Aja Ekadashi 2024

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  • Aja Ekadashi 2024
  • Thursday, 29 August 2024
  • Ekadashi date starts : 29 August 2024 at 01:19 AM
  • Ekadashi date ends : 30 August 2024  at 01:37 AM

Aja Ekadashi - The Auspicious Day of Spiritual Renewal

The Ekadashi which falls in the Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapada month is called Aja Ekadashi. It is believed that fasting on Aja Ekadashi gives virtue equal to the Ashwamedha Yagya. On the day of Ekadashi, Lord Shri Hari is worshiped according to the law. The fast and worshipers of Aja Ekadashi get the blessings of Lord Vishnu.

On the day of Aja Ekadashi, special importance has been given for charity and meditation. Therefore, fasting story has special significance on the day of Aja Ekadashi. On the day of Aja Ekadashi, by listening or reading the fasting story, Shri Hari gets rid of all the troubles.

Observing Aja Ekadashi

Devotees prepare for Aja Ekadashi with great enthusiasm and devotion. Here are the typical observances associated with this auspicious day:

  1. Fasting: The most significant aspect of Aja Ekadashi is fasting. Devotees abstain from consuming grains, pulses, and certain vegetables on this day. The fast begins at sunrise on Ekadashi and continues until the sunrise of the following day, Dwadashi.
  2. Vrat Katha: On Aja Ekadashi, devotees listen to the vrat katha or the narrative of the legend associated with this Ekadashi. It serves as a reminder of the significance of faith and dedication.
  3. Visiting Temples: Many devotees visit Vishnu temples and offer prayers to Lord Vishnu. Special bhajans and kirtans dedicated to Lord Vishnu are sung during these visits.
  4. Charity and Acts of Kindness: Acts of charity and kindness are encouraged on this day. Donating food, clothes, and other necessities to the less fortunate is considered virtuous.
  5. Meditation and Spiritual Reflection: Aja Ekadashi is an ideal day for meditation, introspection, and reading sacred texts. Devotees use this time for self-purification and spiritual growth.

Spiritual Significance

Aja Ekadashi is not only a day of fasting but also a day of spiritual renewal. Observing this Ekadashi is believed to:

  • Purify the mind and body.
  • Remove sins and negative karma.
  • Bestow divine blessings for a happy and prosperous life.
  • Strengthen one's devotion to Lord Vishnu.
  • Lead the way to moksha (liberation) by surrendering to the divine.

Aja Ekadashi Katha

Kunti's son Yudhishthira started saying that Oh Lord! What is the name of Bhadrapada Krishna Ekadashi? Please tell the method of fasting and its significance.

Madhusudan started saying that the name of this Ekadashi is Aja. It is the destroyer of all kinds of sins. On this Ekadashi, there is a law to worship Lord Vishnu. The person who worships Lord Rishikesh on this day must attain Vaikunth. Now listen to its story.

In ancient times a Chakravarti king named Harishchandra ruled. He renounced all his kingdom and wealth under the influence of some karma, as well as sold his wife, son and himself.

As a slave of King Chandala, he kept on accepting the clothes of the dead, wearing the truth. But in no way deviated from the truth. Many times the king drowned in the sea of ​​worry and started thinking in his mind that where should I go, what should I do, so that I can be saved.

Thus many years passed for the king. One day the king was sitting in worry that Gautam Rishi had come. Seeing them, the king bowed down and told all his sad story. On hearing this, Gautam Rishi started saying that Rajan, seven days from now onwards, Ekadashi named Aja of Bhadrapada Krishna Paksha will come, by your luck, you should observe a fast on it.

Gautam Rishi said that all your sins will be destroyed by the virtuous effect of this fast. Thus, telling the king, Gautam sage disappeared at the same time. According to his statement, on the arrival of Ekadashi, the king observed fast and awakening methodically. With the effect of that fast, all the sins of the king were destroyed.

The horns started ringing from heaven and flowers started raining. He saw his dead son alive and his wife with clothes and ornaments. Due to the effect of the fast, the king got the kingdom again. In the end he went to heaven with his family.


When is Aja Ekadashi in 2024?

Aja Ekadashi is Thursday, 29 August 2024.
Ekadashi date will starts on 29 August 2024 at 01:19 AM and ends will 30 August 2024  at 01:37 AM.

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