Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Ekadashis's Stories (PART :-09)


Ekadashis's Stories (PART :-09)

Welcome friends .... I hope you all like the stories of the Ekadashi's series. Taking forward the stories of the Ekadashi's series, the next part is presented to you. Like the previous part, this part too will be liked by you. At the end of this ninth part, all of you will get a link to the eighth part. If you like, do share my article on social media and follow my blog.

22 . Shattila Ekadashi .

Magh month is considered very sacred in Hinduism.  In this month, man should keep his senses under control, abandon anger, ego, deeds, greed and backbite. The fasting method of Shattila Ekadashi is slightly different from other Ekadashi.


Shatatila Ekadashi is called Ekadashi of the Krishna Paksha of Magh month.  Like other Ekadashi, this Ekadashi also has special significance.  Since the entire Magh month is considered a holy month for worship, in such a situation, the importance of Shattila Ekadashi increases. It is believed that fasting on this Ekadashi leads to the attainment of imperishable virtue. Bathing, charity and fasting have a special purpose on Ekadashi.  It is believed that a person who fasts for 24 Ekadashis attains salvation.
Worshiping Lord Vishnu is obtained from black sesame on Shatila Ekadashi. In fact, in Magh month, Winter season is at its peak in this month and with the end of the month winter begins to slow down. The uses of sesame seeds increases a lot in this season because it is very beneficial in winter. That is why sesame has special importance in bathing, donation, tarpan, diet etc. On the use of sesame in 6 ways on this day, sins are eliminated and Baikuntha Dham is obtained.  According to its name, this fast is related with seasame. The importance of sesame is ubiquitous and in Hinduism til is considered very sacred.  In particular, they have special importance in worship. It is because of the 6 uses of seasame that it has been named Shatatila Ekadashi. Sesame has been given special importance in the Shattila Ekadashi fast. Sesame is used in baths, donations, food, tarpan and prasad. The first bathing with water mixed with sesame,  second massaging with sesame oil, the third doing havan with sesame oil, the fourth taking sesame with water,  the fifth donating the seasame and the sixth consuming things made from the seasame.  Due to the use of sesame, it is called Shattila Ekadashi. The Padma Purana states that all the devotees who fast on the day of Shattila Ekadashi, as well as worship with donations, tarpan and rituals, attain salvation and end all sins. By observing this fast, happiness and peace prevails in the house. Human beings not only get physical happiness, but also salvation after death. The worship performed on this day has special significance. By fasting on Shatila Ekadashi humans attains good health & age increases.  Eye disorders are overcome. Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi Mata are happy and bless the increase in wealth.
If women do this fast, they get unbroken good luck. Couple fasting with this couple makes happy married life. On this day, donating urn filled with sesame keeps your stores full. Those who want to observe Shatila Ekadashi fast. They should get up before sunrise in the morning and after regular action, apply paste of sesame on body and mix sesame in water and take bath. After this, offer Prasad of sesame to Lord Krishna and perform Havan only with sesame seeds. Donating sesame seeds during this Ekadashi fast is said to be best.  If you want to drink water, then drink water mixed with sesame seeds. For those who cannot fast, use sesame as much as possible.  Eat sesame, drink sesame mixed water. Take a bath by applying sesame seeds and also donate sesame seeds. If it is not possible to do so much, then only pronounce the Til (Seasame), then even the inauspicious effects of sinful deeds will decrease.
Karma on earth creates an account of our sin and virtue.  Shri Krishna said that no living being in the world can live without karma for a single moment. That is why, all of us, at some time or other, commit sins.  And to get rid of sin deeds, one has to do deeds as well. There are many such remedies in the scriptures which can get rid of the effects of sinful deeds. One such karma is the fast of Ekadashi of the Krishna Paksha of the month of Magha. This Ekadashi is known as Shatatila Ekadashi. According to its name, it is considered best to use sesame in six ways in this Ekadashi. Women must listen to the story of Shatila Ekadashi fast. Women keep fast on Ekadashi.The whole family gets the benefit of fasting women. Husbands and children also get the benefit of this fast and worship.

The story heard on this day is called Shattila Ekadashi Vrat Katha.  Hearing this story on this day brings many benefits.  In this story, Lord Vishnu and Narada are talking to each other.

Rishi Pulastya narrated this story to the sage Dalbhya.  According to sage Pulasya, Naradji once asked Lord Vishnu for public welfare.  After which Lord Vishnu told Narada about the importance of Shattila Ekadashi. Lord Vishnu said that in ancient times, a Brahmin  lady lived in the earth.


She always fasted, once she fasted for a month, due to which her body became extremely weak and feeble.  Despite being intelligent, she never donated food or wealth to the gods or Brahmins.
With this I thought that Brahmani has pure her body by fasting, now it will get Vishnulok but she never donated food, it is difficult to  get satisfy her.
Continuing the further story, Lord Vishnu said to Naradji that thinking like this, I took as a form a beggar and went to that Brahmini in the earth and asked for alms. She asked God how they came.  In the guise of a beggar, God said that give me something, I want begging.  On this, the Brahmin put a piece of clay kept in my alms.  With whom I returned to Baikuntha. After some time, Brahmani died.  The Brahmini got a beautiful palace in heaven by donating clay, but she found his house void in food and other things.
Fearing, she came to me and said that God ! I worshiped you by many fasts, but still my house is absence all things.  What is the reason for this?
On this I said- First you go to your home. Divine ladis will come to see you.  First listen to the virtue and method of Shatila Ekadashi from them, then open the door. Hearing my words, she went to her house.  When the divine ladies came and asked to open the door, the brahmini said - If you all have come to see me, then tell me the greatness of Shatila Ekadashi.
One of them started saying that I say, when the Brahmini heard the greatness of Shattila Ekadashi, then the door opened.  Divine ladies saw her that neither she is Gandharvi nor devilish but she is as human as before. According to his statement, that Brahmini fasted for Shatila Ekadashi . With this effect, she became beautiful and divine and her house became full of all materials. Therefore, humans should abandon foolishness and fast on Shatila Ekadashi and donate seasame etc. instead of greed.  This leads to salvation by removing misfortune, poverty and many kinds of suffering.

Now read another story, it is a folk tale: -

 It is a very old time that once a poor Ahir lived in Varanasi city.  Unhappy with poverty and humility, the poor, sometimes hungry, used to count stars in the sky with his children. He used to cut wood from the Ganges every day and this was the only support for his life.  By selling wood, the poor man used to arrange bread on two times. On the day his wood could not sell, he had to sleep hungry. Once upon a time he set out to deliver wood to a moneylender's house. Going there, he sees that preparations are going on for some celebration.
Curiously, he came near the moneylender to find out and asked him, "Seth ji, what festival is this preparing for?"
Knowing this, the moneylender said, “This Shattila Ekadashi Vrat is being prepared.  This fast gets rid of diseases, sins, murders etc., and brings wealth and a son. ”
Hearing all this, he took the price of his wood from the poor moneylender and came to his house and
he bought the essential things for Shatila fast by the same day's money. He fasted the Shattila Ekadashi Vrat throughout the day.  The result of his observing this fast was that he got away from poverty and was honored after receiving wealth. Fasting on Shatila Ekadashi will strengthen the fortunes of humans. Trouble and poverty are overcome. By fasting in a proper way, the attainment of heaven is attained.
The importance of Shatila Ekadashi is to understand the benefits associated with making divine blessings and donations to people and providing food to the needy and poor.


Therefore, the most important part of this is feeding the poor and worshiping Lord Vishnu as doing so blesses the devotees and brings abundant wealth and happiness. While doing this fast, we get physical purity and health, while donating food, sesame etc. increases wealth. This also proves that whatever humans donates, after renouncing his body, they gets the same results, so along with religious acts, we must donate.  It is described in the scriptures that no religious work is done without donating.

23 . Jaya Ekadashi .

According to Hindu calendar, Ekadashi of Shukla Paksha of Magh month is called Jaya Ekadashi. Jaya Ekadashi is considered very virtuous Ekadashi.  By observing this Ekadashi fast one can get rid of all kinds of sins. According to the scriptures, by observing this Ekadashi fast, man gets rid of ghosts, demons. According to the belief, whoever observes Jaya Ekadashi fast with true devotion, attains virtue. Worshiping Lord Vishnu on this day gives freedom from defects. On this day, devotees are celebrate the festival of Pundarik  in Pandharpur (Maharashtra).
Due to the virtue of Jaya Ekadashi, a man is freed from all sins and receives victory in every sphere of life and is entitled to salvation.  The Bhagavata Purana states that those who want to attain all material and worldly happiness, they must observe Jaya Ekadashi fast. Jaya Ekadashi, which falls on the Shukla Paksha of Magh month, is considered very important in all the Ekadashis because it gives victory everywhere.  It is said about Jaya Ekadashi that even where the fate of man does not accompany, Jaya Ekadashi fasting helps in victory in every task. If there is any problem or difficulty in finding love, then Jaya Ekadashi fast is very important for such people. At the same time, the worship and fasting done on this Ekadashi is very fruitful for those people who have some differences in their married life. Just as Ekadashi fasts are considered superior in all types of fasts, similarly Jaya Ekadashi is considered superior among all Ekadashi fasts. Fasting on this day attains salvation. Freedom from sin's and lover's gets victory. People who are facing obstacles in love. Or there is a situation of dispute or tension. If there is any kind of problem in the love relationship, then worshiping Lord Vishnu on Jaya Ekadashi and fasting on this date will help to overcome the difficulties in love.
Also, if the relationship between husband and wife is not sweet.  Or even if the situation of divorce remains, problems can be reduced by keeping this Ekadashi fast. A person observing fast on the day of Jaya Ekadashi gets rid of the phantom's fear.
Even the doors of heaven open for him.  The popular stories of Jaya Ekadashi describe the glory of the fast observed on this day. Like other Ekadashis, this Ekadashi is not only dedicated to Lord Vishnu, but Lord Shiva is also worshiped on this day. Jaya Ekadashi's arrival in the month of Magh increases its importance even more .


This Ekadashi is related to the story of the Gandharva Malvan and Apsara Pushpavati. Traditionally, devotees have to eat without eating anything throughout the day to observe this fast. Apart from this, performing formal puja is more beneficial. This Ekadashi day is considered suitable for those people. Those who have committed some sins in their life and want to seek forgiveness of those sins. By fasting on this day, one can get rid of past karmic defects and attain salvation after death. Hence Jaya Ekadashi is considered special.

The story of this Ekadashi, which is done to fulfill all the wishes, is described in many ancient legends including 'Padmapuran'.

Jaya Ekadashi fasting story

According to the legend mentioned in the Padma Purana, Devraj Indra ruled in heaven and all other gods lived happily in heaven.  Once upon a time, Indra was travelling in the Nandan forest with his apsaras as per his wish and Gandharva was singing. Among those Gandharvas, the famous Pushpadanta and his daughter Pushpavati and Chitrasen and his wife Malini were also present. Also, Malini's son Pushpavan and his son Mallyavan were also present. Gandharva's girl Pushpavati was fascinated by seeing the Malywan and started wooing Malywan. She subdued Malywan with her form and gesture. That Pushpavati was very beautiful.  Now they started singing to please Indra, but due to their mutual fascination, their mind was confused.
Indra understood this love due to they not singing properly and the rhythm was not correct and he cursed them as his insult in it.  Indra said, "O fools! You have disobeyed my orders, therefore you are a curse. Now both of you, as man and woman, go to the earth and take  vampires form and suffer the results of your karma."
Hearing such a curse of Indra, they became very sad and started living there life in grief on the Himalayan mountain. They had no knowledge of smell, life conditions and touch etc. They were getting great sorrow there. They did not sleep even for a moment. It was very cold at that place. One day the vampire told own wife, "What were the sins that we had committed in the past life, from which we got this painful vampire births. It is better to suffer hell's grief from this vampire form. Therefore, we should not commit any kind of sin now. ”Thinking this way, they were spending owns days. Coincidentally, there was an Ekadashi called Jaya of Shukla Paksha in Magh month. On that day, they did not eat anything nor did any sinful act. Spent the day eating only fruits and water, and sat down under the Peepal tree in the evening with great grief.  At that time, the Sun God was setting.
It was extremely cold that night, due to which both of them were very sad due to the cold and clung to each other like dead.  they did not even sleep that night. Jaya Ekadashi's fast and night awakening they left own vampire form on the second morning. Wearing the body of  very beautifuls clothes and jewellery , embellished with beautiful forms, they departed for heaven. At that time, the gods in the sky started doing floral worship praising them. After going to heaven, they both bowed down to Devraj Indra.


 Indra was very surprised to see them at first and started asking, "How can you get rid of your vampire form, so tell everyone." Malywan said, "O Devendra! Due to the grace of Lord Vishnu and the effect of fasting of Jaya Ekadashi our vampire body has been disabled ." Then Indra said, "O Malyavan! By observing the grace of God and fasting on Ekadashi, not only your vampire body has been left, but you have also become worshipable because devotees of Vishnu and Shiva are worshipers of us, so you are blessed. Now you go with Pushpavati and enjoy your life . "

Music is a supernatural boon of Goddess Saraswati, it is a practice, a learning.  Purity is essential in this.  Then, in the meeting where the elders,respected person,Gurus are present more than themselves, the creature should maintain restraint and dignity, so that the respect of the gurus,it may be is not insulted. If any person insulting the gurus ,they are be part of hell. It is considered a sin to have the spirit of bad thought during worship and havan.  Many times it happens suddenly because of forgetting.  Jaya Ekadashi gives relief from this sin.

24 . Vijaya Ekadashi .

It has been said in our scriptures that when a problem is not solved, then a person should come under the shelter of God.  But as the times are changing, people's thinking is also changing, every person has become so busy with himself that he remembers God according to his will.  Every person today has become selfish and wants to join God as well as he wishes. But it should neither be done nor thought of.  Every person has to bear the results of own actions. That is why when a person gets very upset then he comes under the shelter of God.  But God is associated with us without selfishness, they are with us in both our good or bad deeds but we suffer as we do.

Let us tell you about the Ekadashi of Krishna Paksha of Falgun month, by observing this fast, the solution to the biggest problem of your life comes, this fast was done by Lord Rama to get his Sita.

The date of this fast in the Hindu calendar is described as Ekadashi of the Krishna Paksha of Phalgun month.  According to the Puranas, Vijaya Ekadashi is considered to be one of the most important dates of worship of Lord Vishnu.  Vijaya Ekadashi is also related to Lord Rama, the incarnation of Vishnuji. Vijaya Ekadashi, as the name itself describe , observing Vijaya Ekadashi leads one to victory in his aims. In the literal sense the word 'Vijaya' signifies victory.  Fasting of Vijaya Ekadashi and this fast brings success and victory to the observer in difficult situations and circumstances of his life. It helps in providing relief from all kinds of obstacles and difficult situations.


 If people donate and do virtious work on this day, they get rid of their past and present sins and also earn fruitful results. On the day of Vijaya Ekadashi, the worship of Lord Vishnu by the rules is defeated by the enemies. Your enemies are not able to succeed in their plans, you win over them. If you want to achieve success in your life, or to make a particular task a success, then you should do Vijaya Ekadashi fast. All the troubles of the person's life like enemy hurdle, business and job troubles and health problems can be ended by this fast.  According to Padmapuran, fasting of Vijaya Ekadashi brings benefits of wealth and salvation. You can get as much results as you can from hard penance, by doing fasting of Vijaya Ekadashi. The fast holder receives Baikuntha Dham. It is believed that Lord Rama also observed this Ekadashi fast before conquering Lanka.  For this reason, Lord Rama is also worshiped during this fast.

One day Arjun asked Lord Krishna that what is the significance of fasting of Vijaya Ekadashi, I want to hear from you, so please tell me the story related to Vijaya Ekadashi.

In response Lord Krishna says - O Arjuna! the Ekadashi of Krishna Paksha of Phalgun month is known as Vijaya Ekadashi. With the effect of this fast, man gets victory . Whoever listen and read the greatness of this Vijaya Ekadashi, all his sins are soon eradicated.  O Arjun, I have not told the story of this fast till date.  Before today only Devarshi Narada ji has heard this story from Brahma ji.  O Arjun, seeing your curiosity about this story, today I tell this story -
O Arjun ! Brahmaji narrates the story to Narada ji and says - 'O son!  Vijaya Ekadashi is a fast to destroy the sins of the past and present.  This fast gives victory to all humans.  Now you devoutly listen to this story -
When Shri Ram got fourteen years of exile in Tretayug, he started living in Panchavati along with brother Lakshman and Mother Sita.  At that time, the great power and great sinner Ravana deceitfully kidnapped Mother Sita.  Sriramji and Lakshmanji were very sad due to this incident and started wandering forest to forest in search of Sitaji. While wandering in the forest, they reached near the dying Jatayu, when Jatayu told him about the kidnapping of Mother Sita and got liberation in the lap of Lord Shri Ram. After this Sri Rama befriended with Sugriva and killed Bali.
After this, Jamwant reminded Hanuman of his amazing powers, then Shri Rama devotee Hanumanji went to Lanka to find Mata Sita and narrated the description of friendship of Sri Rama and Maharaj Sugriva to Mata.  After coming from Lanka, Hanumanji told Sri Ramchandraji the whole story of Lanka city and Ashok Vatika.
Knowing all this, Shriram Ji with the permission of Sugriva left for Lanka with the Vaanar Sena.  On reaching the seashore, Shri Ram, seeing the eternal sea, said to Laxmanji - "O Laxman!  How will we cross this infinite sea with there are many crocodiles and creatures in the sea ? '  Hearing the talk of Prabhu Shriram, Laxmanji said-
Brother!  You are omniscient, nothing is hidden from you, yet half the yojna away from this place is the ashram of "Vakdalbhya Muni" in Kumari Island. Muni have knowledge of the Brahm and can tell you the solution to this problem.  Listening to the words of Lakshmana, Shriramji went to the ashram of Vakdalbhya Rishi and vow him and sat near him.

Maharishi Vakadalbhya saw Shri Ram coming to his ashram and asked - "O Lord Shri Ram!  For what purpose have you sanctified my hut, please say your purpose! '

On hearing the sage's reverential voice, Shriram said - "O  Mahatma!  I have come here with the army and I am going to Lanka with the desire to win the demon king Ravana.  Please tell me any way to cross the sea. That is my purpose for coming to you. '
In response, Maharishi Vakdalbhya Muni says - 'O Ram!  I tell you a fast that you will definitely get victory by doing it properly. ”Then Shri Ram Ji said, O Munishreshtha!  What is this fast that is achieved by conquering all the areas? Please do tell soon!  Again Maharishi Vakdalbhya Muni said- "O Shriram!  By fasting Vijaya Ekadashi of the Krishna Paksha of Phalgun month, you will surely cross the sea and you will also get victory in battle.
O Shri Ram!  If you do this fast with your generals, then you will definitely conquer the sea and Lanka.  Hearing the word of Muni, then Sri Ramachandra lawfully observed Vijaya Ekadashi and with its effect, killed Ravana and conquered Lanka and brought Mother Sita to Ayodhya.


O Arjun!  Whoever performs this fast with method, will surely get victory over enemies.  Not only this, anyone who listens or reads this fast gets the results equivalent to performing a yajna. ”

If you want to achieve success in your life, or to make a particular task successful, then you should do Vijaya Ekadashi fast. Worshiping Lord Vishnu in any form fulfills all human desires. Shriram, though an avatar of Vishnu himself, but he fast this Vijaya Ekadashi and worshiped Lord Vishnu  due to show human dignity to creatures and to take good path.  A person desirous of victory can participate in this fast and get infinite good results.

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

Part:-08 Link....

https://www.shivgyaancharcha.com/2020/05/ekadashiss-stories-part-08.html



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