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Hinduism - What Is Indira Ekadashi?

 

Indira Ekadashi is the eleventh day (ekadashi) of the dark (waning) half of the lunar month of Ashvin (September–October) falls on this day.

This, like other eleventh-day observances, is dedicated to the worship of Vishnu in his avatar as the Shalagram on this day.

Most Hindu holidays follow a set of rituals, which generally include fasting (upavasa) and prayer, and offer particular blessings.

This ekadashi occurs during the pitrpaksha, the fortnight devoted to the ancestors, and it is thought that diligently honoring this festival day would result in the rescue of millions of one's forefathers from bad incarnations and their rebirth in paradise.

The name "Indira" is an epithet of Vishnu's bride, Lakshmi. 


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Hinduism - What Is Ashvin?



Ashvin is the seventh month of the lunar year, typically occurring between September and October, according to the lunar calendar, which is used to calculate most Hindu religious events. 


  • Monsoon rains typically taper down in Ashvin, and the temperature turns a little cooler. 
  • The Pitrpaksha, or gloomy (waning) half of this month, is one of the most inauspicious periods of the year. 
  • The autumn Navaratri, which culminates in Dussehra or Vijaya Dashami, is one of the most significant festivals of the year in the bright (waxing) half. 
  • Indira Ekadashi, Papankusha Ekadashi, and Valmiki Jayanti are some of the other festivities that take place during this month.


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