Significance of Putrada Ekadashi​ – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

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Once upon a time, King Mahijeet was benevolently and dutifully ruling in Mahishmati Nagari (City). People were very happy in his kingdom. Even then the king was not happy because he didn’t have any son. Once he told his people – “You are similar to my children but still I don’t have any child of my own. This fact makes me sad. I gave alms to deities and Brahmans. I never ever took money which someone else deserves.

King told his people that – “I have neither committed any sin nor did I earn wealth by injustice. I have always nurtured my people like my own children. I have followed all the rules of etiquettes. Then for which deed am I getting this punishment of not having any offspring?” After listening to this, everyone including the king’s Purohits (family priests) andwell-wishers, started looking for a solution to this. While chasing for a solution, luckily they met rishi Lomash in some forest.

Looking at the people, rishi Lomash asked them the reason for approaching. Theysaid – “Our King is very Kind. He nourished us like his own children. He is very sad due to Childlessness. Thus, it is our duty to make our king happy. Maharaja, please provide some solution through which our King can get a son.” Lomash rishi was Trikal Gyani (omniscient). He meditated for a while , saw the past of King and told them –“Your King was a Vaishya in past who used to exploit human beings, drink their blood. This Vaishya used to do business by wandering from one town to another. On the day of Jyeshtha Shukla Dashami tithi (10 th day of Shukla Paksha of Jyeshtha month), he was thirsty and went near a lake to drink water where a calf also came along with her mother cow to drink water. But to quench his own thirst, he ignored thirst of the calf and threw the calf out of lake along with mother cow. Because of this sin, King was suffering from the pain of childlessness in this birth and due to some Punya (Good deeds) in the past, he got an empire.

Now people asked Lomash rishi – “Prabhu, you are omnipresent. Please tell us what shall we do so that our King gets a son.” Lomash rishi said – “Putrada Ekadashi of Shravana Shukla Paksha helps to get a son. One who desires a child, should duly observe fast on Putrada Ekadashi. All of you, on behalf of your king, observe fast, do Jagran (all-night vigil), do Kirtan of name of Lord Narayan. Then due to this Punya (all the good deeds done on Putrada Ekadashi), your king will get a son." People duly observed fast on Putrada Ekadashi as guided by rishi Lomash and consecrated the Punya to their King. After a few days , Queen became pregnant and gave birth to a healthy child.

That’s why, You all observe fast on all the Ekadashi’s and also motivate others to do it.

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Significance of Nirjala Ekadashi​ – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

Nirjala Ekadashi

Out of all the 24 Ekadashis in a year, Nirjala Ekadashi is considered to be the most sacred this holiest Hindu fast is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is observed on the 11th lunar day (or Ekadashi) of the waxing fortnight in the month of Jyeshtha, as per traditional Hindu calendar.

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Significance of Nirjala Ekadashi – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

Nir-jala means water-less or without water and the fasting on Nirjala Ekadashi is observed without water or any type of food. Due to its strict fasting rules, Nirjala Ekadashi fast is the toughest amongst all Ekadashi fasts. However if observed religiously, it is one of the most rewarding occasion. Staunch Vishnu devotees undertake this fast, and they do not drink water or consume any food while fasting on this day. The fast begins on Ekadasi sunrise and ends on next day (Dwadasi) sunrise. It is believed that observing Nirjala Ekadashi is also equal to going on pilgrimage. People believe that observers of this fast, after death, are received by messengers from Vaikunta, abode of Vishnu and not by Yama, the god of death.Those who are not able to follow the other twenty four Ekadashi fasting in a year must observe a fast on Nirjala Ekadashi. It is believed that observing a single fast on Nirjala Ekadashi bestows the blessings and benefits of all twenty four Ekadashi fasting in a year.

When is Nirjala Ekadashi 2016? & The Legend of Nirjala Ekadashi

In the year 2016, Nirajala Ekadashi falls on 16th June. Nirjala Ekadashi is also known as Pandava Bhima Ekadashi or Bhimseni or Pandava Nirjala Ekadashi or Bhima Ekadashi, based on the legend of Bhima, the second and strongest of the five Pandava brothers. Based on the story from Brahma Vaivarta Purana, it is said that Bhima wanted to keep all ekadashi fasts, but being a lover of food, he could control his hunger. His entire family of four brothers, Yudhishthir, Arjuna, Nakul and Sahadeva, along with their wife Draupadi and mother Kunti, used to observe the Ekadashi fast without fail. He was scared of dishonoring Lord Vishnu, for whom the fast is observed, hence, he approached sage Vyasa for a solution. Sage Vyasa advised Bhima to observe Nirjala Ekadashi, once a year and this way he can attain the virtue of all 24 ekadashis. As per this Nirjala ekadasi story, one is able to get the benefits of all Ekadasis by observing one Nirjala Ekadasi. Benefits – Devotees who are unable to observe all twenty fours Ekadashi fasting in a year should observe single Nirjala Ekadashi fast as  fasting on Nirjala Ekadashi brings all benefits of twenty four Ekadashi fasting in a year.

Mohini Ekadashi | Vaishakha Shukla Ekadashi (Mohini Ekadasi Fast Importance) – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

Mohini Ekadashi | Vaishakha Shukla Ekadashi (Mohini Ekadasi Fast Importance)

The Ekadashi of Shukla Paksha, Vaishakha month is called Mohini Ekadashi. There is a tradition of worshipping Lord Ram, on this day. Jala Abhishek is performed and white clothes are put on the idol of God, on the day of fast. The fast of Mohini Ekadashi will be observed on 17th May 2106. On the day of fast, person should sit on hassock (Asan of Puja) and perform Aarti with incense stick and lamp. And, sweet fruits should be offered…

 

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Mohini Ekadashi Fast Importance

Fasting on Mohini Ekadashi is believed to eliminate all sins and help in leading a happy and prosperous life. Also, a person undergoing sadness is effectively able to overcome this sickness. Devotees believe that observing a fast on Mohini Ekadashi is more fruitful than performing ritual baths in the holy rivers or performing sacrifices..

Importance of Mohini Ekadashi is mentioned in the Surya Purana. The greatness of it was narrated to Yudhishtira by Lord Krishna. 

It is said that Lord Vashishta advised Lord Ram to observe Mohini Ekadashi to get over the phantasm and sins to achieve ultimate state…

All the regular practices associated with Ekadasi are followed during Mohini Ekadasi. Those observing partial fast avoid rice..

 

Mohini Ekadashi Fast Method

 

 Fasting on Mohini Ekadashi helps devotees to get moksha from the past sins. Preparations of the fast actually begins a day prior on Dashami where the devotees wake up, bathe with chandan and water and prepare their mind for fast.

People observing fast should only have one meal and avoid salt on Dashami. On the day of Mohini Ekadashi, devotees get dressed in clean clothes after bathing, offer puja to Lord Vishnu and Lord Parshuram and meditate their names in their prayers.

Few people fast even without drinking water while others do eat fruits and observe Jagraan singing devotional songs. The fast continues till the second half of the next day Dwashmi (twelveth day) after which one can eat a home cooked meal. Fasting on Mohini Ekadashi rid our souls from all the ill effects of our past misdoings, frees us from all worldly distractions and helps bringing peace and happiness to our lives.

The True Shelter–Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

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For happiness, peace, enjoyment, one takes shelter of something or the other.  Shelter (Aashray) can be anything such that by taking support of that shelter, one gets rid of efforts and feels happy, relieved from all the burdens. Support (Aadhar) is something with which you can share half of your burden (Aadha bhar). For instance, when you are tired while walking, you take support of wall to share half of your load.  Not only body but mind also looks for shelter when it gets tired. Shelter taken by body is called as ‘Aadhar’ and that taken by mind is called ‘Aashray’ (Spiritual Shelter).  So to summarize, a person is habitual of taking shelter and cannot imagine living without a support or shelter.
A person takes shelter of parents, spouse and then children for livelihood at each stage of life. But there is one supreme shelter governing all these shelters without which all these materialistic shelters of things like table, chair, etc. and relationships like that with parents, spouse, children are meaningless. And this supreme shelter is our Almighty God.
We forget to take shelter of God assuming that these materialistic shelters will give us peace, happiness, support. But in reality, the shelter of relationships and belongings in turn increase our load, bondage, tension and worries. As time passes by, these shelters start saying goodbye. And at the end we realize that none of these shelters are useful other than that of God’s shelter. Had these shelters been real, the necessity of God’s shelter should have never been felt.
Whenever a person searches for support in any relationship, he expects the other person to behave as he desires, which is neither acceptable and nor possible always leading to disputes. Thus by giving troubles and hardships, God wants us to redirect our shelter from materialistic to his divine shelter.
The affection of one person towards other keeps on changing along with the time. Then how can one find true shelter in these changing relationships of the world? Pujya Shriji narrates one incident of King Bharatri related to this. Bharatri was blinding loving his wife. Once a saint gave him a divine fruit as a blessing for peace and prosperity.  He gave that fruit to his wife, who in true gave it to her lover – a servant.  And this servant gave that fruit to Bharatri again so as to make him happy. When Bharatri came to know this truth that his wife whom he was loving blindly, she was loving somebody and that somebody was again loving someone else; he remembered the words of his Guru Gorakhnath who used to preach him – not to trust this untrustworthy world but to take refuge of that omnipresent God always. He then took shelter of Guru Gorakhnath and became happy forever.
So take the true shelter of GOD only who cannot betray anyone. One who takes God’s shelter does not have to be dependent on the worldly shelters for happiness and peace.  A person is respected when he makes friendship with people who are senior to him. So if he makes friendship with God who is senior of all the seniors then no doubt the whole world will respect him.
One who takes shelter of this materialistic world get three things – turbulence, sadness, sinfulness whereas one who takes shelter of God gets three things – he becomes tensionless, fearless , sorrowless.   Tensionless – he does not have to worry for his basic needs like food, clothing and shelter. Fearless – he does not any fear like physical, mental and fear of death.  Sorrowless – he has faith in God and believes that whatever God is doing is for his good only even in situation of sorrow and thus becomes sorrowless.
Then why do we need shelter of this materialistic world?  It is our habit to take shelter. We cannot live without shelter. Then why not take shelter of the lotus feet of our God / Guru / Saints and become tensionless, fearless and sorrowless…..!!!

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