17 November 2018 — Utthana Ekadashi
The glories of Utthana Ekadashi is described in Skanda Purana in the conversation between Lord Brahma and Narada Muni.
Once Lord Brahma said to Narada Muni, "O, best of the sages! Please hear from me the glories of Utthana Ekadashi which destroys all ones sinful reactions, increases ones piety and awards one liberation. O, best among the brahmins! The supremecy of the Ganges was intact as long as Utthana Ekadashi which occures during the waxing moon in the month of October/November and which burns all ones sins into ashes did not manifest in this world. The influence of the oceans and lakes piety was matchless as long as Utthana Ekadashi did not manifest. The result one obtains by performing one thousand horse sacrifices and one hundred Rajsuya sacrifices can easily be obtained by observing this Ekadashi".
After hearing this words of Lord Brahma Narada Muni said, "O, dear father! Please tell me what is the merit one attains by eating ones a day, by taking supper in the evening and by complete fasting?"
Lord Brahma replied, "If one eats ones a day then all the sinful reactions of his one life time is destroyed, If one eats supper then the sinful reactins of his two life time are destroyed and by fasting completly one can destroy the sinful reactions of his seven life times.
O, dear son! This Utthana Ekadashi awards everything that are unseen undesired and rare within the three worlds. This Ekadashi burns to ashes the grave sins as big as Mandara Mountain. The lion among sages, if a person accumulates any piety on this day of Ekadashi then he obtains results equal to Sumeru Hill. In the body of those who do not prayers to the Lord, who are fallen from their vows, who are ethiestic, who blashfame the Vedas, who polute the religious scripture, who enjoyes others wife and who are foolish religious principle cannot remain. On should not indulge in sinful activities rather he should engage in pious activities. If one is inclained towards pious activities his religious principle are not distroyed. One who confidently follows the vow of Utthana Ekadashi, the sinful reactions of his one hundred life times are vanquished. If one reamains awake on the night of Utthana Ekadashi then his past, present and future generations returned to the abode of Vishnu.
O, Narada! A person who does not observe the vow of Ekadashi in the month of Kartik and does not worship Lord Vishnu then all his accumulated piety is totally distroyed. O, best of the brahmin! Therefore one should certainly worship Lord Vishnu in the month of Kartik. If one eats food stuff cook by himself in the month of Kartik he obtains the result of Chandrayana vrata. If one engages in hearing and chanting the topics of Lord Vishnu in the month of Kartik attains the result of donating one hundred cows. By regularly studying the scriptures one achives the result of performing one thousand sacrifices. A person who hears the topics of the Lord and then gives dakshina to the speaker according to his capacity goes to the eternal abode of the Lord.
Narada Muni said, "O, Lord! Kindly explain to me the procedure for observing Ekadashi". The grand father Brahma replied, "O, best of the twice born, one should rise early in the morning during Brahma Muhurtha and after washing his mouth and taking bath he should worship Lord Keshava. Then he should take a vow while chanting a mantra as follows. "I will fast on the day of Ekadashi and I will only eat on the day of Dvadasi. O, Pundarikaksa! O, Achyuta! I surrounder unto you. Please, protect me". One should gladly observe the vow of Ekadashi with devotion and at night one should remain awake near Lord Vishnu. While remaining awake at night one should hear and chant the transcendental qualities of the Lord. Any pious person who follows these instructions attains Supreme destination. One should give up all kinds of greedyness on the day of Ekadashi".
Lord Brahma continued, "If one worships Lord Janardhana with Kadamba flowers does not go to the abode of Yamaraj. If one worships Lord Garudadvaja or Lord Vishnu with rose flowers in the month of Kartika certainly gets liberation. If one worships the Lord with Bakula and Ashoka flowers then he becomes freed from lementation for as long as the sun and the moon rise in the sky. If one worships the lord with sami leaves escapes the punishment of Yamaraja. If one worships Lord Vishnu who is the controler of the demigod with Champaka flowers during the rainy reason then he will not have to take birth again within the material world. If one offers yellow coloured Ketaki flowers to Lord Vishnu then all his sinful reactions accumulated from millions of life time is distroyed. If one offers red coloured fragrent hundred petelled lotus flower Lord Jagannatha then he returns to the abode of the Lord known as Svetadvipa.
O, best of the brahmins! One should remain awake on the night of Ekadashi. On the day of dvadasi one should worship Lord Vishnu and complete his vow by feeding the brahmins. According to ones ability if one should worships his spiritual master and gives him charity then the Supreme Lord becomes freed with him".
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