Thursday, April 30, 2020

Ekadashis's Stories (PART :-02)

Ekadashis's Stories (PART :-02)

Hello friends .... As you read about Ekadashi in the previous article, I promised you all that I will tell about the stories of Ekadashi.  Due to the same promise, today I have appeared before you with the story of three Ekadashis. I hope that you will definitely like my effort. If you like my article, do share it on social media, which will give me the strength to write.  At the end of the article, a link to the part: -01 will be available to all of you.

01 . Kamada Ekadashi.

 The fast of Kamada Ekadashi is observed on Ekadashi date of Shukla Paksha of Chaitra month.  Kamada Ekadashi is given great importance in Hinduism.  Because Kamada Ekadashi is the first Ekadashi after the Hindu New Year. Kamda in Sanskrit means to give what is asked, for this reason, the fast of Kamada Ekadashi is observed with full devotion.  It is believed that the person who observes the fast of Kamada Ekadashi has all their wishes fulfilled. According to the Varaha Purana, by observing this day's fast, even the deadliest sins of humans are destroyed.  On the day of Kamada Ekadashi, Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna are worshiped.  It is believed that by observing this fast one gets the results of Ashwamedha Yajna. Like all Ekadashis, the fast of Kamada Ekadashi is also concluded on the day of Dwadashi. According to the scriptures, the fast of Kamada Ekadashi is very fruitful.

Kamada Ekadashi is the day to receive the blessings of Lord Vishnu.  The fast of Kamada Ekadashi is considered very divine and miraculous.  On this day, the worship of Vasudev Shri Krishna with Lord Vishnu eliminates all worldly faults and sins.  It is believed that a person who performs this fast with complete method, all their sins are destroyed by themself.
In mythological times there was a city called Bhogipur.  The illustrious king Pundarik ruled in the city.  Many nymphs, kinnars(shemale) and Gandharvas resided in Bhogipur.  At one place in the city, a couple men and women, Lalit and Lalita, lived in a very grand building.  They both had a lot of love, even when they separated for some time, both got upset.
At one time, Lalit was also singing along with other Gandharvas in the assembly of King Pundarik. While singing, he got divert the attention of his beloved Lalitha and due to this, the rhythm of the song deteriorated due to his dissonance.  The serpent named Karkot recognized the spirit of Lalit and told the king the reason for the disturbance.
Then Pundarik got angry and said that you are remembering own wife while singing a song in front of me. Therefore, now you will suffer the punishment of your actions by becoming a monster eating raw meat and humans.
Lalit became a huge demon at the same moment by the curse of King Pundarik. His face became very terrible, eyes shining like the sun and the moon. Fire started coming out of his mouth. His nose became huge like mountains. The hair of the head started to look colorless like trees and the arms became very long. Altogether Lalit's body spread over an expansion of eight yojana.  In this way, being a demon, he was forced to suffer many kinds of sufferings. When his wife Lalitha came to know about this, she felt very sad and started thinking of a solution for her husband's salvation.  As a  Lalit demon, he started living in dense forests, suffering a variety of problems.  His wife Lalitha followed him and kept mourning. Once Lalita wandered behind her husband and reached Vindhyachal mountain.  There was an ashram of Shringi Rishi on the mountain.  Lalitha went to the Rishi's ashram and started praying there.
Seeing her, Shringi Rishi said that  "O" devi !  Who are you and what purpose have you come here?  Lalitha said that my name is Lalitha.  My husband has become a giant monster due to the curse of King Pundarik.  It makes me very sad. Provide some way for his salvation.  Shringi Rishi said, O Gandharva Kanya!  Now Chaitra Shukla Ekadashi is coming, the name of this Ekadashi is Kamada Ekadashi.  By observing this, a person gets rid of all troubles and their actions are succeed . If you fast for Kamada Ekadashi and give the virtuous fruit you get from it to your husband, then it will soon be freed from the demon's form and the curse of the king will also be calmed.
Hearing the word of Muni, Lalita fasted on Chaitra Shukla Ekadashi with obeyed all rules and prayed to God giving her husband the results of her fast in front of Brahmins on Dwadashi - O Lord!  The fast of this Kamada Ekadashi I have given the result to my husband, so that he gets rid of the demon form. As soon as Ekadashi was reaped, her husband returned from his demon form to his old form.  After that, with many beautiful robes and jewelery, he started  wandering here & there with his wife Lalita.  After that, both of them went to Swargalok.

02 . Papmochani Ekadashi.

Papamochani Ekadashi fast is observed on the Ekadashi of Krishna Paksha of Chaitra month.  According to mythological beliefs, Ekadashi of Chaitra Krishna Paksha is supposed to destroy sins.  Lord Krishna himself told its results and effects to Arjuna.  Papamochani Ekadashi fasting opens the path of salvation for the seeker by freeing him from all his sins.  Lord Vishnu should be worshiped on this Ekadashi.

The meaning of Papamochani Ekadashi is known by its name.  It is made up of two words.  'Pap' means evil deeds, mistake and 'Mochani' means liberation.  That is, Papamochani Ekadashi originally meant to get rid of all kinds of sins.
Fasting on this day brings happiness, prosperity and salvation.  Fasting on Papamochani Ekadashi destroys the biggest sins, sufferings and disasters.  Lord Vishnu is also worshiped on this fast. One should be pure to fast on Papapamochani Ekadashi.  On the day of Papamochani Ekadashi, the quadrilateral form of Lord Vishnu is worshiped. This fast is a difficult fast.  Because it is done two days.  In this fast, the person fasting on the day of Dashami, after taking satvik food, meditates in Hari Bhajan. One should not even think about enjoyment of luxury while performing this fast.  After worship, one should recite or listen to Bhagwad Katha sitting in front of God.  Awakening of Ekadashi date gives manifold merits. Therefore, while doing bhajan kirtan, stay awake during the night.  On the day of Dwadashi, worship Lord Vishnu after bathing in the morning and then take food to Brahmins and  got depart with donations . After this, take food yourself.  After this, the fast is completed.
A story is hidden behind the fast of Papamochani Ekadashi.  One gets freedom by just listening and reading. This story was told by Lord Krishna to Yudhishthra.  He said that in ancient times there was a forest called Chaitratha.  In this forest, Indra Dev, Apsara and Gandharva girls used to travel .
And this was the forest where Chyavan rishi's son Meghavi used to penance. Apsaras were followers of Kamadeva.  And Kamadeva was a rebel of Shiva because Shiva consumed Kamdev on the charge of dissolving his penance.  Here Indra too was afraid to see the sage doing austerity, if this sage asks for my throne. Because of this, in order to take revenge, Kamadeva said to an apsara to distract rishi's penance .  Kamadeva told an Apsara named Manjugosha to do this work.  Manjughosha considers this to be own work, distracting rishi's meditation from her dancing and gestures. And the sage fell in love with Manjugosha.  The Meghavi rishi now began to fiddle with Manjughosha from place to place.  After losing mind in love and happiness in his love, he started living in indulgence and pleasure day and night.  He did not even remember the night and day.  Around 57 years were spent living like this and Majungosha now felt that I was done, now I should go back to heaven.
After which one day Manjughosha asked the Meghavi rishi to go to Swargalok(Heaven), then the Meghavi rishi started saying that dear you had just come and started going.  Then Manjugosha said that you do not know the time, we have spent a lot of time living together.  At the same time, the sage realized that he had gone into the down.
His penance has been dissolved and the reason for all this he considered Manjughosha.  After which the Meghavi rishi told Majungosha that you did not do this well with me.  You have destroyed my precious time, I curse you that you will become a vampire.
After cursing Manjughosha for the vampire, Manjugosha apologized to the sage for her mistake, so the sage advised a fast for Papamochani Ekadashi and said that this will only end your sins. After which, when the Meghavi rishi returned to the ashram, he told his father everything.  Chyavan Rishi said that by cursing Manjugosha, you have made yourself a sinner and if you want to end your sins, then you will also have to observe Papamochani Ekadashi. After which Manjugosha and Meghavi rishi fasted the Papamochani Ekadashi with complete method.  By which all their sins were destroyed.  Meghavi rishi again started doing austerities and Manjughosha got rid of the vampire form.  This story is proof that by observing this fast all sins are destroyed.

03 . Varuthini Ekadashi.

Vaishakha Krishna Ekadashi, the third Ekadashi of the Hindu year, is known as 'Varuthini Ekadashi'.  Varuthini Ekadashi has great significance in North India and South India.  On this day, the Vamana avatar of Lord Vishnu is worshiped. It is believed that observing this fast brings virtue and good fortune.  Also, the creator of the universe Shree Hari Vishnu protects the devotee himself.  Those who want to keep the fast of Varuthini Ekadashi, they should follow the rules of fast from the day of Dashami. Then one day after Ekadashi, that is, Dwadash should end the fast with complete law.  It is said that all sins are destroyed by the brilliance of the fast of Varuthini Ekadashi.

The word Varuthini is derived from the Sanskrit language 'Varuthin', meaning armor or protector.  It is believed that Lord Vishnu protects the devotees from every crisis by observing this Ekadashi fast, hence it is called Varuthini Gyaras. According to the Padma Purana, Lord Krishna tells Yudhishthira about the virtue that they gets from this fast, 'Lord Chitragupta  who keeps accounts of the sins and virtues of all humans on earth,  he is not also able to keep account of the virtue of this fast.
The idol of Lord Madhusudan and Varaha incarnation of Vishnu is worshiped on the day of Varuthini Ekadashi.  To keep Ekadashi fast, rules should be followed from one day in advance i.e. from the day of Dashami.  Eat food only once on the day of Dashami.  Food should be sattvic.
On the day of Ekadashi, wake up early and take a bath and take a pledge.  After this, worship the Varaha avatar of Vishnu.  Read or listen to the fast story.  The name of God should be awakened at night.  On the next day of Ekadashi, that is, on Dwadashi, feed the Brahmin.  Along with this, fasting should be finished by giving charity.
A special story telling the importance of each Ekadashi is in our mythological texts.  There is also a story of Varuthini Ekadashi which is as follows.  It was a long time ago that there was a kingdom on the banks of Narmada which was ruled by a king named Mandhata. Raja was very pious, he was famous for his charity far and wide.
He was also an ascetic and worshiper of Lord Vishnu. Once the king went to the forest for penance and started his penance by putting his seat under a huge tree, he was still engaged in austerity. A wild bear attacked him and he chewed his leg. But the king was engrossed in austerity, and the bear started dragging him, in such a situation, the king got nervous. He did not get angry while following the ascetic religion and requested Lord Vishnu to overcome this crisis.  How can God see the crisis on his devotee.  Lord Vishnu appeared and killed the bear with his Sudarshan Chakra.  But by then the bear had almost chewed the king's leg.  The king was very sad and was in pain.  Lord Vishnu said Vats need not be distracted. Ekadashi of Krishna Paksha of Vaishakh month which is called Varuthini Ekadashi ,these day you  will be worship my Varaha form.  With the effect of the fast, you will again become strong with full limbs. Whatever the bear has done to you, it is the result of the sin of your previous birth.  By observing this Ekadashi, you will get freedom from all sins.

By obeying God, Mandhata did the same and after finishing the fast, he got the new life.  He was confirmed strong again.  Now the king became absorbed in the Bhagavadkkti with even more reverence. Ekadashi helps in achieving the ultimate goal of God, Bhagavad Bhakti.  This day is considered very auspicious and fruitful to serve the Lord with full devotion.  On this day, if a person is free from desires and does devotional service to God with a pure heart, then he definitely becomes a blessing of the Lord.

The rest will continue in the next article.....

Part:- 01 Link....

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Ekadashis's Stories (PART :-01)

Ekadashis's Stories (PART :-01)

Ekadashi fasting is done on every 11th date in the Hindu calendar.  There are two Ekadashi fasts in a month, one of which is on the Shukla Paksha and the other on the Krishna Paksha.  To get the blessings of Lord Vishnu, their devotees observe Ekadashi fast.

What is Ekadashi?

 The Sanskrit word Ekadashi literally means eleven.  Ekadashi falls on the eleventh day of the fifteen-day Paksha (lunar month).  In a lunar month (Shukla Paksha), the moon moves from Amavasya to the full moon, and on its next side (Krishna Paksha) it goes from the full moon of the full moon to the Amavasya. Therefore Ekadashi falls twice every calendar month , Shukla Ekadashi which falls on the eleventh day of the rising moon, and Krishna Ekadashi which falls on the eleventh day of the decreasing moon.  It is instructed that every Vaishnav should fast on the day of Ekadashi.

 Austerities performed in this way are extremely beneficial for devotional life.

Origin of Ekadashi:---

 In the Chaturdasha chapter of the Padma Purana, in the section called Kriya-Sagar Saar, the origin of Ekadashi explains  by Shri Vedvyasha to the Jaimini rishi as follows:
At the time of the creation of this material world, the Supreme God created a person (Papapurusha) in the form of an idolized form of sin to punish sinners.  The legs and hands of this person were composed by many sin deeds. Yamraj originated with the creation of many hellish planetary systems to control this sinful man(Paappurusha).  Those souls who are extremely sinful are sent to Yamaraja after death, Yamaraja sends the creature to suffer in hell according to the deeds of their sins. In this way, Jeevatma began to enjoy happiness and sorrow according to his deeds.  Seeing so many souls suffering in hells, the merciful God felt bad for them.  With help for them, God, in his own form, incarnated the form of Ekadashi. For this reason, Ekadashi is a personification of fasting on the fifteenth day of a lunar month.  For this reason Ekadashi and Lord Shri Vishnu are not integral.  Sri Ekadashi Vrat is a highly auspicious act, which occupies the top position in the resolutions taken.
Thereafter, various sinful people started following the rules of Ekadashi fast and due to that they immediately started receiving Vaikuntha Dham.  With the ascension followed by Shri Ekadashi, the papapurusha (idolized form of sin) slowly began to see that now his existence was in danger.
He reached Lord Vishnu praying, "Lord, I am your work created by you, and through me you torment the creatures with gross sin.  But now with the influence of Shri Ekadashi, I am now declining.
Please protect me from the fear of Ekadashi.  No pious deeds can bind me.  But Ekadashi in your form is resisting me.  I do not know any place where I can be free from the fear of Shri Ekadashi.  Oh my lord!  I am born from your own work, so please tell me the address of a place where I can reside fearlessly. "
Thereafter, Lord Sri Vishnu, observing the situation of the Pappurush, said, "O Papurush!  get up!  Do not be sorrowful anymore.  Just listen, and I tell you where you can reside on the holy day of Ekadashi. On the day of Ekadashi, which will give benefits in Trilok, on that day you can go to the shelter of food like grains.  Now you have no reason to be heartbroken, because in my form Shri Ekadashi Devi will no longer resist you. "
After assuring the papapurusha, Lord Shri Vishnu became disappeared and the papapurusha began to complete his deeds again.  According to this instruction of Lord Vishnu, all the sinful deeds that can be found all over the world reside in these foods (grains).  Therefore, those people who are aware of the basic benefits of the soul, they never eat food on the day of Ekadashi.

Importance of Ekadashi:---

 A  devotion verse taken to the Skanda Purana,  while criticize that people who eat grains on the day of Ekadashi, are guilty of the death of their mother, father, brothers and their guru .  However, even if humans reach Vaikuntha Dham, they fall down from there. It is forbidden to receive any kind of grain on that day, even if it is offered to Lord Vishnu.
The Brahma-Vaivarta Purana states that whoever observes fast on the day of Ekadashi gets rid of all the sins of sin and progresses in spiritual life.
The basic principle is not to starve only on that day, but to strengthen your loyalty and love to Govinda, or Krishna even more.  The main reason for fasting on Ekadashi is to reduce the needs of your body and to spend your time in the service of God in the form of chanting or any other service. The best thing to do on the day of fasting is to meditate on the leelas of Lord Govind and to listen to his holy names continuously. Ekadashi fast is observed by both Hare Krishna devotees and Hindus on the eleventh day of the rising moon of the moon.  There are many rules related to what things can be eaten to observe this fast, which can be changed according to the strictness of the fast.  According to the advice of Vaishnav Panchang, fast should be done so that the right day can be fasted.
According to the Puranas, Ekadashi is also known as 'Hari Din' and 'Hari Vasar'.  This fast is celebrated by both Vaishnava and non-Vaishnav communities.  It is said that Ekadashi fast gives more fruit than havan, yagna, Vedic karma-kand etc.  There is also a belief that observing this fast means that ancestors or fathers attain heaven.  The importance of Ekadashi fast is also mentioned in Skanda Purana.  Wheat, spices and vegetables etc. are prohibited on the day of Ekadashi for anyone who observes this fast.  Devotees start the preparation of Ekadashi fast a day before i.e. from Dashami.  On the day of Dashami, devotees wake up early in the morning and take bath and on this day they take food without salt.

Rules for observing Ekadashi fast:---

 Complete fasting is a very appropriate action to control your senses, but the main reason for observing a fast is to remember / meditate on Krishna.  On that day the needs of the body are simplified, and on that day it is recommended to concentrate on devotional service, scriptural study and chanting etc. by short duration sleeping.

The fast begins at sunrise and lasts until the next day's sunrise, so if someone takes food in the meantime, the fast is broken.  In Vedic teachings, it is not recommended to eat before sunrise, especially on Ekadashi day.  The observance of Ekadashi fast should be observed only after waking up that day.  If the fast breaks accidentally, then it should be done till the rest of the day or the next day.
Those people who observe Ekadashi fast very strictly should not eat anything after sunset of the previous night so that they can be assured that there is nothing left in the stomach on the day of Ekadashi. Many people do not even receive any prasad that contains food.  The Vedic scriptures teach that on the day of Ekadashi, the Sakshat Papas (sin men) dwell in food, and therefore they should not be used in any way (even if offered to Krishna).  On the day of Ekadashi, the offerings of food should be stored till the next day or distributed to those who do not strictly follow its rules or give it to animals.
People of any gender or any age can observe this fast voluntarily.  People wishing to observe Ekadashi fast have to follow certain rules from the day of Dashami (one day before Ekadashi).  From the day of Dashami, devotees should not eat meat-fish, onions, lentils (of lentils) and honey.  Staying away from indulgence at night, one should observe complete celibacy.
Do not use wooden daatun(brush) to clean teeth in the morning on Ekadashi.  Instead, chew with lemon, berries or mango leaves and clean the throat with your finger.  On this day it is also forbidden to pluck leaves from the tree, that is why you use fallen leaves yourself and if you are unable to arrange the leaves, then rinse them with plain water.  After taking a bath etc., go to the temple and read the Gita or listen to the Gita from Panditji.  Chant ΰ₯ Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya Mantra with true mind.  Remember Lord Vishnu and offer his prayers.  There is also a lot of recognition of charity on this day, that is why donate as much as you can.
The next day of Ekadashi is known as Dwadashi.  Dwadashi is a common day like Dashami and other days.  On this day, by taking a bath early in the morning, worship Lord Vishnu and complete the fast by eating normal food.  On this day, it is customary to give sweets and Dakshina etc. to Brahmins.  Keep in mind that devotees should observe the fast before coming to Trayodashi.  On this day one should try to follow the rules of Ekadashi fast and there should be no lapse in it.

Devotional service on Ekadashi:---

 Ekadashi, along with all its benefits, should be considered such a remedy or means which helps in achieving the ultimate goal of all beings, Bhagavad Bhakti.  By the grace of God, this day has become very auspicious and fruitful for doing devotional service to God.  Freed from sinful desires, a devotee can do pure devotional service and become a blessing of God. Therefore, for devotees, fasting on Ekadashi is a means to progress in the path of cultivation-devotion.  The act of fasting purifies the consciousness and frees the devotee from any number of material thoughts.  Because the benefit of devotional service performed on this day is many times more than the service performed on another day, so devotees do other devotional services on this day as much as possible by chanting, kirtan, discussions on the Leela memoir of God, etc.
Srila Prabhupada recommends for devotees to complete at least twenty-five chanting beads on this day, to recite the Leela memoirs of God, and to be minimally engaged in physical activities.  However, for those devotees who are already actively engaged in the services of devotion to God (like book distribution, discourses etc.), they have given some relaxation, such as those foods which they can eat or drink on this day as well which are not contain grains.

Sometimes Ekadashi fast is observed for two consecutive days.  When Ekadashi fast is two days, then the family members should observe Ekadashi fast on the first day.  The second day of Ekadashi is called "Dooji Ekadashi".  Sanyasis, widows and devotees desirous of attaining Moksha should fast on the day of Dooji Ekadashi.  Whenever Ekadashi fast is for two days, then Dooji Ekadashi and Vaishnava Ekadashi are on the same day. In Hinduism, Ekadashi fasting on both days is considered to be a very auspicious date for the supreme devotees desiring the love and affection of Lord Vishnu.  Ekadashi date comes twice in every month.  According to this, 24 Ekadashi fasting dates come in each year.  But their number increases to 26 with the malmash Ekadashi.

The significance of awakening near Srihari on the night of Ekadashi:---

Knowledgeable of all religions, versed in the economics of Vedas and scriptures, knowing the essence of Shri Vishnu, who delighted in everyone's heart, and Bhagwatparain Prahladji, while sitting happily, Maharishis, who followed self-righteousness, came to ask him something.
The Maharishis said: Prahradji!  Show me a means through which knowledge, meditation and sensuality can get the ultimate rank(Vaikhuntha dham) of Lord Vishnu without any effort.
When they said this, Vishnabhakta Mahabhag Prahadraji, who was determined to benefit the whole world, said in a nutshell: Maharishi!  Listen, describe the essence of the eighteen Puranas, which was told to him by Lord Shankar when asked by Karthikeya.
Mahadevji said to Kartikeya: One who recites Vaishnava scripture while awakening in the night of Ekadashi in Kaliyuga, four types of sins committed in his life are destroyed.  One who preaches Vaishnava scripture on Ekadashi should know my devotee. One who does not sleep in the awakening of Ekadashi and who dances and sings enthusiastically is my special devotee.  I give him excellent knowledge and Lord Vishnu bestows salvation.  Therefore, my devotee should be specially awakened.  Those who hate Lord Vishnu, they should know the hypocrite.
Those who have done awakenning near Srihari, they took self-study of the four Vedas, worshiped the deities, performed rituals of yagyas and bathed in all the pilgrimages.  There is no deity higher than Shri Krishna and there is no other fast like Ekadashi fast.  Where there is Bhagavata Shastra, where jagran is performed for Lord Vishnu and where the Shalagrama Shila is situated, there is a real God Vishnu present.

Beginning of Ekadashi:---

Ekadashi is considered to be the beginning of Ekadashi fast.  According to mythological belief, a demon named Mur had created a lot of terror, even Vishnu himself fought with him, but while fighting, he started sleeping and the war did not come to any conclusion, when Vishnu went to sleep, Mur took the opportunity.  Wanted to take advantage of but a goddess appeared from Lord Vishnu and started a war with Mur.  In this war, Mur became unconscious, after which he was beheaded.  That date was the date of Ekadashi of the Krishna Paksha of Margashirsha month.  It is believed that Ekadashi had asked for a boon from Lord Vishnu that anyone who observes Ekadashi fasting will get welfare and salvation.  Since then, the tradition of Ekadashi fasting every month started.

Ekadashi fast food:---

 According to the scriptures, you can use these items and spices in your fast food on the day of devotee Ekadashi.
- Fresh fruits
 - Nuts(Dry fruits)
 -  sugar
 -  Coconut
 - Olives
 -  Milk
 -  Ginger
 -  Black pepper
 - Rock salt
 -  potato
 -  Sago
 -  Sweet potato
The food of Ekadashi fast should be satvik.  Some people perform this fast without drinking water, which is known as Nirjala Ekadashi.
What not to do on Ekadashi?
 ● Do not break leaves from the tree.
 ● Do not sweep the house.  This is done because by applying broom etc. there is fear of dying of ants or small creatures.  And it is a sin to kill a creature on this day.
 ● Do not get hair cut.
 ● Speak only when needed.  Try to speak at least.  This is done because more words are likely to come out of the mouth.
 ● Rice consumption is also prohibited on Ekadashi.
 ● Do not eat any grains, etc.
 ● Do not let any kind of disorder come to your mind.
 ● If there is any fruitarian, then they should not consume cabbage, spinach, turnip etc.  They can take mango, banana, grapes, pistachios and almonds etc.

Ekadashi fasting story:---

 Every religious observance has some religious reason or legend hidden behind it.  There are many stories behind celebrating Ekadashi fast.  Ekadashi fasting story is considered very important.  Ekadashi, as we all know, comes twice every month, which we know by different names.  All the Ekadashi have hidden their separate story behind.  On the day of Ekadashi, it is mandatory to listen to the fast story related to it.  According to the scriptures, the person's fast is not complete without hearing the story of Ekadashi.

Main Ekadashi fast:---

 Even though all Ekadashi fasts are virtuous, fruitful and provide salvation, yet some Ekadashi are considered very welfare.  Among them, Nirjala Ekadashi falling on the Jyestha month of Shukla Paksha and Devotthan Ekadashi falling on the Shukla Paksha of Kartik month are considered very fortunate.  It is recommended to do.
Two Ekadashi falls in each month.  Whose name is different which is as follows:
 Kamada Ekadashi
 Papamochani Ekadashi
 Varuthini Ekadashi
 Kamala Ekadashi
 Mohini Ekadashi
 Apara Ekadashi
 Nirjala Ekadashi
 Yogini Ekadashi
 Devshayani Ekadashi
  Pavitra Ekadashi
 Aja Ekadashi
 Padma Ekadashi
 Indira Ekadashi
 Papankusha Ekadashi
 Rama Ekadashi
 Dev Prabodhini Ekadashi
 Utpana Ekadashi
 Mokshada Ekadashi
 Safala Ekadashi
 Putrada Ekadashi
 Shatila Ekadashi
 Jaya Ekadashi
 Vijaya Ekadashi
 Amalki Ekadashi
 Pramodini Ekadashi
 Parma Ekadashi

 The story of all the Ekadashi mentioned above will be told in the next section.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Story of curses(PART-10)

Story of curses(PART-10)

Hello friends, I am with you once again with the stories of the curse series. Today's article is very good, you will all like it very much.  I feel very happy to present the last part of the stories of the curse series. I request all of you not to think that I will not write stories related to the curses. Many stories related to curses are yet to be written.  Whenever I get such time, I will be present with stories for you again. For now, I will now tell the glory of fasting stories in front of people. Therefore, you should wait for my new article.  And in the end, all of you are requested to share my article on social media if you like my article.

69. Saptrishis cursed to king Nahusha.

By killing Vritrasura, Indra incurred the sin of brahmacharya.  To avoid this sin, Indra was going to do penance.  Now Indrasana cannot be kept empty, so search for such a worthy king who can see the work of heaven for some days in the absence of Indra.

Nahusha was a very majestic king on earth.  In front of Nahusha, all the Gods proposed to take charge of heaven.  Nahusha confesses to Indra by saying that it is difficult to escape the sovereignty of heaven.  On the plea of ​​the deities again, king Nahusha accepted this proposal in the interest of world's welfare .
Indra went to penance by giving King Nahusha the throne of heaven. Nahush started seeing the rule. There was also the throne of Indrani, next to the throne of Indra. Indrani's seat was empty in Indra's absence.  Nahusha, who became temporary Indra, asked the ministers to make Indrani sit on Indra's throne.
On this, the ministers said that this is possible only when you get married to Indrani ("Shachi") and she becomes your ardhangani(wife).  Nahusha sent marriage proposal to Shachi.  Indrani was very worried about this proposal and she went to consult Devguru Brihaspati in this matter.
It did not take long for Guru Brihaspati to understand that the ego-born arrogance has arisen in Nahusha. More important than the eradication of this ego was to strive for Sati Shachi's chastity.
Devguru advised Indrani to speak to temporary Indra Nahusha, if he comes in a sedan attached to the Saptarishis, then I will married him.
Hearing such a message from Shachi, Nahusha soon summoned the shaptrishis to the meeting and ordered that you carry my palanquin and take it to Indrani. King Nahusha was Indra at that time and it would have been treason to not listen to Indra, so the sages accepted it as the king's order.
The sedan was placed on the shoulders of the sages and Nahush walked towards Indrani's palace. Nahusha have to reached near Indrani with a certain time, then only Nahusha would be able to prove his will.  But the sages did not have the habit of doing physical labor, so they were tired and again and again putting the sedan off the shoulder and putting it down.
The sage was enraged by this behavior of the king and he cursed the king.  Due to the curse of the sages, Nahusha fell on the earth as a giant python . During the Mahabharata period, he had a question-and-answer conversation with Yudhishthira and was freed for curse.
When the Pandavas were wandering in exile.  Then Bhima found a python in the forest.  This python caught Bhima.  Bhima, who is considered very powerful, had the same force as 10,000 elephants.  He never lost in front of anyone.  But that python grabbed Bhima tightly and Bhima fainted.
 During this time, Yudhishthira reached there searching for Bhima and asked the dragon if you are a god because no ordinary creature can catch Bhima in the way that you have caught.
That python said to Yudhishthira that I am your ancestor.  My name is Nahush.  I have done many yajanas because of which I became so powerful and I was made the Indra of heaven.  This made me ego and I raised my palanquin from the Saptarishis and I have insulted Agastya Rishi too, due to which he cursed me to become a python . When I realized my mistake, I apologized to him.
At that time, Agastya Rishi said that when a person comes and answers your questions correctly then you will be free from this curse.  Agastya also gave him a boon that when you are a python , then if you find someone stronger than you, then his power will decrease in front of you and you will be able to make it own food.  Even though Bhima is my descendant but due to animal nature I cannot leave it because it is my diet.
On this Yudhishthira said that please leave my brother and I am ready to answer your questions.
Yudhishthira answered all the questions of King Nahusha. Hearing Yudhishthira's religious talk, Nahusha, who became a python , was very satisfied.  After this he left Bhima and he too got freedom from his curse.

Story lessons

 Everyone deserves the opportunity to show their talent one day or the other.  But on those occasions people make mistakes and lose everything.  To boast about anything is the biggest mistake . Therefore, we should avoid wealth and sovereignty ("ego").

70. Rishi Matang cursed to vaanarraj Bali.

Vanararaj Bali and Sugriva are discussed in the Ramayana.  These two brothers were very affectionate, but due to a misunderstanding, both of them became known enemies of each other.  Due to this enmity, Sugriva had to hide on a mountain where Bali could not go.  A very special reason for not going to Bali on this mountain was his own strength and might.  Let's know how Bali's strength became his weakness.
Bali had helped the gods with his force at the time of the churning of the ocean.  He was married to Apsara Tara as a prize.  Bali also defeated Ravana with his force.  Once the demon named Dundubhi started to challenge Bali for war. A war broke out between the two. Bali killed Dundubhi and in anger picked up his body and threw it several kilometers away from the sky.  A few drops of blood from Dundubhi's body, flying in the air, fell into the ashram of Mathang Rishi.  Seeing the drops of blood, the sage became very angry.
The sage Mathang knew from his tapobal(penance's power)who and why he had done this work.  Bali had slaughtered the demon as he fought for war, so there was no harm in killing him, but it was a sin to insult one's dead body by force and desecrate the ascetic's ashram.  Outraged by Bali's behavior, the sage Matang cursed Bali that he would die if he came within a distance of his ashram.
Mathang Rishi's ashram was located near Rishyamuk mountain.  It is believed that the mountain located in southern India, at a distance from the Virupaksha temple of the ancient Vijayanagara empire, was called Rishyamuk in that period and this is the Rishyamuk mountain of Ramayana period. Sugriva had knowledge of this incident and Bali also knew that he was cursed by sage Mathang.
Therefore, he did not go towards Rishimuk mountain even by mistake.  When Bali expelled Sugriva from the kingdom and wanted to kill him, Sugriva along with his associates fled to the cave on Mount Rishimuk.  This cave came to be called Sugriva Cave.  Lord Rama and Sugriva met in this cave. At this place Sugriva lived with his advisors, who always stood by him as his supporters.  Mahabali Hanumanji was also included in these.  Even today a temple is built on this mountain near the cave, where the idol of Sun God and Sugriva is installed.  Later Sri Ram slaughtered Bali, making Sugriva king of Kishkindha.

71. Shridama cursed to Radharani.

It is said that the love of Radha and Krishna is immortal for centuries and for centuries.  There love is so deep that Radha's name always comes before Krishna.  Despite having sixteen thousand queens of Sri Krishna, only Radharani's name is taken with Krishna.  Despite such love, Radha and Krishna could never meet.  Do you know the reason behind this?

Today we tell you that due to which Radha and Shri Krishna could not get married in spite of their unwavering love and bondage.  Actually, the reason behind this was a curse received to Radha.  Yes, according to the legend mentioned in the Brahmavaveart Purana, she could never get her love due to the curse that Radha ji received.
 According to Brahmavaveart Purana, Radha, beloved of Sri Krishna, used to live with him in Golok. Once in the absence of Radha, Shri Krishna was staying with his wife Virja.   When Radha Rani see Shreekrishna engage with another woman,  and Radha Rani did could not control own anger and misbehave with Sri Krishna.  Distracted by Radha's wrath, Virja took the form of a river and drifted from there.
Sri Krishna's friend and servant  Shridama present there at that time did not find it right to Radharani 's words as and he insulted Radha Rani very much in anger.  Sridama could not hear bitter words from Radha's mouth for his Lord Krishna and in anger, he also committed this sin.
Radha became even more angry with Sridama's behavior and she cursed Sridama that he would be born in the demon clan in the next life.  Then in response to this, Sridama cursed Radha to be born on earth as a human. At the same time, Sridama cursed Radha that in human form she will always yearn to receive her life dear Sri Krishna.  Due to this curse in the next birth, Sridama became a demon named Shankhchud.  Due to the  Shridama's curse, Radha Rani had to be born as the daughter of Vrisbhanu and Kirti.
Shortly after taking birth on earth, the curse found in pre-birth started to have an effect on the life of Radha Rani. After finishing Rasleela, Sri Krishna had to go from Vrindavan to battle Kansa and it was from here that Radha and Shrikrishna's separation began. After Sri Krishna's departure, Radha is married to a Vaishya Rayana and she is overcome by Shri Krishna's love forever.  It is said about Radha that she returned to Vaikunth by setting her shadow near her husband Rayan.
So in this way Radha and Shri Krishna could not meet due to the curse of Sridama but their love is still immortal.

72. Bali's wife cursed to Shreeram.

One of the mythological stories related to Lord Rama is associated with the slaughter of Bali by him.  According to this legend, Ram ji was cursed by Apsara for killing Bali and due to this curse Sita Maa went away from Ram ji's life. According to the mythology associated with the legend of Bali and Shri Ram ji, Bali was the son of Indra and he was very strong.  Bali also had a brother named Sugriva.
There was considerable heartly's distance between Sugriva and Bali and it is said that Bali had taken away his brother's kingdom and his wife from him. Due to which Sugriva wanted to take revenge on his brother and wanted to regain his kingdom. Sugriva met him at the time of Ram ji's exile. While meeting Ram ji, Sugriva told him about his brother and asked Ram ji for help to regain his kingdom.  Ram Ji also agreed to help Sugriva.  While telling Ram ji about his brother, Sugriva said that his brother is very strong and half of the power of the person who fights his brother goes to him. Because of which it is difficult to defeat my brother.  After listening to Sugriva, Ram ji decided not to go in front of Bali and at the time when there was a war between Bali and Sugriva, Ram ji killed Bali by shooting arrows from behind the tree.
After hearing the news of Bali's death, his wife felt very sad and Tara became angry when she came to know how her husband was killed.  Not only this, Tara, who was the nymph, cursed Ram ji.  While cursing Ram ji, Tara said that Ram will lose his wife once again.
Also, in the next life, Ram ji will die at the hands of her husband.  Tara's curse became true and Ram Ji lost Sita again after freeing Sita from Ravana's captivity. At the same time, in the next life, Ram ji took the incarnation of Shri Krishna and he was killed by the incarnation of Bali i.e. Bhil Zara and in this way the curse given to Rama by Tara came true.  Let us tell you that Lord Rama was the seventh incarnation of Vishnu and Lord Shri Krishna was the eighth incarnation of Vishnu.

73. Shreeganesha and Tulsi cursed to each other.

According to Hindu beliefs, Lord Ganesha is worshiped before any auspicious work.  This tradition has been going on since long.  Everyone knows how Lord Ganesha was born and how the head of elephant was added in place of his forehead.  But today we are telling you about such a different legend when Lord Ganesha cursed the tulsi to be a tree in anger.

According to the legend, Ganesha was doing penance.  Meanwhile, Tulsi is the daughter of Dharmatmaj, departed on a pilgrimage with a desire to marry.  Tulsi reached the banks of the Ganges while touring.  She saw Ganesha busy in penance and was fascinated by them. Tulsi distracts him from the desire to marry. Seeing the intention of Tulsi, Ganesh Ji said that it is inauspicious to break the tenacity and after declaring himself to be a brahmachari, turned down the proposal of marriage of Tulsi.  It is said that Tulsi was very sad due to Ganesha's refusal and in a fit of anger she cursed Ganesha for two marriages.
On the other hand, Ganesh ji cursed Tulsi that she would be married to a demon.  Also, Lord Ganesha cursed Tulsi to be a tree.  Hearing the curse of being the wife of a demon, Tulsi apologized to Ganesha. Then Shri Ganesh Ji said that you will be married to a demon named Shankhchud.
But then you will be give blessed with life and salvation for the world in Kaliyuga, besides being dear by Lord Vishnu and Shri Krishna.  But offering basil in my worship will not be considered auspicious.  It is said that since then Tulsi is not used in the worship of Lord Ganesha.

74. Shravan kumar's parent cursed to king Dashratha.

 Whenever there is a matter of maternal-paternal devotion, first of all remember the name of Shravan Kumar. The name of Shravan Kumar will remain immortal for motherhood and patriotism in history.  The story of Shravan Kumar dates back to the time when Maharaja Dasharatha use to ruled over Ayodhya.
Shravan's parents were blind.  Shravan loves his parents very much.  Her mother had raised Shravan after suffering a lot.  As Shravan grew older, he would get more and more help in his parents' work.
Waking up in the morning, Shravan would fill the river with water for the parents.  Used to bring wood from the forest.  The stove cooks the food.  Mother refuses him- 'Son Shravan, why do you work so hard for us?  I can cook food.  You will get tired after doing so much work. '  'No mother, I do not get tired of doing the work of you and father.  I enjoy it. You can't see.  While making bread, your hands will burn. '
'Oh God!  Every parent should have a son like our Shravana.  How much does he take care of us?  Parents do not get tired of blessing Shravan.  Shravan's parents worshiped God daily.  Shravan brings flowers for his worship, sets a pedestal for sitting.  Shravan also worshiped with parents.  Shravan grew up serving his parents.  After completing household chores, Shravan goes out to work.  Now his parents do not have to work.
One day Shravan's parents said- 'Son, you have fulfilled all our wishes.  Now one wish remains. '  'Which wish mother?  What does father want?  You give permission  I will fulfill your wish while I am alive. '
' Son our age is over, now we want to go on pilgrimage to the service of God .  May we find peace at the feet of God. '  Shravan got into thinking.  In those days there were no buses or trains like today.  Those people could not even walk much.  While thinking of how to fulfill the wishes of the parents, Shravan figured out a solution.
Shravan took two big baskets.  They were tied with rope at both ends of a strong stick.  In this way a big kanwar was formed.  Then he lifted the parents and placed them in a basket each.  Hearing parents hanged on sticks at shoulder and started going on pilgrimage.
Shravan takes them one by one to many pilgrimage places.  They went, Kashi, Prayag went everywhere.  The parents could not see, so Shravan would tell them all the things about the shrine.  The parents were very happy.  One day the mother said- 'Son Shravan, you have become eyes for the blind.  Hearing about the pilgrimage from your mouth, we feel that we have seen God with our eyes. '
'Yes son, having a son like you, our life is blessed.  You get tired of carrying us, but you never say anything. The father also blessed Shravan.  'Don't say father, parents are never a burden on children.  This is my duty.  You don't worry about me. '
Oneday in afternoon Shravan and his parents use to rested in a forest near Ayodhya.  Mother felt thirsty.  He told Shravan- son, will there be water around here? I am feeling thirsty due to sunshine.  Yes, mother. A nearby river is flowing.  I bring water. '  Shravan went to fetch water with a kamandal.

King Dasaratha of Ayodhya was fond of hunting.  He too came to hunt in the forest.  Shravan dipped the kamandal in water to fill the water.  Hearing the sound of filling water in the vessel, King Dasharatha felt that an animal has come to drink water.  King Dasaratha could hear the unmistakable target by hearing the voice.
He shot arrows based on the voice.  The arrow went straight into Shravan's chest.  'Ah' came out of Shravan's mouth.
 When the king reached to near Shravan, he realized his mistake.  Unknowingly, he committed such a big crime.  He apologizes to Shravan.  'Excuse me, brother.  Unknowingly committed a crime.  What can I do for you?
'Rajan, my parents are thirsty in the forest.  You take water and quench their thirst.  Will not tell them anything about me.  This is my request.  Shravana gave up his life while saying this sentence .
 King Dasaratha, with a sad heart, went to  near Shravan's parents with water.  Shravan's parents knew the sound of his son's feet well.  They were shocked to hear the sound of the king's feet.
'Who is it?  Where is our son Shravan? '  Without answering, the king put forward a water-filled kamandala, wanted to feed them water, but Shravan's mother shouted - 'Why don't you speak, tell me where is our son?'  'Mother, inadvertently, my arrow hit the chest of Shravan.  He has sent me to give you water.  Please forgive me. '  The king was strangled.
'Oh!Shravan, alas! my son', the mother shouted.  Taking the name of the son with crying, both of them gave up their lives. They did not even touch the water.  Thirsty, they took off from this world.
It is said that King Dasaratha snatched his son from the old parents.  That is why King Dasharatha also had to endure a son's separation Ramchandraji went to exile for fourteen years.  King Dasaratha could not bear this disconnection.  That is why he gave up his life.  Never been a maternal & paternal devotee like Shravan Kumar.  The sons who serve the parents with true heart are called as Shravan Kumar.

75. Durvasha rishi cursed to Shakuntala.

Once King Dushyant of Hastinapur went to play hunting in the forest, which was the ashram of Kanva rishi in the forest to hunt.  The king reached his ashram to meet the sage, and after reaching there he called the sage, then a beautiful girl came out of the ashram and said, "Rajan Maharishi has gone on pilgrimage but you are welcome in our ashram."  Seeing the girl, Maharaja Dushyant asked, "Devi!  Who are you?"  The girl said, "My name is Shakuntala and I am the daughter of Kanva Rishi."  Hearing that girl, Dushyant Maharaj was surprised and said, "Maharishi is a born Brahmachari, then how are you his daughter?"
In response to his question, Shakuntala said, "Actually my parents are Menaka and Vishwamitra.  My mother left me in the forest when I was born, where a bird named Shakunta protected me.  That is why my name was Shakuntala. After that the eye of Kanva rishi fell upon me and he brought me to his ashram.  He was the one who fed me.  One who gives  birth, one who gives nourishment and one who gives food - all three are called fathers.  Thus Kanva rishi became my father. "
Hearing Shakuntala's words, Maharaj Dushyant said, "Shakuntale!  You are a Kshatriya girl.  Seeing your beauty, I have given my heart to you.  If you have no objection, then I want to marry you. "  Shakuntala was also fascinated with Maharaja Dushyant, so he gave his approval.
Both got married to each other .  Maharaja Dushyant spent some time in the forest, while staying with Shakuntala.  Then one day he said to Shakuntala, "Dear!  Now I have to go Hastinapur to see my kingdom. When maharishi Kanva returns from his pilgrimage, I will take you away from here and take you to my palace. "  Saying so, the king gave Shakuntala his gold ring as a token of his love and went to Hastinapur.
One day Durvasa Rishi came to his ashram. Shakuntala did not even know of his arrival due to being absorbed in memory of Maharaja Dushyant and did not welcome Durvasa rishi properly.
Durvasa Rishi considered it own insult and in anger said, " O girl!  I curse you that someone you have humiliated me by forgetting will forget you. "
Hearing the curse of Durvasa Rishi, Shakuntala's attention was broken and she fell at his feet and started praying for forgiveness.  Surprised by Shakuntala's pardon prayer, Durvasa Rishi said, "Well, if you have any of his love signs, then he will remember you by seeing that sign."
Shakuntala became pregnant due to Maharaj Dushyant's cohabitation.  After some time Kanva rishi returned from pilgrimage, then Shakuntala told him about her marriage with Maharaj Dushyant. Maharishi Kanva said, "Daughter!"  It is not appropriate for a married girl to stay in the father's house.  Now your husband's house is your home. " After saying this, Maharishi sent Shakuntala with his disciples to Hastinapur. While worshiping in a lake on the way, the ring of Shakuntala given by King Dushyant, which was a love sign, fell in the lake itself.  A fish swallowed that ring. Upon reaching King Dushyant, the disciples of Kanva rishi stood Shakuntala in front of him and said, "Maharaj!  Shakuntala is your wife, you accept it. "  Maharaja had forgotten Shakuntala due to the curse of Durvasa rishi. Therefore, he did not accept Shakuntala and started misbehave with her.  As soon as Shakuntala was insulted, lightning flashed in the sky and her mother Menka took her away in front of everyone.
The fish, which swallowed Shakuntala's ring, got caught in a fisherman's net one day.  When the fisherman cut him, a ring came out of his stomach.  The fisherman sent the ring to Maharaja Dushyant as an offering.  On seeing the ring, Maharaj remembered Shakuntala and repented of his act.  Maharaj searched Shakuntala very much but did not find her.
After a few days, after receiving the invitation of Devraj Indra, Maharaj Dushyant went to Indra's city Amravati to help him in the Devasur struggle.  After conquering the war, when he was returning to Hastinapur by sky route, he saw the ashram of rishi Kashyapa on the way. He stayed there for their visions.  In the ashram, a handsome boy was playing with a fierce lion.  Maneka had left Shakuntala in the sage Kashyapa's ashram and that child was the son of Shakuntala.  On seeing that child, a feeling of love rose in the heart of Maharaj. When he proceeded to lift his in the lap, Shakuntala's friend shouted, "O gentle man!  You should not touch this child, otherwise a black thread tied in his arm will bite you. "  Dushyant could not stop himself even after hearing this and lifted the child in his lap. Now Shakuntala's friend saw with surprise that the black thread tied in the child's arm has fallen on the earth.  Sakhi knew that whenever his father would take the child in his lap, that black thread would fall to the earth.  Friend was happy and narrated the entire story to Shakuntala. Shakuntala came to  near Dushyant.  Maharaj recognized Shakuntala.  He prayed forgiveness to Shakuntala for his act and took the permission of Rishi Kashyapa and brought her along with his son to Hastinapur.

The name of Maharaja Dushyant and Shakuntala's son was Bharata.  Later Bharata became the great emperor and our country was named Bharatvarsha after him.


This entire series highlights the importance of men with high intelligence and spiritual merit by Sanatan Dharma, and it is reported that whatever they predict becomes reality even if it is connected to the Supreme God.
 The concept of 'curse' has been a precursor to important events in the history of Sanatan Dharma.  It also explains the supreme importance given to 'Karma' in Sanatan Dharma, and even the Almighty God cannot escape its effects.  The sage who curses on a simple thing, he himself cannot be saved by impulsive behavior.  He then realizes his mistakes and after that he suggests some remedies or austerities to prevent them.
The effect and duration of a curse depended on the level of spiritual ability of the person giving the curse, and it was the only qualification that helped curse take real shape in that person's life.  The power of curse often came only upon attaining spiritual merit, which was in fact the basis of its power.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Story of curses(PART-09)

Story of curses(PART-09)

Welcome friends .... I hope you all like the stories of the curse series. Taking forward the stories of the curse series, the next part is presented to you. Like the previous part, this part too will be liked by you. At the end of this ninth part, all of you will get a link to the eighth part. If you like, do share my article on social media.

62. Lord Shiva cursed to maa Parvati.

Lord Shiva was explaining about the Vedas to his wife Goddess Parvati in detail on Mount Kailash one day.  Explanations and discussions went on for many years.  One day Parvati lost her concentration. As a result, Lord Shiva became angry and in anger, he said, "Go to earth and take birth as a fisherman".  Goddess Parvati disappeared as soon as the words came out of Lord Shiva's mouth.  Later Lord Shiva said, Oh!  What did i do?  Lord Shiva shouted in despair that I could not live without my beloved wife.

Lord Shiva started to remain unhappy for days.  His devotee Nandi was unable to see his guru unhappily.  He thought, My Lord will be happy only when his love comes back to Mount Kailash.
Meanwhile, Goddess Parvati took the form of a baby girl on earth.  The head of the fisherman community saw the girl under the tree.  Took the girl home and brought her the name of Parvati as her daughter.  Years passed and soon Parvati became a beautiful young girl.  She used to help her father catch fish. On the other side of Mount Kailash, Lord Shiva was still distraught for his wife.  Nandi went to him and said, "O Lord, why don't you call mother here"?  "I cannot do that, Nandi. According to his birth she is destined to marry a fisherman", Lord Shiva said with a sad heart.
Nandi said to himself, "Oh, is that so, I have to do something about it".  The next day Nandi took the form of a big fish.  He went to the part of the sea where fishermen used to come fishing.  He started harassing the fishermen. The fishermans went to the chief fisherman with his complaint.  He told them that "we can no longer catch fish in the sea, because a big fish overturns our boats and ruins the nets".
Hearing the complaints of the fishermens, the chief fisherman announced, "Whoever catches that fish will be allowed to marry my daughter Parvati".  Many young fishermen tried one by one but none could catch the fish. Then the chief fisherman prayed to Lord Shiva, "Oh God, please help us get rid of this big fish".  Goddess Parvati also prayed.  "God, please come to help us".  Lord Shiva heard the prayers of Parvati.  He took the form of a young and beautiful fisherman.  He went to the chief fisherman and said, "I have come here to help you.
I will catch that fish and then marry your daughter Parvati ". When the young and beautiful fisherman (Lord Shiva) went to sea to catch the fish, Nandi was very happy. Nandi was in the form of a fish at that time.  The young fisherman caught the fish.
Then the chief fisherman married his daughter Parvati to the young fisherman.  Thus Lord Shiva once again regained Goddess Parvati as his beloved wife.

63.  Lord Vishnu cursed to mother Lakshmi.

The pair of Lord Vishnu and Maa Lakshmi is considered to be the most beautiful pair, that is why most of their pictures are taken together, both Lord Vishnu and Maa Lakshmi contribute to movement the world, where Lord Vishnu preserve the world.  Maa Lakshmi brings prosperity to this world, but there was a time when Maa Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu had to separate.  The story of curses is behind this.  Today I will tell two stories in this context.

(a). 1st story.

According to ancient stories, once Lord Vishnu made up a plan to roam the earth, but when Goddess Lakshmi came to know about this, she also insisted to walk with him, for which Vishnu refused but she did not listen and Vishnu ji was forced to take them along, Vishnu ji agreed to take Goddess Lakshmi with him, but he placed a condition in front of Goddess Lakshmi, he said that you will not see any other direction nor will touch anything without asking, Mother Lakshmi immediately heard and said yes to.
When both Vishnu and Maa Lakshmi reached the earth, the weather of the earth was very beautiful because it had rained a day before and sunrise was also happening, seeing such beautiful view, Goddess Lakshmi was mesmerized and did not care.  When she has come in the north direction and she forgot her promise to Lord Vishnu, due to which she plucked flowers from a garden, but when she broke the flower and came back to Vishnu, there were tears in the eyes of Vishnu, when Mata Lakshmi asked her the reason, then he said that you should not touch anyone's thing without asking it.  She remembered very sad and then Vishnu ji said that you will surely get the punishment of mistake, he cursed Mother that in the garden from where she has plucked flowers . That gardener's home you will be live as maid then you will be able to enter the Baikuntha.
After this, Mother Lakshmi took the form of a poor woman and went to  near the gardener's house to ask for shelter and told the gardener that she had no one to help them. The gardener was a kind person, took pity on mother Lakshmi and took them into his house as own daughter and from the very next day everything started getting better with the gardener and all his flowers were sold together. By the evening he bought a cow and upon seeing it his desire was complete , that gardener always felt that this was happening since the arrival of the girl.
Once the gardener went to own house, saw that a jewel-laden woman with a glazing face was sitting at his house, and when he went near her, he recognized that this is his daughter who is mother Lakshmi herself.

Knowing this, he said to Mother Lakshmi, Mother forgive me, I made you work, I have committed a crime, on hearing this, Mother Lakshmi said that Madhava you are a very good person, you gave me a place in your house, like your daughter, in return I give you a boon that there will never be a shortage of wealth in your life, you will get all the happiness of the world, saying that, Goddess Lakshmi again went to Baikunth.

2nd story:----

Once upon a time, Shrihari was seated with Lakshmi in Vaikuntha .  At the same time Revanta arrived on board the horse named Uchchehashrava. Uchchehashrava horse was very beautiful in appearance.  His beauty could not be compared to any other horse.  Therefore, Lakshmi ji kept looking at the beauty of that horse.  When Lord Vishnu found Lakshmi mesmerized and looking at horse, he sought to divert her attention from horse, but Lakshmi ji was engrossed in seeing. Lakshmi ji did not get disturbed even after repeated stirs by Lord Vishnu, considering it to be disregarded, Lord Vishnu got angry and cursed Lakshmi- "You have lost so much in the beauty of this horse that I have once  - even after stirs, you kept your attention in it, so you become mare. "
When Lakshmi was distracted and the curse was discovered, she started offering prayers to Lord Vishnu with a dedicated gesture - "I will not be able to live for a single moment in your disconnection, so please bless me and take back own curse."
Then Vishnu corrected his curse and said- "The curse cannot be withdrawn completely.  But yes, you will get rid of this curse after childbirth in your mare form and you will come back to me again. "
Goddess Lakshmi, who became a mare due to the curse of Lord Vishnu, started doing austerities of Lord Shiva at the confluence of Yamuna and Tamsa river.  Pleased with Lakshmi's tenacity, Shiva came with Parvati.  He asked Lakshmi ji the reason for doing penance, then Lakshmi ji told him all the things related to becoming mare and prayed for her salvation. Then Lord Shiva said- “Goddess!  You don't worry  For this, I will explain to Vishnu that he should take a horse form and please you and make a son like own so that you can go back to him soon. ”
Lakshmi ji was very happy to hear Lord Shiva things.  She started realizing that I would soon be free from the curse and get Sri Hari (Vishnu).  Lord Shiva left from there.  Lakshmi ji, who was form a mare, was again in austerity.  Lots of time elapsed.  But Lord Vishnu did not come near her.  Then she remembered Lord Shiva again.  Lord Shiva appeared.  He satisfied Lakshmi ji and said- “Devi!  Be patient . The result of patience is sweet.  Vishnu will surely come near you in the form of horse. "
Saying this, Lord Shiva became impeded.  Upon reaching Kailash, Lord Shiva started thinking how to make Vishnu as a horse and send near to Lakshmi.  In the end, he sent one of his gana-Chitrupa to Vishnu by making him a messenger.  Chitrupa reached the Lord Vishnu.  Knowing that the messenger of Lord Shiva has come, Lord Vishnu asked the messenger to tell all the news.
The messenger told him all the words of Lord Shiva.  Finally, Lord Vishnu agreed to become horse by accepting Shiva's proposal.  He took the form of horse and reached the confluence of Yamuna and Tapasa where Lakshmi was doing austerities by taking the form of mare.
Lakshmi ji was very happy to see Lord Vishnu coming in the form of horse.  The two began to move and love together.  Shortly after, Lakshmi Ji became pregnant as a mare.  In due course, a beautiful child was born from the womb of mare.  After that Lakshmi ji went to Vaikuntha Sri Hari Vishnu.
After Laxmi ji left, the responsibility of raising that child was taken by Yayati's son Turvasu, because he was inferior to his children and was performing a yajna to get a son.  The boy was named Haihay.  Later, the descendants of Haihay are called Haihayavanshi.

64. Mata Parvati cursed to Lord Vishnu, Narada, Kartikeya and Ravana .

It is said in the Puranas that one should never cheat with anyone in life, because whoever we cheat with, one gets hurt after knowing the truth.  In this case, the 'ah' emanating from his heart reaches God directly.  On the other hand, the curse given by a true human being can hurt and hurt any person.
A similar story involving deception is found in Vamanapurana, in which Mata Parvati could not bear the deceit committed by Shiva and other gods herself and gets angry and curses other gods including Shiva.  Once Lord Shankar expressed his desire to play dutya (gambling) with Mata Parvati.
Lord Shankar lost everything in this game.  After losing, Bholenath went on the banks of the Ganga, wearing his leaves clothes while making his Leela.  When Kartikeya came to know about the whole thing, he came to take back all the things from Mata Parvati.  This time Parvati ji lost in the game and Karthikeya went back with all the goods of Shankar. Now Parvati also got worried that all the stuff also went away and her husband also got away.  When Parvati told her grief to her beloved son Ganesha, the mother devotee Ganesha himself came to Lord Shankar to play the game.
Ganesh won and returned and told the news of his victory to Mata.  Parvati said that she should have brought her father along.  Ganesh then set out to search for Bholenath. He met Bholenath in Haridwar. At that time, Bholenath was traveling with Lord Vishnu and Kartikeya.  Angered with Parvati, Bholenath refused to return.  Ravana, a devotee of Bholenath, frightened Ganesha's vehicle mushak(rat) as a cat.  Rat escaped leaving Ganesh.
Lord Vishnu took the form of dice with the wish of Bholenath.  Ganesh told Bholenath about the sadness of his mother.  On this, Bholenath said, "I have made a new dice. If your mother agrees to play the game again, I can go back."
On Ganesh's assurance, Bholenath returned to Parvati and asked to play the game.  Parvati laughed at this and said, what is you have so that the game can be played.  Hearing this, Bholenath became silent.  On this Narada ji gave his veena etc. to him.

In this game, Bholenath started winning every time.  After throwing a couple of dice, Ganesh understood and he revealed to Goddess Parvati the secret of taking the dice form of Lord Vishnu.  Parvati ji got angry after hearing the whole thing.
Ravana tried to convince Mata, but his anger did not calm down and with anger he cursed Bholenath that the burden of the Ganges stream would remain on his head.  Narada got the curse of never staying in one place. Cursed Lord Vishnu that this Ravana would be your enemy and cursed Ravana that only Vishnu will destroy you.  Kartikeya was also cursed by Mother Parvati to always remain in the form of a child.

65. Maa Lakshmi cursed to Lord Vishnu.

It is a matter of ancient times, Lord Vishnu had to fight with the demons continuously for ten thousand years.  At the end of the war, he went to his residence in Vaikuntha and meditated.  His bow's thread was tight, due to tired of war, he soon fell asleep in that state and he himself bowed a little with the help of his bow.
On the other hand, in order to carry out all their work in heaven, the gods thought to perform the yajna, but due to they were afraid of the fear of the asuras may destroy the yajna.  They went to the shelter of Brahma Ji with his problem, then Brahma Ji asked the gods to seek the help of Lord Vishnu and went to Vaikuntha with the gods themselves. On reaching there, he found Lord Vishnu lying unconscious in yoganidra, and all the gods started trying to awaken him.  When all the gods were unable to awaken them, Brahmaji produced a worm named Vamri. On the orders of Brahma ji, that worm cut the thread  of the bow with its sharp teeth, on which Lord Vishnu was sleeping with support.  As soon as the thread of the bow was cut, there was a terrible explosion and there was a dark darkness in the whole universe, which scared all the gods.
When darkness fell, all the Gods were stunned to see Lord Vishnu, because Lord Vishnu's head had become separated and his head became invisible.  Seeing this situation of Lord Vishnu, all the gods got worried, then on the advice of Brahma Ji, the gods praised Mahamaya Bhagwati Goddess Durga.  Mother Durga appeared in front of the gods. When the Gods asked about the state of Lord Vishnu, the Goddess said, O Gods!  A monster named Hayagriva (horse-necked) tried to please me with his hard penance, pleased with his penance, I gave him a boon that he will die by  hand of Hayagreeva. After receiving a boon from me, Hayagreeva became involved in the works of sin, he started torturing sages-saints, and for his death I created my illusion.
Due to my illusion, Lord Vishnu once upon a time saw the beautiful form of Goddess Lakshmi, laughing at Lord Vishnu like this, Goddess Lakshmi felt insulted and she cursed Vishnu to be headless.
Due to the this curse, Lord Vishnu's forehead is separated from his torso.  Then the Maa Durga said to the gods, that monster is sure to end, so you are cut off the head of an horse and put it on the torso of Lord Vishnu. Due to the head of the horse is this form of Lord Vishnu will be known as Hayagreeva.  This was done according to the orders of Brahma and as soon as the head of the horse was attached to the torso of Lord Vishnu, he became the incarnation of Hayagreeva. Lord Hayagriva and demon Hayagriva fought a war of many years in which the demon Hayagriva was killed, thus a great enemy of the gods was killed by the grace of Lord Vishnu.

66. Maa Ganga and maa Saraswati cursed to each other.

According to the Brahmavarta Purana, Lord Vishnu's three wives Lakshmi, Ganga and Saraswati argue among themselves and started cursing each other.
 Let us know what was the reason behind this.
According to the legend, Lord Vishnu had three wives - Lakshmi, Ganga and Saraswati.  The trio always tried to keep Narayan happy so that they could get their special love.  Goddess Lakshmi and Mother Saraswati became jealous once upon seeing Shrihari's greater love for Goddess Ganga.
On this, Lakshmi ji did not say anything, but Saraswati ji told Lord Vishnu a lot of bad things for this bias.  Lakshmi tried to stop her, but due to anger she continued to rebuke Narayan. She also called Goddess Ganga to bad things. Fed up with this quarrel, Lord Vishnu went out of Vaikuntha for some time. Saraswati felt very sad to see Narayan going out like this, but he also understood the reason for Goddess Ganga.  In the same anger, she was inspired to hit the Ganges.  Seeing this sin, Lakshmi could not stay away from her and she came in between them.
She tried to calm them both by explaining.  Goddess Ganga calmed down due to this, but the anger of Saraswati increased further.  Thus, due to coming in the middle, she got angry and cursed Lakshmi to become a tree.
Goddess Lakshmi immediately turned into a basil plant under the influence of Saraswati's curse.  Seeing innocent Lakshmi being cursed in such a way, now Ganga was also angry.  She cursed Saraswati to become a river and flow on the ground floor. Unhappy with this, Saraswati also cursed Ganga to become a river and carry the ash of humans.  When Lord Vishnu came back, he came to know about the curse of Saraswati and Ganga.  At the same time, seeing Lakshmi transformed into a plant, she felt immense sorrow. Due to the calm nature and well-being of Goddess Lakshmi, he thought it appropriate to keep him with her as his wife.  Thinking that such a situation could come back, he decided to sacrifice Goddess Ganga and Goddess Saraswati.
When both of them came to know about this, they apologized to Lord Vishnu.  Then Srihari said that the Ganges will descend on the earth to wash away the sins of humans.  At the same time, she will remain in his feet as part, in the kamandal of the Brahma and also in the jatas of Mahadev.
Saraswati will also flow with her on the ground floor and will also live with him as a part.  Only Goddess Lakshmi will live in Baikunth, becoming his wife completely.  Along with this, he also took the form of Shaligram and reached the Tulsi form of Goddess Lakshmi and marriage with her.

It is said that Ganga and Saraswati have been flowing on the earth as a river due to each other's curse since then.  Goddess Saraswati's curse has ended and that is why she has returned to her world and Goddess Ganga will also be completely disappear by completing her curse by the end of Kali Yuga.  But even today, the confluence of Ganga and Saraswati can be seen in Prayag.

67. Mata Parvati cursed to Shiva's gan Bhiringi.

Shiva and Parvati are one form, both merge into one. That is why Lord Ardhanarishwar takes a form.  A Shiva devotee could not accept this truth.  Shiva then showed him Ardhanarishwar form.  Also punished for his audacity.  Carefully read the story of that prominent Shivgana Bhringi, then you will have some idea of ​​this relation of Shiva-Parvati.

The special thing about Bhringi is that they have three legs. How did the Bhiringi have three legs?  There is a story behind this that tells us how deep the love between Uma-Shankar.  These two are virtually the same.  Actually, due to an unfair stubbornness of Bhringi, Sadashiv and Jagdamba had to take Ardhanarishwar form.

Bhringi was a great Shiva devotee.  He was very fond of Sadashiva's feet.  He did not care for anyone except Shiva in his dream.  Even he considered Jagadjanani Maa Parvati as separate from Sadashiva. His mind did not accept that there is no difference between Shiva and Parvati. When Bhringi came to orbit Shiva.  Shiva was meditative.  Bhiringi was getting mad in Shiva's love.  He only wanted to revolve around Shiva as his definition of celibacy was different.  But what to do, Parvati ji is seated in Shivaji's left side. Bhiringi could not stop own temper.  The courage increased so much that he requested Jagdamba to sit away from Shivji so that I could revolve around Shiva.
Jagdamba understood that it is ascetic but it has not been learned.  Right now it is of incomplete knowledge, so he ignored the matter of Bhiringi. Bhiringi was stubborn, not ready to hear and understand anything.  Again said to Parvati ji that you go away for some time, let me go round.
Mother Parvati objected to this and said stop the inappropriate thing.  Jagadamba is the power of Mahadev.  How would she have prepared to be separated from Sadashiva!  Mother explained to Bhringi in many ways, explaining nature and man's relationship.  Gave the example of the Vedas, but Bhiringi  too persisted.  The stubborn intellect is halved anyway.
The knowledge and teachings given by the mother did not come to his discretion.  His intellect was not ready to understand this mystery of creation.  He was only determined to revolve around Shiva.  Mother thought that there is no benefit to explain anything to this ignorant person.  It should be ignored.  Mother did not separate from Shiva.
Bhiringi also kept his stubbornness.  Made a plan to do what he wanted. Bhiringi took the form of a snake and started orbiting Shiva.  He moved, trying to get out from between Jagadamba and Mahadev.  His audacity resulted in the destruction of Shiva's tomb.
Shiva understood that this fool distracted by seeing the Jagdamba on my left side.  He is distinguishing between the two.  To explain this in a symbolic hint, Shivji immediately took on the form of Ardhanarishwar.  Jagdamba had now merged into them.  Shivji started appearing in male form from right side and female form from left side.
Now Bhringi's plan started to fail . The stubbornness of fool starts going higher than God. Bhiringi  did not lose even that much.  He had to revolve around Shiva.
 In the form of a rat, he started trying to separate the ardhanarishwar form of God from one another.  Now it was too much.  The patience of Jagadamba, who continued to bear the audacity of Shiva devotee Bhringi, missed.
She cursed to Bhiringi- "O Bhiringi, you are violating the rules of the universe."  If you consider foolishness act to respect the mother power, then at this time your mother's part will be separated from your body.
Mahadev himself got upset after hearing this curse. Bhiringi's intellect may have been lost, but Mahadev knew how serious this curse meant.  According to the mechanistic interpretation of tantras, bones and muscles in the human body get the father, while blood and flesh are obtained from the mother's share.
What was there then, Bhiringi was in trouble .  Immediately blood and flesh separated from his bodies. Only bones and muscles are left in the body. Death could not have happened because he was in the region of the liberated Kailash and Sadashiva and Mahamaya themselves were in front of him.
To defeat his life, the Yamdoots could not dare to reach there. Unbearable pain caused the Bhiringi to become restless. This curse was also given by Adishakti Jagadamba. She gave this curse to bring the discrimination of the Bhiringi to the right path.  Therefore, Mahadev also did not interrupt.
The benefit of this curse was that the Bhiringi, falling into unbearable pain, understood that father's power is not beyond mother power in any case.  Mother and father together create this body.  Therefore both are revered.
After this, Bhringi prayed to Jagadamba, suffering from unbearable pain.  Mother is a mother.  She immediately pleased him and ended the suffering.  Mata started a process to withdraw her curse.  He prevented Mother from withdrawing the curse.
Bhringi said- Mother has taken great pity on me by removing my pain.  But let me be in this form.  This form of mine will be an example for the world.  In this creation, again, like me, no one will fall prey to confusion, forgetting to understand mother and father apart from each other.  I committed so much crime, yet you have a favor on me.  Now I will always be around you as a living example.
Mahadev and Jagadamba were both happy to hear this devotee.  The mother Jagadamba and father Mahadev, taking Ardhanarishwar form, immediately gave Bhringi a prominent position in their ganas.  Bhiringi was able to move and therefore gave him a third leg.  With the third leg he carries his load and walks with Shiva-Parvati.
Ardhanarishwar said- O Bhiringi, you will always be with us.  Your presence will be a message to this world that in every living being, the part is male, the same part is female.  One who difference  between a woman and a man becomes like you. Men and women both together pursue the world, both are equal  . To prove this, I have taken the form of Ardhanarishwar. Both men and women have their own place, their own existence.  The one who rejects it does not get the favor of either Shiva or Parvati.  That living being will die on the earth without grace of Shiva and Parvati.
Bhiringi attained the position, to which Indra and big deities also crave to achieve it.  Shivji has given sexual creation to the world.  For this, he first showed Brahma his Ardhanarishvara form.
Brahma imagined  women after seeing him.  With the combination of women and men, he gave the system of creation.  That means male and female together become creator like subtle Brahma.

68. Mata Parvati cursed to Mandodari.

We are all familiar with Ravana's wife Mandodari.  But today we will tell you that in fact, Mandodari was cursed by mother Parvati, due to which she became the wife of Ravana.

Ramayana is our mythological text, with which we remain happy with half-incomplete information.  Actually, it means to say that whenever the story of Ramayana is mentioned, it ends by wandering between Rama, Sita and Ravana.

But never tried to know and understand important characters like mandodari.  Why do we know Mandodari as the wife of Ravana, she will also have a separate identity.  At the end of Lankesh Ravana, the chapter of the remaining lifetime of Mandodari closes and the story again turns to the other side. Even after studying the entire Ramayana, most people do not know how Mandodari's life must have been.  So today we tell you about some facts which you may not know.
Both the history of Ravana and the history of Mandodari have a deep connection between each other.  If in your mind too, an eagerness to know about this is taking birth, then we will solve it.  It is necessary to know how Mandodari was born before knowing the life after the death of Ravana.  So let's start the story of Mandodari -
This story about Mandodari is also mentioned  in the Puranas.  Once upon a time, a beautiful nymph named Madhura reached Mount Kailash while traveling.  In the absence of Parvati devi, she wanted to take advantage of the opportunity and was attracted to Lord Shiva.  While doing this, he put the ash on her body. Unaware of the unwavering love of Shiva Parvati, she was involved in these antics that only when Mother Parvati arrived. Mother Parvati's body trembled with anger after seeing this scene running on Mount Kailash.  At that moment, without any delay, she cursed Madhura to become a frog.  Not only this, but according to that curse, Madhura had to spent 12 years as a frog in a single well.
Parvati Devi replied that on Shiva's request, I cannot take back my curse but can only tell a solution. She can attain its true form by performing austerities but after austerity for a year. Now let's talk about Mayasur who was the king of Asuras.  Mayasur and his wife Hema wished for a daughter.  They had two sons, but still both started penance in the desire of the girl.  By this time, Madhura's tenacity was also being completed.
Madhura got the real look and then started making sounds to come out of the well.  Hema and Mayasur rushed to save her as soon as they heard her compassionate call. They were pleased to get Madhura as a daughter and named her Mandodari.
Ravana once went to meet Mayasur and could not stop his attraction after seeing Mandodari.  When he proposed to Mandodari for marriage in front of Mayasur, the proposal became rejected .  But Ravana was not one to give up so easily, he got forcefully married to the daughter of Mayasur.
Mandodari was also familiar with the nature of Lankapati Ravana and his exclusive Shiva devotion, so for the protection of father and family, She also did not deny marriage.  After some time Mandodari gave birth to three sons from Ravana;  Eldest son Meghnad, Akshay Kumar and Atikay.
Scared of Ravana's arrogance and strength, Mandodari knew in her mind that Ravana has walk on the path of apocalypse.  Mandodari's every attempt to convince her husband Ravana proved to be a failure.  Despite all his efforts, Lankanresh did not agree to return Sita Mata to Lord Rama.
Even knowing that Ravana was slaughtered at the hands of Shri Rama due to a curse, she did not leave her husband during the war.
It is mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana that after the end of Ravana, Mandodari reached the battlefield and was sad to see the destruction of her relatives.

It is also mentioned in the "Adhbhoot Ramayana " that Shri Rama said to Mandodari, "You are the queen of Swarnapuri, marry Vibhishana and make the life of the people of Lanka happy."But Ram Ji reached Ayodhya with mother Sita and Laxman  , Mandodari locked herself in a room of the palace.  After some time, considering the matter of Shreerama, she came out and decided to marry Vibhishan.  Both of them fulfilled their duty by extending the empire of Lanka in the proper direction.
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