Respected Devotees, after a long time I am going to narrate something in this domain & undoubtedly it’s Krishna’s wish & mercy that he has enabled me to write. Recently a good thing has happened in my life, I have started performing the Ekadashi vrat & credit goes to one of my closest friends who paved the way for me. May Krishna bless her with pure devotion. 🙂
Let’s come back to the topic, as this is the time of December & dark fortnight of the month, so during this time the Ekadashi vrat which we perform, is known as Saphala Ekadashi. It falls on the Paush Krishna Paksha. The significance of this Safala Ekadashi has been narrated in Brahmanda Purana also.
When Dharmaraj Yudhisthir asked Lord Krishna about the merit of this Saphala Ekadashi, then in response to that Krishna replied as – “I do not become as pleased by sacrifice or charity as I do by My devotee’s observance of Ekadashi, to the best of one’s ability, therefore, one should fast on Saphala Ekadashi, the day of Shri Hari”. He further added that the way Sesh-Nag is the best among all snakes, Garud is the best among all birds, Bramhins are the best among human beings, similarly among all fasting days or Vrat(s) Ekadashi is the best or most dearest to me. So, people who observe this Ekadashi vrat are dear to me. In this material world I bless them with wealth & after death I bless them with salvation. The result or fruit which can not be achieved even after the penance of 1000 years, can easily be attained by staying awake for the whole night during this Saphala Ekadashi.
History Behind Saphala Ekadashi: Once there was a king named as Mahismat in the city of Champavati, he had 4 sons, among those his eldest son Lumpaka was engaged in various sinful activities like enjoying illicit sex with wives of others, drinking wine, gambling and many such activities. He always used to criticize Brahmans & Vaishnavas. The king was very much annoyed with his behavior and finally exiled him from his kingdom.
After this Lumpaka decided that he shall stay in the dark forest during day time & visit back to the kingdom during darkness of night in order to steal valuables. Various times he was nabbed red handed, but out of fear of king & mercy people freed him repeatedly. During day time Lumpaka used to kill many innocent animals, in this way he was continuously engaged in sinful activities.
There was an old Banyan tree in that forest & it’s the known fact that Lord Krishna resides in Banyan tree, this is the reason in Indian culture we worship Banyan trees. Lumpaka used to reside under that tree. After a long time due to the effect of his good karma of previous birth he survived the day of Dashami by eating fruits only, during night he suffered tremendously due to extreme cold & lost his consciousness, on the very next day it was the day of Saphala Ekadashi, but for the sufferings of last night he laid down their unconscious even after the sun rise, during afternoon he regained his consciousness & arranged some fruits from forest. By the time he returned to the banyan tree, the sun had set. So, he started taking rest, during night he became very weak for the insufficient foods. Then to save himself he started praying to Lord Narayan, offered all the fruits that he collected & prayed further to lord. In this way he spent the night by fasting & staying awake. Lord Narayan considered the whole thing as equivalent of performing Ekadashi Vrat. 🙂
In this way unwittingly Lumpaka observed Safala Ekadashi. After the sunrise there was a voice from clear Blue Sky (Akash vani)– Oh Son, because of the effect of performing Saphala Ekadashi your kingdom will be returned to you without any further delay. And, right after that announcement Lumpaka got a divine body, all his sinful thoughts were vanished. In this way he regained his right place in the dynasty. After living few years happily with his son & wife he handed over his kingdom to his son & went to forest as Sanyasi in order to serve Lord with pure devotion in heart. Finally during death he was able to return to the lotus feet of Krishna. 🙂
Finally Lord Krishna concluded by saying that — “Yudhisthir, in this way whoever performs the Saphala Ekadashi like Lumpaka, enjoys the Earthly Happiness during this life & returns to Baikuntha after death. And, one who simply listens to the glories of Saphala Ekadashi, obtains the same merit derived by one who performs a Raja-suya-yajna & goes to heaven in his next birth”.
Hope, this article will help you all to become more Krishna conscious. Feel free to write to me at: rajeshrocks[dot]kolkata[at]gmail[dot]com or simply share your feedback by posting comments. Due to busy office life I might take a bit of time to respond to your comments, but I will respond for sure. Hare Krishna. 🙂