17 December 2018 — Moksada Ekadashi
This Moksada Ekadashi occures in the waxing moon in the month of November/December. The glories of this Ekadashi is described in Brahmanda Purana in the conversation between Lord Krishna and Maharaj Yudhistira.
Once Yudhistira asked Lord Krishna, "My dear Krishna, what is the name of the Ekadashi that occures during the waxing moon in the month of Novembeer/December? Also please explain to me in details about the procedure for observing this Ekadashi.
Lord Krishna said, "O, best of the King! This Ekadashi distroys all once sinful reactions. If one worships the Supreme Lord with tulasi manjari on this day, the Lord becomes extremely pleased. By observing this ekadashi one achieves the result of performing Bajpeya sacrifice.
There was a King named Vaikanasa lived and ruled in the city of Champaka. The King was very affectionate towards the citizen. Many qualified brahmanas who were well versed in vedic knowledge lived in his Kingdom. One day the King had a dream that his father was fallen in the hell and was suffering unlimited meseries there. On seeing this the King became struck with wonder. The next day the King disclosed the topics of his dream in the essembly of learned brahamins. He also informed them that his father has requested to delilver him from the helish condition. Ever since the King had this dream he became restless. And he did not feel any happiness or interest in rulling his kingdom. He even dealt with his family members indifferently. He thought the life, kingdom, oppulance, power and influence of a son is completly useless if his father is suffering in the hell. That is why the king pathetically appealed to all the learned brahmins, please tell me the way by which I can deliver my father from the clatches of hell.
On hearing his appeal the brahmins said, "O, King, the ashram of Parvata Muni is situated very near from here. He is the knower of past, present and future. You please relate the topics of your dream to him".
After hearing their suggestion King Vaikanasa arrived at the ashram of Paravata Muni accompanied by the brahmins and his subjects. When Parvata Muni inquired about the well being of his Kingdom King Vaikanasa said, "O, my Lord, we are all very well by your mercy; but inspite of possessing the kingdom and all appulances I am in a great difficulty. In fact a doubt has arrisen in my mind and in order to remove that I have come to your lotus feet".
After hearing the whole incident from the King Parvata Muni sat down in deep meditation. After a while he got up from his meditation and said to the King, "My dear King, your father was very lusty in his previous life hence he has degraded himself in this condition. Now you oall should observe the vow of Ekadashi which occures during the waxing moon in the month of November/December for the deliverence of your father and donate the accumulated piety to him. Then by the influence of that peity your father will be relieved from the clutches of hellish life". After hearing these words from Parvat Muni king returned to his palace surrounded by his entourage.
Thereafter in due course of time the king with his wife, children and servants duly observed this Ekadashi which occures during the waxing moon in the month of November/December and dedicated all its piety to his suffering father. By the influence of this piety the father attained the heavenly planet and blessed his son very much.
O King, one who properly follows this Moksada Ekadashi certainly relieved from all sinful reactions".
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