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Jal Jhilani is also known as Jal Jhilani Ekadashi and it is celebrated with a lot of vigour and happiness. It is also popularly known as Parivartini Ekadasi or Jal Zilani or Jaljhilni in some regions. This festival is widely celebrated in Gujarat and by the Swaminarayan sect.
On this day, Lord Krishna and Lord Ganesha are worshipped whole heartedly. This festival is widely celebrated in the North Indian states. On this auspicious day, devotees carry beautiful idols of Lord Krishna and Ganesha to a water body such as river or sea. Various religious songs are sung in praise of the God and idols are carried across the river on a boat. After the celebrations and rituals, the idols are immersed in the water with great enthusiasm.
This festival is celebrated on the eleventh day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of the Moon) in the Bhadrapad month of Hindu calendar.
It is believed that on this day, Lord Vishnu, who used to sleep during the Chatur Maas (a holy period of four months), turned sideways from his supine position. There is another popular legend that Lord Krishna took the Gopis (childhood female friends) in Vrindavan (a Hindu pilgrimage site) for the purpose of boating and in return demanded Dahi (Yoghurt) from them. This is why, people happily share and donate yoghurt on this day.
Rituals and CelebrationsOn Jal Jhilani, day devotees observe a strict fast. They do not drink even water. Usually, devotees observe the same rules associated with the Ekadashi fast. It is believed that Ganesh Chaturthi festival starts five days before the Jal Jhilanifestival. That is the reason people also immerse idols of Lord Ganesha on this day.
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