What Is Meant By Mokshada Ekadashi ?
Mokshada Ekadashi, also known as Geeta Jayanti, commemorates when Shri Krishna gave Arjuna the Bhagavad Gita before the Pandava-Kaurava conflict. When Arjuna was hesitant to engage in a battle against his own family, Shri Krishna told him the verses from the Bhagavad Gita in a location known as Jyotisha Tirtha.
A Bhagavad Gita is seen as the ideal gift on Mokshada Ekadashi since Shri Krishna bestows his blessings on both the giver and the recipient. So, on this blessed day, we encourage sharing the Bhagavad Gita. Because this day not only marked the birth of the Gita but is also a great occasion for Shri Krishna to show us mercy.
History And Legends Behind Mokshada Ekadashi :
In the Brahmanda Purana and the Padma Purana, the divinity Krishna tells the Pandava King Yudhishthira the history of Mokshada Ekadashi. In the past, Vaikhanasa, a holy monarch, controlled the city of Champaka with unwavering compassion and treated his followers as his children. His subjects were extremely well-versed in Vedic knowledge and adhered to the Vaishnava religion. The monarch once had a dream in which he saw his ancestors tortured in Naraka (Hell), ruled by Yama, the deity of death, who pleaded with the king to free them.
The following day, the monarch told the Brahmin council members about this experience with great agony. He asked their counsel on how to grant his deceased father and his forefather’s moksha by rescuing them from Naraka’s tortures. The council suggested that the monarch consult the all-knowing saint Parvata Muni. After much contemplation, the sage discovered the cause of the king’s father’s horrible suffering. He claimed that his father had sinned by preceding his sexual obligation to his wife during her menstrual cycle in favour of going to a hamlet. The sage advised the monarch to observe the vrata of the Mokshada Ekadashi day to correct the issue.
Along with his wife, kids, and other family members, the king observed the vrata on Moksha Ekadashi by fasting completely. The devas of Svarga brought the king’s father to their heaven since the king’s religious merit (obtained from the vrata) delighted them. The diamond that satisfies all wants, the Chintamani, is comparable to Mokshada Ekadashi. One is supposed to be able to elevate someone from hell to heaven or gain salvation through the vrata, which is said to achieve special merit.
What is Mokshada Ekadashi’s significance ?
The holy Bhagavad Gita was given to Pandava prince Arjuna on this day, according to the Mahabharata. Arjuna didn’t want to fight his relatives. Thus he refrained from engaging the Kauravas in combat. The 700-verse Bhagavad Gita, which contains the teachings of wisdom, was given to him by Shri Krishna. It signalled the start of the pivotal conflict between the Pandavas and the Kauravas, which the Mahabharata describes. This day is known as Gita Jayanti in honour of the Gita, which documents Shri Krishna and Arjuna’s exchange of wisdom.
Why do people commemorate Mokshada Ekadashi ?
For Hindus, Mokshada Ekadashi has great significance. This day is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the giver of life. Hinduism holds that Lord Vishnu frees us from the cycle of life and death. In honour of Lord Krishna, a Vishnu avatar, we observe a day of fasting. We fast to absolve our departed ancestors of their sins and woe. We can say that Mokshada Ekadashi is observed so that the members of our family can come together and pray for the atonement of our departed ancestors so that they may live in peace in the afterlife.
Puja Rituals For Mokshada Ekadashi :
Devotees must get up early on the day of the Vrata, take a bath, and put on new garments. They must next conduct dhyana and light an oil lamp (meditation). They must call upon God, ask for his blessings, and beg him to accept their meek sacrifices. The mantra “Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya” must then be chanted.
After praising the Almighty, worshippers must present the deity with incense, flowers, Tulsi leaves, haldi, Chandan, kumkum, and coconuts with their husks, bananas, paan, and supari. Naivedhya can even be prepared as a sacred offering to God.
The reading of the Vrata Katha and the singing of the Aarti should follow the prayers and puja. People either eat Vrata dishes or fruits and milk on the day of Ekadashi. Wheat, rice, and lentils are not consumed in any way.
It is thought that Lord Vishnu is the one who maintains life on Earth. He is therefore revered in hopes of finding eternal joy and peace.
Date and times for Mokshada Ekadashi in 2022 :
Sunrise: 6:56 a.m. on December 3, 2022
Sunset: 5:36 p.m. on December 3, 2022
Beginning of Ekadashi Tithi: December 3, 2022, 5:39 a.m.
Ekadashi Tithi expires at 5:34 a.m. on December 4, 2022.
End of Hari Vasara: December 4, 2022, 11:40 a.m.
Time Zone Parana: December 4th, 1:20 PM to 3:28 PM
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