1Importance of Toli Ekadashi:
Tholi Ekadashi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is considered very dearest to the Lord. Many devotees across the world observe fast on this day involving the four age-based ashramas called Brahmacharya (bachelor student), Grihastha (householder), Vanaprastha (forest dweller, retired), and Sanyasashrama. Mainly three Ekadashi’s are considered highly significant.
- Tholi Ekadashi (Ashada Suddha Ekadasi)
- Vaikunta Ekadasi (Pushya Suddha Ekadashi) – Uttara dwara darshanam and start of Uttarayana Punyakalam
- Bheeshma Ekadasi (Magha Sudda Ekadashi) – Day when Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram was revealed to Pandavas by Bhishma
Tholi Ekadashi is also called Sayana Ekadasi. As per the scriptures, it is believed that Lord Vishnu goes to a deep sleep on this day when the holy period of Uttarayana Punyakalam comes to an end. This is when the Dakshinayana gets started, and the doors of holy heaven are considered closed. More festivals during the period of Dakshinayana compared to Uttarayana, and devotees are suggested to worship more than ever during this time.
It is strongly believed and mentioned in many Puranas that observing fast on Tholi Ekadashi will bless the devotees with the fulfilment of all their wishes. Fasting is not about voluntary abstinence from food but about doing good deeds like donating to poor people and worshipping the Lord with complete devotion. As per the scriptures, when Bhima wanted to observe fast, Lord Sri Maha Vishnu himself explained 4 fasting rules.
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