03 March 2024

Vijaya Ekadashi 2024: The Date, Significance, Vrat Katha And Puja Rituals of Vijaya Ekadashi in the Hindu Tradition

In the venerable tradition of Hinduism, Ekadashi holds immense significance as a day dedicated to the worship of Lord Vishnu, the sustainer of the universe. Occurring twice a month, Ekadashi provides devotees with the opportunity to express their reverence to the divine. The first Ekadashi of the Phalguna month is celebrated as Vijaya Ekadashi, a day believed to bring divine grace and fulfillment of heartfelt desires to those who observe the rituals with devotion.           


Date of Vijaya Ekadashi 2024

This year, Vijaya Ekadashi falls on March 6th, with the ritual observance starting in the early morning and concluding on March 7th during the auspicious Brahma Muhurta. The fast is traditionally broken on the next day after Ekadashi.       


Significance of Vijaya Ekadashi

Vijaya Ekadashi is considered a purifying practice that helps in the destruction of sins. It is believed that observing this fast positively influences the celestial bodies, particularly the moon, leading to the attainment of auspicious results. Devotees who observe Vijaya Ekadashi with sincerity receive special blessings from Lord Vishnu, leading to prosperity, well-being, and ultimately liberation (moksha).   


Vijaya Ekadashi Vrat Vidhi (Puja Rituals)


Morning Rituals:

  • Start the day with a bath during the Brahma Muhurta.
  • Wear clean and yellow-colored attire, symbolizing purity.
  • Meditate on Lord Vishnu and take a solemn vow to observe the Vijaya Ekadashi fast.


Puja Setup:

  • Establish idols or images of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi in the puja area.
  • Offer fruits, flowers, sandalwood paste, and tulsi leaves to the deities.


Puja Vidhi:

  • Light the lamp and perform the puja with devotion, following the prescribed rituals.
  • Listen to the Vijaya Ekadashi vrat katha, recounting the significance of the day.
  • Conclude the puja with the aarti dedicated to Lord Vishnu. 


Food Restrictions:

  • Abstain from consuming grains, particularly rice and heavy foods, during the Ekadashi day.
  • Break the fast on the next day with a simple meal containing fruits and milk.


The Legend of Vijaya Ekadashi

The origin of Vijaya Ekadashi is narrated in the Padma Purana and Skanda Purana. According to these scriptures, Lord Rama observed this Ekadashi to achieve victory over the demon Ravana during his quest to rescue Sita. Devotees believe that by following the rituals of Vijaya Ekadashi, they can overcome obstacles and achieve success in both the spiritual and material realms.                


Merits of Vijaya Ekadashi Vrat

  • Accumulating Punya (merit) equivalent to performing the Vajapeya Yajna.
  • Mitigating the malefic effects of planets, especially the moon.
  • Attaining the blessings of Lord Vishnu for overall well-being.
  • Fulfillment of desires and wishes through divine grace. 


Importance of Charity on Vijaya Ekadashi

In the spirit of charity, it is considered virtuous to extend help to the less fortunate on Vijaya Ekadashi. The act of donation, known as daan, is an integral part of this observance. Devotees are encouraged to contribute to noble causes, with a focus on providing food, clothing, and education to those in need.


Donations on Vijaya Ekadashi

Food Donation: Donating food, especially to deprived children, is highly auspicious on Vijaya Ekadashi. Narayan Seva Sansthan, recognizing the sanctity of this occasion, organizes special meals for differently-abled children. Your support in contributing to this cause ensures that these children receive divine blessings on this sacred day.

Clothing and Education Donation: Vijaya Ekadashi presents a golden opportunity to donate clothing and educational materials to underprivileged children. Distributing items like notebooks, pens, pencils, school bags, etc., is considered an act of great virtue. Consider making a commitment to educate a less fortunate child, if possible. Participate in the movement initiated by Narayan Seva Sansthan to donate clothing and educational resources, becoming a catalyst for positive change.


Immersing in Spiritual Traditions on Vijaya Ekadashi 2024

Vijaya Ekadashi, observed with sincerity and devotion, is a time-honored tradition in Hinduism that holds profound spiritual significance. The rituals performed on this day are believed to bring prosperity, happiness, and victory over adversities. By combining fasting, prayer, and charitable acts, devotees seek to align themselves with the divine and receive the blessings of Lord Vishnu. As Vijaya Ekadashi approaches in 2024, let us embrace these traditions and strive for spiritual upliftment.