Bhishma Ekadashi, also spelt as Bheeshma Ekadasi, is observed on Magha Shukla Ekadashi, the eleventh day in Magha masam. In 2019, Bhishma Ekadashi date is February 17.
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 2019, Antarvedi Narasimha Swamy Kalyanotsavam starts on February 15 and ends on February 19.
Here is the list of important celebrations among this Temple Festivals
- 16 February 2019 – Antarvedi Temple festival starts
- 17 February 2019 – Kalyanam of Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy
- 18 February 2019 – Rathotsavam at Antarvedi Temple
- 19 February 2019 – 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.