Thursday, May 7, 2020

Ekadashis's Stories (PART :-05)



Ekadashis's Stories (PART :-05)


Welcome friends…  Today I am present with the service of all of you by taking remaining part in the story of Ekadashi, the fifth part of the series. Thank you for the love and affection you got from people.  If today's story is also liked by you, my happiness lies in this. Thank you from the heart and thank you for expressing your happiness through mail to me. All of you are requested again to share the article on social media.  So that keeps me excited and writing power.  At the end of the article, all of you will get a link to the fourth part. ................Thank you

10 .  Devshayani(Harishayani) Ekadashi.

There is a belief among Hindus that all Hindu Gods and Goddesses become Chaumas i.e. 4 months go into sleep.  The day when the deities go to sleep is called Devshayani Ekadashi.  Devshayani Ekadashi is made up of two words: Dev ie God and Shayani means sleeping ie which day God go to sleep is called Devshayani Ekadashi.


Devshayani Ekadashi is called Ekadashi of Shukla Paksha of Ashadha month which is also known as Padmanabha Ekadashi, Ashadhi Ekadashi, Hari Shayani Ekadashi, Maha-Ekadashi and Pratham Ekadashi. This indicates the beginning of Chaturmas.

Chaturmas is a sacred period of four months when Lord Vishnu sleeps. This time begins after Devashayani Ekadashi.  Devshayani Ekadashi usually starts a few days after the Puri Rath Yatra. The Padarpur journey in Maharashtra also ends on this day.  In Maharashtra, pilgrims observe the fast of Devshayani Ekadashi with religious fervor. The main festival takes place on this day at the Lord Vitthal temple in Maharashtra.  Lord Krishna is worshiped as an avatar of Vishnu.
Devshayani Ekadashi is one day before the beginning of Chaturmas period.  As the name Chaturmas it signifies four months in which all auspicious works are forbidden during the Ashadha, Shravan, Bhadrapada and Ashwin Chaturmas periods.  Devotees are expected to perform austerities, complete devotional activities, and restrain their senses.
The importance of Devshayani Ekadashi is in the religious scriptures that for the first time Lord Krishna explained its importance to Yudhishthira. He said that there used to be a king in the Satyuga named Mandhata.  Once there was no rain in his state, he faced drought for three years. This created a precarious situation whereby the residents of the state faced difficult times.  The rivers dried up and humans and animals began to suffer a lot.  Due to which, the king started thinking about what sin I have committed in my life, whose punishment I am getting. Thinking this, the king went out to the forest to find the reason behind the events in his kingdom.  While wandering there, one day he reached the ashram of Brahma's son Angira Rishi and bowed to him.  Rishiwar asked the king about his efficient news, then wanted to know the purpose of wandering in the forest and coming to his ashram.

Then the king folded his hands and said- 'Mahatma!  I have been following the religion in all ways, yet I am witnessing the degradation of my state.  After all, what a sin has I committed.  Tell me what is the solution for this? 

Then the sage said that this is the Satyuga, here a little sin has to be paid for it and it gets a big penalty.  'Maharishi Angira told-' Fast on the Ekadashi of Shukla Paksha of the month of Ashadh.  There will definitely be rain due to the effect of this fast. '  The king returned to the capital of his kingdom and duly celebrated Padmanabha Ekadashi along with the four varnas.  Due to the effect of the fast, there was torrential rain in his kingdom and the whole state was filled with wealth and property.
There is another story also.  It is also found in religious texts that Shankhasura demon was killed on the date of this Ekadashi.  After which Lord Vishnu starts from this day and sleeps in the Kshirasagar for four months and awakes on Kartik Shukla Ekadashi. According to the Purana, it has also been said that Lord Hari asked for three steps land for the yajna in the form of Vamana avatar to the demon king bali .  God covered the entire earth, sky and all directions in the first step.  In the next step, he took the entire heaven world.  In the third step, Bali sacrificed himself and asked to keep a step on his head. Pleased with this kind of donation, God made Bali the suzerain of the Hades and  Lord Vishnu said to Bali asked for a boon.  Bali asked for the boon that Lord you stay in my palace constantly.  Seeing Lord Vishnu tied with the Bali's promise, his wife Lakshmi made Bali brother and requested Bali to free God from the promise. Then from this day onwards, the three gods stay in the patallok for 4-4 months, following the boon by Lord Vishnu.  Vishnu resides from Devshayani Ekadashi to Devauthani Ekadashi, Shivji to Mahashivratri and from Brahmaji Shivratri to Devshayani Ekadashi.

11 . Pavitra(Putrada) Ekadashi .

Ekadashi of the Shukla Paksha of Saavan month is called Putrada or Pavitra Ekadashi, as its name suggests that this Ekadashi is fasted to attain a son.  On this day, husband and wife fast with the couple and worship Lord Vishnu for child.



Mata Lakshmi is also pleased by observing this Ekadashi fasting from the couple.  Also Lord Shiva is also pleased because this Ekadashi fast is observed in the month of Savan.  On this day you must do the  jalaabhisek of Shiva.  This fast is observed only on the Ekadashi of the Shukla Paksha of the month of Savan. According to the name of this fast, it has its result. The fast of holy Ekadashi is very auspicious for those who face obstacles in having children or for those who wish to have a son. Therefore, in order to have children, this fast must be kept on a particular person, so that they can get the desired results.

Two Ekadashis are known as Putrada Ekadashi in same year. This is the Ekadashi which falls on the Shukla Paksha of Shravan and Pausha month, these two Ekadashis are called Putrada Ekadashi. According to the English calendar, currently Ekadashi of Paush Shukla Paksha falls in the month of December / January, while the month of July / August falls on the Ekadashi of Shravan Shukla Paksha.  It is known as Putrada Ekadashi, Pavitraopana Ekadashi, Pavitra Ekadashi.

The mythological stories of Ekadashi is as follows: - Maharaj Yudhishthira started saying, "O God!  What is the name of Shravan Shukla Ekadashi?  Say the method of fasting and its great grace.
Madhusudan started saying that the name of this Ekadashi is Putrada.  Now listen to the story of it peacefully.  It is only by listening to this that the result of the Vaipayee Yajna is received.
At the beginning of Dwapara Yuga there was a city named Mahishmati, in which a king ruled named Mahijta , but due to his sonlessness, the king did not feel the kingdom pleasing.  He believed that for those who do not have children, both this world and the hereafter heaven are deplorable.  The king took many measures to achieve son happiness, but the king did not get a son. Seeing old age, the king called the representatives of the publics and said - O people! There is no unjustly earned wealth in my treasury. Neither have I taken away the wealth of gods and Brahmins.  I have not taken the heritage of any other person, I cherished the publics like a son. I kept punishing the criminals like sons and friends.  Never hated anyone.  Everyone is treated equal.  Always worship gentlemen.  In this way even while doing a religious state, I do not have a son.  So I am feeling very sad, what is the reason for this?
The minister and the representatives of the publics went to the forest to consider this thing of King Mahjit.  There he saw great sages and saints.  In order to fulfill the king's best wishes, they kept on looking around for a superior ascetic monk.
In one of the ashrams, they saw the great oldage religionist Lomash rishi. Everyone went and bowed to the sage.  On seeing those people, the sage asked, for what reason have all of you come?  I will definitely help all of you. I am born only for the benefit of others, do not doubt it.

On hearing such words of Lomash Rishi, everyone said - O Maharshe!  You are more capable than Brahma in knowing our point.  So, you remove this doubt from us.

The godly king Mahajit of Mahishmati Puri love own publics like a son.  Still, he is sad due to his sonlessness. Those people further said that we are his publics. Therefore, we are also sad due to his sorrow. With your affirmation we are confident that this crisis of ours will surely go away, because many sufferings are overcome with the mere sight of great men.  Now please show we the way to be the king's son.
Hearing this talk, the sage closed his eyes for a while and after knowing the story of the previous birth of the king, he said that this king was a poor Vaishya in the previous life.  Being poor, he did many bad deeds.  It used to go from one village to another. At one time on the dusk of the bright mid noon of Jyeshtha month, he went to a reservoir to drink water while he was hungry for two days.  A thirsty cow was drinking water at the same place.
The king removed that thirsty cow from drinking water and started drinking water himself, so the king had to suffer this sorrow.  Due to starvation on Ekadashi, he became the king and due to the removal of the thirsty cow from drinking water, the son is suffering the sorrow of disconnection.  Hearing this, everyone started saying, O sage!  The atonement of sins is also written in the scriptures. So, as soon as this sin of the king is destroyed, you give such a solution.
Lomash rishi started saying that fasting of Ekadashi of Shravan Shukla Paksha, which is also called Putrada Ekadashi, you all fast and awake at night, then it will destroy the sin of the king's former birth, along with the king must get the son  Will be. On hearing such words of Lomash rishi, the entire people including ministers returned to the city and when Shravan Shukla Ekadashi came, everyone observed and night awakened Putrada Ekadashi according to the sage's order.
After this, on the day of Dwadashi, the result of its virtue was given to the king.  Under the influence of that virtue, the queen conceived and  a great bright son was born to her.


That's why, Rajan!  This Shravan Shukla Ekadashi was named Putrada. Therefore, those who achieve the desire for child happiness must do this fast. By reading this story and listening to its greatness, a person is freed from all sins and in this world will get children happiness and attain heaven in the hereafter.

There is also a another story mentioned in Puranas.

In ancient times, King Suketuman ruled in a city.  He always worried about the fact that he had no children.  One day King Suketuman walked towards the forest.  While walking in the forest, he went into a very dense forest.  The king started feeling very thirsty while walking in the forest.  He went into the forest and in search of water, where he saw a lake.  The king saw that the ashram of the sages is also built near the lake and many sages are doing study of Vedas.


The king paid respects to all the sages .  The sages blessed the king, the king asked the sages the reason for their gathering.  Muni said that they are Vishvadeva and has come for a bath near the lake.  From today on the fifth day, the bath of Magh month will begin and today is Putrada Ekadashi. Those who fast on this day get a son.
On hearing this, the king said, "O Visvadeva, if all of you are happy with me, then you bless me to get the son ."  Muni said, Rajan, today is the fast of Putrada Ekadashi.  You keep this fast today and worship Lord Narayana.  The king duly observed the holy Ekadashi fast and performed rituals according to the sage's command.  The king received children through the auspicious results of the fast. In this way, those who keep this fast get the son. If there are obstacles in having children, then by keeping this fast, they are overcome.  The person who hears the great significance of this fast attains salvation.

12 .  Aja(Kamika) Ekadashi .

Bhadrapada (Bhadon) Ekadashi of Krishna Paksha is called Aja Ekadashi. This is also called Kamika Ekadashi, Annada Ekadashi or Jaya Ekadashi.

The fast of this Ekadashi destroys all the sins of the birth-births of the creature, while the fate also rises due to the eradication of their suffering.
All the wishes of someone who observes this fast are fulfilled immediately.  In this fast, Lord Vishnu's Upendra form is duly worshiped. The fast of Aja Ekadashi is said to be the best among all the fasts.
A person observing Ekadashi fast has to be restrained in his mind, senses, diet and behavior. Fasting of Aja Ekadashi fasting motivates a person to rise above Artha-Kama  and walk on the path of salvation and Dharma. This fast has been going on since ancient times. The basis of this fast is mythological, scientific and balanced life.  Regarding this fast, it is believed that the results resulting from this fast are more than the results of Ashwamedha Yajna, difficult penance, bathing and donations in pilgrimages.  This fast, cleanses the mind, purifies the heart and inspires towards the good path.
Almost all of India knows about Satyavadi King Harishchandra.  From folk tales to folk dances, people felt Harishchandra's grief. The text of dignified life is still found in the story of Harishchandra.  So the story of Aja Ekadashi is the story of these true king Harishchandra.
It is a matter of the Satyuga, King Harishchandra used to be a very truthful and chakravarti king.  There was no empty hand from his court.  Once the sage Vishwamitra thought of taking his test, he asked Harishchandra all the his kingdom .
Now Harishchandra became absolutely pauper, the matter did not end here, Vishwamitra asked for gold currencies from which he accidentally gave the promise to give. When Vishwamitra reminded him that you had already handed over the kingdom ,then how would you give the currency now, Harishchandra pledged his wife and son but still the currency was not fulfilled, then he also accepted himself as a Chandal's slave and completed Maharishi's desire.

But the story of his sufferings did not end here. Harishchandra used to work in the crematorium to collect tax in lieu of cremation from the kin of the deceased. Many times a situation of dilemma was faced in front of him, but they did not deviate from the path of truth and duty. On the other hand, Harishchandra's wife had to work in gardener. It is a matter of one day that the son Rohitash, playing in the garden, was bitten by a snake, which led to his death there.

When she reached the crematorium with the dead body of son with crying & weeping ,Harishchandra's heart was filled with sorrow to seeing the son's body.  Hearing the entire story, Harishchandra said that  I bound with my duty ,whoever comes here for cremation they has to pay something as tax. what do you have??
What did that she have besides the corpse of her son's death body.  This day was of Krishna Ekadashi of Bhadrapada, both of them had not eaten anything since morning.  Both were praying to God on their conditions.  When Harishchandra did not allow the cremation, the queen ripped half of her sari and gave it to Harishchandra as a tax.
On the other hand, God was also watching all this, so seeing Harishchandra's dutiful devotion, he brought his son alive and again returned the his kingdom to Harishchandra.  So in this way, all the sorrows of Harishchandra were eradicated by the fast of Aja Ekadashi. There is a belief about the story of this Ekadashi that just by listening to this story, you get the same results as Ashwamedha Yagya.


God is supreme power & omnipresent and without asking, knowing all the state of his devotee, he eradicates all his troubles and worries.  Only the devotees who do devotion to God in true sense, God blesses them like they gave everything to their friend Sudama without saying anything, so the devotees who seek their service from God are always happy and happy .


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


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https://www.shivgyaancharcha.com/2020/05/ekadashiss-stories-part-04.html

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