The fast of Utpana Ekadashi is observed on the Ekadashi of the Krishna Paksha of Margashirsha month, which is on November 22 this time. Ekadashi day is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. According to mythological beliefs, salvation is attained by the effect of this fast. Very few people know that Ekadashi was a goddess who was born to Lord Vishnu. Ekadashi Mata was revealed to Krishna Ekadashi of Margashirsha month, due to which this Ekadashi was named Utpana Ekadashi. Ekadashi fasting started from this day.
Utpana Ekadashi fast story
In mythological beliefs, it is believed that Shri Krishna himself told the story of the birth of Ekadashi Mata to Yudhishthira. This story was something like this - there was a demon named the Mur at the time of Satyuga. By his power, he had conquered the heavens. In such a situation Indradev sought help from Vishnu. The war of Vishnu started with the Mur demon, which lasted for many years. Finally, when Vishnuji started sleeping, he went to rest in a cave called Hemavati in Badrikashram. The Mur also came after them and rose to kill the sleeping god, when a girl came out from inside and fought with the Mur. After the fierce battle, the girl's head is separated from the torso. When Vishnu fell asleep, he wondered how it happened? Virgo explained everything in detail. Knowing the account, Vishnu asked the girl to ask for a boon.
The girl demanded that if a man fasts for me, then all his sins are destroyed and he gets Vishnulok. Then God gave that girl the name Ekadashi and gave a boon that by observing this fast, the sins of mankind will be destroyed and they will get Vishnu Lok.
Utpana Ekadashi fasting method
According to the Padma Purana, there is also a law to worship Goddess Ekadashi along with Lord Vishnu during the Utpana Ekadashi fast.
According to this, Dashmi of Margashirsha Krishna Paksha should be thoroughly battered after meals so that the grain portion is not in the mouth.
On the day of Utpana Ekadashi, wake up in the morning and resolve to fast and bathe in pure water.
After this, Lord Krishna should be worshiped with sixteen materials like incense, lamps, naivedya, and should donate lamps at night.
- All night of Utpana Ekadashi, Lord's hymn - Kirtan should be done.
- Shri Hari should apologize to Vishnu for unintentional mistakes or sin.
- The next morning, after worshiping Lord Krishna, the Brahmin should have food.
After the meal, the Brahmin should give away the donation according to his capacity.
Importance of Utpana Ekadashi fast
It is believed that a person who observes the fast of Utpadana Ekadashi receives the fruits of all pilgrimages and the abode of Lord Vishnu. Donating on the day of fasting leads to the growth of lakhs of times. A person who observes Upadna Ekadashi fasting with a waterless resolution gets salvation and Lord Vishnu. By observing this fast, all kinds of sins of a person are destroyed. According to religious scriptures, observing this fast gives more virtue than Ashwamedha Yagya, pilgrim bath and donation, etc.