Saphala Ekadashi: Know Shubh Muhurat, Legends & Associated Facts!

Many fasts/festivals are observed/celebrated in Hinduism and Saphala Ekadashi is one of them. This year, the fast is going to be observed on January 9.

Although all the Ekadashis hold immeasurable significance in Hinduism, Saphala Ekadashi is considered to be the most special one. There is a belief among people pertaining to this fast that one who observes the fast is blessed by Lord Vishnu on this very day.  In addition to this, it is also believed that one gets rid of all sorrows and suffering of one’s life. Let us know the Shubh Muhurat and Pujan Vidhi pertaining to the same i.e. Saphala Ekadashi.

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Saphala Ekadashi Shubh Muhurat

Saphala Ekadashi on Saturday, January 9, 2021

On 10th Jan, Parana Muhurat – 07:15:18 AM to 09:20:38 AM

Duration: 2:05 Hours

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Saphala Ekadashi Pujan Vidhi

The tradition of venerating Lord Vishnu has been followed on the day of Saphala Ekadashi.

  • The observer of the fast must wake up early in the morning, take a bath, worship Lord Vishnu and resolve to fast.  
  • Then, the observer of the fast venerates Lord Vishnu along with Maa Lakshmi in the morning as well as in the evening. 
  • Take Satvik Bhojan during the fast of this very day. 
  • Avoid consuming salt during the fast of Saphala Ekadashi.
  • The tradition of venerating Lord Vishnu with Diya/lamp, coconut, betel nut (Supari), clove etc. is followed.  
  • You must recite the legend/Katha of Ekadashi on this very day. In the end, perform Aarti of Maa Lakshmi, offer Bhog and distribute the same among others.  

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Things to be Avoided on Saphala Ekadashi

  • Sleep on the floor instead of bed on the day of Ekadashi.
  • Avoid consuming intoxications and eating non-veg, onion etc. 
  • Datun should also be avoided on the day of Saphala Ekadashi. 
  • Breaking the leaves of a tree or plant is considered to be inauspicious on this very day. 

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Legend/Katha Concerning Saphala Ekadashi

There used to be a king named Mahishman in the city of Champawati in ancient times. He had four sons. Lumpak, the eldest among the sons, was a wicked person. He always spent his father’s money on prostitutes. He used to speak ill of deities, Brahmins, Vaishnavs etc. and felt highly satisfied with it. People of his city also felt bad with his misdeeds. He was the prince of the city and therefore, nobody had the courage to speak to him. People used to bear the atrocities inflicted by him. Once, the king came to know about the misdeeds of Lumpak and owing to this, the king got furious and threw Lumpak out of his kingdom.  

Everybody took a sigh of relief with the decision of the king. Lumpak got worried with this decision and started thinking of several things but nobody helped him. In the end, he decided to carry out theft in the kingdom of his father. He used to stay away from the kingdom during the afternoon and carry out theft in the kingdom at night. Also, he used to kill people, animals and bring atrocities in their life. Even if he was caught stealing with something, people used to let him go due to the fear of the king.    

The forest in which he lived was very dear to god. There used to be an old Peepal tree in the forest. It was considered to be a playground for Gods. He started living under the Peepal tree after the king had thrown him out of his kingdom. A few days later, on the Dashami of Krishna Paksha of Paush month, Lumpak became unconscious due to cold. He could not ever come out from the state of unconsciousness even after the sunrise.  

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He remained in the state of unconsciousness till the next afternoon i.e. on the day Saphala Ekadashi. After a while, he regained his consciousness due to the heat of the Sun but failed to carry out his hunt for food. After walking to some distance, he found fruits lying on the ground but was unable to eat them as he used to kill animals and eat them. Hence, he was unable to consume any kind of fruit.

He offered the fruits near the roots of the Peepal tree and said, “O Lord, I offer these fruits to you, kindly consume it”. He was in the state of absolute sorrow. He started repenting his mistakes and cried a lot. Unknowingly, he completed the fast by offering fruits and remaining sleepless throughout the night on the day of Ekadashi. Lord Vishnu got happy with his deeds and made him get rid of all sufferings of his life.       

Next morning, a divine chariot came before him and the voice was heard from heaven that all the sins of his (Lumpak) life had vanished with the influence of Lord Narayana and he could go to his father’s kingdom. After reaching the kingdom, he narrated everything to his father. Then, he gave his entire kingdom to his son and went to the forest. Further, he started carrying out deeds as per Shastra and became a staunch devotee of Lord Vishnu. Later, he too gave his kingdom to his son and went to the forest to venerate Lord Vishnu.  

In this pretext, it is said that one who observes fast with pious heart and clear intention gets rid of all sins of his/her life and attains salvation in the end. One receives fruits equivalent to that of Rajasuya Yajna only by reading or listening to Mahatmya of Saphala Ekadashi. 

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