Mokshda Ekadashi Vrat 2019
Rajagira samagri offered to Shri Thakurji in Bhog Samagri.
Rituals during Mokshada Ekadashi:
- On Mokshda Ekadashi day one must get up at sunrise and take an early bath.
- Fasting is another important ritual of the day. The fast of Mokshda Ekadashi involves spending the day without eating or drinking anything. The fasting is done for a duration of 24 hours from the sunrise of Ekadashi tithi to sunrise of Dwadashi tithi. It is a popular belief that one who religiously observes this vrat every year will attain salvation after death.
- Partial fasting by eating milk, dairy products, fruits and other vegetarian foods is also allowed for those who are unable to keep a strict fast. Even a pregnant woman can observe this kind of fasting. Consumption of rice, grains, pulses, onion and garlic is strictly prohibited even for those not observing the Mokshda Ekadashi vrat. Eating leaves of the Bel tree is obligatory for Lord Vishnu followers.
- Devotees worship Lord Vishnu with devotion to seek His divine blessings as on this day Lord Shri Krushna sang the Bhagwat Gita .The observer of this vrat offers prayers to Lord Krushna by following all the rituals of the puja. In the evening they visit the temples of Lord Vishnu to witness the celebrations there.
- On the occasion of Mokshda Ekadashi it is considered auspicious to read ‘Bhagavad Gita’, ‘Vishnu Sahasranamam’ and ‘Mukundashtakam’.
Significance of Mokshda Ekadashi:
It is believed that by observing the Mokshda Ekadashi vrat, the observer can even grant moksha or liberation to their ‘Pitrs’ or dead ancestors. This day is also called as Gita Jayanti as on this day, Bhagavad Gita, the well-known Hindu scripture was narrated to Arjun by Lord Shri Krushna, during the epic war of Kurukshetra. For this reason, Mokshda Ekadashi is held auspicious for Vaishnavas or Lord Vishnu followers. The day of Mokshda Ekadashi is also favourable for gifting the Bhagavad Gita to any deserving person so that he/she receives the love and affection of Lord Vishnu. the person receives as much merits as achieved from a religious horse sacrifice. It is even revealed in the Vishnu Purana that Mokshda Ekadashi fasting is equivalent to the combined benefits of the other 23 ekadashi vrats in the Hindu year. Such is the greatness of Mokshda Ekadashi.