Ekadashi is the eleventh lunar day of the bright or the dark fortnight of every lunar month in Hindu calendar. There is an extra month in 2015 calendar which is called Adhik Masa or extra month. This extra month is dedicated to KrishnaKrishna
It is described that there are three aspects of the Supreme that must... Paksha or the eleventh day of the waning phase of the moon in this month is called Parama Ekadashi. It is also known as Ashadha Adhika Masa Ekadashi.
Story of Parama Ekadashi
The legend and importance of Parama Ekadashi was told to Yudhishter The eldest Pandavaby Krishna. Once a couple lived in a city named Kampilya. They both were poor and had no money but they had the heart of always helping anyone who came to their house as a guest. They fed people who were starving, provided clothes to the naked and gave shelter to the homeless. One day, the husband named Sumedha thought of leaving the city so that he could get a job and find a way to earn money. He wanted to further use the money to help others. Also with every passing day it was becoming difficult for the couple to live in poverty. But the wife stopped him by saying that they might have done some evil deeds in their past lives because of which they are not wealthy. Also she believed that when they have repaid for all their sins and when the right time comes, even they will have money to sustain and to help others. Sumedha agreed with his wife and stayed in the same city.
One day a sage named Kaundilya visited their house and the couple treated him very well. They provided him food and honored him as their guest. He was very impressed with their dedication but he was worried looking at their financial state. He told them to ask for anything to which the couple replied that they wanted to know a way to earn and have money. He thus told them to observe the fast known as Parama Ekadashi. He also advised them that the right way of observing the fast and its benefits. The fast will remove their poverty and also the effects of the sins they performed in their previous birth.
After performing the fast, the couple became rich and when they died, their souls went to Vishnu’s abode.
How to Observe the Fast
Devotees wake up early in the morning and take a bath. Lord VishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,.. is then remembered and prayed to by taking flowers and water in hand. Recitation of Vishnu Sahasranama The thousand names of Vishnuis considered very auspicious. People also keep fast and they either observe a complete fast or a partial one. Some prefer consuming only dairy products like milk and yogurt and some consume only fruits and roots. People continue this fast for five days and at the end of the fifth day, a Brahmin The conventional Hindu caste system divided society into four sects and Brahmin was known as the learned class who gained the knowledge of sacred texts written on Hinduismis fed and given charity.
The idol of Vishnu is also offered different things on the five days. On the first day, lotus flowers are offered to his feet. On the second day Bilva A Hindu’s sacred tree known as wood-apple whose leaves are mainly used to worship Shiva Linga but are also offered to other detiesleaves are placed on his thighs. On the third day, various kinds of scents are offered to the navel. Java flowers are offered to his shoulders on the fourth day and on the fifth day, malati flowers (jasmine-like) are placed on his head.
Benefits of Observing the Fast
Devotees who observe this fast with pure heart and full dedication are believed to be cleansed of their past sins. Their past evil deeds are forgiven and they are granted freedom from the cycle of life and death. Thus they attain salvation. The love and blessings of Vishnu are always bestowed upon his devotees.