Puraan | 2-Padm Puraan | 5-Uttar Khand
2-Padm Puraan, 5-Uttar Khand, p 669-680
This Khand covers the pages 610-1001 (390 pages) of the book. Importance of Badaree Naath; Gangaa; Tulasee, Shaaligraam, Prayaag Teerth, various kinds of Daan (charities); about Shani Dev; various Vrat; Ekaadashee of all months; worship of Yam Raaj and Dwaadashee Vrat; Vishnu Sahastranaam; story of devotee Pundareek; importance of Vishnu and various flowers to use in His worship; Shankhaasur, Kaartik and Maagh Snaan and Vrat; Narasinh Chaturdashee; Geetaa; Bhaagvat Kathaa; Avataar stories - Matsya, Koorm, Narasinh, Vaaman, Parashuraam, Raam, and Krishn.
Bhaadrapad, Aashwin, Kaartik Ekaadashee Vrat
Bhaadrapad Krishn Ekaadashee Ajaa and Shukla Ekaadashee Padmaa - "Krishn further said - Bhaadrapad Krishn Ekaadashee is called Ajaa Ekaadashee. It destroys all kinds of sins. Who keeps fast after worshipping Bhagavaan on this day, his all sins are destroyed. In earlier times there was a king named Harishchandra who was the Lord of the whole Prithvi and used to speak truth. Once he had to lose his kingdom, sell his wife and child and had to serve a Chaandaal. He served the Chaandaal for several years. He always worried about his condition. Once Rishi Gautam came to him, he greeted him respectfully and told him his plight. Gautam said - "Hey Raajan, Bhaadrapad Krishn Ekaadashee, Ajaa, is coming; it is on 7th day from today, you keep fast on that day and be awake in the night." After saying this Muni got disappeared. The King did that Vrat and he got everything back.
Now I tell you a wonderful story regarding Bhaadrapad Shukla Ekaadashee named Padmaa. Brahmaa Jee told this to Naarad Jee. He said - "This is very good Ekaadashee. Bhagavaan Hrisheekesh is worshipped on this day. There was a king named Maandhaataa in Soorya Vansh. His times were very good. Once, because of his some Karm, there was no rain in his kingdom for three years. People started dying. Then people came to him and said - "Naaraayan make rains in form of clouds, rain produces Ann (grains), and Ann gives life to people. Please do something so that we can live." The King said - "You are right. I have read in Puraan that the people have to bear results of their King's bad Karm, but I don't see my any bad Karm because of which you have to suffer like this, still I will again think about it."
King took some people with him and went to forest in search of a good Muni. One day he saw Maharshi Angiraa. Immediately he got down and greeted him. He told him his problem. "I care for my people religiously, still I do not have rains. What could be the reason for this?" Rishi said - "Raajan, This Sat Yug is the best Yug and all are busy in Paramaatmaa's meditation. In this Yug only Braahman are Tapaswee, not the other people. It seems that some Shoodra is doing Tapasyaa in your kingdom that is why you don't have rains in your kingdom." The King said - "Munivar, First he is doing Tapasyaa, second, he is innocent; I cannot harm him in any way; tell me some other way." Rishi said - "Then you do Ekaadashee Vrat. Bhaadrapad Shukla Ekaadashee is known as Padmaa Ekaadashee, if you keep fast on that day, you should certainly have rains in your kingdom." Hearing this king came back to his city and did this Vrat along with all the four Varn people of his kingdom. Later he had the rains."
Krishn further said - "On this day, one should donate a water-filled pitcher cover with a cloth along with yogurt and rice, umbrella and shoes.
Aashwin Krishn Ekaadashee Indiraa and Shukla Ekaadashee Paapaakunshaa - Krishn said - "Aashwin Krishn Ekaadashee gives good Gati even to fallen Pitar. In earlier times, in Sat Yug, there was a king named Indrasen in Maahishmatee Puree. One day he was sitting in his court that Devarshi Naarad came there. King welcomed him and asked the reason to come there. Naarad Jee said - "Listen to me, it may surprise you. I came to Yam Lok from Brahm Lok. There I saw your father. He came there because his Vrat got broken. He has sent you a message that, "you send me to Swarg by giving me the Punya of Indiraa Ekaadashee." King asked Naarad Jee about that Vrat.
Naarad Jee said - "In Aashwin month, on Krishn Dashamee, one should take bath in the morning and in the afternoon also, and take food only once. Sleep on floor in the night. Next day morning take the vow to complete the Vrat of Ekaadashee saying, "Give me strength to complete this Vrat without food. I will take food tomorrow." Next day do Tarpan of Pitar, and feed Braahman in the afternoon, worship Hrisheekesh, and do Jaagaran in the night. Next day worship Hari again, feed Braahman and take food himself. Hey Raajan do this with devotion, your ancestor will surely go to Swarg." After saying this Naarad Jee got disappeared. Indrasen did this Vrat and his ancestors went to Swarg.
Aashwin Shukla Ekaadashee is called Paapaakunshaa Ekaadashee. This day one should worship me to attain Moksh and Swarg. If one keeps only Ekaadashee fast in some other reference, then also one doesn't have to suffer with Yam's pains. This Ekaadashee gives Moksh, and Swarg, health, beautiful wife, wealth etc. Who donates gold, sesame seeds, land, cow, Ann, water, shoes, and umbrella etc, he never sees Yam Raaj."
Kaartik Krishn Ekaadashee Ramaa and Shukla Ekaadashee Prabodhinee - Krishn said - "This Ekaadashee destroys all kinds of sins. In earlier time there was a king named Muchukund. River Chandrabhaagaa took birth in his house as his daughter. King married her to Shobhan, the son of Chandrasen. Once Shobhan came to his in-law's house. There, the King used to announce on Dashamee day that "nobody should eat food on Ekaadashee". Hearing this Shobhan asked his wife - "Tell me what should I do?" Chandrabhaagaa said - "Nobody can take food on Ekaadashee in my father's house. Even elephant, horses and other animals also cannot eat grass, then how human beings can eat food on this day? Thinking thus you should make up your mind." Shobhan said - "I will keep fast."
Shobhan observed fast. He felt very hungry, feeling in this way the Sun set. In the night everybody was awake, but Shobhan was very sad because of being hungry. As the Sun rose, he died. Muchukund performed his last rites. Chandrabhaagaa started living in her father's house. Because of this Vrat Shobhan attained Dev Pur situated on Mandaraachal Parvat.
There lived a Som Sharmaa named Braahman in Muchukund's kingdom. Once he went to Mandaraachal Parvat and saw Shobhan there. He recognized him as the King's son-in-law, Shobhan also greeted him. Shobhan asked about his wife and King's welfare. Som Sharmaa said - "This is a very wonderful city. Nobody has got such beautiful city before, tell me how did you get such a city?" Shobhan said - "I kept Ramaa named Ekaadashee Vrat, that is why I got this city, but since I did it without Shraddhaa, that is why I think that this city will not stay for long time. Tell all this to Chandrabhaagaa."
Som Sharmaa went to Muchukund's house and told everything to Chandrabhaagaa. He said - "I have seen your husband there, he thinks that it will not stay for long time, so you try to keep it for longer time." Chandrabhaagaa said - "Hey Muni, I wish to see my husband, please take me there, I will try to make it stay longer." So Som Sharmaa took her to Mandaraachal Parvat in Vaamdev's Aashram. Because of the power of Rishi's Mantra and Chandrabhaagaa's Vrat, her body became Divine. Shobhan got very happy to see his wife. Chandrabhaagaa said to Shobhan - "When I became 8-years old, since then I have been keeping fast of this Ekaadashee. Because of the Punya of all those Ekaaadashee this city will be existing up to one Kalp." Thus Chandrabhaagaa lives there because of Ramaa Ekaadashee Vrat."
Krishn said - "Brahmaa Jee said to Naarad Jee - "Kaartik Shukla Ekaadshee is known as Prabodhinee Ekaadashee. It destroys all sins, increases Punya, helps attain Moksh. All Teerth boast themselves until Prabodhinee Ekaadashee comes. Its one fast is a giver of Punya of 1,000 Ashwamedh Yagya and 100 Raajsooya Yagya. Which is impossible to get, which has not been seen by anybody, this Ekaadashee gives that thing also. Whatever Jap, Yagya, Hom, Daan is done for Vishnu on this day, it all is eternal. Janaardan is very happy with the person who tells Shaastra Kathaa. Who listens to Vishnu stories on Ekaadashee, he gets the fruit of donating the whole Prithvi. One should worship Vishnu, with various fruits, flowers, incense and Kumkum. At the time of Jaagaran, one should offer Arghya from the water filled in conch shell. Who listens or reads Bhaagvat Puraan, he gets the fruit of Kapilaa cow donation on each letter. If one worships Him with only one leaf of Ketakee, He is pleased for 1,000 years. One should use Agastya flower, or Tulasee leaf or flower to worship Vishnu."
Purushottam Month's Krishn Ekaadashee Kamalaa and Shukla Ekaadashee Kaamadaa - "Krishn said - "Whichever Ekaadashee come in Purushottam month (Adhik Maas or extra month), it is known as Kamalaa Ekaadashee. Its fast gives wealth. If one does Jap in house, it gives one time; if he does on river bank, it gives double; in cows' place it is 1000 times; in Teerth, temples, near Tulasee it is 100,000 times and if done near Vishnu, it gives immeasurable Punya.
There was a Braahman, named Shiv Sharmaa, in Avantee Puree. He had five sons. Among them the youngest son became a sinner, that is why his father abandoned him. He went to a forest. Fortunately he came to Sangam and took bath there weak with hunger and weary with walking, then started looking for some Muni's Aashram for food. It was Purushottam Maas, so many people gathered there. In one of the Aashram, he heard the importance of "Kamalaa" Ekaadashee. Jaya Sharmaa kept fast with other Muni on that Ekaadashee. At midnight, Lakshmee came to him and said - "I am very pleased with you because of Kamalaa Ekaadashee, I will give you Var." Jaya Sharmaa said - "If you are pleased with me, then tell me about that Vrat all Braahman talk about."
Lakshmee said - "Hearing the importance of Ekaadashee is the best thing to listen to. It stops all bad dreams, and gives lot of Punya. As Purushottam Maas in all months, Garud in all birds and Gangaa in all rivers are the best, in the same way Dwaadashee is the best in all Tithi (days). If there are Ekaadashee and Dwaadashee in daytime, and Trayodashee comes during the last part of night, then by doing Paaran in that Trayodashee one gets the fruit of 100 Yagya. One should bathe Janaardan with Panchaamrit on Ekaadashee, and with milk on Dwaadashee, then feed Braahman and give Dakshinaa to him. Who does this in this way, he goes to Vaikunth Dhaam.
One should never leave any of Ekaadashee. Whether it is on Sunday or on Sankraanti, or on any festival day, one must keep fast on that day. Who keep fast on Ekaadashee without drinking water, they attain Moksh. Who eat only once on Dashamee, keep fast on Ekaadashee without drinking water, and do Paaran on Dwaadashee, they become like Vishnu.
The second Ekaadashee of Purushottam Maas is called Kaamadaa Ekaadashee. One should worship Purushottam with flowers, Dhoop, lamp etc on this day. The Vratee should leave these 10 things on Dashamee - Kaansaa pot, Urad, black lentils, Chanaa, Kodo (buckwheat), vegetables, honey, other's food, two times food, and sexual relationship; and leave these 11 things on Ekaadashee - gambling, sleeping, chewing betel leaf, using toothbrush, telling bad about others, telling about other behind their back, stealing, Hinsaa, sexual relationship, anger and telling lie; and these 12 things on Dwaadashee - Kaansaa pot, Urad, liquor, honey, oil, talking to fallen people, exercise, going outside the city, two times food, sexual relationship, riding on bull's back, and black lentils. This is the method of observing this Ekaadashee. Who have kept fast in this way on Kaamadaa Ekaadashee and worshipped Purushottam doing Jaagaran, they become free from all sins and attain Param Gati."
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/05
Updated on 05/14/13