Collection of a few Ekadashi Stories Compiled from various sources on the web
Occurs during the dark fortnight of the month of Shravana From the Brahma Vaivarta Purana The saintly king Yudhisthira said, “O Supreme Lord, I have heard from You the glories of fasting on Deva-sayani Ekadashi, which occurs during the light fortnight of the month of AshADha. Now I would like to hear from You the glories of the Ekadashi that occurs during the dark fortnight (krishna paksha) of the month of ShrAvaNa (July –August). O Govindadeva, please be merciful to me and explain its glories. O Supreme VAsudeva, I offer my most humble obeisances unto You.” The Supreme Lord, Shri Krishna, replied, “O King, please listen attentively as I describe the auspicious influence of this Holy fast (vrata) day, which removes all sins. Narada Muni once asked Lord BrahmA about this same topic. ‘O regent of all beings,’ said NAradji, ‘O you who sit upon a water born lotus throne, please tell me the names of the Ekadashi that occurs during the dark fortnight of the sacred month of ShrAvaNa. Please also tell me which Deity is to be worshipped on that Holy day, the process one must follow to observe it, and the merit it awards.’ “Lord BrahmA replied, ‘My dear son Narada, for the benefit of all humanity I shall happily tell you everything you wish to know, for just hearing the glories of the KAmikA Ekadashi bestows merit equal to that obtained by one who performs a horse sacrifice. Certainly, great merit is attained by one who worships, and who also meditates on the lotus feet of the four-armed Lord GadAdhara, who holds conchshell, disc, club and lotus in His hands and who is also known as Shridhara, Hari, Vishnu, Madhava, and MadhusUdana. And the blessings achieved by such a person / devotee, who worships Lord Vishnu exclusively are far greater than those achieved by one who takes a sacred bath in the Ganges at KAshi (VarANasii), in the forest of NaimishAraNya, or at Pushkara, which is the only place on the planet where I am formally worshipped. But one who observes this KAmikA Ekadashi and also worships Lord Shri Krishna achieves greater merit than one who has darshana of Lord KedAranAtha in the HimAlayas, or one who bathes at Kurukshetra during a solar eclipse, or one who donates the whole Earth in charity, including its forests and oceans, or one who bathes in the GaNDaki River (where the sacred Shaligrams are found) or the GodAvari River on a full moon (purnima) day that falls on a Monday when Leo (Simha) and Jupiter (Guru) are conjoined (conjunct). “ ’Observing KAmikA Ekadashi bestows the same merit as donating a milkcow and her auspicious calf, along with their feed. On this all auspicious day, whosoever worships Lord Sri Shridhara-deva, Vishnu, is glorified by all the devas, Gandharvas, Pannagas, and NAgas. 1 of 4
cannot calculate the merit obtained by one who offers Shrimati Tulasi-devi a perpetually burning ghee lamp. many Yogis of devotion who fasted on this day went to the spiritual world. YamarAja. as the lotus leaf. One should therefore follow in their auspicious footsteps and strictly observe a fast on this most auspicious of Ekadashis. “ ‘Even Chitragupta. although in the water. rubies. “ ‘Whosoever worships Lord Shri Hari with Tulasi leaves is freed from all implication of sin. s/he is elevated to the heavenly planets. One who offers Lord Keshava newly grown maNjari buds from the Tulasi plant gets rid of all the sins he has committed during this or any other lifetime. “One who fasts on KAmikA Ekadashi attains much more merit than one who studies all the spiritual literatures. lapis lazuli. 2 of 4
. the king of death personified. Indeed. This Ekadashi is so powerful that if one who is unable to fast simply follows the practices as mentioned herein. and coral. the Sungod. who awards liberation in devotional service. Whoever offers a ghee or sesame oil lamp to Shri Krishna on this day is freed from all his sins and enters the abode of Surya. YamarAja’s secretary. he lives untouched by sin.” “ ‘Anyone who fasts on this particular day remains awake throughout the night will never experience the anger of YamarAja. is untouched by it. Indeed. One who plants or transplants Tulasi on this days will eventually reside with Lord Shri Krishna in His own abode. along with all their forefathers. Whosoever offers Lord Shri Hari but a single leaf from the sacred Tulasi tree (occillium basilcum sanctum) attains as much merit as one who gives away in charity two hundred grams of gold and eight hundred grams of silver. and merely touching her and praying to her removes all kinds of disease. and in the past too. So dear is this sacred Ekadashi to the Supreme Personality of Godhead that all the forefathers of one who offers a bright ghee lamp to Lord Shri Krishna on this day ascend to the heavenly planets and drink the celestial nectar there. This Ekadashi is the purest of all days and the most powerful for removing sins of the native. topaz. with a body as bright as ten million lamps. mere darshana of Tulasi on KAmikA Ekadashi removes all sins. To Srimati Tulasi devi. cat’s eye gems. It has been seen that whoever observes KAmikA Ekadashi will not have to suffer future births. The Supreme Personality of Godhead is more pleased by one who offers Him a single Tulasi leaf than by one who worships Him with pearls. gomedA stones (gomaz). Lord Shri Hari Himself once said about this Ekadashi. One who waters Tulasi devi need never fear the Lord of death. sapphires.Collection of a few Ekadashi Stories Compiled from various sources on the web
“ ‘Those who are afraid of their past sins and completely immersed in sinful materialistic life should at least observe this best of Ekadashis according to their ability and thus attain liberation. one should therefore daily offer one’s full obeisances. diamonds. O Narada.
” Lord Shri Krishna concluded. by his other good deeds he born as a King in his next birth. or KAmikA Ekadashi. Though. This sacred day nullifies even the sin of killing a brAhmaNa or the sin of killing an unborn child in the womb. from the Brahma-Vaivarta PurANa. Whosoever hears these glories of the KAmikA Ekadashi with faith becomes free of all sins and returns home. a child in the womb. Radha and Lord Jagannath begins on this Ekadasi day and ends on Shravan Purnima. Lord Krishna explained the story of King Mahijit who ruled Mahishmatipuri in the beginning of Dwapara Yuga. i. This Ekadasi is known as Putrada Ekadasi in Maharashtra.e. a pious and spotless woman. Sage Lomasa went into meditation and told that the King Mahijit committed a sin in his previous birth which made him childless in this birth. is observed during the waxing phase of the moon in Shravan month (July – August) as per traditional north Indian calendar. etc.Collection of a few Ekadashi Stories Compiled from various sources on the web
“ ‘O Maharaj Yudhisthira. and then later hears about the glories of KAmikA Ekadashi will be relieved of the reaction to one’s sins. swing festival associated with Lord Krishna. yagnas and yagas (sacrifices) but he has not find any result. who was born from the hair of Lord Brahma. which removes all sins. Such knowing commission of sin is an abomination. he went there and drove them away for drinking water himself. Thus ends the narration of the glories of the ShrAvaNa-kRshNa Ekadashi. or Pavitropana Ekadasi. back to Godhead – Vishnu-loka. a brahmin (brAhmaNa). When Mahijit requested the Sage Lomasa for a remedy to pacify his mistake. One day he went to Sage Lomasa. and explained his problem. When a cow and her newly born calf were about to drink water at a lake. The legend or story and the importance of Putrada Ekadashi or Pavitropana Ekadasi vrata is found in the Bhavisyottara Purana and its importance was narrated to Yudhisthira by Lord Krishna. King Mahijit was a vysya (merchant) in his previous birth. Vaikuntha. Gujarat. good deeds and observed many homas... One who kills the innocent. and it promotes one to the spiritual world by making one supremely meritorious. Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. 3 of 4
. King Mahijit was a successful and victorious king but he felt bad because he had no son. “These were the words of prajapathi BrahmA to his son Narada Muni concerning the incalculable glories of this KAmikA Ekadashi. When King Yudhisthira asked about the Ekadasi Vrata which blesses the devotee with a good and healthy son and everlasting fame for many generations. Jhulan Yatra . he became childless. He performed many charities.
Pavitropana/ Pavitra/Putrada Ekadashi
Occurs during the bright fortnight of the month of Shravana Pavitra Ekadashi. However. one should NOT think beforehand that one can kill a Brahmin or other innocent folk and then go unpunished simply by hearing of this Ekadashi.
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. King Mahijit observed Putrada Ekadashi vrata with great reverence and got a handsome and healthy son who ruled the country successfully after him.Collection of a few Ekadashi Stories Compiled from various sources on the web
he told about the Putrada Ekadashi or Pavitra Ekadasi vrata.