Padma Ekadashi 2013 : Boost Up Your Material Life
Padma Ekadashi 2013 will be celebrated on 15th September. Padma Ekadashi comes every year on the Ekadashi (Eleventh Day) of the Shukla Paksha (Bright Half) of the Hindu month Bhadrapada, also known as Bhado.
Significance of Padma Ekadashi
On the day of Padma Ekadashi, Hindus worship the Vamana Avatar (Dwarf Form) of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that one who observes the fast on the day of Padma Ekadashi gets blessed with immense happiness and good fortune. Apart from this there is another belief that Mata Yashodha washed the clothes of Lord Krishna on this day. Hence, people also know Padma Ekadashi as Jal Jhulni Ekadashi.
Padma Ekadashi Celebration
Padma Ekadashi is celebrated with great zeal. Devotees carry out a Shobha Yatra (Honor Journey) with a Palki (Palanquin) of Lord Vishnu. On this day, idol of Lord Vishnu is bathed outside the temple. People worship Lord Vishnu in huge crowd.
Jal Jhulni Ekadashi Puja
Devotees perform Jal Jhulni Ekadasi Puja with flowers, incense, earthen lamp, rice and many more. This fast goes on for more than one day. On the first day, devotees establish seven earthen urns. These urns are further filled with seven different cereals, one in each of the seven. The seven cereals are � wheat, gram, barley, rice, Urad, Moong and Masoor. Exactly a day before Ekadashi that is Dashami (Tenth Day), devotees don�t eat any of these seven cereals.
Let�s come back again to the eleventh day. On the seven cereals filled urns, idols of Lord Vishnu is placed. After that Lord is worshipped by the devotees. After the fast of Ekadashi (Eleventh Day) is over, devotees perform the all night vigil (Jagaran) of Vishnu Path. The fast of Padma Ekadashi begins from Dashami (Tenth Day) and concludes on Dwadashi (Twelfth Day). Hence, the fast of Padma Ekadashi goes through a longer time span than other fasts. The fast is observed throughout the entire day of Ekadashi (Eleventh Day). After the eleventh day (Ekadashi) that is on twelfth day (Dwadashi), devotees donate all the urns full of cereals to the Brahmins.
Dol Gayaras Ekadashi
Jal Jhulni Ekadashi or Padma Ekadashi is known as Dol Gayaras in Rajasthan. Devotees worship Lord Ganapati on this day and establish the idol of Goddess Gauri. Goddess Gauri is another name for Goddess Parvati, the consort of Shiva. Also, the fairs are organized on this day. During this time, idols of all the deities of a temple are brought out near a water body, given bathe and then worshipped. Finally, these idols are placed back to their respective positions in the evening while following the ceremony of Shobha Yatra. At the time of Shobha Yatra, devotees sing devotional songs with a happy mood. They do whatever it takes to enchant the Almighty during the way in a joyous mood.
The Holy sounds of devotional songs along with spiritual music fill the environment with excitement and devotion.
Padma Ekadashi Legend
Mandhata, a King of Suryavansh (Highest category amongst the sub categories of Royal Rajput clan in India) was blessed with the boon of all material pleasures. People under his Kingship were quite happy. But their happiness soon turned to gloom when the rain didn�t turn up for continuous three years. When the situation seemed worsening, King Mandhata approached Lord Vishnu to seek help. As a result, Lord asked him to observe the fast of �Shukla Paksha Ekadashi� (Eleventh day of the bright half of a lunar month). King followed as per the guidance of Almighty. As a result, his Kingdom regained all joy and prosperity. That is why there is a belief that the devotee observing this fast should also donate as per his potential.
With this brief article on Padma Ekadashi, you must have analysed that this fast is very auspicious. Indeed, Padma Ekadashi 2013 is bringing you another chance to revive the joys of life. Utilize the best of this day and make your life more beautiful. Padma Ekadashi celebration also opens the doors toward salvation for the devotees. Be the part of this spiritual festival and change your life. Happy Padma Ekadashi 2013!