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Sinner and fruit giver Padma Ekadashi

Bhadrapada Shukla Paksha Ekadashi is called Padma Ekadashi. Padma Ekadashi is also known by the names of Varvarti Ekadashi, Current Ekadashi, Jayanti Ekadashi etc. In the mythological texts, Padma Ekadashi of Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapada month is considered as the most joyful fast of Lakshmi. On this day from the month of Ashadha, Lord Vishnu, who is sleeping on the rest of the bed, changes his side while sleeping. By fasting and worshiping the Vamana avatar of Lord Vishnu on this Ekadashi, all kinds of wishes are proved. This worship of Vamana incarnation of Lord Vishnu is similar to the Vajpeya Yagya which gives fruit and destroys all sins. It is best to worship Lakshmi on this day, because the gods had worshiped Mahalakshmi on this day to regain their kingdom. On this Ekadashi, the Lord takes his turn while sleeping, so Lord Vishnu, the lord of the three worlds, should be worshiped on this day.

By observing this fast, the happiness and good fortune of the person increases. Mythological belief is that on this day Mother Yashoda washed the clothes of Lord Krishna. For this reason this Ekadashi is also called Jaljulni Ekadashi. Jaljulni Ekadashi is also known as Dol Gyaras Ekadashi in Rajasthan. On this occasion, Lord Ganesha and Mata Gauri are worshiped and established here, various types of fairs are organized, and deities are worshiped by taking them to the banks of the river-pond, and in the evening they are worshiped. The idols are brought back. Various processions are taken out, in which devotees walk in a happy mood by singing bhajans, kirtans, songs. On this day in the temples, Lord Vishnu is taken out in a palanquin, a procession is taken out. They are bathed outside the village. On this occasion, people throng to have darshan of Lord Vishnu.

6th September – Vardi Ekadashi

Lord Vishnu is worshiped by observing a fast on this Ekadashi. On this day, after retiring from bath etc. in the morning, the idol of Lord Vamana should be established and worshiped with scent, flowers etc. After fasting for the whole day and after awakening in the night, after worshiping again on the second day, food should be donated to the Brahmin. After that the fast should be ended by taking food on its own. It is advisable to donate copper, silver, rice and curd on this date. A pitcher filled with water should be covered with a cloth and donated to the Brahmin along with curd and rice, along with umbrella and shoes should also be given. Jagran must be done at night. It is believed that those who observe fast on this Ekadashi, get free from all sins and shine like the moon in heaven, and get great fame. And the sinners who read or listen to this story, they get the result of a thousand Ashwamedha sacrifices.

There are many mythological stories related to Padma Ekadashi. According to a legend, when Yudhishthira was asked about Bhadrapada Shukla Ekadashi’s name, worship method and greatness in Dwapar Yuga, Shri Krishna told that Bhadrapada Shukla Ekadashi, which bestows virtue, heaven and salvation and destroys all sins, should be worshiped as Padma or It is known as Vamana Ekadashi. Also known as Jayanti Ekadashi, performing Yajna on this Ekadashi gives the fruits of Vajapeya Yagya. There is no better way than this to destroy the sins of sinners. Those who worship Vamana form on this Ekadashi, their three worlds are worshipped. Therefore, a person who desires salvation must observe this fast. Those who worship Lord Kamalnayan with lotus definitely go near the Lord. Those who fast and worship on Bhadrapada Shukla Ekadashi get the fruits of worshiping the three worlds including Brahma, Vishnu suddenly.

Therefore, one must observe the fast of Harivasar ie Ekadashi. On this day God takes his turn, hence it is also called Parivartini Ekadashi. Shri Krishna also narrating the story related to this to Yudhishthira and said that in Tretayuga a demon named Bali was a great devotee of Vishnu. He used to worship Vishnu with various types of Veda hymns and regularly used to worship Brahmins and organize yagyas, but due to hatred towards Indra, he conquered Indraloka and all the gods. For this reason, all the gods gathered together and after exchange of thoughts, the Indradik god, including Brihaspati, bowed before Vishnu and started calling for protection by worshiping and praising the Vedas. Taking the form of Vamana on this, Vishnu took the fifth incarnation and then won King Bali with great splendour. Worshiping Lord’s Vamana avatar on this date fulfills all the desires of man.

There is another story related to Padma Ekadashi Mahatmya. According to the story, in ancient times, in the Suryavansh, a Chakravarti, Satyapratigya and majestic Rajarshi, like his sons, used to follow the subjects righteously like Mandhata. His subjects were fearless and rich in wealth due to no famine in his kingdom, no mental worries and no outbreaks of diseases. The Maharaja’s treasury had only a collection of just-earned money. In the state, people of all varnas and ashrams were engaged in their respective religions. The land of Mandhata’s kingdom was fruitful like Kamadhenu. During his reign, the people used to get a lot of happiness. But at one time, after receiving the fruits of any action, there was no rain in the king’s kingdom for three years. Due to this his subjects started suffering from hunger and getting destroyed.

Then all the subjects came to King Mandhata and prayed and said that in the Puranas, the wise men have called water as Nar, that Naar is the ayan of God, that is why he is called Narayan. Lord Vishnu in the form of Narayana is pervading everywhere. He is the one who rains in the form of clouds, from the rain food is produced and from the food the people sustain life. At this time the people are being destroyed without food, so take such a remedy, so that our yogakshema can be maintained. Hearing this, the king said, You say the truth, because food is called Brahman. From food the living beings are born, and from the food the world sustains life. It is said in the Puranas that the people suffer due to the tyranny of the kings, but when I think with true intelligence, I do not see any crime committed by me, yet I will try my best to do good to the people.

King Mandhata took some important people along, bowing down to the creator, went towards the dense forest. While roaming in the ashrams of the chief sages and ascetics, one day he had a vision of the Brahmaputra Angira. The king got down from his vehicle, keeping his senses under control, bowed at the feet of the sage with folded hands. The sage also greeted the king by saying Swasti and asked about the efficiency of the seven organs of his kingdom. Asking the health-news of the sage by telling his skill, the king accepted the asana and Ardhya provided by the sage and told the reason for his coming to the sage and said that there should be lack of rain in my kingdom even if I follow the earth according to the religious system. Gone . I do not know what is the reason for this. The sage said – In the Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapada month, which is famous by the name of Padma, you should observe this fast with your subjects and family members. Due to the effect of that fast, there will definitely be good rains. Hearing these words of the sage, the king returned to his home. Along with all the subjects of the four varnas, he fasted on the first Ekadashi of the Shukla Paksha of Bhadon. In this way, the clouds started raining water after fasting. The earth was flooded with water and was adorned with green farming. Everyone became happy due to the effect of that fast.

A person observing a fast on this Ekadashi gets more auspicious results than the virtuous fruits obtained after donating land and donating a cow. In the fast, there is a law to worship with incense, lamp, nevaidya and flowers etc. Seven Kumbhs are established in the fasting of a Tithi. Seven different types of grains – wheat, urad, moong, gram, barley, rice and lentils – are filled in the seven Kumbhs. Any of these grains should not be consumed on the date before Ekadashi Tithi i.e. on Dashami Tithi. The idol of Vishnu is placed on top of the Kumbh and worshiped. After observing this fast, one should do Jagran while reciting Vishnu at night. This fast starts from Dashami Tithi and goes till Dwadashi Tithi, so the duration of this fast is somewhat longer than normal fasts. On the day of Ekadashi, fasting for the whole day is the law of donating a pitcher full of food to a Brahmin in the early morning of Dwadashi tithi.

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