Celebrated In: India
Jaya Ekadasi fast is celebrated on Ekadashi of Shukla Paksha, Magh month. Lord Keshav is worshipped with flowers, water, Akshat, Roli and sweet smelling materials on this day. On Jaya Ekadasi, Aarti of Lord Krishna is performed after observing fast. Pasaad offered to God is distributed and then eaten. This fast will be observed on 3rd February in the year 2012.
Jaya Ekadashi Vrat Method
Lord Vishnu is worshipped in Ekadashi fast. But in Jaya Ekadashi, Lord Vishnu is also worshipped with Lord Krishna. Person observing this fast should mentally prepare himself a day before fast. After taking meal in evening on 10th day (one day before Ekadasi) the resolution of fast should be taken in the morning of Ekadashi. Then, Lord Krishna should be worshipped with incense stick, lamp, fruits. Now, Lord Vishnu should be worshipped with Panchamrit.
Fast is observed the whole day and Jagran is performed at night. Reading Vishnu Sahastranaam and doing Jagran for the whole night is considered favorable. If it is not possible to observe the fast at night, in such a case one can have fruits. In the morning of Dvadashi, after bathing, Brahmans are gifted food and alms as per the capacity of an individual. By this, a person gets free from all his sins.
Jaya Ekadasi Vrat Katha (Story)
Once in the gathering of God Indra, a demigod (Gandharva) was singing a song. But, his mind was remembering his beloved. So, while singing his rhythm went out of the path. On this, God Indra cursed him saying “The girl in whose memories you are lost will become a monster.”
Listening this, demigod asked for forgiveness from Lord Indra and pleaded him to take back these words. But, Lord Indra was unmoved. God moved him out of that gathering. When Gandharva returned home, he saw his wife had turned to a demon.
Demigod tried many methods to remove the curse from her wife, but he failed. Suddenly, one day he met Narad Rishi. Narad Rishi said him to observe fast on Ekadasi of Mah Shukla Paksha and perform Bhagwat Kirtan, do get free from the curse. So, the demigod observed the fast and his wife became normal like before.
Jaya Ekadasi Vrat Importance
Jaya Ekadasi fast is celebrated on Ekadashi of Shukla Paksha, Magh month. This Ekadashi removes all sorts of sin and is considered favorable. Observing this fast every year increases the virtuous works of a person and help him get salvation. A person can get free from evil works life Brahma Hatya