Aja Ekadashi is an important tithi for all the Vishnu Lovers.

Lord Vishnu with Goddess Lakshmi
Lord Vishnu with Goddess Lakshmi

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Introduction

Aja Ekadashi is an important Ekadashi observed in the month of August- September. Moreover, this Ekadashi also known as Annanda Ekadashi. Hindus observe fast and puja on this Ekadashi with full zeal and devotion.

Lord Hrishikesha is worshipped on this Ekadashi. Lord Hrishikesha is one of the 108 names of hindu god Shri Hari Vishnu. Hrishikesha is the word which means a god who turns all the senses of devotees towards him.

Date of Aja Ekadashi

As per Hindu Panchang, Aja Ekadashi falls on 11th day of Krishna paksha of Bhadrpada mas. As per gregorian calender, it will be celebrated on August 29, 2024.

The Ekadashi tithi will start at 01:18 AM on August 29, 2024 and will end at 01:36 AM on August 30, 2024. Moreover, the prana time for Vrat will be from 8:44 AM to 11:12 AM on August 30, 2024.

Significance of Aja Ekadashi

Aja Ekadashi holds profound significance in Hinduism. As per ancient text, this Ekadashi will free you from the sins, padlock and misfortune. Devotees who perform worshipping to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi will be blessed with wealth, happiness and prosperity in abundance.

Story of Aja Ekadashi

Once upon a time, there was a king. King Harishchandra was a kind and humble person who believed in the principles of self-respect and truth. He even sold his wife for his deeds. He donated everything he had to sage Vishwamitra.

After this Vishwamitra asked for 500 gold coins, which the king was unable to give. To repay Vishwamitra’s debt, he started working in the crematorium.

One day, his son died. Apparently, his wife brought her son’s dead body to the crematorium. But he did not have money to perform the last rites. As Harishchandra was loyal and honest, fulfilled his duty towards his master, did not allow the dead body to be burnt.

On this, Harishchandra’s wife tore her saree and paid the fee for the dead body. Although, it was the day of Aja Ekadashi. On this Ekadashi, his family remained hungry the whole day and kept chanting the name of Shri Hari Vishnu.

Henceforth, Lord Vishnu was pleased with Harishchandra’s fast and his devotion to duty. As aboon, he gave back his kingdom along with his son to Harishchandra.

Rituals of Aja Ekadashi

  • Wake up early inthe morning in Brahna Muhurat.
  • Clean up your house and puja place and perform your bathing rituals.
  • Always place the idol of Shri Hari Vishnu over a clean top of a stool. Place it on a yellow coloured clean cloth.
  • light a diya in front of Lord Vishnu. Offer chandan (sandalwood paste), akshat (rice) and yellow flowers to please the god.
  • Offer kheer (Indian delicacy) made with saffron to Shri Vishnu.
  • Offer water, turmeric and Chane ki daal to Banana tree on this day and light a diya in front of it.
  • Recite Vshnu Mantra “Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaye Namah” all throughout the day. Also, read Vishnu Sahastranama on this day.

Don’t for Aja Ekadashi

a) Do not consume rice on this day.

b) Avoid consuming Tamasik food items and alcoholic items are strictly prohibited.

c) Try to indulge in kirtan and do not use any harsh words for any one.

Conclusion

Understanding the significance of Aja Ekadashi reminds us of the continuous growth we strive for. Delving into the teachings of Lord Vishnu across various Hindu epics not only enriches us spiritually and morally but also guides us on our journey towards upliftment.

Keep growing with us.

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