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Bhishma Ekadasi

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About Bhishma Ekadasi

Celebrated in the month of January every year, this festival is observed on the 11th day of the lunar fortnight, according to the Hindu calendar.

The significance of Bhishma Ekadasi, according to mythology is to commemorate the unification of Lord Vishnu with the supreme soul of the universe and also pay a special tribute to the Lord with the Vishnu Sahastranama Stotram.

Thousands of believers and devotees believe that enchanting the Vishnu Sahastranama Stotram will lead them to attain Mosha—freedom, and peace after death. In order to pay tribute to Lord Vishnu, devotees fast religiously on this day, abstaining from having any kind of food.

Believers abide by the thought that this fasting helps them to cleanse their bodies and mind from all negative thoughts. For those who cannot go for complete fasting, adopt partial fasting and although it is a religious event, people are still allowed to consume dry fruits and milk during their fastings, but completely avoid rice and other grains.

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