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Ekadashi

Ekadashi is a day ,when Lord Vishnu is prayed with a complete fast . This is a nanda tithi , which slowly burns out all the sins of the devotee. Ekadasi upavas is a nitya karma( an action ordained as duty , failure of which is punishable by Yama) for all the creatures( not only humans but also other creatures). If done knowlingly or unknowingly , brings immense merits.

Once there was a hunter in the jungle , his only job was kiling animals and passerby , to fulfil his belly.but somehow due to his poorvajanma , he had a fascination for ekadashi vrata. and he regularly undertook the vrata . One day he was caught by a Rakshas in the jungle. the day was Ekadasi. As demon was about to eat him , he requested , kindly leave me tonight , i shall eat, tomorrow morning, fruits offered to the Lord in the nearby temple and come back to you to offer myself . This will complete my vrata also. Demon surprised by the proposition , left the  hunter to complete his vrata. Next day after finishing his vrata , hunter returned to the demon to offer himself. Demon was totally astonished to see sincerety in a Hunter. He asked , you could have escaped , then why did you come back” . Hunter said , he had no fear of death. This surprised demon even more. He thought what could be the reason behind this strange behaviour , wherecome he is drawing so much courage and strength. He questioned , what do you do in your day to day affairs. Hunter replies only killing. Demon asks does he do any sadhana, Hunter replies he understands none. However he says I have been doing fast on this eleventh day since many years. Demon asks would he donate this merit ,and he will leave him in exchange. Hunter thinks , he must be having something precious , which demon wants to steal , in exchange for life. He negates the proposal. Demon offers to leave him for half the merit. NO says hunter , you may kill me if you want but i wont part with merits.

Finally demon offers why dont you give me todays’ merit alone. NO , half  a day’s merit ….. NO …..

an hour’s equivalent merit(punya) of an ekadasi upavasa  …… NO says Hunter ……….

okay why don’t you give me  just one  second’s worth punya of an ekadasi day ‘s upavasa. Finally Hunter agrees. Demon is released from the curse of being demon due to this punya , returns to swarga as devata, Hunter is blessed with great knowledge and is born as a rishi in his next birth.

So much for a punya , done by an illiterate ,unknowingly . Following all other vratas to obtain wishes , when Ekadasi is at disposal is like a King leaving the kingdom and asking for beggance in the neighbourhood.

Wishing for worldly pursuits against ekadasi punya is like giving gold and buying a rag.

Ekadasi burns all the sins from ekadasha indriyas( two hands ,legs,eyes ears , toungue,speech etc and mind as eleventh) during the fortnight in one single day. There is no other vrata or day as auspicious as Ekadashi.

krishnarpana

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  1. chiraan ji,

    when should one take food after ekadashi vrat,in the evening on the ekadashi day or on the next day.

    kumar

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  2. Respected Acharya,

    Kindly clear this confusion of mine. Krishna Ekadashi tithi starts from Dashami evening and lasts till Ekadashi day evening. However, we fast from Ekadashi Sunrise to Dwadashi Sunrise. Why is it taken Sunrise to Sunrise when the tithi is itself evening to evening ?

    Please pardon me for my ignorance.

    Regards
    K

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    • the tithi start and end times are important only from jyotish point of view . FRom dharmashastra point of view , tithi at sunrise is the tithi that is counted for entire day . all the dharma karyas have to be done according to the tithi at sunrise , with ekadashi there is one more restriction , at sunrise [ which is pratah sandhya ] there should not be dashami vedha . that ekadashi is discarded just as ganga filled in the glass containing sura is sura only and not fit for consumption so also ekdashi coupled with dashami is not fit for upavasa . Gandhari having done such dashami viddh ekadashi lost 100 sons . such a upavasa takes away upavasa phala of twelve ekadashis .

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  3. And Guruji what is Nirjala Ekadashi? are we not supposed to have water also during Ekadashi fast?

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  4. Indeed Guruji i am learning so many good things from you! I was so ignorant actually i still am but i am learning gradually and i am sure with time i shall learn a lot 🙂

    Guruji i have also decided to follow Ekadashi vrat every fortnight…please give blessings for the same and also please tell the exact procedure?

    Thank u 🙂

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  5. Dear Acharya,

    Would it possible for you to provide information on procedures for performing Nitya Karmas.

    Pranam.

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  6. Dear Acharya,

    Kindly elaborate the proper way of practicing a fast on ekadashi.

    Pranam.

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    • Indeed Guruji i am learning so many good things from you! I was so ignorant actually i still am but i am learning gradually and i am sure with time i shall learn a lot 🙂

      Guruji i have also decided to follow Ekadashi vrat every fortnight…please give blessings for the same and also please tell the exact procedure?

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