Jaya Ekadashi 2024: Date, Importance, and Traditions

Jaya Ekadashi is an important festival in Hinduism. It falls on the 11th day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of the moon) in the month of Magha (January-February) of the Hindu calendar. Devotees observe a fast on this day also known as Jaya Ekadashi vrat. The word “Jaya” means “victory” therefore people believe that this day brings victory and success.

On this day, followers observe a fast, pray, and meditate in the hopes of receiving blessings and benefits to help them grow spiritually and get past life’s challenges. It’s also believed that fasting on this day helps purify the body and mind. On the next day known as Dwadashi, people end the celebration with prayers and rituals.

In this article, we’ll explore the date, meaning, and importance of this particular Ekadashi.

Jaya Ekadashi 2024: Date and Time

In 2024, Jaya Ekadashi will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 20. The Ekadashi tithi will begin at 8:49 AM on February 19 and end at 9:55 AM on February 20. The date and time of the event can be different every year as it is decided based on the moon’s phase like other numerous festivals.

Significance of Jaya Ekadashi

This festival represents victory over obstacles. Followers believe that celebrating this Ekadashi and performing the right rituals can help them get through hard times and bring success and wealth. This day is said to be a powerful time for spiritual people to win over their inner challenges and life’s obstacles. 

On this day devotees worship Lord Vishnu and seek his blessings and strength for overcoming obstacles and challenges in life and spiritual growth. It is also believed that practicing the rituals with devotion and faith can wash away sins from ones life.

close up shot of lord vishnu statue

The Story Behind Jaya Ekadashi

While there are various legends behind this Ekadashi, the origin of Jaya Ekadashi can be traced back to Mahabharata, to the conversation between Lord Krishna and King Yudhishthira. As per legend, King Yudhishthira went to Lord Krishna for help in understanding how one could overcome obstacles and achieve victory in life.

Lord Krishna answered by explaining the importance of Jaya Ekadashi and this event had the power to bring success who observe it with dedication and unwavering faith. Yudhishthira followed Krishna’s teachings and observed the Ekadashi with utmost devotion and eventually attained victory in both life and mind.

The Rituals of Jaya Ekadashi

  • Fasting: People follow a strict diet on this day avoiding food, water, and other bodily needs. This process is believed to be an efficient way to clean the body and mind.
  • Worshipping Lord Vishnu: People pray on this day to Vishnu and perform aarti to ask for his blessings.
  • Reading scriptures: Devotees read and recite from sacred scriptures, especially the stories of Ekadashi. 
  • Charity and donation: People give charity and donation to the less fortunate on this day, in the form of food, clothes, and money to attract good luck and improve karma.
  • Night vigil: A night vigil or commonly known as Jagran in Hindi is held to show devotion, love, and affection for Lord Vishnu. Followers stay up all night and pray and sing devotional songs.

While we look forward to the arrival of Jaya Ekadashi in 2024, let us embrace and be open to the spiritual victories that this day offers. 

The Astro Kundli team hopes all our readers overcome their life’s challenges and obstacles and attain peace of mind on this holy day. Happy Jaya Ekadashi 2024 people!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the benefits of Jaya Ekadashi?

On this day religious followers worship Lord Vishnu to receive his blessings and strength in order to overcome challenges in their life. They also believe that practicing rituals with faith and devotion can wash away sins.

How many Ekadashi are there in 2024?

There are a total of 24 Ekadashis in 2024. Devotees all over the world will observe fasts and perform rituals on all of the Ekadashis.

What is the story behind Jaya Ekadashi?

There are various stories behind it. One of them is a story mentioned in the Padma Purana which is a Hindu scripture. The story is of king Suketuman who was a righteous king but didn’t have any children. Due to this he was often troubled for the future of his kingdom. One day a sage named Angira advised him to observe the fasting ritual of Jaya Ekadashi assuring him that it would solve his problem. 

As a result of Suketuman’s dedication he was eventually blessed with son who was named Vasuman.

What time does Jaya Ekadashi end?

In 2024, the Ekadashi tithi ends at 9:55 AM on Tuesday, February 20th.

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