Jaya Ekadashi is also known as Bhishma Ekadashi or Bhaumi Ekadashi. This day is considered auspicious for the devotees of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. This day falls in the month of Magh. Worshipping Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu on this day helps in eliminating grief and sorrows from life and helps in attaining prosperity and peace. People get relief from the sins committed in the past and offering prayers to Lord helps them in attaining Moksha after dying. Devotees get performed the special Shiv Vishnu Maha puja and get blessings.
Legend of Jaya Ekadashi :
The importance of Jaya Ekadashi was described by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtra (Eldest son of King Pandu) and has also been mentioned in the Padma Purana and Bhavisyothara Puarana. The soul of Bhishma left his body on Jaya Ekadashi. During the battle, while he was lying on the bed of arrows, he revealed the Sahasranama Stothram or Vishnu Stothram to Pandavas. The Stothram was revealed in the presence of Lord Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Hence, this day is observed by the devotees of Lord Vishnu with great devotion and dedication.
Things to note while performing fast of Jaya Ekadashi 2016/ Rituals that are observed on Jaya Ekadashi :
Benefits of observing fast on Jaya Ekadashi :
Fasting on this day helps in eradicating the sins committed in the past.
This helps in achieving salvation i.e. Moksha
Singing hymns and offering prayers to get helps in achieving prosperity and peace in the lives of devotees.