Bhishma Dwadashi and Jaya Ekadashi are two important days in Hinduism, associated with the great Indian epic, Mahabharata.
Date: Bhishma Dwadashi is celebrated on the twelfth day (Dwadashi) of the Shukla Paksha of the month of Magha (usually January or February).
This day is dedicated to Bhishma Pitamah, the main character of Mahabharata. According to Hindu mythology, the great mighty warrior Bhishma chose to lie down on a bed of arrows and wait for the auspicious time to leave his mortal body. It is believed that he waited for the Sun to be in the northern hemisphere (Uttarayana) before leaving his physical form.
Date: Jaya Ekadashi falls on the eleventh day (Ekadashi) of the Shukla Paksha of the month of Magha (usually January or February).
Jaya Ekadashi is celebrated to commemorate the victory of Lord Vishnu in his Matsya (fish) incarnation over the demon Jaya. According to Hindu tradition, observing fast and performing rituals on this day brings blessings, washes away sins and leads to spiritual upliftment.
Devotees often observe fast on both Bhishma Dwadashi and Jaya Ekadashi.
On Bhishma Dwadashi, people take a holy dip in rivers or holy ponds and worship Bhishma Pitamah.
Jaya Ekadashi is celebrated by devotees observing a day-long fast and indulging in prayers and rituals dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
These rituals are based on Hindu religious traditions, and the specific dates may vary each year depending on the lunar calendar. It is important to consult the Hindu calendar for the exact dates and times of these events.