Bhubaneswar: Margashira Shukla Ekadashi, this is the day when Lord Vishnu, who considered to be the supreme power in Hindu religion, narrated the Holy Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra.
This day is also known as ‘Mokhsada Ekadashi’ or ‘Gita Jayanti’. As the name reveals, Mokshada Ekadashi helps to achieve salvation or ‘Moksha’ from the cycle of birth and death to reach the Vaikuntha, the divine abode of Lord Vishnu.
Mokshada Ekadashi is regarded as an auspicious day to worship Lord Vishnu because, on this day Lord Krishna, an avatar of During the battle of Mahabharat, Arjun was struck by despair and grief upon seeing his kith and kin dying. He was reluctant to wage war against his cousins. Lord Krishna narrated the 700 verse of religious discourse which is known as the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna.
Some also observe a fast on this day, hoping to relieve their deceased ancestors of their bane. Lord Vishnu is believed to be the one who sustains life on Earth. Hence, he is worshipped for eternal peace and happiness.
On this auspicious day, devotees wake up early, take a bath and wear new clothes to light an oil lamp and meditate and chant the holy mantra Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya.
As per Hindu belief, this is done to invoke God and seek his blessings and request him to accept the offerings of flowers, tulsi leaves, turmeric, sandalwood paste, kumkum, coconut with its husk, bananas, betel leaf, among other things. Devotees also offer ‘Naivedhya’, which is considered to be a sacred offering to God.
The puja is usually concluded by reading the Bhagwad Gita and singing the aarti. Those who observe the Ekadashi Vrata, refrain from consuming wheat, rice and pulses in any form and have fruits and milk instead.