Mokshada Ekadashi and Baikunth Ekadashi occur on the tithi of Shukla Paksha in the Margashirsha month. This fasting day is also known as “Mauni Ekadashi” because the rule of quiet is strictly enforced throughout the day. This day is also known as Gita Jayanti since it was on this day that Lord Krishna delivered the Gita to Arjuna at the Battle of Kurukshetra.
The date of Mokshada Ekadashi is the 22nd of December 2023. If one is serious about finding salvation, one should fast on this Ekadashi. His forefathers are cleansed of their sins and saved by the power of this Ekadashi fast.
Mokshada Ekadash Date 2023
Friday, 22 December 2023
Rituals of Mokshada Ekadashi
- One must get up before daybreak on Mokshada Ekadashi and bathe to mark the auspiciousness of the day.
- One of the most significant practices of the day is fasting. For Mokshada Ekadashi, followers must abstain from all food and liquids throughout the day.
- To complete the fast, one must abstain from food and drink from dawn on Ekadashi tithi to sunrise on Dwadashi tithi. It’s widely held that those who observe this vrat year after year will be rewarded in the hereafter for their dedication.
- If you are unable to follow a strict fast, you can still fast in moderation by eating milk, dairy products, fruits, and other vegetarian meals. This type of fasting is safe to follow during pregnancy.
- Even if you’re not following the Mokshada Ekadashi vrat, you still shouldn’t eat any rice, grains, lentils, onions, or garlic on that day. If you’re a devotee of Vishnu, you must eat the leaves from the Bel tree.
- Worshippers of Lord Vishnu do so out of a sincere desire to receive His divine favor. Many temples also hold speeches and devotional services centered on the Holy Bhagavad Geeta on this day.
- The devotee of this vrat performs a full-fledged puja in honor of Lord Krishna. Late in the day, they travel to Lord Vishnu temples to take part in the festivities.
- Reading the “Bhagavad Gita,” “Vishnu Sahasranamam,” or “Mukundashtakam” on the occasion of Mokshada Ekadashi is seen to be particularly beneficial.
Mokshada Ekadashi Vrat Katha
There was once a saintly monarch named Vaikhanasa who controlled the city of Champak with as much care for his inhabitants as he did for his own children. His people, the Vaishnavas, worshipped Vishnu, and he had a strong grasp of Vedic teachings. The king once had a nightmare in which he witnessed his dead father enduring unimaginable pain at the hands of Yama. The next day, the king shared his traumatic dream with his advisors and was overcome with sadness. He came to him for guidance on how to save his forefathers and dead father from Hell’s fires.
The advisors suggested the monarch get in touch with the all-knowing saint Parvat Muni. The wise man did some serious soul-searching and discovered what made the king’s father go through such unimaginable pain. The wise man said that his father and mother frequently argued, and that his father had committed adultery by having intercourse with his wife while she was menstruating, despite his mother’s protests.
The sage advised the monarch to fast on the day of Mokshada Ekadashi as a means of resolving the crisis. The king, queen, and all of their offspring and relatives all fasted with great sincerity and devotion on the day of Moksha Ekadashi. The gods in heaven were pleased by the king’s religious merit (obtained via the fast) and took the king’s father to heaven. Fasting on Mokshada Ekadashi is said to be similar to the acquisition of Chintamani, the jewel that grants all wishes and is earned via extraordinary acts of virtue, and so can be used to transport a person from Purgatory to Heaven or to achieve Salvation for one’s own soul.
Significance of Mokshada Ekadashi
It is said in Hindu mythology that if one observes the Mokshada Ekadashi vrat, they will be able to bestow moksha or liberation upon their ‘Pitrs,’ or deceased ancestors. On this day, during the great battle of Kurukshetra, Krishna told Arjun the timeless Hindu literature known as the Bhagavad Gita. To this end, followers of Lord Vishnu celebrate Mokshada Ekadashi with great joy. If you want to spread the love and devotion of Lord Vishnu to someone, giving them a copy of the Bhagavad Gita on Mokshada Ekadashi is a great way to do it.
Mokshada Ekadashi is a day commemorated in a number of Hindu scriptures, and it is believed that anyone who listens to these texts on this day will gain the same spiritual benefits as would be attained by the sacrifice of a horse in a religious ceremony. The benefits of observing the fast on Mokshada Ekadashi are said to be the same as those of all 23 ekadashi vrats in the Hindu calendar, as described in the Vishnu Purana. Mokshada Ekadashi is that fantastic.