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On Bhadarvo (Bhadra) Sud 11, also known as Parivartini or Jal Jhilani Ekadashi, devotees observe nirjala, a waterless fast. On this day, devotees take a small murti of Bhagwan, Lalji, and the clay murti of Ganeshji to a river or lake. Here, devotees perform puja, aarti, and thal of both murtis five times. After each puja, both murtis are taken on a short boat ride. During this time, devotees sing bhajans which describe the importance of sharnagaati, or surrendering oneself to Bhagwan and the Guru. After the puja, the murti of Ganeshji is submerged into the ocean. Thousands of devotees gather in Sarangpur to celebrate Jal Jhilani Ekadashi in the presence of Pramukh Swami Maharaj. BAPS mandirs around the world celebrate this festival as well.

Origins

  • During Chaturmaas, the four months of the monsoon season, Vishnu Bhagwan slept in Bali Raja’s kingdom in Sutal. On Bhadra Sud 11, he turned onto his side, moving from a supine position. This turning is known as Parivartan.
  • Shri Krishna took the Gopis sailing in the Yamuna River. As a fare for the ride, Shri Krishna asked the Gopis for yogurt. It is tradition to donate yogurt on this day.

Rituals:

  •  Devotees place a small murti of Harikrishna Maharaj in a boat, offer thal, perform five aartis, and then sail the murti through a river, pond, or small body of water.
  • Devotees observe a nirjala fast on this day.
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