Jaya Ekadashi 2016 is on February 18 Thursday
  • Jaya Ekadashi is a fasting practice that is observed on the ‘ekadashi’ tithi during the Shukla Paksha (the bright fortnight of moon) in the month of ‘Magh’ in the Hindu calendar.
  • If you follow the Gregorian calendar it falls between the months of January-February.
  • It is believed that if this ekadashi falls on a Thursday, it is even more auspicious.
  • This ekadashi is also celebrated in the honour of Lord Vishnu, one of the three main Hindu deities.
  • The Jaya Ekadashi fast is observed by almost all Hindus, especially Lord Vishnu followers to receive His divine blessings.
  • It is also a popular belief that by keeping this ekadashi fast, all the sins get washed away and the person will attain salvation.
  • Jaya Ekadashi is also popularly referred as ‘Bhoumi Ekadashi’ and ‘Bhishma Ekadashi’ in some Hindu communities of South India, particularly the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Significance of Jaya Ekadashi 2016

  • The importance and story of Jaya Ekadashi is mentioned in the ‘Padma Purana’ and ‘Bhavisyothara Purana’.
  • Sri Krishna also described the greatness and way of observing this auspicious ekadashi vrat to King Yudhisthira, the eldest of the five Pandav brothers.
  • Jaya Ekadashi vrat is so powerful that it can free the person from the most heinous sins committed, even ‘Brahma Hatya’.
  • Jaya Ekadashi vrat holds double significance for the fact that ekadashi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the month of ‘Magh’ in which it falls is auspicious for Lord Shiva puja.

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