Padmini Ekadashi Vrat Katha

Padmini Ekadashi Vrat Katha , Padmini Ekadashi Vrat Story , Padmini Ekadasi Vrat Katha

Padmini Ekadashi is the Ekadashi that falls in the Sukla Paksha or the waxing phase of the moon in the Adhika Masa or Month.

The below story would explain the significance of the Padmini Ekadashi Vrat.

Once there lived a great king by the Kartaveerya. He was pious, god fearing. He was the ruler of earth and had many wives. Even though he followed all the Dharmas, he looked after the people under him as his own sons, he had no children. None of his wives could give him a child.

Kartaveerya was very unhappy, as he had no children. He consulted every sage, did every kind of donation, performed different types of Yagnas, yagas but in vain. Nothing could help him have a child. Finally Kartaveerya decides to do penance and heads for the forest. He bestows the reins of his kingdom to his ministers and prepares to leave for forest.

Only one of his wife named Padmini, wishes to follow Kartaveerya to the forest. Finally they reach a forest and Kartaveerya starts the penance or tapasya. This goes on for ten thousand years. Even after ten thousand years, they are not granted with a child. Kartaveerya becomes thin and pale. Padmini worries looking at her husband.

Padmini approaches Anasuya and prays to her to show them a way. Padmini explains Anasuya, that they wish to have children and her husband is in penance for the past ten thousand years. Nothing has helped them to have a child. Anasuya explains Padmini that, it is becasue of their sins in the previous birth that they are not able to have children.

Anasuya advises Padmini to perform the Ekadashi Vrat in an Adhika Masam, and explains the significance of the Ekadashi Vrat during Adhika Masam. By observing  Ekadashi Vrat in Adhika Masam, all the sins that were committed knowingly or unknowingly would be cleaned and would fetch immense Punya. Anasuya explains the process of observing the Ekadashi Vrat as follows

  • The Ekadashi vrat starts from a day before that is on Dasami or Dashami.
  •  Eat only once in the morning of Dasami
  • Observe fast the remaining day of Dasami and whole day and night ofEkadashi.
  • So there would be complete fast on Ekadashi
  • Devotee observing the Ekadashi Vrat should do Jagaran or should be awake the whole night of Ekadashi.
  • Devotee should spend the night of Ekadashi praying Lord Vishnu.
  • On the Dwadashi day, devotee should break the fast before the Dwadashi Timing goes away. It is advised to eat in the first quarter of the Dwadashi day.
  • Devotee should if possible feed a Brahmin  before he eat on the Dwadashi day.

Padmini thanks Anasuya and performs the Ekadashi Vrat in the Adhika Masa. Lord Vishnu pleased with her, appears before her and gives a boon to her. She asks Lord Vishnu to appear before her husband fulfill her husband Kartaveeryas wish. Lord Vishnu appears before Kaartaveerya and asks him to wish for anything he longs for. Kaartaveerya wishes for a son who can get killed only in the hands of Lord Vishnu himself and none other. He also wishes that his son should be pious and god fearing.

Lord Vishnu grants him the wish. Kartaveerya and Padmini are blessed with a son who is well known as Kaartaveeryarjuna. He once defeats Ravana bare handedly and puts him in jail. Pulsatya Bhrama goes to Kaartaveeryarjuna pacifies him and get Ravana his grandson released.

It is the power of the Ekadashi Vrat that was performed by Padmini on an Adhika Masam that brought immense power to Kaartaveeryarjuna.

Hence the Ekadashi or Ekadasi of Sukla Paksha of an Adhika Masam is known as Padmini Ekadashi or Padmini Ekadasi.

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