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Ekadasi Jagran – Importance of Not Sleeping on Ekadasi Night

Not sleeping on Ekadasi night is part of this most important fasting dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is known as Jagran. The importance of not sleeping on Ekadasi night is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. Here are the merits and benefits of Ekadasi Jagran.

  1. People who stay awake and read stories of Lord Vishnu wash away sins of all previous births.
  2. Apart from sin redemption, the person is also blessed with wisdom, peace, and prosperity.
  3. Those people who sing bhajans and dance praising Vishnu on Ekadasi night will get results equal to performing Yajnas like Athirathram.
  4. While performing jagran , a devotee should chant Vishnu Sahasranama. Reading Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavata Purana helps in getting the blessings of the Lord.
  5. The virtue that one attains by lighting lamp in Vishnu Temple on Ekadasi night is not lost for several births.
  6. Offering prayers to Tulsi along with Vishnu at night helps in attaining moksha or liberation.
  7. Performing puja at night after taking bath gets a person Akshaya Punya – Punya that never diminishes. The puja should be performed with Chandan, dhoop, lamp and Prasad or naivedya.

What If I Cannot Stay Awake on Ekadasi Night?

Please note that majority of people today do not observe Jagran due to several unavoidable reasons. Such people can get the results of Ekadasi Jagran by performing Annadanam (food donation), donation of clothes, study materials, and food materials. Feeding animals, especially cow, or adopting animals is also considered a good option. Another option is to take care of plants and trees.