Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Ekadashis's Stories (PART :-04)


Ekadashis's Stories (PART :-04)

Hello friends… The fourth part of the story series of Ekadashis is presented to you.  This time it is late for you.  I'm sorry for this . I hope you will like today's presentation too. If you like the article, do share it on social media.  And also tell your acquaintances about my blog.  At the end of the article, all of you will get a link to Part Three.  And one special thing to remember is that there are two Ekadashi in Malmas, Padmini Ekadashi and Parma Ekadashi.  Thank you

07 . Parma (Harivallabha) Ekadashi.

The Ekadashi of Krishna Paksha of Purushottam month is famous as Parma and Harivallabha Ekadashi. This Ekadashi comes after every three years. Therefore, this Ekadashi has special significance. On the day of Parma Ekadashi, if Tulsi Mata is also worshiped with Lord Vishnu, then  kindness Goddess Lakshmi starts coming to that house. Because it is considered auspicious and beneficial to have the most holy basil in the house. That is, there is the arrival of happiness and prosperity in that house and the money crisis ends. In the Padmapuran, Lord Krishna has told that by donating thousands of cows from this Ekadashi one gets the virtue and financial troubles will be removed. Let's see what else is said about Parma Ekadashi in this Purana.


It is believed that Lord Vishnu himself blesses the devotee who worships and chants Lord Vishnu on Malmaas month in the true heart on this Ekadashi. Their sins are destroyed and all wishes are fulfilled. The rituals performed during this period receive more merit than the other month. According to the information given in the scriptures, reading and listening to this Ekadashi tale gives the same results as to donate thousands of cow.
By the way, every Ekadashi fasting is done to achieve happiness and prosperity in life and to attain salvation.  But in Malamas, fasting and charity are more important.  Because in this month Lord Vishnu has special grace.  Those who are struggling with lack of money in their life. Those facing problems due to poverty in life.  Fasting of Parma Ekadashi is very important for those who wish for salvation after death.  Just like in the world, Brahmin in two legs, cow mother in four legs and Indra Raja is superior among the gods.
In the same way, Malmas is good in months.  In this month, Five Night is very fruitful.  Padmini and Parma Ekadashi are the best in this month.  All the sins are destroyed by his fast.  Therefore in Malmaas any weak person must  to do this fast, which humans do not take baths and fast on Ekadashi, they observe commit the sin of suicide. This human births meets with great virtues, that is why a person should observe Ekadashi fast. There are two story behind the on Ekadashi fast.
In ancient times there was a donor and majestic king named Vabhru Vahan.  He used to donate hundred cows to Brahmins every day.  In his kingdom there lived a child-widow named Prabhavati. Who was the supreme worshiper of Lord Vishnu. In Purushottam month, she used to worship Vishnu and Shankar on a daily basis. She had been continuously observing the Parma Ekadashi i.e. Harivallabha Ekadashi fast for many years.  By chance, King Vabhruvahana and child-widow died on the same day, and both together reached the court of Dharmaraja.  Dharmaraja did not respect the king as much as he welcomed the child-widow. The king had great faith in his charity. He was surprised, at the same time, when Chitragupta asked the reason for this, Dharmaraja told about the fasting of Parma Ekadashi by child-widow.
Now lets go to know the second story.
There lived a religious Brahmin named Sumedha in the city of Kampilya.  His wife was very pious and virtuous. This couple was very poor due to any sins committed in the past.  Sumedha's wife used to serve her husband and starved ownself by giving food to the guest. Once Sumedha said to his wife: Hey dear!  Family does not run without money, so I go abroad and do some work.
The Brahmin wife said: O Prannath!  Whatever the husband says, good or bad, the wife should do the same. Human beings get the results of deeds of previous birth. Whatever the creator has written in fate, it does not stop. Hey Prannath!  You do not need to go anywhere, whatever will be in luck, it will be found here. Following the advice of his wife, Sumedha Brahmin did not go to other place . One day Kaundinya Muni came to that place.  On seeing him, Sumedha and his wife bowed to him and said: Today we are blessed Rishivar. With your darshan, our life was successful today. They gave postures and food to Muniver.
After the meal, the Brahmini said: O Muniver!  You have come from our destiny.  I firmly believe that now our impoverishment is going to be destroyed soon. Please tell us some ways to end our poverty. On this, Kaundinya Maharishi said: All the sins, sorrows and poverty etc. are destroyed by fasting the "Parma Ekadashi" of Krishnamapaksha of "Malamas". Whoever performs this fast, becomes rich. During this fast, night awakening should be done including Harinam Kirtan, Bhajan etc.  Mahadevji has made Kubera as money lord  due he observing this fast. Then Maharishi Kaundinya told him the method of fasting of "Parama Ekadashi".  Muni said: O Brahmini!  On this day, one should start Pancharatri fast in the morning after daily routine.  Human beings who fast for five days in this Ekadashi fast, go to heaven with their family. Hey Brahmini!  Do this fast with your husband. You will definitely get happiness, accomplishment and finally heaven.


According to Kaundinya Maharishi, they fasted for "Parama Ekadashi" for five days.  At the end of the fast, the Brahmin's wife saw a prince coming to his house. That prince, with the inspiration of Brahmaji, donated him a village for livelihood and a perfect house which was full of all things.  With the effect of this fast, both of them enjoyed eternal happiness in this world and finally went to heaven.
Parma Ekadashi is a virtuous result, Lord Vishnu is worshiped on this day. According to the mythological beliefs,  Kubera had fasted on the day of Parma Ekadashi and pleased with his fast, Lord Shankar made him  lord of wealth. For this reason, it is believed that whoever fasts on this day gets wealth.  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 does devotional service to God with a pure heart, he becomes a blessing of the Lord.
The person should keep performing charity, fasting etc. and continue on the path of spirituality  has only one meaning that the person will know the conscious element inside him i.e. to know about himself. Only by walking on the path of spirituality can body and Jeevatma become absorbed in God and make their life blessed.

08 . Nirjala(Pandava) Ekadashi.

In Jyestha month, Ekadashi date is celebrated as Nirjala Ekadashi and Bhimseni Ekadashi.  Drinking water during this Ekadashi fast is considered prohibited , hence this Ekadashi is called Nirjala. Nirjala Ekadashi is considered to be the biggest and important of all the 24 Ekadashis that occur throughout the year.  Ekadashi of Shukla Paksha of Jyestha month is called Nirjala Ekadashi. The importance of this festival can be gauged from the fact that a person if miss the fast for all the Ekadashi of the year and if he only does the Nirjala Ekadashi fast then he will get the merit of all the Ekadashi .


This fast reveals the feeling of water conservation in the mind.  The fast also shows the real importance of water.  In this fast, water is also not drunk from sunrise to the next sunrise.  Nirjala means this fast without water is called Nirjala Ekadashi. According to religious beliefs, observing fast on Nirjala Ekadashi ends the negative effect caused by the moon.  Fasting increases the ability to concentrate.  Devotees stay awake all night and worship Lord Vishnu. By doing this, positive energy is infused in life. Sleeping on the night of Nirjala Ekadashi is forbidden, as it has negative effects on the body. Ekadashi is celebrated on other months may be use to eat fruits but the neither fruits nor water is accepted as on this Ekadashi.  This Ekadashi is done in summer with great pain and penance. Therefore, its importance is paramount to other Ekadashis. There is a legend about this that Bhimsen was the greatest in physical strength among the Pandavas, there was a fire named Vriak in his stomach, hence he is also called Vrikodar.  He was a born powerful person, and after going to Naglok and drinking the divine liquid of ten kunds there, he got strength like ten thousand elephants.  Due to the effect of this liquid juice, their ability to digest food and hunger was also increased. All the Pandavas and Draupadi were fasting on the Ekadashis, but Ekadashi fasting was difficult for Bhima.  Therefore, Vyasji asked him to observe the fast of Ekadashi of Shukla Paksha of Jyeshtha month while remaining waterless and told that with its effect, you will get equal results to the Ekadashi of the all year.

On the order of Vyasji, Bhimsen fasted on this Ekadashi.  Therefore, this Ekadashi is also known as Bhimseni Ekadashi. According to a legend related to Nirjala Ekadashi, it is also known as Pandava Ekadashi and Bhimseni or Bhima Ekadashi.

Among the Pandavas, Bhimsen, the second brother, was very fond of eating and drinking and was not able to control his hunger and hence he could not observe Ekadashi fast.  Apart from Bhima, the other Pandava brothers and Draupadi used to perform all Ekadashi fasts of the year with full devotion. Bhimsen was worried about his helplessness and weakness.  Bhimsen felt that he was disrespecting Lord Vishnu by not observing Ekadashi fast.  To emerge from this dilemma, Bhimsen went to Maharishi Vyasa, then Maharishi Vyasa said that the name of Ekadashi of Shukla Paksha of Jayeshtha month is named Nirjala.  You fast on that Ekadashi. In this fast, water is prohibited except bath and achman. One should not eat on this day, because fasting is destroyed by taking food. If one does not take water from sunrise to sunrise of Dwadashi then he gets the fruits of fasting of all the Ekadashi.  Dwadashi should get up before sunrise and  take bathe etc. and give donations of Brahmins.  After this, after feeding the hungry and eligible Brahmin, then you should have food.  Its results is equal to the entire Ekadashis of one year. Vyasji started saying that O Bhimsen!  God himself has told me this.  The virtue of this Ekadashi is more than all pilgrimages and donations.  Only one day a person becomes free from sins by remaining waterless.
Thus, according to Vyasji's order, Bhimsen performed this fast. Therefore, this Ekadashi is also called Bhimseni or Pandava Ekadashi.  Before fasting, you pray to God, O God!  Today I observe fast, I will have food on the second day.  I will pay homage to this fast, so that by your grace all my sins will be destroyed. As Maharishi Vedvyas told Bhima, this fast of Ekadashi has to be done without any water, so it is very difficult to keep it.  Because one is forbidden to drink even water in it, and secondly, Ekadashi fasting is opened after sunrise on Dwadashi.  Hence, its time period also becomes very long.

09 . Yogini(Shayani) Ekadashi

Ekadashi of Ashadha Krishna Paksha is called Yogini Ekadashi.  This Ekadashi is said to have special significance for the atonement of sin.  On this day, meditation and hymns of Shri Hari get freedom from sins. It is said that if Lord Vishnu is meditated by fasting on this day, then man gets freedom from all his sins. Ekadashi of Krishna Paksha of Ashadh month is called Yogini Ekadashi. It is also known as Shayani Ekadashi.  According to the Puranas, whoever observes this fast on this Ekadashi and worships the Lord, all his sins are destroyed.  He enjoys all the comforts, amenities and pleasures in his life and in the end he gets salvation.


According to mythological texts, this Ekadashi has been given great importance in all the three worlds.  According to the mythological texts, the story of Yogini Ekadashi fast is as follows. The speakers of this fast are Sri Krishna and Markandeya.  The listener is Yudhishthira and Hem Mali(Gardener).  When Yudhishthira asks the name and importance of asadh month Krishna  paksha Ekadashi, then Vasudev Shreekrishna tells this story.
It is a matter of Mahabharata period that once Dharmaraja Yudhishthira was listening to the glory of Ekadashi fasting from Lord Shri Krishna.  He ask to the Lord Krishna what is the significance of Ekadashi on the Krishna Paksha of the month of Ashadh and what is the name of this Ekadashi?
Lord Shri Krishna said, O Rajan, the name of this Ekadashi is Yogini.  In the whole world, whoever duly fasts on this Ekadashi worships the Lord, all his sins are destroyed.  He enjoys all the luxuries, pleasures and happiness in his life and at the end he attains salvation. This fast of Yogini Ekadashi is famous in all the three worlds.  Then Yudhishthra said that my eagerness has increased even more by listening to the importance of Prabhu Yogini Ekadashi from your mouth, please explain a little more about it.  Now Lord Shri Krishna started saying, Dharmashrestha I narrate a story mentioned in the Puranas, listen to it carefully
A king named Kubera used to rule in a city called Alkapuri of Swargalok.  He was a very righteous king and worshiped Lord Shiva.  No obstacle could prevent them from worshiping Lord Shiva.
A gardener named Hem used to arrange flowers to worship Lord Shiva.  He used to give flowers to King Kubera before worship every day.  Hem loved his wife Vishalakshi very much, she was a very beautiful woman.  What happened one day that Hem brought flowers for worship but on the way he thought that there is still time for worship, so I should go home.  Then he went to home.
After coming home, seeing his wife, he fell in love and fell in love with her.  On the other hand, the time of worship was being passed and King Kubera was getting distraught because of the absence of flowers.  When the time of worship passed and Hem did not reach with flowers, the king sent his soldiers and asked them to find out.
The soldiers returned and told that Maharaj is a great sinner, a great wicked ;  Was busy in love with his wife.  Hearing this, Kubera got very angry.  He immediately asked Hem to take hold.  Now, the trembling hem stood in front of Raja Kubera.  The enraged Kubera said, "O lowly, profanity! You have disrespected Lord Shiva by selfishness. I curse you that you will bear the disconnection of the woman and go leper in the earth." Now with the curse of Kubera Hem Mali reached the earth and got leprosy.  While living in heaven, he did not have the feeling of sorrows, but here on earth he was facing hunger and thirst as well as leprosy.  He could not see any end to his sufferings.
One day while wandering, he reached the ashram of Markandeya Rishi.  The beauty of the ashram was seen very beautiful . He fell at his feet and made him aware of his agony on Maharishi's request. Now sage Markandeya said, "You have told the truth to me, so I tell you a solution. Yogini Ekadashi happens on the Krishna paksha of the month of Ashada. If you do this methodical fast, all your sins will be destroyed."


Now the gardener paid obeisance to the sage and according to him, observed Yogini Ekadashi.  Thus he got rid of his curse and he came again in his real form and lived happily with his wife. The story of Yogini Vrat is equivalent to providing food to eighty-eight thousand Brahmins.  All sins are removed by its fast. A man should not be lazy or delays in worship etc. religion, but should always be ready to serve God by keeping the mind in moderation.

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


Part:- 03 Link....


https://www.shivgyaancharcha.com/2020/05/ekadashiss-stories-part-03.html


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