The first Ekadashi of the Bhadarva month is known as Jal-zilni (Parivartini) Ekadashi.
Hindu scriptures describe the significance of this day. The Purans state that for the duration of the Chaturmas, the Lord hibernates. During the four-month period that the Lord is resting, disciples practice extra religious practices (niyams) to please the Lord. On this particular Ekadashi, the Lord changes side and faces the East. This change in direction or 'Parivartini' of the Lord’s resting position gives rise to the name of this day, Parivartini Ekadashi. Disciples generally observe a waterless fast on this day. It is also known as Jal (water) Zilni (reservoir) Ekadashi. At this time of the year, the monsoon rains would be approaching their end and therefore the water is meant to be collected in reservoirs for use thought the rest of the year. In the Swaminarayan Faith, a Murti of the Lord is placed in a small boat and floated on the water on this day. Elaborate water features are created in the Mandirs for the Lord to preside on a boat and give darshan on this auspicious day.
This year, Parivartini (Jalzilni) Ekadashi fell on Friday 17 September 2021. In Maninagar Mandir, Acharya Swamiji Maharaj placed the Murtis of Shree Harikrishna Maharaj on a boat and floated the Lord on the water whilst Sants sang devotional songs.
This auspicious Ekadashi marked fifty years since Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree Maharaj’s spiritual heir, and current Acharya of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi, Shree Jitendriyapriya Swamiji Maharaj was given the Bhagwati Maha Diksha, initiation into the Sant fraternity, by Gurudev Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa.