Mokshada Ekadashi Vrat and Its Importance
Mokshada Ekadashi Vrat is a religious observance of a fast and is dedicated to paying reverential regard to the divine lord of Vishnu. The day falls on the Ekadashi or the 11th lunar day of the fortnight of the waxing moon. Devotees who follow the festival observe fast for a whole day. Lord Krishna, who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is also worshipped on this day. The religious significance of the festival lies in the fact that it cleanses the sins of devotees performing the fast and other rituals on Mokshada Ekadashi Vrat.
The Religious Significance Of Mokshada Ekadashi Vrat
As outlined before, the religious significance of observing Mokshada Ekadashi Vrat is that it helps a devotee to earn the divine blessing of Lord Vishnu and attainment of peace and prosperity in life.
Moreover, the significance of observing the day is also accentuated by the fact that it causes the removal of all the sins or sufferings in the life of a devotee who observes the festival by maintaining its religious sanctity.
In addition, since the day is associated with the lord Vishnu, therefore, the significance of Mokshada Ekadashi Vrat, from a religious standpoint, is very great for the staunch devotees of Lord Vishnu. On this day, people visit the shrines or temples of Lord Vishnu and worship the Lord by observing fast and offering reverential regard.
The biggest significance of Mokshada Ekadashi Vrat is that it grants a devotee liberation after death or better say, one attains divine salvations.
Mokshada Ekadashi Vrat – Story
According to Brahmanda Purana, Lord Shri Krishna told the tale of Mokshada Ekadashi to Yudhishthira, the Pandava king.
As per the story, the ruler of Champakanagar city, Vaikhanasa was of saintly nature. He treated his subjects with respect and kindness. Once the king foresaw in his dream that his late father was condemned to the fire of hell and was going through excruciating pains. Obsessed with the nightmare, the king called up the meeting of his ministers and sought their advice about how to liberate his father from Hell and ensure his salvation. On being advised to consult an omniscient saint named Parvata Muni, the king met him and told him of his problem. At this, the saint reasoned out why his father suffered the hellish treatment after his death, as he had coitus with his wife when she was undergoing a menstrual cycle, despite her vehement protests. Thereafter, the saint suggested a remedial course of action for liberating the king’s late father from Hell, saying the king must observe Mokshada Ekadashi Vrat. The king was told that the divine power of the vrat would eventually grant his late father’s soul a divine salvation. The king followed the advice of the saint wholeheartedly. Eventually, his late father attained divine salvation and went to heaven.
Conclusion Mokshada Ekadashi Vrat is a pious and religious day. The devotees of Lord Vishnu observe a fast the whole day and offer prayers to the lord for peace, happiness, prosperity, and salvation. If followed religiously, Mokshada Ekadashi Vrat can be a great remedial measure for a devotee to remove the sins and attain greater joys, in terms of worldly pleasure and Moksha (salvation).