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    Deva Shayana Ekadashi – 20 Jul, 21

    The glories of Ashada-Shukla Ekadashi – also known as Padma Ekadashi or Deva-shayana Ekadashi – are found in the Bhavishyottara Purana in a conversation between Lord Krishna and King Yudhishthira. Yudhishthira Maharaj, the saintly king, asked Lord Krishna, “O Keshava, what is the name of the Ekadashi that occurs in the bright fortnight of the month of Ashada (June – July)? Who is the presiding Deity of the auspicious day, and what are the observances of this day?” Lord Sri Krishna replied, “O caretaker of the Earth, I shall narrate to you a historical event that Lord Brahma once related to his son Narada when he asked him about this…

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    Pandava Nirjala Ekadashi – 21 June, 2021

    Narration from the Brahma-Vaivarta Purana Jyeshtha Shukla Ekadashi Ekadashi is an important day in the lives of devotees of Lord Krishna. It’s a day of austerities and intensified devotional practices. These recommended days of fasting are meant for learning to transcend the bodily needs, especially food, and fix one’s consciousness on one’s constitutional position as a loving servant of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna. Of all Ekadashis, the Jyestha Shukla Ekadashi, which falls in the hottest time of the year called Grishma ritu, is hardest for observing austerities. The summer is at its peak in the northern hemisphere and water is essential. On this Ekadashi one is supposed to…

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    Apara Ekadashi – 06 June, 2021

    Apara Ekadashi is considered very powerful in eliminating sinful reactions. This article describes the benefits of following this Ekadashi as narrated by Lord Krishna to King Yudhishthira in the Brahmanda Purana. The following narration of Apara Ekadashi is found in the Brahmanda Purana. King Yudhisthira inquired from Lord Krishna about this most auspicious of Ekadashis. Yudhishthira Maharaj said, “O Janardana, what is the name of the Ekadashi that occurs during the dark fortnight (krishna paksha) of the month of Jyeshtha (May-June)? I wish to hear from You the glories of this sacred day of Hari. Please narrate them to me.” Lord Sri Krishna appreciating the query said, “O king, your…

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    Mohini Ekadashi

    The glories of Mohini Ekadashi are narrated in the Kurma Purana in a conversation between Maharaja Yudhishthira and Lord Krishna. Yudhisthira Maharaja enquired from Lord Krishna. He said, “O Janardana! What is the name of the Ekadashi that occurs during the bright fortnight (sukla paksha) of the month of Vaisakha (April-May)? What is the process for observing it? Kindly narrate to me.” The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna replied, “Oh blessed son of Dharma, I shall now describe to you what Vasishtha Muni once told Lord Ramachandra. Please hear attentively. “Lord Ramachandra asked Vasishtha Muni, ‘O great sage, I would like to hear about the best of all…

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    Varuthini Ekadashi 7th May 2021

    A Narration from Scriptural References Varuthini Ekadashi falls in the dark fortnight (Krishna paksha) of the month of Vaisakha. This year it falls on Sunday, 19th of April 2020. The story of Varuthini Ekadashi is related in the Bhavishya Purana. King Yudhisthira inquired from Lord Krishna, “O Vasudeva! I offer my humble obeisances unto You. Kindly describe to me the merits and influence of the Ekadashi that falls on the dark fortnight (krishnapaksha) of the month of Vaisakha (April-May).” Sri Krishna replied, “O King, Varuthini Ekadashi is most auspicious. It eradicates the sins of those who observe a complete fast on this sacred day. Such persons obtain continuous happiness, and…

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    Sat-tila Ekadasi – 08 Feb 2021

    Sat-Tila Ekadasi is also known as Trisprisha Ekadasi. This Ekadasi occurs in the dark fortnight of the month of Magha(January/February). The glories of Sat-tila (pronounced ṣaṭ-tila, शट तिल) Ekadasi are narrated in the Bhavisyottara Purana in a conversation between the sage Dalbhya and Pulastya muni. Conversation between Dalbhya Rishi and Palastya Muni Sri Dalbhya Rishi said to Palastya Muni, “When the spirit soul comes in contact with the material energy, he becomes sinful and performs such heinous acts as stealing, killing, and illicit sex. He may even go to the extent of killing a brahmana. “O purest of personalities! Please tell me how these unfortunate souls may escape hellish punishments…

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    Putrada Ekadashi – 24 Jan 2020

    The glories of Pausha-Shukla Ekadashi or Putrada Ekadashi can be found in the Bhavishya Purana of Veda Vyasadeva in a conversation between Maharaja Yudhishthira and Lord Krishna. Yudhisthira Maharaj said, “O Lord, Please mercifully describe the Ekadashi that occurs in the bright fortnight (Shukla paksha) of Pausha Masa (December/January). Which is the Deity to be worshiped on this sacred day? O Purushottama, O Hrishikesha, please tell how one may please You on this day?” Lord Sri Krishna replied, “O saintly king, for the benefit of humanity I shall now relate the way of observing the fast on Pausha-Shukla Ekadashi. “Everyone should observe the rules and regulations of Ekadashi Vrata, to…

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    Saphala Ekadasi -09 Jan 2021

    The glories of Pausha-krishna Ekadasi, or Saphala Ekadasi are found in the Bhavishya-uttara Purana in a conversation between Maharaja Yudhishthira and Lord Krishna. Yudhishthira Maharaja said to Lord Krishna, “Dear Lord, what is the name of the Ekadasi that occurs in the dark fortnight of the month of Pausha (December-January)? How should it be observed, and which is the Deity to be worshipped on this sacred day? O Janardana! Please fully narrate this to me for my proper understanding.” The Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna replied, “O best of kings, I shall fulfil your desire. “I am not as pleased by sacrifice or charity as I am by observance…

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    Rama Ekadasi – 11 Nov 2020

    The glories of Kartika-Krishna Ekadasi or Rama Ekadasi have been narrated in the Brahma-Vaivarta Purana of Veda Vyasa in a conversation between Lord Krishna and King Yudhishthira. Yudhisthira Maharaj said, “O Janardana, protector of all beings, kindly bestow upon me knowledge of the Ekadasi that falls in the dark fortnight (krishna paksha) of the month of Kartika (October – November).” Lord Krishna, the Supreme Lord replied, “O lion among kings, the Ekadasi that occurs in the dark fortnight of the month of Kartika is called Rama Ekadasi. It has the power to eliminate the greatest of sins and award passage to the spiritual realm. Now hear a story that demonstrates the glory…