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8-Chaatur Maasya Vrat

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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.
By leaving oil, one gets long lived children.
By leaving fragrant oil, one gets good fortune.
By leaving betel leaf, one gets lots of materialistic pleasures and his throat is sweet.
By leaving Ghee, one gets beauty and soft skin.
By leaving fruits, one gets many sons.
By leaving milk and yogurt, one attains Go Lok.
By leaving speaking, one's orders are never disobeyed.
By leaving cooked food in pot, one gets Indra's throne.
If one does Jaap of "Aum Namo Naaraayanaaya", its fruit is 100 fold.

Who eats on Prithvi, he becomes the king of Prithvi.
Who worships Vishnu, he gets the fruit of cow donation.
If he eats only once a day, he gets the fruit of Agnishtom Yagya.
Who reads Shaastra in front of Vishnu, he goes to Vishnu Dhaam
By leaving hot water bath, one gets the Punya of taking bath in Pushkar.
Who eats on leaves, he gets the fruit of Kuru Kshetra.
Who eats lotus leaves, he never falls in Narak.
Palaash leaf is Brahmaa's tree, its middle leaf is not for Shoodra.
If any Shoodra takes food in Braahman's house, it is Amrit for him and he attains Moksh.

Who sleeps on floor, he is healthy for 10,000 years, has many sons and is wealthy.
Who takes bath from Aamalaa water, he earns lot of Punya.
Who eats quietly, he goes to Swarg.

By leaving honey, one gets the fruit of all kinds of Yagya.
     Who eats honey, he is a great sinner.
By leaving rice, wheat and barley, one gets wealth and sons etc.
By leaving yogurt, milk, jaggery and leaf vegetables, one attains Moksh.

Udyaapan Rules

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.
Who has eaten A-Yaachit food, he should donate golden bullock.
Who has left Urad, he should donate cow along with calf.
Who has taken bath with Aamalaa water, he should donate one Maashaa (1 gram) gold.
Who has left fruits, he should donate fruits.
Who has left some grain, he should donate some grain or Agahanee rice.
Who has slept on floor, he should donate bedding.
Who has observed Brahmcharya, he should feed a Braahman couple and donate domestic things.
Who has not massaged oil, he should donate Sattoo and Ghee.
Who has not cut his hair and nails, he should donate mirror.
Who has been donating lamps, he should donate golden lamp with Ghee in it.
Who has not taken betel leaf, he should donate camphor with gold.

Thus who has left whatever, he should donate the same at the conclusion of the Vrat. First take bath and do the Udyaapan.



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