Mokshada Ekadashi 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), corresponding to November–December. Hindus, particularly Vaishnavas observe a 24-hour fast in honour of the god Krishna, an avatar of Vishnu.
As the name reveals, the observer of Mokshada Ekadashi vrat will achieve liberation or ‘Moksha’ from the cycle of birth and death and reach to the divine abode of Lord Vishnu, ‘Vaikunth’. This ekadashi is observed with devotion and zeal all across India.
Rituals followed on Mokshada Ekadashi
The complete fast from sunrise on Mokshada Ekadashi to the dawn the next day is observed. People who cannot fast for that period observe a partial fast. Only vegetarian food, especially fruits, vegetables, milk products and nuts, are consumed. Eating rice, beans, pulses, garlic, and onions is prohibited on this day.
On the occasion of Mokshada Ekadashi it is considered auspicious to read ‘Bhagavad Gita’, ‘Vishnu Sahasranamam’ and ‘Mukundashtakam’
Important timings to follow on the day of Mokshada Ekadashi
|Sunrise||18-Dec-2018 07:05 AM|
|Sunset||18-Dec-2018 17:40 PM|
|Dwadashi End Moment||20-Dec-2018 06:26 AM|
|Ekadashi Tithi Begins||18-Dec-2018 07:57 AM|
|Ekadashi Tithi Ends||19-Dec-2018 07:35 AM|
|Hari Vasara End Moment||19-Dec-2018 13:18 PM|
|Parana Time||07:06 AM – 09:13 AM|