Utpanna Ekadashi, 3 December 2018

Utpanna Ekadashi, 3 December 2018

Ekadashi is the 11th day of each of the two lunar-moon phases in a lunar month. There are two Ekadashis in a lunar month. One Ekadashi falls in the Shukla Paksha phase and the other in the Krishna Paksha phase of the moon in the lunar month. Normally, this corresponds that 2 Ekadashis fall in relation to every month of the Gregorian calendar. 

Ekadashis are considered auspicious sacred days in the Hindu belief from the ancient times, especially by Vaishnavites. Vaishnavites are the Hindu devotees-worshippers with more focus and devotion to Lord Vishnu. 

On the day of Ekadashi, devotees wake up early, bathe, clean their homes and perform Puja, prayers. Many natives observe one to three days Vrat, fast. The fast nuances vary region to region and from individual to individual, or as suggested by Priests or Astrologers etc. It is primarily in worship and dedication to Lord Vishnu. 

Each Ekadashi has a specific purpose and significance. The one that is falling on the 3rd of December 2018 is called Utpanna Ekadashi. The date is determined as the 11th day of the Krishna Paksha moon phase that comes after the Kartik Poornima, in the Hindu calendar month of Margashirsha. Poornima means full moon. Krishna Paksha is the waning-decrease phase of the moon in the fortnight. The word Utpanna means to generate or create. 

The story behind the name Utpanna Ekadashi is when Lord Vishnu was once asleep and a demon attacked to kill him. A feminine form came out of Lord Vishnu and instead killed the demon. Ekadashi is often referred to as Goddess Ekadashi.

Lord Vishnu is one of the three top Hindu deities along with Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva. Lord Vishnu is known as the protector, preserver and the God of Moksha, liberation. Lord Vishnu has 10 incarnations. These 10 avatars of Lord Vishnu are Lord Krishna, Lord Rama, Lord Buddha, Kalki, Kurma, Lord Narasimha, Matsya, Lord Parshuram, Vamana, and Varaha. Lord Krishna and Lord Buddha are considered one of his most popular avatars. Lord Vishnu is also called by other names, such as Vasudeva, Narayana, Hari, and Jagannath.

A Mantra for Lord Vishnu is—

                        Om Namo Narayanaya
                        ॐ नमः नारायणाय

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(Updated Date & Time :- 2018-11-28 05:54:55 )

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