Puraan | 9-Bhavishya Puraan | 4-Uttar Parv
9-Bhavishya Puraan, 4-Uttar Parv-71-, p 456-
Neeraajan Dwaadashee Vrat
Once Raavan asked his gatekeeper Prashasti - "Who has come here to serve me?" Prashasti said - "Prabho, Kakutsth, Maandhaataa, Dhundhumaar, Nal, Arjun, Yayaati, Nahush, Bheem, Raaghav (who was this Raaghav, certainly not Raam), Vidoorath and many others have come here, but king Ajapaal has not come here." Raavan immediately said to Dhoomraaksh named Raakshas - "Dhoomraaksh, Go and tell Ajapaal according to my orders that he should come here in my service otherwise I will kill him with my sword." Dhoomraaksh immediately went and told everything to Ajapaal, but Ajapaal sent him back and called Jwar (fever) and instructed him - "You go to Raavan and do your duty." Jwar went there and he made all of them trembled. Raavan knew that it was Jwar so he said - "Let Ajapaal be there wherever he is. I don't need him." The same intelligent Ajapaal has started this Shaanti (peace) Vrat. This destroys all kinds of diseases.
In Kaartik Maas, on the 12th day of Shukla Paksh, when Vishnu has awaken, ask Braahman to do Vishnu's Havan. Light lamps with Arandee <castor) oil and slowly do Aaratee. Worship Him along with Lakshmee, Chandikaa, Brahmaa, Aaditya, Shankar, Gauree, Yaksh, Ganapati etc. put on clothes and Sindoor (red vermilion) to cows. In whichever kingdom this Vrat is done, no disease comes there, no famine comes there. Therefore for the welfare of the kingdom or for yourself one should do this Yagya every year.
Bheeshm Panchak Vrat
This Vrat continues for five days. In this Vrat lying (speaking untruth), hunting etc bad Karm should not be done. Worshipping all the time Vishnu one should eat vegetarian food. A wife can also do this with the permission of her husband. A widow can also do this for the good and prosperity of her sons and grandsons. In this Vrat, one should take morning bath and do Daan, mid-day bath and worshipping of Vishnu. One should take bath at some water body, and do Tarpan of Devtaa, Rishi and Pitar with barley, sesame seed and rice. Bathe Vishnu also with Panchaamrit, apply sandalwood paste to Him and light a lamp in front of Him continuously for five days. After offering Naivedya to Him, do 108 times Jap of "Aum Namo Vaasudevaaya". Then he should do Havan with 6-Akshar Mantra and do Sandhyaa properly. All these things should be done for all the five days.
On the first day worship Vishnu's feet with lotus flower, second day His knees with Bilva leaves, third day His navel with Kevadaa flower, fourth day His chest with Bliva and Japaa flowers, and fifth day His head with Maalatee flowers. Starting from 11th day, one should eat cow dung, on 12th day cow's urine, on 13th day cow's milk, and 14th day cow's yogurt. On the 5th day worship Keshav, feed Braahman and give Dakshinaa to him, give clothes and jewelry to Puraan tellers. Then in the night first take Panchgavya, then take grain food. Thus this Vrat should be finished.
This Vrat is very auspicious. Bheeshm also did it when he was lying on the bed of arrows. Whoever - Brahmchaaree, Grihasth, Vaanprasth, or Sanyaasee, does this Vrat he gets Vishnu Lok. It should be started on Kaartk Shukla Ekaadashee and finished on Poornmaasee."
Malla Dwaadashee Vrat
Bheem Dwaadashee Vrat
For this Vrat, in a Shuddh Tithi, and in auspicious Muhoort, make a 10 arm long and wide Mandap. Under it make a Vedee of 5 arm long and wide. Above Vedee make a Mandal with five colors. Make 8 or 4 Kund in Mandap and make Braahman sit in those Kund. Establish an idol of four-armed Janaardan, west facing, in the center of the Mandal. Ask Braahman to do Poojaa of that idol. Set two pillars in front of that idol and keep a stick on those pillars and hang a string to hold a Kalash (pitcher) of gold, silver, or clay having one hole filled with water, milk or Ghee. Offer Aahuti with sesame seeds, Ghee, Kheer and Shamee leaves for planets. Vratee should sit on a stool in front of Bhagavaan wearing while clothes and take that dripping water on his head.
Do auspicious prayers, wake the whole night listening Harivansh Puraan, or Mahaabhaarat. Next day take bath, put on white clothes, worship Soorya, then do Naaraayan's Poojaa and give bed, food, cow, clothes, jewelry to all Braahman. Who do this Vrat enjoy Saubhaagya for seven lives. King Sagar, Aj, Dhundhumaar, Dileep, Yayaati etc did this Vrat in olden times. Since I have told you now that is from today it will be known as Bheem Dwaadashee."
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/05
Updated on 05/29/13