Vijaya Ekadasi is an auspicious day celebrated during the Krishna Paksha in Phalguna or Falgun month (February – March) in North Indian Hindi calendar. In 2017, Vijaya Ekadashi date is February 22.
It coincides with Krishna Ekadashi in Magha Month as per Telugu, Gujarati, Marathi and Kannada calendars. It falls in Maasi Masam of Tamil calendar, Kumbha Masam of Malayalam calendar and Phalgun Month of Bengali Panjika.
According to the Skanda Purana, one who observes Vijaya Ekadasi attains success with nullifying the sins. The Purana also tells that Lord Sri Ram observed Vijaya Ekadashi and demolished Ravana without any obstacles.
Vijaya Ekadashi Timings
Ekadashi begins at 6.45 PM on 21 February and ends on 8.19 PM on 22 February.
Vijaya Ekadashi – Vrat Katha or legend or story, Importance and spiritual significance
The legend or story of Vijaya Ekadasi was narrated to Narada by his father Lord Brahma. Lord Sri ram went to cross the sea with his army (Vanarasena), but was unable to find the means to cross the sea. Informed by Lakshmana, Lord Ram went to a Sage and got the importance to observe Vijaya Ekadashi. Lord Ram was well informed by the Sage about the observance of Vijaya Ekadashi. Lord Rama attained victory after performing. Vijaya Ekadasi rituals with utmost fervor.
There is no specific rules, rituals or customs to observe on Vijaya Ekadasi. They are same as normal Ekadashi, which include fasting. Devotees break their fasting on Dwadashi day after performing Vishnu Puja.
Panchang, Vijaya Ekadashi – 22 February 2017
Suryodayam (Sunrise) 06:58 Suryastamaya (Sunset) 18:23
Chandrodayam (Moonrise) 28:12 Chandrastama (Moonset) 14:39
Paksha (Fortnight) Krishna Paksha
Tithi (Lunar Day) Ekadashi – 20:19
Nakshatra Purva Ashadha – 29:12*
Yoga Siddhi – 22:28
Karana Balava – 20:19
Purnimanta Month Phaalguna
Amavasyanta Month Maagha
Shaka Samvatsara: Durmukhi
Vikram Samvat Varsha: Saumya
Rahu Kalam: 12:40 – 14:06
Gulika Kalam: 11:14 – 12:40
Yama Gandam: 08:23 – 09:49
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Kumbha
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Dhanu
Amrita Kalam 24:01* – 25:44*
Time to Avoid
Varjyam Kalam 13:39 – 15:23
Durmuhurthams: 12:17 – 13:03