There is a belief that Ekadashi (Utpanna Ekadashi) is a fasting ritual intended to purify the body and revitalize the mind. Ekadashi is a significant day in India for individuals who stick to rituals and practice serious worship. Usually, the fast lasts from sunrise on the day of Ekadashi to the following day. The moon's position affects the timing of Ekadashi. India's lunar calendar divides the moon into 15 equal crescents, with each new moon occurring after a full moon. Every crescent has its own Tithi. Tithi is the amount of time it takes the Moon to travel across a specific portion of a lunar day. Ekadashi occurs on the eleventh day. On Ekadashi, the moon is visible roughly 75% of the time during the bright side of the lunar month; during the dark side, this percentage is reversed.
A calendar year has twenty-four Ekadashi in total. Sometimes Utpanna Ekadashi is referred to as Utpati Ekadashi. During Krishna Paksha, it occurs on the 11th day of the month of Margashirsha. After Kartik Purnima, this is the initial Ekadashi to begin. But how did Ekadashi start? Let us answer your question with a story. Before that, let us know the date and time.
Utpanna Ekadashi 2023 Date and Time
The Hindu calendar uses the moon's position and its shifting times to determine each Ekadashi. The Western calendar reflects this with distinct dates every year. Ekadashi is observed in the Kartik month in South India, whereas it falls in Margashirsha in North India. The schedule for North India's Utpanna Ekadashi 2023 date and time is listed below.
Utpanna Ekadashi – 9 December 2023 (Saturday)
On 9th December, Paran (breaking the fast) Time – 06:26 AM to 07:13 AM
Hari Vasar Paran Tithi ends – at 07:13 AM
Utpanna Ekadashi Pooja Muhurat – 05:06 AM on December 08, 2023
Utpanna Ekadashi Pooja Muhurat ends – 06:31 AM on December 09, 2023
Now let us understand Utpanna Ekadashi 2023 meaning with a story.
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Utpanna Ekadashi Significance (Utpanna Ekadashi Vrat Katha)
The story of Utpanna Ekadashi tells Maa Ekadashi's birth and her role in saving Lord Vishnu from an evil demon. There was a demonic being called Mura in Satyuga. By knocking out the deity Indra and his gems, he took control of heaven. Following this, every god turned to God Shiva for assistance. Lord Shiva advised them to go to Lord Vishnu and ask for his assistance. After learning everything from the gods, Lord Vishnu decided to remove Murasura's evil dominion. It was then that God Vishnu and Murasura went to war. Ten years passed during this war. Only Murasura remained alive, while the other monsters were all slaughtered. On the battlefield, Murasura was impossible to kill or overcome.
Lord Vishnu left for Badrikashram, exhausted from the conflict. Hemvati is the name of the cave where he slept in Yoga Nidra. The demon attacked Vishnu after arriving at Hemvati. At that moment, Lord Vishnu's body gave birth to a fortunate woman with a positive aura. He murdered Murasura after challenging him to a battle. Lord Vishnu was glad to discover Murasura dead when he came out of his meditation. Lord Vishnu was pleased with this and gave her the name Utpanna Ekadashi, declaring that people would idolize her.
Hindu astrology tells us the great importance of Utpanna Ekadashi. It is thought that individuals who keep the fast with good intentions and a pure mind get rid of their previous mistakes. Furthermore, it is also thought that those who wish to fast on Ekadashi should begin on Utpanna Ekadashi.
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Vrat Vidhi for Utpanna Ekadashi
If someone wishes to fast, they should begin at sunrise and keep going till the following day. Keep away from food during this time and make whatever donations you can to the needy. Before breaking the fast, a donation should be made. You may enjoy the advantages of fasting with the support of Brahmin Bhoj. This fast is thought to be highly fortunate and profitable. Many devotees begin their fast one day earlier than Ekadashi or only eat sattvic food to eliminate any doubt or concern of not sticking to the rites. Individuals could offer food, cash, or clothing as charitable donations. It will lead to great results.
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Utpanna Ekadashi Puja Vidhi
First of all, devotees have to wake up before the sun, clean their bodies by bathing, and at Brahma Muhurta, worship Lord Krishna. Wear clean clothes and start worshipping God Krishna. Then, sprinkle pure water (gangajal) in the house. We worship the idols of God Ganesha and God Krishna. Lord Ganesha receives an offering from Tulsi Manjari. Next, offer Lord Vishnuincense, a lamp, naivedya, vermilion (sindoor), and rice. Then worship Maa Ekadashi.
Perform arti and distribute prasad. Chanting mantras and songs are part of this. After performing above Utpanna Ekadashi Puja Vidhi, listening to Utpanna Ekadashi vrat Katha is necessary.
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The first Ekadashi, known as Utpanna Ekadashi, is very important in Hindu Vedic literature and tradition. The Bhavishyaottara Purana contains the first recorded reference to Utpanna Ekadashi in a conversation between Lord Vishnu and Yudhishthira. Moreover, performing Utpanna Ekadashi Vrat benefits both physical and mental health. Additionally, one has to perform fast with full dedication and faith to remove negative aspects from their life.