Padmini Ekadashi


Suta Gosvami said, "Yudhisthira Maharaja said, 'O Janardana, what is the name of the Ekadashi that occurs during the light fortnight of the extra, leap-year month? How does one observe it properly? Please narrate this to me.'

The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Shri Krishna, replied, 'O Pandava, the meritorious Ekadashi that occurs during the light fortnight of the extra month of leap-year is called Padmini. It is very auspicious. The fortunate soul who observes it with great determination and faith will return to My personal abode. This extra-month Ekadashi is as powerful as I am in nullifying sins. Even four-headed Lord Brahma cannot glorify it sufficiently. Long ago Lord Brahma told Narada about this liberating, sin-removing Ekadashi.

Papamochani Ekadashi

 
Yudhisthira Maharaja said, "O Supreme Lord, I have heard from You the explanation of Amalaki Ekadashi, which occurs during the light fortnight of the month of Phalguna [February-March], and now I wish to hear about the Ekadashi that occurs during the dark fortnight of the month of Chaitra [March-April]. What is its name, O Lord, and what results can one attain by observing it?"

The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Shri Krishna, replied, "O best of kings, for the benefit of everyone I shall gladly describe to you the glories of this Ekadashi which is known as Papamochani. The history of this Ekadashi was once narrated to the emperor Mandhata by Lomasa Risi. King Mandhata addressed the risi, 'O great sage, for the benefit of all people, please tell me the name of the Ekadashi that occurs during the dark fortnight of the month of Chaitra, and please explain the process for observing it. Also, please describe the benefits one gains by observing this Ekadashi.'

Lomasa Risi replied, 'The Ekadashi that occurs during the dark part of the month of Caitra is named Papamocani Ekadashi For the faithful devotee it removes the influences of ghosts and demons. O lion among men, this Ekadashi also awards the eight perfections of life, fulfills all kinds of desires, purifies one's life of all sinful reactions, and makes a person perfectly virtuous.

Parsva Ekadashi

Parsva Ekadasi occurs in the month of Asvina when the Moon is waxing, and is also known as Vamana Ekadasi. In the Brahma-vaivarta Purana, Sri Krsna and Maharaja Yudhistira discuss the illimatable glories of this special day.Maharaja Yudhistira asked Sri Krsna "What is the name of the Ekadasi that takes place during the waxing moon in the month of Asvina? How should one make a proper job of observing this Ekadasi vrata and what merit is to be obtained by it? Please explain to me all these in details.".

Parama Ekadashi


Yudhisthira Maharaja said, "O Supreme Lord, what is the name of the Ekadashi that occurs during the dark fortnight of the extra, leap-year month. Also, O master of all the universes, what is the process for observing it properly? Kindly narrate all this to me."

The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Shri Krishna, replied, "O Yudhisthira, this meritorious day is called Parama Ekadashi. It bestows the great benediction of an enjoyable life and ultimate liberation from birth and death. The process for observing it is similar to that for observing the Ekadashi. that occurs during the light part of the month of Kartika. That is to say, on this Ekadashi one should worship Me, the best of all living beings, with full love and devotion. In this connection I will now tell you a wonderful history, just as I heard it from the great sages in the city of Kampilya.

Pasankusha Ekadashi

 
Yudhisthira Maharaja said, "O Madhusudana, what is the name of the Ekadashi that occurs during the light fortnight of the month of Ashvina (September-October)? Please be merciful and tell this to me."

The Supreme Lord, Shri Krishna, replied, "O king, please listen as I explain the glories of this Ekadashi - Papankusa Ekadashi-which removes all sins. On this day one should worship the Deity of Padmanabha, the lotus-naveled Lord, according to the rules and regulations. By doing so, one achieves whatever heavenly pleasures he wants in this world and at last attains liberation. Simply by offering one's humble obeisances unto Lord Vishnu, the rider of Garuda, once can achieve the same merit as is won by performing great penances for a long time with completely controlled senses. Although a person might have committed unlimited sins, he can still escape hell just by paying his obeisances to Lord Hari, who removes all sins.

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