Puraan | 9-Bhavishya Puraan | 4-Uttar Parv
9-Bhavishya Puraan, 4-Uttar Parv-85-, p 471-
Vibhooti Dwaadashee Vrat
There is a very old story regarding this. In Rathantar Kalp, there was a king named Pushpvaahan. Pleased with his Tapasyaa, Brahmaa Jee gave him a golden lotus flower shaped Vimaan]. He could go anywhere wherever he liked. He used to go to Dev Lok and in all seven islands along with his people. In the beginning of the Kalp, the seventh island was also under Pushpvaahan who lived in Pushkar, that is why it was called Pushkar island in future. Because his Vimaan was of a flower shape that is why Devtaa used to call him Pushpvaahan. His wife's name was Laavanyavatee. She was very beautiful and king loved her very much. They had 10,000 sons who were all religious.
Once Pracheta's son Vaalmeeki Jee* came there. Raajaa asked him - "Hey Muni, By what Punya I have got all this prosperity, pleasure and good wife? Why Brahmaa Jee gave me this beautiful Vimaan, in which if even 1 billion kings sit they are nowhere seen around, pleased with my very little Tap?"
* Note - Vaalmeeki Raamaayan, Uttar Kaand (93/17; 96/10; 111/11); Adhyaatm Raamaayan (7/7/31); Baal Raamaayan; Uttar Raam Charit Maanas also describe Vaalmeeki as "Praachetaa's son". It is because his father's name was Prachetaa. This prachetaa is not related to Daksh.
Vaalmeeki Jee said - "Hey Raajan, In your previous life you were born in a hunter's family. First your family was not good, and above that you committed many sins also. In that life you had neither any friend, nor son, nor any brother, nor parents, nor any sister etc. You had only this wife who was faithful to you. Once there was a great famine, so you went in search of food, but you did not get anything to eat. At that time you saw a pond which was full of lotus flowers. You plucked many flowers from that pond and went to Vidishaa city, there you went around the city to sell those flowers but the whole day passed and you didn't get any buyer for them.
You were very hungry at that time, so you sat in a courtyard along with your wife. There you heard a great auspicious sound in the night. Hearing that you went to that place and you saw that people were worshipping Vishnu Bhagavaan. There, an Anangvatee named prostitute, on the completion of her Maagh Maas Vibhooti Dwaadashee Vrat, was decorating Bhagavaan's idol and was donating golden Kalp Vriksh, Lavan Parvat, and bedding. At that time it came to your mind "of what use are these lotus flowers? it would be good if we decorate Vishnu's idol with them" so you decorated His idol with those flowers and the remaining flowers were used to decorate her bedding.
Pleased with this, Anangvatee wanted to give you 300 Asharfee (gold coins), but you firmly refused to take them. Then Anangvatee gave you four types of food (Bhakshya, Bhojya, Lehya and Choshya) and requested you to take that food, but you refused to take that food also and said - "We will eat tomorrow. We are sinners since birth, but we are enjoying this worship very much." In the same reference you also got some part of that Punya. You woke the whole night also. Next day after Anangvatee had donated and fed Braahman, she fed you also and bade farewell.
The same couple is born now as a king. Your all sins were destroyed by worshipping Keshav with those lotus flowers. That is why Brahma also got pleased with your very little Tap. That prostitute Anangvatee is born as the co-wife of Kaam Dev as Preeti. That is why you leave that Pushkar on Prithvi, and do Vibhooti Dwaadashee Vrat on the banks of Gangaa River. You will surely attain Moksh by doing that." After that Vaalmeeki Muni went away and the king did that Vrat. As far as possible one should use lotus flower in this worship and give Dakshinaa to Braahman as per his capacity. Who reads, or hears or permits to do this Vrat, he also lives in Dev Lok for 1 billion years.
Madan Dwaadashee Vrat
One should do this on each month. He should sleep on floor after eating Aamalaa fruit, and worship Vishnu on next day (13th day). In the 13th month (after 12 Dwaadashee) donate Ghee Dhenu, bed, Kaam Dev's golden idol, and a white cow that is giving milk to Braahman. Worship Braahman with clothes, jewelry etc to one's own capacity. Then he should do Havan with sweets made with cow's milk and white sesame seeds. Feed Braahman. Who does this Vrat gets sons and Saubhaagya.
Kashyap Jee got pleased with Diti's Vrat and asked her to ask for a Var. She said - "I wish to have such a son who can kill Indra." Kashyap Jee said - "Be it so." He further said - "You should live in this Tapo Van for 100 years and try to protect your child. Never eat in the evening, never sit on a root, never sit on household things (a pestle or a mortar), never take bath inside water, never go inside a lonely house, never argue with anybody, never twist your body, never sit with loose hair, never be unclean, never sleep with her head north ward or keeping your head at lower side, never be naked, nor be sad, nor sleep with wet feet, nor speak inauspicious words to anybody, nor laugh loudly, take bath with Aayur Vedic medicinal water, never fan with a cloth, never sit with a woman whose son has died, never go to other's house, never walk fast, never cross large rivers and never see any horrible scenes."
Who follows these rules, she will have sons of good conduct and long life. Thus Diti got 49 sons who were known as Marut Gan.
Yudhishthir again asked - "How one can remove his body's foul smell and bad luck?" Krishn Jee said - "On 13th day of Shukla Paksh of Jyeshth Maas, worship white Aak, red Karaveer and lemon tree. These three trees are favorite of Soorya Bhagavaan. In the morning see Soorya Dev and set his mind on him, then worship those trees and do Namaskaar to him. Who does this, both his body's foul smell and bad luck are over.
Dharm Raaj's Samaaraadhan Vrat
Yam Raaj asked his messenger - "Why have you brought this Mudgal Muni here? I asked you to bring Mudgal Kshatriya - the son of Bheeshmak of Kaundinya Nagar. His age is over. Free this Muni immediately and bring him." Hearing this they went to Kaundinya Nagar, but they came back to Yam Lok since they didn't find any symptom of death in King Mudgal. They told everything to Yam Raaj. Yam Raaj said - "O messengers, Whoever have done Narakaarti Vinaashinee Trayodashee Vrat, Yam's messengers cannot see him, that is why you could not recognize him." At this Yam's messengers asked the method of the Vrat.
Yam Raaj said - "On the 13th day of Shukla Paksh of Maargsheersh Maas (Agahan), when no Sunday or Tuesday falls on that day, invite 13 Braahman and made them seated north faced. Massage them with sesame oil and give them bath with warm water each separately. Then make them seated east faced and feed them Shaali rice, jaggery Pooaa, and Paak food etc. Vratee then should do Aachman and worship Braahman with one Prasth (or one Seer or one Kilogram) sesame seed in a copper pot, Dakshinaa, umbrella, a pitcher full of water etc. Thus he should do it for one year. If anyone does this even for once, he does not come to my Lok. He goes to Vishnu Lok or Shiv Puree. Since he did this Vrat before, that is why you could not see him." Hey Krishn, At the same moment my unconsciousness was gone and I became healthy. I have come here just to see you."
After saying this Mudgal Muni went away. Hey Kaunteya, you also do this Vrat, then you won't have to go to Yam Lok."
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/05
Updated on 05/29/13