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Vijayā Ekādaśī

The glories of this ekādaśī is described in Skanda Purāṇa.

Once Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira inquired from Śrī Kṛṣṇa O Lord Kṛṣṇa please be kind to me and describe the ekādaśī that occurs during the waning moon in the month of February-March.

Lord Kṛṣṇa replied O King Yudhiṣṭhira! I will happily describe the ekādaśī known as Vijayā ekādaśī to you. By observing the vow of this ekādaśī ones sinful reactions are simultaneously eradicated.

Once great sage Nārada asked Lord Brahmā, ‘ O best of the demigods! Kindly described to me the result one achieves by following the vow of Vijayā ekādaśī which occurs during the waning moon in the month of February- March. In reply to this Lord Brahmā said, My dear son this oldest vow is pure and destroyer of all sinful activities. Actually it has got great results as its name suggests. This Vijayā ekādaśī undoubtedly awards one the power of victory.

When Śrī Rāmacandra went to the forest for fourteen years with His wife Sītādevī and brother Lakṣmaṇa in order to fulfill the order of His father They lived in a beautiful forest known as Pañcavaṭī on the bank of the river Godāvarī for sometime. While residing in this forest one day Rāvaṇa the king of demons kidnapped austere Sītādevī. Due to separation from Sītādevī Rāmacandra became overwhelmed with extreme distress. While wondering throughout the forest in search of Sītā, Rāmacandra met with Jaṭāyu, the king of the birds who was about to die. Jaṭāyu told Rāmacandra everything about Sītā and left this world and returned to Vaikuṇṭha.

Thereafter Rāmacandra made friendship with Sugrīva. In order to help the mission of Rāmacandra many monkey soldiers were
gathered. Meanwhile Hanumān the king of the monkeys completed a great mission. He went to the Aśoka forest in Laṅkā and met Sītādevī and in order to convince her gave Rāmacandra’s ring. Thereafter Hanumān returned to Rāmacandra and explained the whole incident to Him.

After hearing the words of Hanumān Rāmacandra had a meeting with His friend Sugrīva and resolved to invade Laṅkā.
Rāmacandra gathered a great number of monkey soldiers and arrived at the shore of the ocean. He then said to Lakṣmaṇa, O Saumitra! How will we cross beyond this unfathomable ocean which is full of fierce aquatics such as whales and crocodiles? Lakṣmaṇa replied, O original supreme personality of Godhead! You are the primeval Lord. There is a great sage named Bakadālbhya lives in this Island. His āśrama is situated four miles away from here. O son of the dynasty of Raghu!

This sage has got darśana of Lord Brahmā. We should ask him about the means of crossing this ocean. Being advised by Lakṣmaṇa in this way Lord Rāmacandra went to the āśrama of Bakadālbhya and offered respectful obeisances to him. The omniscient sage could immediately understand that this personality was the Supreme Lord Rāmacandra. For some particular cause such as killing the demon Rāvaṇa he has now appeared in this material world. The great sage asked him–’ O Rāmacandra for what purpose you have kindly come here?’

Rāmacandra replied, ‘O brāhmaṇa! By your mercy I have come here on the shore of this ocean with my soldiers. In order to fight the demons and conquer Laṅkā. O best of the sages! Please tell me a simple method by which I can easily cross over this insurmountable ocean. For this reason only I have come to your lotus feet.

The great sage said to Rāmacandra,’ O Rāmacandra! I will tell you about observing a great vow by which you will certainly conquer your battle and obtain extraordinary fame and opulence in this world. You should follow this vow with undeviated attention. O Rāma! There is an ekādaśī known as Vijayā which occurs during the waning moon in the month of February-March. By observing this ekādaśī you will certainly be able to cross over this ocean with your monkey soldiers.

O Lord Rāmacandra! Now please hear about the procedure of following this ekādaśī. On the day before ekādaśī you should fill
a golden, silver, copper or clay pitcher with water and decorate it with Mango twigs. Thereafter you should place this pitcher on a sanctified raised alter which is decorated with seven kinds of grains. Thereafter you should place a golden deity of Lord Nārāyaṇa upon this pitcher. On the day of ekādaśī you should take bath early in the morning and worship this deity of Lord Nārāyaṇa with devotion by offering various items such as Tulasī leaves, sandalwood paste, flowers,  garlands, incense, ghee lamp and food stuff.

You should also remain awake that night. On the day after ekādaśī you should place this pitcher on the bank of a river, pond or lake after the sun rise and duly worship it. Thereafter you should donate this pitcher along with the deity of Nārāyaṇa to a brāhmaṇa
who strictly follows the vow of celibacy. By doing so you will certainly conquer over your enemies.

According to the instruction of this great sage Lord Rāmacandra exhibited the ideal example of properly following this vow of ekādaśī and conquer the battle. A person who properly follows this vow of ekādaśī certainly becomes victories in this life and in the next. Lord

Brahmā continued to speak to Nārada ‘ O my dear son! That is why every human being should follow this vow of this Vijayā ekādaśī. The glories of Vijayā ekādaśī destroys all ones sinful reaction. One who reads or hears the glories of this ekādaśī obtains the result of
Vājapeya sacrifice.

Ekādaśī is the mother of Kṛṣṇa- Bhakti, love and affection. If you do not follow ekādaśī, Kṛṣṇa- Bhakti will never come.