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Why Married Couples Must Perform the Putrada Ekadashi?

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 –

  1. What’s the name of the Ekadashi that falls on the light fortnight of Shukla Pakshya?
  2. What is the name of the deity who is worshiped on this Ekadashi?
  3. What’s the benefit of performing this Ekadashi?

In response to that Krishna replied as:

  1. The name of this Ekadashi is Putrada Ekadashi.
  2. Lord Narayan is worshiped on the day of Putrada Ekadashi.
  3. 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.
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Putrada Ekadashi

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.

putrada ekadashi

Putrada Ekadashi

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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Importance of Saphala Ekadashi

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.

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Lord Krishna Telling Ekadashi Importance to Pandavas.

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. 🙂

krishna prasadam

Krishna Prasadam

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. 🙂