Jal Zilani Ekadasi, also known as Jal Jhilani, is observed on the 11th day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Bhadrapad month in
Gujarat. Jal Zilani Ekadashi 2017 date is September 13. Smarta tradition will be observing it on September 2. This Ekadasi is popularly known as Parivartini Ekadasi. This particular name of Jal Zilani, or Jaljhilni, is widely used in Gujarat and by the Swaminarayan Sect.
Legend has it that Lord Vishnu who is sleeping during the Chatur Mas period turned sideways from his supine position on Jal Zilani Ekadashi day.
Another legend associated with the day is that Lord Krishna took the Gopis in Vrindavan for boating and in return demanded yoghurt. So people donate and share yoghurt on the day.
Some devotees observe a strict fasting on the day. They do not take water. But most devotees observe the usual rules associated with Ekadasi fasting on the day.
As part of puja on the day, an idol of Lord Krishna is taken to a lake or river and worshipped. The idol is also taken on a boat ride on the river. Some people also carry the Ganesha idol installed as part of Ganesh Chaturthi festival and immerse it on the day in a lake or river.
It must be noted that Ganesh Chaturthi festival begins five days before Jal Zilani Ekadashi. Therefore some people immerse Lord Ganesha on this day.
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