Respected Devotees, this year 20th Jan,2016 will be the day of Putrada Ekadashi or Pausha Putrada Ekadashi. It falls on the light fortnight(Shukla Paksha) of the month. In my last post I explained about the Saphala Ekadashi where Lord Krishna explained to Dharmaraj Yudhisthir about the merit of it, after that Dharmaraj further asked –
- What’s the name of the Ekadashi that falls on the light fortnight of Shukla Pakshya?
- What is the name of the deity who is worshiped on this Ekadashi?
- What’s the benefit of performing this Ekadashi?
In response to that Krishna replied as:
- The name of this Ekadashi is Putrada Ekadashi.
- Lord Narayan is worshiped on the day of Putrada Ekadashi.
- On performing this Ekadashi vrat Lord Narayan fulfills all the wishes of his devotees, it also destroys all the sins & elevates a person to the spiritual abode. One also becomes wise & famous in life as a result of performing this Ekadashi. Most importantly, one who desires to have a son, must perform the Putrada Ekadashi very strictly as the word “Putrada” means giver of a Pious son or Putra.
History Behind Putrada Ekadashi: After explaining the results or benefits of this Ekadashi Lord Krishna started explaining the history behind of it. Once there was a kingdom named as Bhadravati & Suketuman was the king of it. The name of his queen was Shaibyaa. Both the King & the Queen were living a happy life. However, after performing many religious events & Yajnas when the king failed to get a son, then he started living a life of anxiety & pain. He used to think that without son his life is a wastage & after death no one will be there to offer Tarpan to God, sages & ancestors, in this way even after death he will remain indebted to his ancestors. All these thoughts made the king fully negative and one day he decided to commit suicide. However, he refrained from committing that as he knew that killing himself will bring no solution in his life, rather he will be trapped in the cycle of Birth & Death.
One day in the morning he mounted horse and went to the dense forest, he roamed in all the directions of the forest, gradually he became tired & also started feeling hungry & thirsty. He started searching for water-body, after struggling for sometime he discovered one & it was very pleasant with Lotus, crocodile, swans, ducks in it. On the bank of that water-body the king found some hermitages(Ashrams) where sages were chanting the Vedic slokas. Seeing them the king paid his humble obeisances by joining his palms, seeing his deep respect the sages became happy & asked — Oh king, we are pleased with you, now please tell us the reason for which you have come over here. Then in humble voice the king asked the sages about their identities. Then the sages replied that “we are known as the ten Vishvadevas, we have gathered over here to have bath. In next 5 days the month of Magha will commence here & today it’s the day of Putrada Ekadashi. Since this Ekadashi is capable to bless a person with pious Son, so the name has derived as Putrada.”
On hearing this the king said – Oh great sages, I am an unfortunate person who does not have any son & this is the reason I am so much unhappy in life, after seeing you all I can see a ray of hope in life, so please bless me by a son. Then the sages asked him to perform the Putrada Ekadashi, Following their suggestion the king observed Ekadashi on that day & broke his fast on Dwadashi Parana time. After that he paid his obeisances to all the sages & returned home happily. Because of the effect of Putrada Ekadashi the King was blessed by a son who became a heroic king later.
Krishna said– Oh Yudhisthir, everyone on this earth should observe Ekadashi, people who will follow the rituals of Putrada Ekadashi, will be able to avoid the Hell named as “Put”. And, one who simply reads or listens to the glories of Putrada Ekadashi, obtains the same merit derived by one who performs the Agnishtom Yajna. In Bramhanda Purana the significance of this Ekadashi has been mentioned.
My Message to all of You: Hope, this article will help many of you who wishes to become parents, however, I am strictly against of Gender inequality, be it’s a baby boy or a girl, please welcome the little soul in your family wholeheartedly. Regarding this I would like to share one small wish which I expressed once to my lady love, I told her that I wish to become a Good Hubby & a Good Father of a Baby Girl. I will make her strong physically & mentally both, being a person from Marshall-art background I always wanted my Daughter to become a great Fighter who will dedicate herself for the nation. Though I have lost my lady love, yet the wish that I expressed to her, is still there in my heart.
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