• Ekadashi,  Philosophy

    Indira Ekadasi – 2 Oct,2021

    Indira Ekadashi occurs during the dark fortnight (krishna paksha) of the month of Aswina (September-October). The glory of Indira Ekadashi is related in the Brahmavaivarta Purana. There Lord Krishna extols the Ekadashi to Yudhisthira by narrating the story of a devotee King named Indrasena. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna said, “If a person fasts on the holy Indira Ekadashi, all his sins are eradicated and his forefathers who may have fallen into hell obtain liberation. O best of kings, merely hearing about this sacred Ekadashi delivers the great merit of performing a horse sacrifice. King Indrasena “In the Satya-yuga there lived a powerful king named Indrasena, who…

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    Yogini Ekadashi – 6 July, 2021

    The glories of Ashada-Krishna Ekadashi, or Yogini Ekadashi, are found in the Brahma-vaivarta Purana in a conversation between Maharaja Yudhishthira and Lord Krishna. Yudhishthira’s Question Yudhisthira Maharaj asked Lord Krishna, “O Supreme Lord, I have heard the glories of Nirjala Ekadashi that occur during the bright fortnight of the month of Jyeshtha (May – June). Would you kindly now tell me of the Ekadashi that falls in the dark fortnight of the month of Ashada (June – July) O Madhusudana?” Lord Krishna Replies The Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna, replied, “O king, I shall certainly relate to you of this, the best day of fasting. It is the Ekadashi that occurs…

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    Kamada Ekadashi -23 Apr 2021

    The glories of Kamada Ekadashi are found in the Varaha Purana in a conversation between Maharaja Yudhishthira and Lord Krishna. Referring to this conversation to some great sages of the universe, Sri Suta Goswami said, “O sages, let me offer respectful obeisances unto the Supreme Lord Hari, Bhagavan Sri Krishna, the son of Devaki and Vasudeva, whose mercy allows me to describe the day of fasting that removes all kinds of sins. It was the great devotee Maharaja Yudhisthira to whom Lord Krishna narrated the glories of the twenty-four primary Ekadashi, which destroy sin. Exalted sages have selected these twenty-four narrations from the eighteen Puranas, for they are truly sublime.…

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    Amalaki Ekadashi – 25 Mar 2021

    The glories of Phalguna-Shukla Ekadashi, or Amalaki Ekadashi, are found in the Brahmanda Purana in a conversation between sage Vasishtha and the great King Mandhata. King Mandhata’s Query King Mandhata asked Vasishtha Muni, “O great sage, kindly be merciful and tell me of a holy fast that will bestow me eternal benefit.” Vasishtha Muni replied, “O king, listen as I describe the best of all days of fasting, Amalaki Ekadasi. One who faithfully observes a fast on this Ekadashi obtains wealth, is freed from the effects of all kinds of sins, and attains liberation. Fasting on this Ekadasi is even more purifying than donating one thousand cows in charity to…

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    Bhaimi Ekadashi – 23 Feb 2021

    Bhaimi Ekadashi is also known as Jaya Ekadasi. The narration of the glories of Magha-Shukla Ekadasi or Jaya Ekadashi is found in the Bhavishyottara Purana in a conversation between Maharaja Yudhishthira and Lord Krishna. It is said that one who observes upavasa (fasting) on this day is granted entry into Lord Visnu’s abode, even not having performed other vratas of the year. The half-day fast (vrata) for the appearance day of Lord Varahadev on the following day, Varaha Dvadasi is also observed on this Ekadashi. Yudhishthira Maharaja Enquires From Lord Krishna Yudhisthira Maharaj said, “O Lord of the lords, Sri Krishna, all glories unto You! O Master of the universe,…

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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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    Mokshada Ekadasi – 25 Dec 2020

    Mokshada Ekadasi is the auspicious day when Lord Sri Krishna spoke His epic discourse, Srimad Bhagavad Gita, to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra five thousand years ago. The glories of Mokshada Ekadasi are found in a conversation between Maharaja Yudhishthira and Lord Krishna in the Brahmanda Purana. Yudhishthira Maharaja said, “O Vishnu, supreme Lord, Joy of the three worlds, creator of the Universe, primordial being, greatest of all, I offer my prostrated obeisances unto You! “O Lord of lords! Kindly fulfil my enquiries for the benefit of all souls. What is the name of the sin-eradicating Ekadasi that occurs during the bright fortnight of the month of Margashirsha (November-December)?…

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    Utthana Ekadasi – 26 Nov 2020

    This Ekadasi is known by three other names: Haribodhini, Prabodhini, and Devotthani Ekadasi. Falling in the shukla paksha (bright fortnight) of the sacred month of Kartika, it is the second Ekadasi of the month. It is said that Lord Vishnu goes to rest for four months during the period known as Chaturmasya. Starting from Sayana Ekadasi, which is the first Ekadasi that falls in the month of Ashada rests and awaknes on the day of Kartika Shukla Ekadasi, which is why it is known as Utthana Ekadasi. The narration of Utthana Ekadasi is found in the Skanda Purana in a conversation between Lord Brahma and his son, the great sage…