Parsva Parivartini Ekadashi 2017 date is September 2, Saturday.
Parsva Parivartini Ekadashi is also popularly known as Vamana Ekadashi. Other names include Jayanthi Ekadashi , Jaljhilini Ekadashi , Jal Jilani Ekadashi .
Vamana Ekadashi falls on the Shukla Paksha 11th lunar day in the month of Avani. It is very significant since it falls during Dakshinayana Punya Kalam and Chathurmasya. Hence this Ekadashi is considered to bear high religious merits.
Bhadrapada Shukla Ekadashi is called Parsva Parivartini Ekadashi because it is the day when Maha Vishnu changes His sleeping position from one side to the other, while sleeping on Adhisesha in the Ocean of Milk. It is said that Lord Vishnu sleeps during this time till Haribodhini Ekadashi in Kartika month. This is the day He changes His sleeping position from one side to the other and so it is called Parsva Parivartini Ekadashi.
The significance of Parivartini Ekadashi is narrated by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtra in Brahma Vaivatra Purana. The Lord describes His incarnation of Vamana (the fifth incarnation of Maha Vishnu) which He undertook to decimate Mahabali the demon-king.
Mahabali was a powerful king of the Asuras in the Treta Yuga and was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. Despite his birth in the Asura dynasty, he did many virtuous acts, worshipped Lord Vishnu with immense piety and indulged in various holy rituals like yagas.
Once Mahabali had a quarrel with Lord Indra and went into a fight with him. He won over Indra, confiscated his kingdom and drove him away. Indra with other Devas and rishis pleaded with Lord Vishnu for getting back his kingdom. Though Bali was an ardent devotee of Vishnu, he was a descendent of the Asuras and thus had to be destroyed.So, Maha Vishnu took the avatar of Vamana (the Dwarf Brahmin) and went to Bali when he was conducting a yaga and was offering dhanas to various brahmins.
On seeing Vamana, Bali prostrated at His feet and requested Him to express what He wished. Vamana demanded three steps of land from him. Mahabali’s Guru Sukracharya understood who Vamana was and prevented him from accepting the demand of Vamana. But Mahabali went ahead and promised to offer three steps of land to Vamana.
The miraculous growth of the Dwarf Brahmin took place instantly. He grew in size and measured the earth with His one step and the heaven with the second step. There was no space left and one more step was to be completed. When Vamana demanded place for the third step, Mahabali bowed and showed his head before Him. Keeping His foot on the head of the king, the Lord drove him down to the Patalalok (Nether Land) and thus ended his life.
Acknowledging the intensity of the piety of Mahabali for Lord Vishnu, Sri Hari promised to stay in his place for ever. His deity form started remaining in the palace of Mahabali on the day of Parsva Parivartini Ekadashi. The king obtained immortality as a reward for his bhakti for Lord Vishnu.
Observing Parsva Parivartini Ekadashi vrata is as usual like that of any other Ekadashi.
If a devotee is able to offer yogurt mixed in rice and offer it to a Brahmin with some silver and stays awake overnight on this Ekadashi, he attains great religious merits.
Those who observe Parsva Parivartini Ekadashi should worship the Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) on this day and they also should worship Vamana Deva and Trivikrama.
Observing Parsva Parivartini Ekadashi yields the benefit of sacrificing one thousand horses.
It removes the sinful effects of a person.
It shows the gateway to the abode of God.
It helps a person get rid of the negative impact of all his past misdeeds.
When Parsva Parivartini Ekadashi gains us the passport for entering Vaikuntam with less effort, why not observe the Jayanthi Ekadashi fast and reach God’s feet?
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