vessel along with all the offered items should be taken to a river bank or pond where the vessel should be worshipped.
  • The sacred vessel with all its contents should be offered to a worthy Brahmin.
  • It is extremely important to sing and chant praises of God during all rituals and worship Him with complete devotion.

Vijaya Ekadashi of Significance

The new moon day of Krishna Paksha of Phalgun month is known as Vijaya Ekadashi. As per the name, the person who observes the fast of this Ekadashi as per the rituals, always remains victorious over his enemies and opponents. In ancient times, due to the influence of this fast, many kings and emperors had won fierce battles. The description of Vijaya Ekadashi fast is also found in the Puranas. It is said that by observing fast on Vijaya Ekadashi when a person is surrounded by enemies, victory can be achieved even in difficult situations. It is said that observing fast on Vijaya Ekadashi provides relief from suffering.

Vijaya Ekadashi of Vrat Katha

According to mythology, during the Ramayana period, when Lord Shri Ram was going to attack Lanka with his monkey army, he had a huge challenge of crossing the huge ocean. The sea was very big and crossing it was not so easy; Therefore, they could not think of any way to cross this ocean. In the end, he sought a way to attack Lanka from the sea but was unsuccessful there too. Then he asked the sages for the solution, then they said that Shri Ram should fast on Vijaya Ekadashi with his monkey army, it will benefit him.

After listening to the words of the sages, Lord Rama observed Vijay Ekadashi fast with the monkey army on the Ekadashi date of Krishna Paksha of Phalgun month and worshiped Lord Vishnu with full rituals. It is said that due to the influence of Ekadashi fast, the route to Lanka by sea was prepared. Due to the virtue of observing the Vijay Ekadashi fast, Shri Ram ji won over Ravana, and since then Vijay Ekadashi fast has had great importance. The fast of Vijay Ekadashi became famous among the common people also and people started observing this fast for the success of any of their work.

Wrapping Up

Vijaya Ekadashi is an important Hindu festival which is celebrated with many rituals and ceremonies. It comes in the month of Phalgun. Vijaya Ekadashi is also known as Phalgun Krishna Ekadashi. Vijaya Ekadashi is also celebrated by Jains, who observe a fast and worship Lord Vishnu. Devotees observe fast, perform bhajan kirtan, and recite Vijaya Ekadashi Vrat Katha to please Lord Vishnu, the great preserver and protector of the universe, and seek his blessings. Talk to Astrologers to know more about Vijaya Ekadashi.

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