Today, 7 March 2013 is Vijaya Ekadashi (Smartha Vijaya Ekadasi) and tomorrow, 8 March 2013 is Bhagvat (Vaishnava) Vijaya Ekadashi Vrat. It is also observed as Kalyana Ekadasi in some parts of India.
Vijaya Ekadasi falls in Krishna Paksha of Falguna Month as per North Indian Hindi calendars. It coincides with Magha Month in Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu and Kannada calendars.
In 2013, Vijaya Ekadasi falls in Maasi Masam of Tamil Panchangam, Kumbha Masam in Malayalam calendar and Falgun Month in Bengali Panjika.
Vijaya Ekadashi Vrat Kath, story of Vijaya Ekadasi Vratha in brief
According to Skanda Purana, the devotees who observe Vijaya Ekadasi vrata would become free from the result of all their sins and get away from their sorrows.
Vijaya Ekadasi legend or story was narrated to Sage Narada by his father Lord Brahma. As per the vrat katha of Vijaya Ekadashi, when Lord Sri Ram wanted to cross the sea during Ramayana war, he was failed to do so.
Lakshmana told Rama to consult a Rishi who can able to give a solution for it. A Muni advised Rama to perform Vijaya Eakdasi vrata to get rid of all his obstacles. Rama did so and crossed the Sea with his army (vanara sena) to demolish Ravana.