Here is a briefs summary of the importance of Vijaya Ekadashi and why this auspicious festival is celebrated every year by people loyal to Lords Rama.
Ekadashi is one of the two lunars cycle in the Hindus calendar. Each Ekadashi is a very auspicious event for the Hindus and religious rituals and worship are celebrated with great fervor.Today, February 18, 2020 is Vijaya Ekadashi, dedicated to Lord Rama and an auspicious day for all those who worship the deity. Here’s a look at the history of Vijaya Ekadashi, the importance of Vijaya Ekadashi, as well as why it is celebrated all over India.
Vijaya Ekadashi Importance: Why is this auspicious day celebrated by Hindus.
What is Vijaya Ekadashi?
Like every Ekadashi, Vijaya Ekadashi is the eleventh day of a lunar cycle. However, the day is auspicious due to its historical association with Lord Rama. On this lunar day, Lord Rama is said to have observed fasting (fasting) to cross the ocean and find a way to reach Lanka. It was only after this Vijaya Ekadashi fast that Lord Rama learned the secret of building a floating stone bridge, due to which he went to the country of Ravana.
Why is Vijaya Ekadashi celebrated?
Vijaya Ekadashi is celebrated every year during the Krishna Paksha of the Hindu lunar cycle. Not only is it a festival dedicated to Lord Rama, but it is also considered as a way to wash away the crime caused by sins committed in the previous year. The fast of Vijaya Ekadashi is believed to help people overcome their enemies or overcome challenges.
Followers of Lord Rama and Vishnu chant Vishnu Sahasranama on this auspicious day when waking up early in the morning and taking ritual bath. The fast (fasting) should be kept throughout the day and it can be broken only after reciting the Vishnu Sahasranama once again at night. The fasting person may have only a small meal during the fast, which may include fruits or some milk.