Mokshada Ekadashi or Vaikuntha Ekadashi as the words suggests Ekadashi day falls on the 11th lunar day in the month of Agrahaya according to the Hindu calendar.
The day is dedicated to Lord Vishnu as devotees from across the country especially the followers of Lord Vishnu offer worship following various rituals.
Many devotees also observe strict fasting on the day of Ekadashi and this year the fasting for the day of Mokshada Ekadashi falls on Tuesday 14 December. During the Mokshada Ekadashi vrat the devotees read various kathas dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
It is highly believed among the Hindu community that those people who observe proper fasting on the Mokshada Ekadashi day along with important Puja rituals will be blessed to get rid of their sins and also from the cycle of rebirth. Mokshada is meant to attain salvation and end the cycle of resurrection by reaching the place of Lord Vishnu called Vaikuntha Dham.
Mokshada Ekadashi 2021 will start from the night of 13 December at 9:32 PM and the auspicious timing for puja and fasting will end at 11:35 PM on 14 December. As per the Hindu calendar, the date is regarded in which the Sunrises and with this, the Sun will rise on Tuesday morning of 14 December under the tithi date provided.
According to Hindu belief, Vaikhanasa was the king of Champakanagar city and people under the kingdom were followers of Lord Vishnu. One night the king had a scary dream where he saw his father struggling in hell as he was being tortured. Being tense about what he saw in his dream the Raja shared everything with his ministers and asked them to find him a way in which his father gets salvation (Moksha).
The ministers suggested King Vaikhanasa go to the Parvat Muni where he could be able to solve his problems and as per the suggestion he went there and asked for guidance. The Puni told him about this father that he had committed major sins during his lifetime as he fought with his mother and had physical relations during her menstruation. For all this reason he is facing the punishment of afterlife hell.
Hearing what Puni said, King Vaikhanasa requested for the way through which his father can get salvation and on this Puni replied that he had to keep the fast of Mokshada Ekadashi and worship Lord Vishnu with a true heart which may help his father get freedom from the torture of hell. The King did whatever was told to him and succeeded in liberating his father from hell from then onwards the belief continued and Mokshada Ekadashi was observed with fastings.
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