Published On : March 29, 2024  |  Author : Astrologer Umesh
Jaya Ekadashi Vrat

About Jaya Ekadashi Vrat

Jaya Ekadashi Vrat is a religious observance of fast or vrat, in which devotees offer reverence and worship to lord Vishnu. Fast/vrat is observed throughout the day of the festival, involving special grace and honour paid to lord Vishnu by the devotees. The Jaya Ekadashi Vrat is considered extremely auspicious for the devotees as it helps them to achieve positive headways in life, apart from emancipating them from sins. Lord Vishnu as the main divine being of the Jaya Ekadashi festival is considered the creator of the universe, which is why worshipping him on this day is believed to give you great benefits, such as peace, happiness, prosperity, and emancipation from sins. The festival is also known as Aja Ekadashi.

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What Is The Significance Of Jaya Ekadashi Vrat?

The first significance of Jaya Ekadashi Vrat is that it is associated with the worshipping of Lord Vishnu, one of the most powerful divinities in Trinity Lords, also considered the creator of the universe. Lord Vishnu is famous for his kindness and unbeatable power; with which he safeguards devotees from dreadful elements or anything that may put people in harm’s way.

Another significance of observing Jaya Ekadashi Vrat is that it earns you Punya. The gravity of the power of Punya is so boundless that it is believed to remove the sins or put an end to the misery of devotees, thus blessing them with peace and happiness throughout their lives.

Jaya Ekadashi Vrat is also significant as it is believed to be a religious observance that pleases divine lord Vishnu boundlessly. And when you please lord Vishnu, there is no doubt that your life gets to turn into a direction of boundless harmony and fortune.

Jaya Ekadashi Vrat Katha (tale)

The legend has it that there once ruled a Chakravarti (a universal ruler) king named Harishchandra. He was from Solar Dynasty. Although he was a pious and kind-natured king, the most indomitable personality trait he had was his impregnable truth. He was a man of words and never ever sided with lies as long as he lived.

According to the legend mentioned in Aitareya Brahamana, king Harishchandra did not have a son. For this, he observed rigorous medication to lord Varuna subsequent to the advice of Lord Narada. While granting the boon, Lord Varuna made him promise that he would have to make a sacrifice when the right came. Days later, king Harishchandra became the father of a son named Rohita. Lord Varuna, as per the promise he made to Harishchandra appeared, demanding the king’s sacrifice. After too many prevarications resulting in Rohita becoming an adult, Harishchandra agreed to the sacrifice. However, his son escaped the sacrifice and took refuge in a forest. Enraged Varuna cursed Harishchandra with stomach sickness. Meanwhile, Rohita kept on escaping from being sacrificed until he replaced himself with Sunahshepa as a human sacrifice. However, the prayer of Sunahshepa to the divine entities of Rigveda saved him from being sacrificed. The effects of prayer also cured the stomach sickness of H Harishchandra.

In another tale associated with king Harishchandra, it is told that once he was feeling downcast and mulling over ending his own life as he lost his kingdom, his son, and his wife.  Then sage Gautam visited him. After listening to his griefs, he advised him to religiously observe Aja Ekadashi vrat which will put an end to his miseries for good. The effects of the Ekadashi vrat cured the king of all the sins, made his son alive, and restored his past royal glory. At the end of the day, he attained salvation with his family.


Jaya Ekadashi Vrat is one of the most significant, and religiously auspicious days. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the creator of the universe. It is believed that devotees who worship Lord Vishnu by observing Jaya Ekadashi Vrat attain many good results in life, such as peace, happiness, glory, fame, harmony, and prosperity. The effects of vrat lead to the emancipation of one’s sin as well. Devotees also gain salvation due to the auspicious effects of Jaya Ekadashi Vrat.

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