Parsava Ekadashi, also known as Parivartini, Vamana and Jayanti Ekadashi, is observed during the waxing phase of the moon in Bhadrapada month (August – September). In 2014, the date of Parsva Parivartini Ekadasi is on September 5. This Ekadasi happens during the Dakshinayana Punyakalam (night time of Gods). There is a popular belief that Lord Vishnu who takes rest during this period changes his position of sleep – turns from left side to right side. Therefore this Ekadashi is also known as Parsva Parivartini Ekadashi.
Vamana Avatar of Lord Vishnu is worshipped on this Ekadashi day. It is believed that the Vamana Avatar took place during this period and therefore, the Ekadasi is also known as Vamana Ekadashi. King Mahabali was sent to the netherworld (pathalam) on this day. Onam festival, which celebrates the return of Mahabali, takes place during this period.
The importance of this Ekadasi was narrated to Yudhisthira, the eldest of the Pandavas, by Lord Krishna. It is believed that those who observe this Ekadashi will be absolved of their sins.
This Ekadashi also happens during the Chaturmas period.
Those who undertake a fast on this day avoid grains and rice.
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