In Hindu mythology the day of Ekadashi has its own importance. Two Ekadashi occur in a month. It is a day to worship Lord Vishnu. Some people spell it as Ekadasi also. This auspicious day is observed in the eleventh lunar day of shukla paksh or Krishna paksh of every lunar month according to Hindu calendar. On the day of Saphala Ekadashi Hindu worship Lord Vishnu and keep fast. The practice of keeping fast on this day is running since long time. The Saphala Ekadashi is also known as Pausha Krishna Ekadashi.
The rules for food: what to eat and what not to
On this day people are not allowed to eat grains as well as beans. The devotees can only have fruits, vegetables and milk and products made by milk. It is believed that if you fast on Saphala Ekadashi you fast with Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu is also named as Lord Hari. This day is also known as Hari Vasara.
Lord Krishna explained the significance to Yudhishthir
The Saphala Ekadashi is observed during the waning phase of the moon in the month of December – January. As per the mythology books the significance of Saphala Ekadashi was explained by Lord Krishna to Yudhishthir. This day is also referred in other holy books for example, it is also mentioned in the Brahmanda Purana. It is believed that this fast help us to clean from our sins.
Story behind Saphala Ekadashi
As per ancient stories, there was a famous king who had four sons. He has a son whose name was Lumbaka. He always questioned on the authority and existence of Lord Vishnu. He was much exiled because of his attitude. He continued his behavior and started torturing poor villagers. He made his home under a banyan tree and started killing animals and ate the raw meat. On the day of Saphala Ekadashi he felt ill. He unknowingly kept in a fast for whole day and stayed awake whole night. Hence he was believed to follow a religious practice which is loved by the God. Therefore on the very next morning he felt very good and realized that Lord Vishnu has blessed him. He realized his mistake and apologized to the Lord Vishnu for all his misdeeds and sins. The Lord Vishnu blessed him and relieved him from his sins. After the blessings he changed his life and returned to his father and lived a happy life ever after.