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Ekadasi is the 11th day of the lunar phase of the Moon, and Mokshada Ekadasi is celebrated in the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase) in the month of Margashirsha (November–December). As the name indicates, the day is very idyllic for the worship of Lord Vishnu, asking for salvation.
According to legend, once there was a noble king named Vaikhanasa, who ruled Champaka Nagar righteously. He had a dream where he saw his father experiencing immense torture in hell. He discussed the dream with the scholars at the royal court the next day, who advised him to visit Sage Parvata Muni for a solution. The king met with the great sage, explained his dream, and asked for a solution to send his father to heaven. The sage closed his eyes for some time and explained that his father had tortured his wife, and that is the reason behind his suffering in hell. Then, he suggested that the king observe Mokshada Ekadasi Vrat, which would help his father go to heaven. The king observed the Vrat with high devotion along with his wife, children, and relatives. This pleased Lord Vishnu and absolved his father’s sins and took him to heaven.
Mokshada Ekadasi falls on the same day as Gita Jayanti when Lord Krishna preached the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna in Mahabharata. Keeping fast and worshipping Lord Krishna on this day is believed to free one from all sins and help one’s ancestors reach heaven. Mokshada Ekadasi is compared with the gem Chintamani which is believed to fulfill all the desires.
A strict fast is observed by the devotees from dawn to dawn of Ekadasi to the following day (12th Moon). Worshipping Lord Vishnu with flowers, fruits, milk, and Prasad (offering) whole-heartedly resolves one’s sins and also helps one to aid others in getting rid of their sins. Few also observe a partial fast on this day. Consuming pulses and grains must be avoided. The fast is broken on Dwadasi (12th day of the Moon’s lunar phase) by offering food to a Brahmin/priest.
As per sacred texts, observing Mokshada Ekadasi Vrat can bestow the following blessings:
The sacred scriptures prescribe fire ceremony, Abishekam (hydration ceremony), Pooja/Archana (Light and Sound ceremony), Yantra and Mantra (special sounds) as the ways to offer your prayer to the divine. Out of these, fire ceremony is the most evolved spiritual technology on earth to connect with the divine beings. Participate in the remedial services to clear your karma and receive the blessings.
Maha Vishnu is the protector of this Universe; he guards all the living beings on this earth plane. When you worship him, you will be gifted with long life, prosperity, peace, happiness and success. Impediments will no longer stand on your way of achievements.