Bhishma Ekadashi is an auspicious day to observe Ekadashi Vrat. Some devotees begin their Ekadashi Vrat on Bhishma Ekadasi and observe the vrat for one year. In 2014, Bhishma Ekadashi date is February 10, Monday.
Bhishma Ekadashi is also known as Jaya Ekadashi and Bhaumi Ekadashi (Bhaimi Ekadasi). Bhaumi Ekadashi vrat is celebrated with utmost pomp at Puri Jagannath Temple.
Bhishma Ekadashi is also celebrated as Vishnusahasranama Jayanti. It is believed that on this day, Bhishma Pithamaha revealed Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram to the world.
This day marks the beginning of Bhishma Panchaka Vrata.