Putrada Ekadashi is observed twice a year. When it occurs in the month Pausha (December-January), it is known as Pausha Putrada Ekadashi and when it occurs during the waxing phase of the moon in Shravan month (July-August), according to Hindu calendar, then it is known as Shravana Putrada Ekadashi. The day is dedicated to Lord VishnuVishnu
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and people present their devotion to him by fasting. The day is majorly celebrated in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Orissa, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
There was a king named Mahijit and he ruled a kingdom, Mahishmati. He had all the riches of the world but he was still depressed because he was not blessed by a child. He followed many advices of many sages but there was no positive effect on the King’s situation. A very learned sage named Lomesh became aware of King’s problem and through his meditation he came to know that in his previous birth, the King was a shrewd merchant and he was all worried about materialistic gains.
Once the merchant was undertaking a journey and on the way he felt very thirsty. There was a pond nearby and a cow, along with her calf were drinking water. So mean was the merchant that he didn’t even want to share the water and he drove them away. That was the reason of the King being childless. He was advised to observe the fast of Shravana Putrada Ekadashi, along with his wife. He followed the advice and was soon blessed by a son.
People might observe a whole day fast without even drinking water or a partial fast in which consumption of fruits is not prohibited. People observing the fast, usually sleep on floor or stay vigil at night and while completing the fast abstain from consuming food made of rice. They visit temples dedicated to Vishnu and meditate on his name. Singing songs and hymns are also a part of the ritual.
Significance of Shravana Putrada Ekadashi
The most important significance of observing this fast is for childless couples. If the fast is observed according to all the rituals and with complete dedication then a couple can be blessed with a child, specifically a boy. People who are already parents can observe this fast for the wellbeing of their children. It can also help in getting freedom from all the past sins and attaining salvation.
The fast can bring in peace and happiness between married couples and can also lead to a happy and healthy family life. Spiritual enlightenment and bliss are also the outcomes of this fast.
Yudhisthira- He was the eldest of the Pandavas, the sons of King Pandu.