22 April 2017 — Varuthini Ekadashi
The glories of Varuthini Ekadashi, which occures during the wanning moon in the month of April/May is described in Bhavisyottara Purana in the conversation between Lord Krishna and Maharaj Yudhisthira.
Once Maharaj Yudhisthira said to Shri Krishna, "O, Vasudeva! I offer my humble obeisances to you. Now, please, explain to me the Ekadashi, which occures during the wanning mon in the month of April/ May including its name, influence and glories".
Lord Krishna replied, "My dear king, the name of this Ekadashi is Varuthini and it awards one good fortune both in this life and in the next. By following the vow of this Ekadashi a living entity attains perpetual happiness, deninishes his sinful reactions and becomes greatly fortunate. By observing this vow an unfortunate wife become fortunate,a human being attains happiness and prosperity both in this life and in the next, they become freed from the cycle of birth and death, all their sinful reactions are nullified and they attain devotional service to the lord. King Mandata was liberated by properly observing this Ekadashi. Many kings such as Dhundhumara became liberated by following this Ekadashi. One can achieve the result of undergoing austerities for ten thousand years simply by observing this Varuthini Ekadashi. The amount of piety one accumulates by donating 40 kilos of gold during the solar eclipse in Kuruksetra is achived simply by observing this Varuthini Ekadashi.
O, best of the kings! Donating elephant is superior than donating horse. Donating land is superior than donating elephant and donating sesame seed is greater than donating land. Donating gold is greater than donating sesame seeds and donating food grains is greater than donating gold. Infact there is no greater charity than giving food grains in charity. O, best of the kings! By giving food grains in charity one can satisfy the forefathers, the demigods and all living entities. The learned scholars have ascertend giving a daughter in charity to be equal to giving food grains in charity. The supreme lord Himself has compared donating food grains to be equal to donating cows. More ever among all kinds of charities giving knowledge to others is the highest type of charity.
By following Varuthini Ekadashi one can attain the results of all charities. A person who earns his livelihood by selling his daughter certainly commits the great sin and he is fit to live in the hell till the time of final annihilation. That is why no one should ever accept wealth in exchange of his daughter. O, king of kings! A householder who under the influence of greed sells his daughter in exchange of money becomes a cat in his next life. One who decorates his daughter with ornaments according to his own capacity and gives her in charity to a qualified groom, even Chitragupta the chief secretary of Yamaraj is unable to count his piety.
The follower of this Ekadashi should abstain by eating out of bellmetal pot, eating meat, masura gram, chickpea, spinach, honey, accept food stuffs cooked by others, eating more then ones and indulging in sex life from the day before Ekadashi.
He should not indulge in gambling, sleep eat betal nuts, bress his teeth, blashfame anyone, indulge in gossiping, speak with a sinful person, become angry and tell lies on the day of Ekadashi.
On the day after Ekadashi he should not eat on a plate made of bellmetal, eat meat, masura gram and honey; as well as he should abstain from speaking lies, do exercise, labour hard, eat more then once, indulge in sex life, shave head or face, apply oil on the body and eat food stuff cooked by others.
One should carefully avoid all the above mentioned prohibitions which distroy the vow of Ekadashi. Apart from them some other prohibitary measures should to taken not only for the three days but for ever.
If one observes the vow of Varuthini Ekadashi according to these prescribed rules and regulations then all his sinful reactions are eradicated and he attains the supreme destination.
One who remains awke on the day of Ekadashi and worships lord Janardhana becomes freed from all sins and attain the supreme goal of life. Any one who hears or reads the glories of this Ekadashi surely achieves the result of donating one thousand cows and being freed from all his sinful reactions attains the abode of Vishnu".
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