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.

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