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Jala Krida Ekadashi – Jalkrida Ekadashi In Odisha

Jala Krida Ekadashi is observed on the 11th day of the Krishna Paksha of (waning phase of moon) in Jyeshta month as per traditional Odia calendar. Jalkrida Ekadasi is popularly observed as Apara Ekadasi in other regions. Jala Kreeda Ekadasi is associated with the Puri Jagannath Temple ritual. In 2024, the date of Jalakrida Ekadasi is June 2.

On this day, the utsava murtis or representational images of the deities worshipped in the Puri Jagannath temple is carried to a Jala Kunda or holy tank and here they engage in various sports.

Jalakreeda Ekadasi is also known as Maha Pataka Binasini Ekadasi and Putradatri Ekadasi in Odisha. It is believed that all sins will be washed away by observing this Ekadashi. Yet another belief is that married couples observe this Ekadashi to beget healthy and intelligent children.

It is believed that observing this Ekadashi earn merits of performing Snan during Magh month in Prayagraj, performing Shivratri Vrat, performing shraddha at Gaya and performing rituals during Grahan in Kurukshetra. 

Ekadasi fasting is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is observed during the 11th day of a lunar fortnight. In some regions, certain Ekadasi’s attach a regional flair – mostly associated with a famous Vishnu incarnation that is worshipped in the region. Such instances are more noted in Odisha and is associated with the Bhagavan Jagannath worship.

Few examples of Ekadasi associated with Lord Jagannath observed in exclusively in Orissa are Jalakrida Ekadasi, Bhoumi Ekadasi, Papanashini Ekadasi etc.