Saturday, May 16, 2020

Ekadashis's Stories (PART :-08)

Ekadashis's Stories (PART :-08)

Hello friends, I am presenting to you again with the eight part of the Ekadashi stories series. You have liked this series very much, thank you very much for this.At the end of the article, all of you will get a link to the seventh part. Friends, if possible, share my article on social media too, so that I can keep getting excited.

19 . Mokshda Ekadashi .

Mokshada Ekadashi means the destroyer of attachment.  Therefore it is called Mokshada Ekadashi. In Hindu religion it is believed that a man has to come to this world again and again without attaining salvation.  It is advisable to observe Mokshada Ekadashi fast for creatures who desire salvation.

Mokshada Ekadashi comes on Margashirsha Shukla Ekadashi.  This day is called the day of salvation.  On this day Lord Krishna gave knowledge of Gita to Arjuna.  On this day worshiping person makes it possible to attain salvation.  On this day, the results of charity is attained in infinite times.  It is believed that by observing this fast, along with the fasting person , the doors of salvation are opened for his ancestors as well. It is described in the Padmapurana that Lord Krishna explains the importance of this day to Dharmaraja Yudhishthira.  He says that this Mokshada Ekadashi is very virtuous.  On this day, by worshiping with true heart, all the sins of a person are destroyed. Apart from this, it is also mentioned that Lord Krishna preached the Gita to Arjuna on this day. The story goes that during the Mahabharata war in Dwapar Yuga, when Arjuna was afraid to shoot arrows at his relatives, Shri Krishna explained to him in detail about life, soul and duty.  Therefore, this day is also known as Geeta Jayanti. Also it is called Ekadashi of Dhanurmas, due to which its importance increases manifold. On this day, the holy Srimad Bhagavad Gita was born from the mouth of Lord Krishna. Therefore, Gita Jayanti is also celebrated on this day. In the eternal culture of India, Srimad Bhagavad Gita is not only revered but also exemplary.  It is the only book in the world whose birth anniversary is celebrated. Shrimad Bhagwat Gita is a great book.  Ignorance is removed by reading Bhagavad Gita.  Man's mind leads to enlightenment.  Life gets a new inspiration from its reading and listening. Whoever gives a Bhagavad Gita as a gift to a worthy person on this day, is blessed by Shri Krishna.  On the day of Mokshada Ekadashi, Lord Shri Krishna, Maharishi Veda Vyasa and Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta are worshiped.  The Gita empowers not only Hinduism but the entire human race. It contains knowledge of the karma and dharma of human beings from the Satyuga to the Kalyuga which was given to Arjuna by Shri Krishna.  On the day of Geeta Jayanti, people recite the Bhagavad Gita and there is a Gita recital and worship in Krishna temples, Aarti and Bhajan are sung. By contemplating the Gita, there is a tendency to destroy ignorance and increase enlightenment.  Geeta teaches to die and makes life blessed.  By acquiring knowledge of Gita, you can free your life from all the vices.  So start the Gita lesson and you must spend some time every day. The Gita is a universal book.  It is not for any country, age, community or caste, but for the entire human race.  It is said by Sri Bhagavan himself to make Arjuna as a medium , hence the word 'Sri Krishna Uwach' has not come anywhere in this book, but 'Sri Bhagwanuwach' has been used.
Lord Krishna has preached not to any particular religion, but all of  humans beings.  The Gita teaches us the art of living, teaches us how to live life.  The mahaparva of Gita Jayanti is also celebrated because the continuous efforts to bring its benefits to human beings are continued.

Its story goes like this in  the Purana, 

a king named Vaikhanas use to ruled the ancient city.  The Brahmins, who knew the four Vedas, lived in his kingdom. The king used to love the his subjects as own sons. One night, in a dream, the king saw his father suffering the torments of hell, the king was very distraught at this kind of dream. He started waiting for restlessness in the morning. As soon as morning, he called the Brahmins and told them about his dream- 'O Brahmins!  At night, I saw my father suffering the torments of hell. They have told me, O son!  I am suffering hell. Get rid of me here.  I have no rest since  when I heard his words.  Now I do not seem to have anything pleasing to the state, happiness, opulence, elephants, horses, money, women, sons etc.
Now what I do ? Where I go?  My body is warming because of this sorrow.  All of you tell me any kind of penance, charity, fast, etc., so that my father can get liberation. If I did not make efforts to free my father from the tortures of hell, then my life is meaningless. The person, whose father is suffering the torments of hell, has no right to enjoy happiness on this earth.  O Brahmin devas!  Please tell me a solution for this soon. '
Hearing the anguish of the internal sorrow of the king, the Brahmins discussed among themselves, then unanimously said - 'Rajan!  The knower of the present, past and future is a sage named Parvat. They are not far from here.  If you go and tell them your grief, he will definitely tell you some simple solution. According to Brahmins's words, The king went to Muni's ashram.  Many serene yogis and sages were doing austerities in the ashram. Muni Parvata , who knew the all four Vedas, seemed to be sitting like another Brahma.  The king bowed down to him and introduced himself.
The Parvata Muni asked the king for well-being, then the king said- 'O Muniver!  By your grace, all are well in my state, but a problem has arisen in front of me, due to which my heart is getting very disturbed. Then the king told  to the Muni the whole story of the dream he had seen in the night with a distressed heart and then said in a sad voice - 'O Maharishi!  Now please kindly guide me what should I do in such a situation?  How can I liberate my father from the torture of hell? '
Parvata Muni listened seriously to the king, then closed his eyes and started thinking about the past and future. After contemplating for a while, he said- 'Rajan! I have known of all your father's misdeeds through my penance force. He had discriminated between his wives in previous births.  He had not given own love to his second wife by coming in the consipiracy of his elder queen.  Your father has gone to hell with the results of that same sinful work.

Knowing this, Vaikhanas pleaded and said in a sorrow voice- 'O Munivar! Please show me some way to save my father, how will he be free from this sin? ' On this, Parvata muni said - 'O Rajan! The Ekadashi that falls on the shukla paksha  of Margashirsha month is called Mokshada Ekadashi.  It is supposed to provide salvation.  You observe this Moksada Ekadashi fasting and resolve the virtue of that fast and offer it to your father.  Your father will definitely be liberated from the virtuous effect of Ekadashi. '
On hearing the words of Parvat Muni, the king returned to his kingdom and along with his family, he performed a Moksada Ekadashi fast.  The king paid the virtue of this fast to his father.  The king's father was easily liberated by the influence of this virtue. While departing  to heaven, the king's father said- 'O son! be thy welfare' saying so much The king's father departed to heaven . All those who fast on Ekadashi of Shukla Paksha of Margashirsha month, their sins are destroyed and in the end they attain heaven. There is no other fast that bestows salvation from this fast.  Hearing and reading this story brings endless results. By which all the wishes of the fasting person are fulfilled. Every human has a strong desire to attain salvation.  This fast of Mokshada Ekadashi is very important for those who desire salvation. There is no better illustration of the responsibility of the son towards the father than this story, so for Lord Srihari Vishnu, this fast should be done with full devotion and reverence. "

It is the best and sacred story of devotion to the father and to offer virtue to others.  Its fast is not only good for the fasting man, but also his ancestors, by offering the results of this fast to any of his siblings and friends, his sins and tribulations are destroyed.

20 . Safala Ekadashi .

Ekadashi of Krishna Paksha of Pausha month is called Safala Ekadashi.  Safala means success, it is believed that by fasting on this Ekadashi, all tasks are successful, hence it is called Safala Ekadashi. The day of Safala Ekadashi is sacred to Hindus because it is believed that by fasting with true mind and faith on this day, all sins are washed away. The word 'Safala' in Hindi means 'prosperous'. Therefore, this fast can be kept by every person who wants success and happiness in all areas in his life. Keeping the fast of Safala Ekadashi opens the doors of success, prosperity and luck. This day is celebrated in all parts of the country. Lord Achyuta is worshiped on this day. It is an auspicious fast observed on 'Ekadashi' (11th day) of Krishna Paksha. This Ekadashi is also called 'Pausha Krishna Ekadashi'.  If you follow the Gregorian calendar it is celebrated between the months of December to January. The day of Safal Ekadashi is sacred to Hindus as it is believed that by faithfully fasting on this day, devotees can overcome their sins and enjoy a blissful life. Keeping this fast protects age and health. Also the person gets success in his works.  In this fast, a person gets material prosperity by the grace of Shri Hari. It is believed that by observing fast on this Ekadashi, all the Ekadashi of the year results.
Lord Vishnu is worshiped on Safala Ekadashi.  Donation to Brahmins after worship is also recognized. On this day many people stay awake all night.  It is believed that those who fast on this day get success in all tasks.  Ekadashi fasting removes the sins of many generations.

In religious texts, the significance of Safala Ekadashi is found in the form of a conversation between Dharmaraja Yudhishthira and Lord Krishna. According to the Puranic story, Yudhishthira asked about this Ekadashi of Pausha month, Lord Krishna said that  I am not much satified even more than big yajnas, than the ritual of Ekadashi fasting. Lord Narayana is worshiped methodically on Ekadashi.  This Ekadashi is welfare.  By observing this fast, one gets the boon of health and longevity. According to Hindu texts, it is said that 100 Rajasuya Yajna and 1000 Ashwamedhi Yajna together cannot give as much benefit as can be observed by observing the fast of Safala Ekadashi. The day of Safala Ekadashi is described as a day on which fasting removes sorrows and destiny opens up.  Fasting of Safala Ekadashi fulfills all the wishes of a person. In the Padmapuran, there is a detailed discussion about the Krishna paksha's Ekadashi of the Pausha month and  also said about the Ekadashi of Krishna Paksha's Pausha month that, if a person gets the same results after doing penance for thousands of years. which get by performing Safala Ekadashi. By performing this Ekadashi, sins of many generations are removed and the heart becomes pure.  If a devotee takes the pledge of Safala Ekadashi, he should follow the rules of devotion, awakening the night and fasting on the Nirjala.

The fast story of Safala Ekadashi is as follows-

 Long ago, a king named Mahishman ruled in the city of Champawati.  He had four sons.  The eldest of those sons, his son named Lumpak was a great sinner and evil.  He always used to spend his father's money in bad peoples  and visiting prostitutes. It was his daily work to condemn the deities, Brahmins, Vaishnavites etc.  Subjects were also deeply saddened by his misdeeds, but being a prince, everyone was silently forced to bear his atrocities and no one had the courage to do so.
One day the king came to know about his misdeeds. Then the king became very angry and drove him out of his kingdom.  Lumpak was abandoned by everyone as soon as he was abandoned by his father, then he started thinking what should I do now?  Where to go??
Finally, he decides to steal the night in his father's city. He stayed out of the state during the day and went to his father's city at night and started committing theft and other bad deeds.  At night he would go and kill the residents of the city and torture them. In the forest he used to kill innocent animals and birds and devour them.  One night, even when he was caught stealing in the city, the guards would leave him for fear of the king.
It is said that sometimes even inadvertently the creature becomes the object of the grace of God. Something similar happened with Lumpak.  The forest in which he lived was very dear to God. There was a very old peepal tree in that forest and everyone considered that forest to be the playground of the gods. In such a peepal forest, under the same peepal tree, the sinner lumpak lived. A few days later, on the tenth day of Krishna Paksha of Paush month, Lumpak became unconscious due to cold.  He could not sleep at night due to the cold and his arms and legs ached. That night was a very difficult night, but even after the rise of Surya Narayana, he did not conscious. He remained as it was. Till noon of Safala Ekadashi, that misdemeanor remained unconscious.  When he got some heat from the heat of the sun, then  in the afternoon he feel to his senses and got up from his place in search of food in the forest. That day he was unable to kill the creatures, so he went under the peepal tree with the fallen fruits on the ground.  Till then the Sun God departed to sunset.

Even after being hungry, he could not eat those fruits because where he killed the living creatures and ate their flesh, and what the fruit. He did not like to eat fruit at all. So he put those fruits near the root of Peepal and sadly said - 'O God!  This fruit is offered to you. You are satisfied with these fruits', saying that he started crying and he could not sleep at night. He kept crying all night.  Thus Ekadashi fasted unknowingly from that sinner.  God was very pleased with this fast and night awakening of that great sinner and all his sins were destroyed. Just after dawn, a chariot came decorated with many beautiful things and stood in front of it.  At the same time, Akashvani said, 'O prince!  With the influence of Lord Narayana, all your sins have been destroyed, now you go to your father and get the kingdom. When Lumpak heard such a Akashvani, he was very happy and said - 'O God!  Hail to you! ”Saying this, he started wearing beautiful clothes and went to his father. When he told the whole story to his father, the father handed him his kingdom and went to the forest himself.  Now Lumpak started to rule according to scripture.  His wife, son etc. also became the ultimate devotee of Narayana. At the age of old, he went to the forest to offering his kingdom to the son and to worship of god, and finally received the supreme post. Those peoples observing Safala Ekadashi with full devotion and faith, these all sins are destroyed and finally get salvation .

Fasting of Safala Ekadashi according to its name will give favorable results.  Lord Krishna explains the great glory of this fast.  A person observing this Ekadashi fast gets the best results in life and after enjoying the happiness of life, he attains Vishnu Loka.  This fast is very auspicious and virtuous.  From this story we get evidence of God being very kind.  If a creature inadvertently remembers God, it gets its full results.  If beings earnestly ask forgiveness of their sins, then God forgives even their greatest crimes.  Great sinner like Lumpak too became the pocessor of Baikuntha by the grace of Lord Narayana.

21. Putrada Ekadashi .

According to the Hindu calendar, this Ekadashi, which falls on the Shukla Paksha of Pausha month every year, is known as Putrada Ekadashi.
The month of Paush is considered very holy, Amavasya and Purnima are also considered special in this month. Amavasya is considered to be auspicious for performing tarpana etc. for the peace of the ancestors, and  Purnima is called Mokshadayini.  But when it comes to worldly pleasures and life, then the happiness of children starts to appear paramount. Shukla Ekadashi of Pausha month is considered a very special day for the attainment of child happiness.
This Ekadashi is also called Putrada Ekadashi. Ekadashi of Shukla Paksha of Shravan month is also called Putrada Ekadashi. There is no other fast in this world like Putrada Ekadashi fast. According to the name of this fast, it has its results.Those who face obstacles in having children or who wish to have a son, should observe the fast of Putrada Ekadashi.

 This fast is very auspicious, so devotees desirous of getting a child must keep this fast so that they can get the desired results. Fasting and worshiping Lord Shri Vishnu on the day of Putrada Ekadashi gives fasting person healthy and beautiful child. Like this, fasting of Putrada Ekadashi is effective for getting children, but it also helps to ease the problems of children. The auspicious results of this Ekadashi have been considered helpful in making the fortune and karma of the child perfect.  Any couple who have difficulty in getting children, they should do this fast. This fast can be kept both in a nirjala and taking fruits manner.

Fasting story of Putrada Ekadashi:--

 According to the legend, a king named Suketuman ruled in the city named Bhadravati.  He had no son.  His wife name was Shaivya.  She always used to be worried due to lack of sons . King's ancestor also used to take the pinda by crying, and thought who would give us the pinda after him. The king was not satisfied with any of these brothers, relatives , money, elephants, horses, states and ministers. He always used to think that who will give me pindapan after my death.  How can I repay the debt of ancestor and gods without children? There is always darkness in a house where there are no children. Therefore, one should try to generate children. Blessed is the man who has seen the face of the child.  He gets fame in this world and fame and peace get in heaven.  It is only by the deeds of previous birth that children, money etc. are obtained in this birth.
The king used to worry about it day and night.  At one time the king decided to give up his body, but he did not to do so because suicide is a great sin.
One day the king, thinking like this, mounted his horse and walked to the forest and started looking at birds and trees.  He saw that antelope, tiger, boar, lion, monkey, snake etc. are all traveling in the forest.  The elephant is moving between its children and elephants. Somewhere in this forest, jackals are speaking in their hoarse voice, somewhere owls are making noise .  Seeing the scenery of the forest, the king got thinking.  Similarly, half a day passed.  He started thinking that I had done many yajnas, satisfied the Brahmins with delicious food, yet I got sorrow, why?
The king became very sad due to thirst and started wandering in search of water.  At a distance, the king saw a lake.  Lotuses bloomed in that lake and storks, swans, crocodiles etc. were wandering .There were ashrams of sages around that lake.
At the same time, the king's right limbs began to vibrate.  The king considered auspicious sign  and got down from his horse and sat down with obeisance to the sages.  Seeing the king, the sages said- "O Rajan! We are very happy with you. Say what you want." The king asked- "Maharaj, who are you all, and why you all have come here. Please tell me please."  The sage started saying, "O Rajan! Today is Putrada Ekadashi fast which is gives children , we are Vishwadev and have come to bathe in this lake." Hearing this, the king said, "Maharaj, I do not have any children, if you are happy with me, then give me a boon."  Muni said- "O Rajan! Today is Putrada Ekadashi. You must observe this fast, by the grace of God you will definitely have children in your house." On hearing the words of Muni, the king fasted on Ekadashi that day and finished it to Dwadashi. After this, after worshiping the sages, they returned to the palace.

After some time, the queen conceived and after nine months they had a son. That prince became extremely brave, famous and preserver of subjects. It is believed that Putrada Ekadashi should be fasted for the attainment of children.  It is said that a person who reads or hears this greatness, finally gets heaven.

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