Popularly celebrated as Gita Jayanthi, Mokshada Ekadashi falls on the 11th day during the waxing phase of the moon (Shukla Paksha) in the month of Margashira as per the traditional Hindu lunar calendar. This date corresponds in the month of November or December in the Gregorian calendar. Also known as Mauna Ekadashi, this ritual is considered to be one of the most significant ones for the forgiveness of all sins and evil deeds committed during the entire life. Also, as the name suggests, Mokshada Ekadashi helps in attaining Moksha, or liberation. Check out more on the story of Mokshada Ekadashi and the procedure for observing it.
How To Observe Mauna Ekadashi Vrat
The Hindu devotees believe that the observance of Mokshada Ekadashi assists in granting heaven for deceased forefathers. Legends revolve around a popular ruler named King Vaikanasa who once dreamt about his father being pushed into hell. As a result, the king became helpless as all the riches and power could not help his father free from this misery. Therefore, he went out to meet Parvata Muni for his advice. With the ability to visualize past, present and future, Parvata Muni found the king’s father had committed a few sins which led him towards hell suffering.
Hence, in order to achieve liberation for his father from hell, King Vaikanasa was advised to observe the Mokshada Ekadashi vrat. As directed, the king along with his wife and other relatives observed this vrat and were, finally, able to save the king’s father from hell. Mokshada Ekadashi is also referred to as Gita Jayanthi as it was on this day that the famous Hindu scripture, Bhagavad Gita was narrated by Lord Krishna to Arjun during the Kurukshetra War. Those observing this vrat, recite the Bhagavad Gita, Mukundashtakam and Vishnu Sahasranamam during the day. Devotees willing to observe the Mokshada Ekadashi vrat refrain themselves from consuming food made form rice, grains and beans. As for other rules, the same rules apply associated with Ekadashi fasting.