Friday, May 1, 2020

Ekadashis's Stories (PART :-03)

Ekadashis's Stories (PART :-03)

Hello friends .... In the last article you read the story of the three Ekadashis. This time too, I have come to you with the story of the three Ekadashis.  I hope that you will like this article like the previous article and your knowledge will increase. My purpose is to give you information only.  Whenever all of you have a desire to observe Ekadashi, do this fast only after taking advice from a qualified scholar. If you like my article, do share it on social media.  A link to the previous article will also be found at the end of the article.  Till then you earn knowledge from this article and wait for the next article.  Thank you

04 . Kamala(Padmini) Ekadashi.

There are 24 Ekadashi throughout the year which have different meanings and significance.  The Ekadashi falling on the Shukla Paksha of Malmas is known as Padmini Ekadashi, Kamala Ekadashi and Purushottam Ekadashi.  This Ekadashi comes once in three years.  The year in which Padmini Ekadashi falls, the whole year is 26 Ekadashi.  Along with Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva-Parvati ji is also worshiped on this Ekadashi. There is a belief about its fast that the person who performs it attains Baikuntha after consuming the pleasures on earth and attaining fame.  On this day of Ekadashi, by worshiping this Ekadashi, a person can attain salvation.

There is a mythological story behind it.  Once, Dharmaraja Yudhishthira asked Lord Krishna, what is the name of Ekadashi of Shukla Paksha of Malmaas ? Then God said that Ekadashi which comes in Shukla Paksha in Malmaas is called Padmini Ekadashi or Kamala Ekadashi. By the way, there are 24 Ekadashis every year.  When Malamas comes, then their number increases to 26.
After this, while telling the story, Shri Krishna said that in Treyayuga, under the dynasty of a king named Haihaya, a king named Kritavirya ruled in Mahishmati Puri.  That king had 1,000 most loved wife, but none of them had a son who could handle their kingdom.
The king made great efforts to get a son from Devta, Pitru, Siddha and many doctors etc.  Even after this, he could not get a son.  Then the king decided to do penance.  His most beloved queen, who was born in the Ikshvaku dynasty, named Padmini daughter of King Harishchandra, agreed to go to the forest with the king.
After handing over the kingdom to their minister, both of them left the royal clan and went to austerity on the Gandhamadan mountain.  The king meditated on that mountain for 10 thousand years, but still did not get a son.  Then Anusuya said to the queen Padmini - More than 12 months is important malamas, which comes after 32 months. Fasting with the awakening of Ekadashi of Padmini Shukla Paksha in it will fulfill all your wishes.  By observing this fast, God will please you and give you a son soon.  Then Rani Padmini fasted on Ekadashi with the desire to have a son.  She would stay awake at night on Ekadashi.
Pleased with this fast, Lord Vishnu granted him the boon of getting a son.  Due to this effect, a son was born in the house of Padmini, who was strong and like him there was no one powerful in all the three worlds.  There was no power to win them except God in the three worlds. Humans who have fasted the Malamas Shukla Paksha Ekadashi, who read or listen to the whole story, also get Vishnulok as eligible for fame.

05 .  Mohini Ekadashi.

According to mythological belief, when the churning of the ocean was happening, there was a fierce battle between the gods and the demons for the nectar urn.  Controversy had arisen.  Then Lord Vishnu took the form of a beautiful woman. Seeing the appearance of this beautiful woman, the asuras became fascinated and taking the nectar urn and gave the whole nectar gave to the gods. In this way, the gods became immortal by drinking nectar.  It is believed that on the day Lord Vishnu took the form of Mohini, Shukla Ekadashi date of Vaishakh month was on that day.  That is why we celebrate this day as Mohini Ekadashi.  On this day, Mohini form of Lord Vishnu is worshiped.

Some people believe about Ekadashi that Lord Vishnu took the form of Mohini on this day, hence the name Mohini Ekadashi.  While this idea is not mentioned in any Puranas and scriptures.  Lord Vishnu has incarnated Mohini many times.  These include the to save Lord Shiva from Bhasmasura, to distribute nectar after Samudra manthan and to marry Iravan. It is not mentioned anywhere that Lord Vishnu took the form of Mohini on the day of Ekadashi.  Actually, this Ekadashi is called Mohini because of its fasting, a person trapped in the craving for attachment and enjoyment gets freedom from karma.  The same fact is evident from the story of Ekadashi found in the Padma Purana that Mohini Ekadashi is the Ekadashi that removes temptation.

According to religious scriptures (Mohini Ekadashi), Lord Rama knew about this Ekadashi from his guru Vashistha Muni in Treta Yuga.  Lord Rama also fasted this Ekadashi to tell the importance of Mohini Ekadashi to the world. Lord Krishna also advised Yudhishthira to observe this fast in Dwapara yuga. In the Padma Purana it is mentioned that Yudhishthira asked Kanha, Bhagavan!  What is the significance and result of Ekadashi of Vaishakh Shukla Paksha?  Then Shri Krishna remembers Lord Rama saying that the same question was asked by Lord Rama to Maharishi Vasistha in Tretayuga. Then Vashistha told them that the Ekadashi of Shukla Paksha of Vaishakh month is Mohini Ekadashi.  This Ekadashi is the destroyer of all sins.  On this day, a person gets freedom from the illusion and fascination of the world by worshiping with fast and law.

There was a beautiful city named Bhadravati on the delightful bank of river Saraswati.  There was rule of a king named Dhritimana.  Dhritiman was born in the Chandra dynasty and always used to speak true . There lived a Vaishya named Dhanapala in his city, who came from a rich and happy family.  He used to do social service with great enthusiasm.  For the service of people, sources of water such as taps, ponds, pudders are made.  Planting trees along the road.  Also, he was an exclusive devotee of Lord Vishnu, always absorbed in his devotion. Dhanapala had five sons, Sumna, Dutimana, Meghavi, Sukrit and Dhritabuddhi.  Dhishtabuddhi, the youngest and fifth son of Dhanapala, always used to do sinful deeds.  Also used to play gambling and drinking.  He used to associate with prostitutes and evildoers. He used to spend time in gambling to save time.  He was very adamant and did not believe in God, Pitru etc.  He used to spend most of his father's wealth in bad addictions. Drinking and devouring meat was his daily work.  When he did not come to the right path even after much persuasion, his father, brothers and relatives expelled him unhappily and started condemning him.  After leaving the house, he started living by selling his jewelery and clothes.
The prostitutes and their evil companions also abandoned him after the money was destroyed.  When he was distressed by hunger and thirst, he thought of stealing and  use to fill his stomach by stealing at night, but one day he was caught, but the soldiers left him knowing the son of Vaishya.
When he was caught again for the second time, the soldiers also did not take any consideration of him and presented him before the king and told to king everything.  Then the king put him in prison.  He was given a lot of hardship by the king's command in prison and in the end he was asked to leave the city. Unhappy, he had to leave the city.
Now he started filling the stomach by killing animals and birds in the forest.  Then became the hunter, and with the bow and arrow started eating and selling the dead creatures of the forest.  Once distraught with hunger and thirst, he went in search of food.
One day some of his virtues emerged and he reached the ashram of Maharishi Kaundinya.  This is the incident of Vaishakh month.  The Kondinya sage went to take bath in Ganga river at that time.  When he returned to the ashram,  Dhrishbuddhi filled with the weight of repentance fell at his feet and weeping began to ask him about a fasting that could destroy all his sinful deeds. Then Maharishi said to him to observe Mohini Ekadashi fast.  Due to the effect of this fast, his poverty was overcome and after death he got a place in Vaikuntha lok.
The creature should always associate with the saints.  With the company of saints, man not only gets good wisdom, but his life is saved.  The company of sinners takes the creature to hell.

06 .  Achala(Apara) Ekadashi.

This Ekadashi is known by two names 'Achala' and 'Apara'.  According to the Puranas, Ekadashi of Jyeshtha Krishna Paksha is Apara Ekadashi, because it is going to give immense wealth.  Human beings who observe this fast become famous in the world. Lord Trivikram is worshiped on this day. Lord Vishnu, Lord Vitthal and Balaji are seen in Lord Trivikram.  According to mythological beliefs, by observing this fast all sins and sufferings are eliminated.
All sins of killing Brahmahatya, Ghost form, condemnation of others etc. are removed with the effect of fasting of Apara Ekadashi.  By observing this fast, all sins are destroyed, giving false testimony, lying, reading or making false scriptures, becoming a false astrologer and becoming a false doctor. Those Kshatriyas who run away from war are hellbent, but by fasting Apara Ekadashi they also get to heaven.  The disciples who receive instruction from the Guru and then condemn them, they fall into hell.  But by fasting Apara Ekadashi, they also get rid of this sin. The result which is obtained by bathing Kartik Purnima in all the three Pushkar or by offering pindadan to the ancestors on the banks of the Ganges, is obtained by fasting on Apara Ekadashi.

There are many mythological stories about Apara Ekadashi.  According to a legend, there was a very religious king named Mahidhwaj in a state.  As good as King Mahidhwaj was, his younger brother Vajradhwaj was equally sinful.  Vajradhvaja used to hate Madhwaja and conspired to kill him. Once he is successful in his plan and kills Mahidhwaj and throws him into the forest and starts ruling himself.  Now due to untimely death, Mahidvaj has to live the life of a phantom. He used to lives on a peepal tree.  After his death, the people were saddened by his vicious brother in the state as well as now Mahidhwaj also used to hurt those who came near to peepal tree .  But say the good fortune of his virtues that there was a divine sage passing by. He realizes that a ghost is trying to tease him.  With his power, he saw him and started thinking about how to improve his future.  First he apprehended the phantom and taught him the lesson of goodness, then for his salvation, he himself kept Apara Ekadashi fast and took the resolution and donated the fast of his fast to Phantom.  Thus he got freedom from the phantom life and Baikuntha went away.
According to another legend, once a king built a very beautiful garden in his kingdom.  There were so many beautiful flowers in this garden that even the gods could not live without being attracted and they would steal the flowers from the garden.  The king was upset with the theft, and all efforts to save the constantly desolate garden seemed to fail.  Now the Rajpurohits were remembered.  Everyone has guessed that if any human being can not have the courage of some divine power, they suggested that the flowers we offer at the feet of Lord Shri Hari should be put around the garden.  Let's see if the matter is made or not.
The gods and nymphs came as usual, but unfortunately an apsara's leg fell on the flower offered to Lord Vishnu, ending all her virtues and she could not fly with the other companions.  As soon as dawn, the king was informed about seeing this unique woman.  The king too became enchanted after seeing it.  Apsara, confessing her crime, narrated the whole story and repented of her deeds.  Then the king said what can we help you.  Then she said that if any of your peoples keep the fast of Jyeshtha Krishna Ekadashi and donate own virtue to me, then I can return.
The king made the announcement in the peoples and also fixed the prize money, but there was no enthusiastic response.  The king came to give half of the prize money to the state, but no one came forward.  No one had even heard about Ekadashi fast.

The distressed Apsara remembered Chitragupta, then after seeing from his book account, he informed that Ekadashi fasting is  has done unknownly in this city by a lady, if she takes the resolution and donates the virtue of the fast then it can become a matter.  Apsara told this thing to the king. The king respectfully called thats lady and her husband .  After getting pledged by the purohit, lady donated the virtue of own fast to her, which  Apsara thanked to the King and the people and returned to the heaven.  At the same time, according to his promise, the king gave half the kingdom to lady and her husband .  The king had by now understood the importance of Ekadashi. He made the fast of every Ekadashi of the year compulsory for all the men and women of the state, including the royal family, for eight to eighty years.

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