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10 December 2020 — Utpanna  Ekadashi

          The glories of Utpanna Ekadashi is described in Bhavisyottara Purana in the conversation between Shri Krishna and Arjuna. Shri Suta Goswami said to the assembled brahmins and sages, "If a person with faith and devotion duely follows or hears about the glories, rules and regulations of observing Ekadashi as described by Lord Krishna, then he will attain happiness in this life and will return to the abode of Lord Vishnu in the next life". 
          Once Arjuna asked Shri Krishna, "O, Janardhana! Please, explain to me, what is the benefit of total fast, eating only at night or eating once at midday on Ekadashi?"   
          In reply to this Lord Shri Krishna said, "O, Arjuna! In the begining of autumn on the Ekadashi that ocurres during the waning moon in the month of November-December a person should begin observing the vow of Ekadashi.  In the early morning on the day of Ekadashi he should make a vow to observe fasting. At mid-day he should purify himself by taking a bath. At the time of taking bath he should pray as follows. "O, Asvakrante! O, Rathakrante! O, Vishnukrante! O, Vasundhare! O, Mrittike! O, Mother Earth! Please, distroy all my sinful reactions accumulated from previous life times so that I can attain the Supreme destination". After completing his bath he should worship Lord Govinda.
          Once Indra the king of heaven surrounded by the demigods approached the Supreme lord and prayed to Him as follows. "O, Lord of the Universe! O, Supreme personality of Godhead! We offer our respectful obeisances to you. You are the Supreme shelter, mother and father of everyone. You create, maintain and destroy everyone. You are the benefector of earth, the sky and the entire material creation. You yourself are Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. You are the Lord and enjoyer of all kinds of sacrifices, austerities, hymns and their performers. There is no object within these three animate and inanimate worlds which is not owned and controled by you. O, Lord! O, Supreme personality of Godhead! O, master of the demigods! O, protector of the surroundered souls! O, Supreme mystic! The demigods have been deprived of their heavenly kingdom and have been driven out by the demons. They have fearfully surroundered at your lotus feet, please protect them. O, Lord of the Universe! We have been fallen from the heavenly planets in to this earthly planet and have merged into the ocean of miseries. Kindly be pleased with us".
          On hearing such a pathetic prayer of Indra Lord Vishnu asked him, "Who is this invincible demon who has defeated even the demigods?  What is his name? What is the source of his prowess? O, Indra! Please, explain to me everything in detail without any fear".
          Indra replied, "O, Lord of the demigods! O, deliverer of the devotees! O, Supreme Lord! A fierced demon named Nadijangha who first caused distress to the demigods appeared in the family of a brahmin.  He had a equally powerful infamous demon son called Mura. The great city of Chandravati is the capital of this great demon Mura. This demon Mura has driven out all the demigods from heavenly planets and he himself is living there.  He has taken over all the post of Indra, Agni, Yama, Vayu, Isa, Chandrama, Nairita and Varuna all by himself. The demigods combined could not conquer him. O, Lord Vishnu, please kill this demon and protect the demigods".             
          On hearing the words of Indra the Lord became very angry to those who harressed the demigods and said, "O, king of the demigods, I will personally kill this powerful demon who is your enemy. Now all of you should return to the city of Chandravati". Thereafter all the demigods proceeded towards the city of Chandravati led by Lord Vishnu. On one side the demigods were prepared for the battle with thousands of various weapons in their possession, and on the other side the Demon Mura was roaring surrounded by innumerable demon army.
          The demigods were already scattered due to the severe beatings by the demigods; but now when they saw the rejuvenated fearless demigods led by the Supreme Lord were standing before them the demons became extremely angry. Although the Lord easily defeated all the demons he felt difficulty in defeating the demon Mura. When inspite of useing various weapons the Lord could not kill the demon Mura, He engaged him in wrestling with the demon for ten thousand years. Finally the Lord defeated the demon and left for Badrikashrama. In Badrikashrama the Lord entered into a beautiful cave called Hemavati and took rest. 
          The Supreme Lord continued, "O, Arjuna! Thereafter that demon chased me and entered that cave. On seeing me resting there he decided to kill me. At that time an effulgent daughter appeared from my body and holding various divine weapons began to fight with the demon. After constantly fighting with the demon for a long time the effulgent goddess finally severed his head. Then all the other demons ran away to Patalaloka out of fear. When the Lord got up from His rest He saw that the dead body of demon Mura is lying in front of him and an effulgent goddess humbly standing before Him with folded hands.On seeing her the lord surprisingly asked her, "Who are you?"
          The goddess replied, "O, my Lord, I am born from your body and I have killed this demon. On seeing you lying down this demon attempted to kill you, that is why I have killed him".
          The Supreme Lord said, "O, Goddess, I am very pleased with you for this act. You can ask for any benediction you desire". When the goddess prayed for benediction the Lord said, "You are my spiritual energy and since you have appeared on the day of Ekadashi your name will be Ekadashi. Any one who will follow the vow of Ekadashi be releaved from all sinful reactions and attain inexhaustible heavenly happiness".
           From that day onwards the day of Ekadashi has been nurished and worshiped in this world. O, Arjuna, a person who observes the vow of Ekadashi I award him the Supreme destination. O, son of Kunti, an Ekadashi mixed with dvadasi is the highest. One should give up sex life, eating - grains, honey, meat, eating on a baelmetal plate, appling oil on the day of Ekadashi. If a person observes this Ekadashi and hears its glories he can attain more results".

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