Showing posts with label Ekadasi. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ekadasi. Show all posts

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Paush Putrada Ekadashi: Fast To Bless You With A Baby

Paush Putrada Ekadashi, a day highly auspicious for the married couples who are aspiring for a baby, will be observed on 11th January, 2014. South Indians observe this day as Vaikuntha Ekadashi, a major day for the South Indians. Read on to know the importance of Pausha Putrada Ekadashi. 

God of the day, Vishnu

Ekadashi of Paush month is known as Paush Putrada Ekadashi and is observed to please the Lord Vishnu.

Putrada Ekadashi Importance

Every couple loves their child. Everything they do shows their love and affection for their children. One such thing which probably most of the childless couple does is the observance of Putrada Ekadashi fast. On this day, they pray to Lord Vishnu with a hope of getting a child. 

Putrada Ekadashi Legendary Story 

As per the legends, King Suketuman was married to Shaibya. After many years of married life also, the couple remained deprived from the pleasure of having a baby. As a result, the couple and elders of their family were tensed. Suketuman left his kingdom in gloom and went into the forests of Himalayas. One day, he went to the banks of the Mansarovar Lake from where he saw an Ashram (monastic house). Inside the Ashram were 10 saints who in real were divine beings known as Vishvadevas. The King went to them and told them about his situation. After listening to his problem, the saints suggested him to keep fast on that day as it was the day of Putrada Ekadashi. The King agreed and observed the fast. After that, the King returned back to his palace and explained everything to the Queen. Soon after that, the couple was blessed with a son.

Rituals Of The Day

On the day of Putra Ekadashi, the observer gets up early morning and wears clean clothes after taking shower. After this, Lord Vishnu is worshipped with flowers, coconut, betel nut or leaf, fruits and incense stick. The devotee observes fast throughout the day. Mantras are chanted and Vishnu songs are sung and heard. In the evening, Katha (legend of the day) is heard and fruits are consumed. Feeding the Brahmins and offering donations to them on this day is believed to be very fruitful.

Prayers Of The Day

  1. Lord Vishnu Sahasranamam
  2. Lord Vishnu Ashtothram
  3. Any Vishnu prayer or Gayatri

Vaikuntha Ekadashi

The knowledge of Vaikuntha Ekadashi is obtained from the famous Vishnu Purana. This is a very major day for the South Indians. Major celebrations are conducted in temples of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. 

It is said that on this particular day, door to the heaven (Swarg) is opened. Therefore, observing fast on this day frees the devotee from his sins and helps in the attainment of salvation (Moksha). This day is a major attraction in Tirupati, Venkateswara Temple. 

Dont’s Of Ekadashi

  1. On this day, eating rice should be avoided as it is believed that the demon Muran dwells in rice on the day of Ekadashi.
  2. Intake of non-vegetarian food and alcohol should also be avoided.
  3. Haircut and other such activities should be avoided as well.

Lord Vishnu is known to grant his devotees with all what they ask for. On this Paush Putrada Ekadashi, worship the Lord with all you can and let him bless you with a baby.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Utpanna Ekadashi 2013: Burn Up All The Sins

Utpanna Ekadasi 2013 will be observed on November 29, 2013. Eliminate all the bad effects of your sins made intentionally or unintentionally by observing fast & worshipping Lord Vishnu on this holy day. 

Utpanna Ekadashi 2013

With the intention of getting free from all the sins and get salvation, millions of people around the globe do fasting on the day of Utpanna Ekadashi with full devotion and dedication. According to the Hindu calendar, Utpanna Ekadashi is witnessed on the 11th day of Margashirsha Krishna Paksha. Utpanna Ekadasi is also recognized by the name of Utpatti Ekadasi. Let’s now read further to know more about Utpanna Ekadashi in detail.

The Legend Behind Utpanna Ekadashi

The major reason for the celebration of Utpanna Ekadasi is the myth regarding demon Murasura and Lord Vishnu. While Lord Vishnu was resting, demon Mura tried to kill him and take over him. For triumphing over this terrible situation, Goddess Ekadasi emerged and destroyed the devil. Lord Vishnu got happy by this act and blessed the Goddess. He enlightened that anyone observing fast on Utpanna Ekadashi would be sanctified with salvation. Since then, most of the Hindu followers observe this fast on the day of Ekadashi to achieve liberation. For showing their dedication towards Lord, people worship Maa Ekadasi on this day. 

"Among all plants, the Tulsi is my favorite, among all months, Kartik, among all pilgrimages, Dwaraka, and among all days, Ekadasi is most beloved." 

Lord Vishnu (Padma Purana)

Significance Of Ekadashi Fast

In accordance with the Hindu scriptures, this holy day (ekadasi) and the movement of Moon has been linked with the human mind. It is believed that at the time of Ekadasi, human mind conquers maximum effectiveness, giving the brain an improved ability to focus. The religious seekers are said to dedicate 2 days (occurs monthly) in deep meditation and worshiping. It is believed that by observing Ekadasi fast, humans can get the blessings showered on them as they get Moksha (salvation) and attain freedom from all the bad Karmas of both present and previous births. The Ekadasi fast is equivalent of fasting for Lord Vishnu, Lord Mahesha and Lord Brahma.

"If a person fasts on Ekadashi, I shall burn all sins. This day is the most meritorious day to kill all sins." 

The Right Way To Observe Utpanna Ekadasi Fast

Utpanna Ekadasi fast is observed to please Lord Vishnu. On this pious day, the devotees visit temples and worship Mata Ekadashi and Lord Vishnu. The followers also worship Lord Krishna at the time of Brahma Muhurta. This fast is observed from early morning (sunrise) till the other day (Dwadashi morning). It is believed that on this day, it is good to offer flowers, rice, fruits and incense sticks to the Almighty. Most of the devotees also make donations to the needy.

Shri Maha Vishnu Mantra For Ekadasi 

“Shantakaram Bhujagashayanam padmanabham suresam | 
Viswakaram gagandrusm meghavarnam subhamgam ||
Lakshmikantam kamalanayanam yogibhirdhyan gamyam | 
Vande Vishnum bhavbhayharam Sarvalokaiknatham ||”

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The Importance Of Ekadasi In Hindu Scriptures

Ekadashi is not just said to put off all the bad Karmas and sins, but also to put on more blessings. For those who observe rigorous Ekadasi fast on a regular basis, Lord Krishna says: 

"I shall remove all the obstacles from his path of spiritual development and bestow upon him the perfection of life." 

"Ekadashi is one among the five boats for the people who are drowning in the ocean of worldly existence."

Lord Krishna (Garuda Purana)