On the day of Vaikund Ekadashi, the sea was churned by the gods and asuras. Gods symbolize positive energy and asuras symbolize negative energy. In the churning of the ocean, Hallahl (poison) was taken out which shows the negative thoughts of the human mind. When all the negative thoughts go away, Manush reaches Vaikuntha with the blessings of Lord Vishnu. This is the importance of Vaikuntha Ekadashi. Which if done with faith and reverence gets the blessings of Lord Vishnu.
‘Vaikunth‘ in Indian mythology, refers to the abode of Lord Vishnu. Vaikunth is a place where there is no lack, or shortage; there is only abundance.(Vaikunth is the home of Lord Shri Vishnu and Maa Laxmi)
Ekadashi (Sanskrit: एकादशी, ekādaśī, “Eleven”, “Eka” – one, “dashi” – ten) is the eleventh lunar day (Tithi) between the New Moon and Full Moon.
It is written in the Srimad Bhagavatam, that everyone in Vaikunth is Lord Narayana Himself (meaning that in such a divine abode, every soul is elevated to Divinity and appears as Lord Vishnu, the Supreme Consciousness that permeates all of Creation). You cannot distinguish who is the Lord (Narayan) and who is the devoted sevak (servant or devotee).
The word kuntha in Hindi means shortage. And a place where there is no lack, or shortage of anything, that is what Vaikuntha is. It is said that everyone in Vaikunth(Paradise) is in the form of Lord Narayana Himself.
This year it is on 25 December, so you can fast and remain hungry, even though there is no scarcity. If there is shortage and you have to be hungry, then that is poverty. When there is no shortage of anything and everything is in abundance, and you are fasting, that is Vaikunth Ekadashi.
Did you know that the Moon affects the ocean? On Full Moon Day the waves are higher. Nearly 60% of our body is made up of water, and it has saline content, like the ocean. So the Moon has an influence on the body and anything that influences the body influences the mind as well.
And that is why our ancestors have said to fast on Ekadashi. Because when the stomach is kept empty the toxins in the body get cleared. Fasting has a purifying effect on the body. So if you fast three days before Full Moon then on Full Moon day you will not have any problems – this is the belief.
It is not necessary that you must fast on every Ekadashi but it is good if you fast for at least two to three days in a year.
Mokshada Ekadashi vrat will be observed on Friday, December 25, 2020. It is a Hindu holy day, which falls on the 11th lunar day (Ekadashi) of the fortnight of the waxing moon in the Hindu month of Margashirsha/Agrahayana (December-January). On the day of Mokshada Ekadashi, devotees worship Lord Krishna, an avatar of Vishnu, and keep a 24-hours fast.
Mokshada Ekadashi is considered a highly auspicious occasion in the Hindu religion. It’s believed that those who keep Mokshada Ekadashi vrat are blessed by Lord Vishnu and they get rid of their sins to achieve moksha or liberation after death. On this day, devotees observe a complete fast from sunrise to the dawn the next day.
As per legend, king Vaikhanasa ruled the city of Champakanagar whose residents were from Vishnu-worshipping Vaishnava sect and were very erudite in Vedic knowledge. One night, king Vaikhanasa had a dream where he saw his late father being tormented in Naraka (hell). The next day, he held a council meeting to get advice on how to free his dead father and his ancestors from the tortures of Naraka and grant them moksha (salvation). The council advised the king to approach the saint Parvata Muni. The saint told Vaikhanasa that he had committed the sin of quarrelling with his wife and having coitus with her in her menstrual cycle, in spite of her strong protests. As a solution to rectify the situation, the sage suggested to the king to observe Mokshada Ekadashi vrat. As suggested by the saint, king Vaikhanasa observed the Mokshada Ekadashi vrat with full faith and devotion. This pleased the gods of heaven and they carried the king’s father to heaven.
Vaikuntha Chaturdashi is a date which is available once a year and has special significance. On the day of Vaikuntha Chaturdashi, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva are worshiped together. There is a very rare occasion when these two Gods are worshiped together. It is also believed that when Lord Vishnu is awakened by the Yoga Nidra on Devuthani Ekadashi, only then he gets absorbed in the meditation of Lord Shiva.
According to mythological texts, Agahan month is the month of devotion of Lord Krishna and Vishnu. On this day, Mata Ekadashi was born from the body of Sri Vishnu, so on this day the story of Shravan is considered to be of special importance. This Ekadashi which falls in the Hemant season is called Utpattika, Utpana and Vaitarani Ekadashi.
In all Ekadashi Lord Vishnu and his 8th Incarnation- Shri Krishna worshipped on Ekadashi.