Bhishma Ekadashi, also spelt as Bheeshma Ekadasi, is observed on Magha Shukla Ekadashi, the eleventh day in Magha masam. In 2018, Bhishma Ekadashi date is January 28.
This festival is a grand event at Antarvedi Laxmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, East Godavari district, in Andhra Pradesh. During the celebrations, Narasimha Swamy Kalyanotsavam (divine marriage celebrations of Lord Narasimha and Goddess Lakshmi) is celebrated on Dashami day and Ratha Yatra is celebrated on Bhishma Ekadasi day.
At the temple of Lakshmi Narasimha swamy, these celebrations start on Dashami and continue till Magha Pournami (Maha Maghi). Varshika Brahmotsavams begins on Magha Shuddha Saptami and ends on Magha Bahula Padyami.
In 2018, Antarvedi Narasimha Swamy Kalyanotsavam starts on January 26 and ends on January 29. The actual temple festival of Antarvedi begins on 26 January and concludes on February 1.
Here is the list of important celebrations among this Temple Festivals
- 26 January 2018 – Antarvedi Temple festival starts
- 27 January 2018 – Kalyanam of Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy
- 28 Janaury 2018 – Rathotsavam at Antarvedi Temple
- 29 Janaury 2018 – Chakra Snanam
Antarvedi Laxmi Narasimha Temple, one of the Nava Narasimha Kshetrams (Nine prominent temples of Lord Narasimha), constructed in 15th Century. Near this temple, there is an old temple of Lord Shiva (Shivalayam). It is believed that the Shivalingam in the temple was installed by Lord Sri Ram.