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Aja Ekadashi Dates

Aja Ekadashi in 2013 »   1 September

Aja Ekadashi in 2014 »   21 August

Aja Ekadashi in 2016 »   28 August

Aja Ekadashi Celebrated In: India
Celebrated By: (Hindu)

Aja Ekadashi falls in waning phase of the moon in the month of Bhadrapada (August – September) according to Hindi Hindu Calendar. In 2013, the date of Aja Ekadasi fasting is September 1. The importance of this Ekadasi was mentioned by Lord Krishna to Yudhisthira and is found in the Brahmavaivarta Purana. It is believed that a person who observes this Ekadashi becomes free from the reactions of his/her sinful activities.

One day a great sage by the name of Gautama visits the city where Harischandra was working. He looks at Harischandra and understands the plight of Harischandra. Gautama advices Harischandra to observe the Ekadashi Vrat on the Krishna paksha Ekadashi of Sravana Month as per Telugu Calendar. Gautama tells Harischandra that the Krishna paksha Ekadashi of Sravana Month is known as Aja Ekadashi or Ananda Ekadashi, which has the power to cleanse all the sins that were done in the past. Gautama also explains the procedure that, merely by fasting on the Aja Ekadashi and eating the food the next day within the Dwadashi time would fetch him immense virtue, by means of which he can overcome all his miseries.

 

How To Observe Aja Ekadashi Vrat
 
The legend behind the observance of Annada Ekadashi can be taken back to the famous king Harischandra. He was known for his truthfulness and honesty. One day, Sage Vashista and Sage Vishwamitra betted on the truthfulness of the king. While sage Vashista was in favor of the king, sage Vishwamitra objected that the king also lies. As a result, king Harischandra had to give up his kingdom and leave for Kashi. Though he became an undertaker in Kashi, he never lied. He always stood by his word and followed a proper code of conduct. One fine day, the king happened to meet the great sage Gautama. The king recounted his entire sad story to the sage.
 
Aja Ekadashi Fast Story
 
In ancient time, there ruled a Chakravarti Raja. His name was Harishchandra. He was a very brave, majestic and glorious ruler. To complete his promise he had sold his wife and son. He himself had become a servant of a cruel person. 
 
There he used to give shroud. But, in this difficult work also he did not leave the path of truth. After many years, he started feeling bad about his work and became upset. Then he started reaching some way to get free from this work and always used to stay tensed with this thought. 
 
Once, while he was wondering about what to do, he was Gautam Rishi coming. King bowed to him and narrated his sad story infront of Rishi. Rishi felt upset on listening and seeing the condition of king and said him “Hey king, in the Krishna Paksha of Bhado, Aja Ekadashi occurs. You should observe the fast of this Ekadasi in a systematic manner and perform the Jagran at night. You will get rid of all your sins.”  Saying this Gautam Rishi went from there. 
 
On the day of Aja Ekadashi, king observed the fast and performed Jagran, as told by Rishi. By the effect of this fast, all sins of the king were destroyed. At that time, flowers started showering from the sky. King saw Lord Brahma, Vishnu, Indra and Shiva, standing before him. He was his dead son alive and his wife in good clothes and jewellery. 
 
By the effect of fasting he got back his kingdom. After death, he reached heaven with his family. All this was the result of observing the fast of Aja Ekadashi. Person who observes this fast in a systematic manner and perform the Jagran at night , gets rid of his sins. And, he gets place in heaven after death. Just hearing the story of fast gives the result as of Ashvamedha Yagya.

 

Aja Ekadashi Dates

Aja Ekadashi in 2013 »   1 September

Aja Ekadashi in 2014 »   21 August

Aja Ekadashi in 2016 »   28 August

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