Puraan | 2-Padm Puraan | 5-Uttar Khand
|8-Chaatur Maasya Vrat|
2-Padm Puraan, 5-Uttar Khand, p 669-683
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.
Chaatur Maasya Vrat
Naarad Jee asked - "Maheshwar, Now I wish to hear about Chaatur Maasya Vrat." Shiv Jee said - "Listen, One should take up this Vrat on after keeping fast on Aashaadh Shukla Paksh Ekaadashee. When Hari has gone to sleep then he should take up this Vrat for four months - till Kaartik Poornimaa. He should sleep on floor. During this period, there is no establishment of temple, no Yagya, no marriages or any auspicious Karm. When Soorya Dev is in Mithun Raashi (Gemini) then make Madhusoodan sleep and when Soorya Dev is in Tualaa Raashi (Libra) one should wake Him up. If Adhik Maas falls in between, establish Vishnu's 4-armed idol with Peetaambar. Keep it on a clean bed. Bathe it with Panchaamrit, apply sandalwood paste, offer flowers and take up the vow in front of Him. Whoever takes up whichever Vrat, I tell you the fruit of those Vrat.
By leaving jaggery one gets sweetness.
Who eats on Prithvi, he becomes the king of Prithvi.
Who sleeps on floor, he is healthy for 10,000 years, has many sons and is wealthy.
By leaving honey, one gets the fruit of all kinds of Yagya.
Whatever Daan, Punya, Jap, Hom, self-study is done during this period, it is eternal. If one does not do Udyaapan (conclusion) of the Vrat, he is not eligible for its fruit. At this time he must donate some Ann along with gold, because Ann donation takes him to Vishnu Lok.
Who eats on Palaash leaves in Chaatur-Maasya, he should donate some food with Ghee.
Thus who has left whatever, he should donate the same at the conclusion of the Vrat. First take bath and do the Udyaapan.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/05
Updated on 05/14/13