Devotees gathered in large numbers at Varanasi’s Dashashwamedh Ghat to take a dip in the holy river Ganga on the occasion of Ekadashi and Tulsi Vivah.
Devotees offered prayers and performed rituals along the Ganga Ghat on the occasion.
“The Tulsi Vivah is performed today with glory, women observe fast, have Ganga snan and offer their prayers”, said a devotee speaking to the media.
— ANI (@ANI) November 23, 2023
On the auspicious occasion, the Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister extended wishes to fellow Indians and offered prayers at the Vitthal-Rukimini temple in Padharpur.
“May Bhagwan Vitthal Rukmini’s blessings fill our lives with love, harmony, and peace! Wishing you all a happy Kartiki Ekadashi!,” Devendra Fadnavis said in a post on X.
May Lord Vitthal Rukmini's blessings fill our lives with love, harmony, and peace!
Wishing you all a happy Kartiki Ekadashi!
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कार्तिकी एकादशीच्या हार्दिक शुभेच्छा!#कार्तिकीएकादशी #KartikiEkadashi #Pandharpur #Maharashtra #पंढरपूर #jaihari #विठ्ठल pic.twitter.com/6KovxelOlu
— Devendra Fadnavis (Modi Ka Parivar) (@Dev_Fadnavis) November 23, 2023
Dev Uthani Ekadashi, also known as Prabodhini Ekadashi or Dev Uthhana Ekadashi, is one of the most important occasions in the Hindu religion. There are usually 24 ekadashis in a calendar year. Occasionally, there are two extra ekadashis that happen in a leap year.
It is believed that Bhagwan Vishnu wakes up on this auspicious day of Ekadashi, which falls during Kartik month. It is being celebrated today — especially in States like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
People observe fast on this occasion and take a holy dip in the Ganga to get rid of the past Karma and to attain salvation. Within Hinduism, the primary purpose of fasting on Ekadashi is to gain control over the mind and bodily senses.
As per Hindu scriptures, Bhagwan Vishnu married Tulsi, a plant which is said to be the incarnation of a woman named ‘Vrinda’. Thus, the ritual of marriage known as Tulsi Vivah is performed by the devotees, which is said to bring a happy marriage. On this day, people worship Bhagwan Vishnu wearing white or yellow clothes. They offer the deity fruits and sweet flowers.
(with inputs from ANI)