The waning 11th lunar day in the month of Margashira is known as Utpanna Ekadashi. Utpanna Ekadashi stands as a powerful and spiritually enriching day, offering the opportunity for devotees to seek purification, blessings, and the path to Lord Vishnu.

2023 Utpanna Ekadashi Timings

New York, USA – 8 Dec, 2023
Ekadashi Tithi Begins – 06:36 PM on Dec 07, 2023
Ekadashi Tithi Ends – 08:01 PM on Dec 08, 2023

Chennai, India – 9 Dec, 2023
Ekadashi Tithi Begins – 05:06 AM on Dec 08, 2023
Ekadashi Tithi Ends – 06:31 AM on Dec 09, 2023

(for precise local timings, you can refer to the Cosmic Insights app).

Significance of Utpanna Ekadashi

This day marks the genesis of Ekadashi fasting, a spiritual practice renowned for its ability to cleanse not only the sins of the present lifetime but also those accumulated over countless past lifetimes. Utpanna Ekadashi commemorates the triumphant moment when Lord Vishnu vanquished the formidable demon known as “Murasura.” In recognition of this victory, Lord Vishnu earned the name “Murari,” a combination of “Mura” (the demon’s name) and “Ari” (meaning enemy).

According to the legend, a divine maiden emerged from Lord Vishnu’s transcendental form and valiantly slayed Murasura, who posed a grave threat to the celestial deities. Lord Vishnu, deeply pleased by her courage, bestowed upon her the name “Ekadashi,” signifying her birth on the 11th lunar day. Consequently, Mata Ekadashi became the protective power, or shakti, of Lord Vishnu, and her birth is celebrated on this auspicious day.

Lord Vishnu granted Ekadashi a divine boon: anyone who observes a fast on this day would find absolution from their gravest sins and ultimately attain Lord Vishnu’s divine abode.

This benevolent blessing is the driving force behind why many individuals choose to commence their Ekadashi fasting journey on Utpanna Ekadashi.

Utpanna Ekadashi Rituals:

  1. Chant or listen to the Vishnu Sahasranama, a revered hymn that extols the thousand names of Lord Vishnu.
  2. Engage in a satsang, where devotees come together to sing the praises and glory of Lord Vishnu.
  3. Fast on Ekadashi.
  4. Engage in acts of charity by donating to those in need. Whether it be food, money, clothing, or essential supplies, such donations are considered highly auspicious on this divine occasion.

For personalized rituals based on your individual horoscope, you can access further guidance on the align27 app.