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Indira Ekadashi Celebration
In 2014, Indira Ekadashi will be observed on 19th September.
The Legend of Indira Ekadashi
On learning about this, Indrasena became restless and seeing this Lord Narda informed him that the king’s father had asked Indrasena to observe the fast of Indira Ekadashi. According to Narda, the king’s father had told the sage that by observing this fast, Indrasena would be able to free his father from all his earthly sins and ensure him a place near the feet of Lord Vishnu.
Hearing this, Indrasena at once agreed to observe the fast of Indira Ekadashi and help his father in getting freedom from the house of Lord Yama. With the guidance of Lord Narda, Indrasena observed the fast with great devotion and helped his father in attaining moksha.
The Rituals Associated With Indira Ekadashi
On the day before the Ekadashi, special prayers and shradas are performed in the memory of forefathers and dead relatives. A single meal is consumed on the day while on the day of Ekadashi a complete fast is observed. The long fast is to be broken next day by having meals with all family members.
It is believed that observing this fast provides the benefits equivalent to performing the Ashwamedha yagya, which is why the day holds much significance in the Hindu community.
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