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30 - World`s No.1 Tantrik Astrologer
Shree Satya Narayanaji Vrat Katha – by Dr.Rupnathji
Shri Satyanarayan Katha:
Shri Satyanarayan Katha (narrative) comes from the Skandha Purana, Reva Kaanda. Suta
Puraanikji narrated these stories, in Neimishaaranya to the Rishis who were performing a 1,
000 year Yajna for the benefit of mankind lead by Shounakji.
For those who observe the fast religiously and regularly, there are some great lessons to be
learned from the ‘Katha’ (narration).
Katha Vidhi (performing method):
The Satyanarayan Puja is performed in reverence to the Narayan form of Lord Vishnu. The
Lord in this form is considered an embodiment of truth. This Puja is conducted to ensure
abundance in one’s life. Many people carry out this Puja immediately after or along with an
auspicious occasion like a marriage or moving into a new house or any other success in life.
It is believed the ceremony originated in Bengal as Satya Pir and was later adapted into
Satyanarayan Puja.
The Satyanarayan Puja can be performed on any day. It is not a Puja confined to any
festivities. But Poornima (full moon day) or Sankranti are considered to be most auspicious
day for this Puja.
Performing this Puja in the evening is considered more appropriate. However one can do it
in the morning as well.
On the day of the Puja, the devotee has to fast. After bathing the person can begin the Puja
This is shown by characters who ignored their promise to perform the Puja after their wish
had been fulfilled. They suffered as a result. Therefore one is to deduce that one must stick
to the promise given to the Lord in exchange of the desire fulfilled by His Grace. One is not
to ignore or/and forget the Lord’s Grace. Prasad is symbolic of God’s Grace which Kalavati
ignored as she learned of her husband’s safe return.
Materials needed for the Puja:
::- Kumkum powder, Turmeric powder, Rangoli.
::- Incense sticks, Camphor.
::- Thirty Betel leaves, Thirty Betel nuts, two Coconuts.
::- Five Almonds.
::- Flowers to offer.
::- One thousand Tulsi leaves; banana tree as a canopy.
::- One square shaped wooden platform.
::- Two copper jars, two plates.
::- One shawl.
::- A mixture of Milk, Curd, Honey, Sugar, Ghee to make the Panchamrita, Sandal paste.
::- Akshat (rice grains) with Kumkum powder.
::- Attar, Indian perfume.
::- Two flower garlands, Conch shell, bell, an idol of Balkrishna, a cloth, a ghee lamp and an
oil lamp.
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Katha Chapter: 1:
Once upon a time while travelling the three worlds, Yogiraj Narad Muni reached
Mrityulok(Planet Earth), he saw the human beings suffering immensely. He visited the
abode of Lord Vishnu, who alone can relieve the mankind from the sufferings.
There he met the Almighty Lord Vishnu with four arms having Shankha, Chakra, Gadha &
Padma, wearing Tulsi Mala (garland) in his neck. He started to pray & requested “Oh Lord!!!
You are the supreme power, nothing can touch you, not even wind or mind can get you,
your power is limitless, you know everything, you help your devotees to overcome their
sufferings & sorrows.” Hearing all the pleadings of Sadhu Narad Muni, the Almighty
Supreme Lord Vishnu, knowing everything asked Narad Muni “Oh Narad! Why have you
come to me & what do you want from me, tell me, I want to hear the same from you.”
Yogiraj Narad Muni replied, Oh Lord! I just went to Mrityulok, where I saw all kinds of
human beings suffering in sorrow due to their previous karma. Oh Lord! the Almighty, is
there no way that their suffering becomes less or is it possible that they get complete
moksha (relief) from their sufferings. If so, please let us know. The Lord, at once replied
“Oh Narad! you have asked a very good question for the benefit of all human kind.”
To free man-kind from all sufferings, & to ultimately reach Heaven , there is one virt (fast),
& today I will tell you all about it. Anyone who does Shri Satyanarayan’s Virt & Puja (prayer)
in the right way; will get all the pleasures on earth & will reach his goal.
Yogiraj NaradMuni then asked, “Oh Lord!, has anyone kept this fast before? This virt is done
on which day & how exactly is it done? Please do let us know all the details.”
Whosoever does Bhagwan Shri Satyanarayanji’s Katha with Brahmin & with his family with
full rites will be relieved of his sufferings & sorrows, will be bestowed with increase in wealth
& wisdom; will be blessed with children; get overall victory & increased devotion.
For this prayer, one requires riped bananas, ghee, milk & choori (made with wheat flour,
ghee & sugar). After the prayers, all present must have the prasad & then take their meals
together, & then sing, praise, & chant mantras of Lord Satyanarayan. By doing this, their
wishes will be fulfilled. This virt in kalyug gives the boon (reward) very quickly.
SATYANARAYANJI KATHA CHAPTER: 2
The Lord said “Oh Narad! Now I will tell you about the first person who did this fast. In a
place named Sunder Kashipur, there used to live a very innocent brahmin. In hunger &
thirst; he used to roam for his daily bread. When the loving Lord saw the Brahmin in sorrow
& begging daily; he took disguise of an old Brahmin & asked him, “Oh Dear!, why are you
so sad. Please tell me all about your difficulties. Is there any way I could help you out?”
The Brahmin told the Lord, “I am a poor Brahmin & I roam daily for bread. Do you know if
there is any way to come out of all this sorrow?”
The Old Brahmin (ie. the Lord ) said “Lord Satyanarayanji grants all the wishes of all the
people. Dear Brahmin, that is why if you pray to him & keep his fast you will overcome all
your sorrow & get moksha.”
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After telling him all the details of the prayer & the fast; the old Brahmin ie. the Lord
disappeared.
The brahmin could not sleep that night. He kept thinking of the fast & the prayer which the
Lord had asked him to do. In the morning, he woke up with the thought that anyhow he
must do the prayer & went out for his biksha. On that day the Brahmin got a lot of money
from which he bought all the necessary things for the prayer; called his family & did Lord
Satyanarayanji’s prayer. By doing so, the Brahmin overcame all his sorrows & became rich.
From that time onwards, he used to do the prayers every month without fail.
In this way, whoever does Lord Satyanarayanji’s prayer will get moksha. Anyone on earth
who does this prayer will be relieved from all sorrows.
When Narad Muni noticed that the people on earth were eager to know about the other
people who kept this fast; he narrated another story.
The same Brahmin now a rich person used to do the prayer every month without fail with
his family. Once he was doing his prayer, a wood-cutter passed from there. After keeping
the bundle of wood outside the brahmin’s house, he went in for some water. The thirsty
wood-cutter saw the brahmin doing his prayers. He bowed down to the Brahmin & asked
him, “Oh Brahmin, what are you doing, please tell me all about it.” The Brahmin replied, “To
grant all the wishes of human-beings, this fast & prayer is useful. I have acquired all the
wealth & fame by doing this prayer of Lord Satyanarayanji.” After hearing about the prayer
& drinking the water, the wood-cutter felt happy, he ate the prasad & left for his house.
Thinking of Lord Satyanarayanji in his mind, he said “Whatever today, I get from selling the
wood, I will also do this prayer.” So thinking, he kept the bundle of wood on his head & left
home-wards. On the way home he went roaming in Sunder Nagar for selling the wood. On
that day, he got four times more money than usual, for the wood. Feeling happy, he went &
bought all the things necessary for the prayers (ie. ripe bananas, sugar, ghee, wheat flour,
etc) & proceeded home-wards. On reaching his house & after cleaning it, he called his
family & did the prayer with due respect.
The reward of the fast was that, he became rich & had all the pleasures of life on this earth
& in the end of his life he went to heaven.
This 2nd chapter of Lord Satyanarayan Swami is over. All chant(say) Shri Satyanarayanji
ki Jai.
SATYANARAYANJI KATHA CHAPTER: 3
Sadhuraj Narad said, “Oh Dear People!, Now let me tell you another story. There was a king
named Ulkamuk. He was very wise. He would go daily to the temple & give donations to the
Brahmins. His wife was a pious & beautiful lady. At the banks of Madhushala river, one day,
when they were doing Lord Shri Satyanarayanji’s prayer, a wealthy business-man was
passing from there. He anchored his boat, & went up to the king & asked him, “Oh King,
what are you doing with so much bhakti? I wish to know- please tell me all about it.”
The king replied, “Oh merchant! , I am praying to the great Almigthy, the boon-giver Lord
Satyanarayanji for a son. The merchant on hearing this, requested the king to tell him all
about the fast & prayer as he was childless too. The king told him the full details of the
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prayer & fast. After hearing all the details, he decided in his mind to keep this fast. The
merchant then left home-wards. On reaching home, he told his wife Leelawati all about the
fast & prayer & said, “We will do this fast when we get a child.”
One day, with the grace of Lord Satyanarayanji his wife became pregnant. In ten months
time, she gave birth to a beautiful daughter. They named her Kalawati. Days passed by;
one day, Leelawati slowly & sweetly reminded her husband about the prayer & fast &
requested him to fulfil his promise. The merchant told his wife that during the time of
Kalawati’s wedding it would be easy to observe the same; for at the moment he was busy in
his business; so saying he left for his business trip to various villages.
Kalawati grew up to be a beautiful girl. When the merchant saw that his daughter was of
marriageable age; he called the match-maker & requested him to search an equal match for
his daughter. Hearing the merchant’s request, the match-maker reached Kanchan Nagar.
From there, he brought the proposal of a young handsome boy.
The merchant liked the proposal, for the boy had all good qualities too. He then spoke to
the boy’s parents & fixed his daughter’s marriage. The marriage was done with all the
religious ceremonies & rituals. Unfortunately, the merchant forgot all about his promise to
do Lord Satyanarayanji’s prayer & fast. The Lord got angry at the false promise made by
the merchant.
The merchant, after a few days, left for his business trip with his son-in-law. They anchored
their boat in a beautiful village, named Ratanpur. In those days, King Chandraketu used to
rule the village. The Lord was angry with the merchant for the false promise made by him,
& so he wanted to teach him a lesson.
One day, the thieves robbed the wealth of the king & they went & stayed where the
merchant was staying. Seeing the guards following them, they left all the loot over there
(where the merchant was staying), & hid themselves. When the guards reached the
merchant’s place, they saw all the king’s wealth. Thinking them to be robbers, they handcuffed the merchant & his son-in-law & took them to the king & told him that they wer
responsible for the theft. The king, without questioning or listening to them ordered to put
them in a dark cell. Due to Lord Satyanarayanji’s maya, nobody heard them. Even their
wealth was confiscated by the king.
At the merchant’s house, the thieves robbed all their wealth & his wife & daughter had to
beg for their daily bread. One day, begging for food, Kalawati reached a Brahmin’s house
where at that time Lord Satyanarayanji’s puja was going on. After listening to the prayer &
taking the prasad, she left for home. By that time, it had become dark.
Leelawati was worried. She asked her daughter Kalawati, why are you so late? To which
Kalawati told her mother, “Oh Mother, today in a Brahmin’s house, I heard a prayer. By
doing this prayer & fast, all your wishes get fulfilled.” On hearing this, Leelawati started
doing all the preparations for the prayer of Lord Satyanarayanji. She did the fast & prayer &
asked the Lord for forgiveness & prayed that her husband & her son-in-law should return
home safely.
Lord Satyanarayanji was pleased with the prayer & the fast. One day, he told King
Chandraketu in his dream, “Oh King, Yoy must release the merchant & his son-in-law from
the dark cell, tomorrow morning. Give them their wealth & set them free. If you do not do
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so, your kingdom will be destroyed.” In the morning, the king called the court people & told
them about the dream.
The court people after hearing about the dream, came to the conclusion to free the
merchant & his son-in-law.They asked the guards to bring the prisoners from the dark cell.
King Chandraketu gave them good clothes, all their wealth & plus some more & set them
free. The king told them that due to their wrong-doings, they had to undergo this suffering,
but now there was nothing to fear & they could go back home. They bowed down to the
king & left home-wards.
This 3rd chapter of Lord Satyanarayanji is over. All chant (say) Shri Satyanarayanji ki
Jai.
SATYANARAYANJI KATHA CHAPTER: 4
Sutji said, “The merchant prayed first & then gave some wealth to the Brahmin before
starting his journey home-wards. When they went little further, Lord Satyanarayanji wanted
to test them. He took the disguise of an old man & went upto the merchant & asked him,
“What is in your boat, give me little from there.” In his ego & pride, the merchant replied,
“Oh Old man, we have nothing in our boat except hay & leaves.” On hearing such harsh
words of the merchant, the Lord said, “Your words will be true”. So saying, he went from
there & sat on the bank of the river.
When the Lord went away, the boat started to rise higher in the water. The merchant was
surprised at this. When he went to check in the boat, he saw that his boat was filled with
leaves & hay only. Seeing this he fainted. When he came to his senses, he was very much
worried. He said “How could this happen?” At this, his son-in-law told him, “Do not cry over
this. All has happened because you spoke harshly to the old man & lied to him. Still, nothing
is lost. You could go back to him & ask for forgiveness & he will set everything right.
The merchant, after hearing the words of his son-in-law went in search of the old man. He
bowed down before him & with respect said, “Oh Lord, please forgive me for the false harsh
words that I have spoken to you.” So saying, he bowed down with tears of sorrow in his
eyes. When the Lord, saw the merchant in his state of sorrowness & crying for forgiveness,
he said, “Do not cry. Listen to me. Oh foolish person, due to your false promise, you have
seen all this sorrow & suffering.” On hearing the Lord say this, the merchant said, “Oh Lord,
Nobody can recognize your maya. Not even the Gods or Brahmins know your ways & forms.
I promise that I will pray to you”, so saying he asked for forgiveness. He said, “Please
forgive me, & let my boat be filled with wealth once again, like before.”
On hearing the merchant’s words filled with bhakti, the Lord was happy & he fulfilled his
wish. When the merchant mounted his boat & saw it full with wealth again, he thanked the
Lord & said, “With Lord Satyanarayanji’s grace, my wish is fulfilled. When I reach home, I
will do his prayer & fast”, so saying he left home-wards.
When the merchant saw that his home-town Ratanpur is nearing, he sent a messenger in
advance, to his house to inform his wife & daughter of his home-coming. The messenger, on
reaching the merchant’s house, bowed down to the merchant’s wife & gave them the most
awaited news that the merchant & his son-in-law have reached Ratanpur.
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Leelawati had just finished doing her Satyanarayan Puja. She told her daughter to finish
doing the prayer & then come & receive her husband & her father. Kalawati finished doing
her quickly & without taking the prasad left to meet her husband. The Lord got angry at her
behaviour, so he drowned her husband with the boat. When Kalawati did not see her
husband; she was shocked & she fainted on the floor.
On seeing his daughter in this state of affairs & the sudden disappearance of the boat, the
merchant was shocked. He prayed to Lord Satyanarayanji, asked him for forgiveness &
prayed to the Lord to take them out of this difficulty. The Lord then made an annoucement,
“Oh merchant, your daughter, in a hurry to meet her husband has left my prasad; hence
you cannot see her husband. Now, when she goes back & takes the prasad with due respect
& then returns; only then she will see her husband.” On hearing the voice, Kalawati ran
home, ate the prasad & came back & met her husband. When the merchant saw this, he
was very happy.
The merchant then did Lord Satyanarayanji’s prayers & fast with his family every month.
Finally, he had all the pleasures of life & after death, he went to heaven.
This 4th chapter of Lord Satyanarayanji is over. All chant (say) Lord Satyanarayanji ki
Jai.
SATYANARAYANJI KATHA CHAPTER: 5TH & LAST
Sutji said, “Oh people, listen further to another story.”
A king named Tungdhwaj was famous for his generosity to his subjects. But he had to suffer
a lot, due to the disrespect he had shown to the prayer of Lord Satyanarayanji & his prasad,
which he did not accept when it was offered to him.
One day, when hunting in a forest, he sat down under a tree. There he saw a few villagers
doing the prayer of Lord Satyanarayanji. The King saw all this but due to his false ego,
niether did he join them nor bowed down to the idol of the Lord. When the villagers gave
him the prasad, he did not accept it & went away from there.
When the King reached his Kingdom, he saw that everything was destroyed & all his 100
sons were lying dead on the floor. The King realised that this had happened all due to his
false ego. So thinking, he started walking towards the place where the villagers were doing
their prayers. There, with them, he did the prayers of Lord Satyanarayanji & had the prasad
& the charna-amrit (ie. milk, sugar, curds, tulsi leaves & honey mixed together) & put it in
all his son’s mouths. By doing this, all his sons became alright. He got back all his wealth &
comforts of life & finally in the end, after he died, he went to heaven.
Anybody who keeps this fast with full faith & recite the prayers of Lord Satyanarayanji; all
his wishes will be fulfilled. With the grace of the Lord, he will get eternity; the wealthless
will receive wealth; & will go to heaven & finally will come out of the circle of birth & death.
The names of the persons who kept this fast & took re-birth are as follows :–
:~ The Brahmin took birth as Sudama & in his entire life he served the Lord Krishna &
attained moksha.
:~ King Ulkamuk took birth as King Dashrath, & in that life he became the father of Lard
Rama & attained eternity.
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:~ The merchant took birth as King Morad, who cut his son in half & offered to the Lord &
got moksha.
:~ King Tunghdwaj took birth as Kewat, who took Lord Rama across the river, served him &
got moksha.
In this way, whoever does Lord Satyanarayan’s prayer will be free from all sorrows & will
ultimately reach heaven & get moksha.
This chapter of Lord Satyanarayanji is over. All chant (say) Lord Satyanarayanji ki Jai.
DEVI MAHATMYA NAVRATRI VRAT KATHA
The Devi Mahaatmya is a 700 verse poem and a part of the Markandeya Puraana. It is
auspicious to read the Devi Mahatmya Katha on or before Dassera, but the same can also
be read any time.
The best technique for the achievement of ‘Moksha’ is worship. Moksha consists of the
march of the human soul to its freedom. Freedom from what? It is freedom from desires
that goad a man from birth to death and the dissatisfaction that results despite their
fulfillment. The object of any form of worship is the attainment of Divine Grace. The Devi
Mahatmya is a brilliant poem in Sanskrit, that describes the three stages of transformation
of the obstacles that a human soul encounters in the journey towards freedom. What are
these obstacles?
1. Desire and anger.
2. Restlessness of the mind.
3. Ignorance.
The narration starts with the story of king Suratha. He is dejected because he has been
defeated by his enemies. He lands up in the hermitage of Sage Medha. There he meets a
merchant called Samadhi. Samadhi had not only lost his wealth but his own family, as the
latter has turned him out.
Both Samadhi and king Suratha are confounded at the fact that their mind keeps reverting
to the very family and circumstances that have been the cause of so much sorrow in their
lives.
They both request Rishi Medha to throw light on this mysterious aspect of the mind.
The Sage replies that this sorrow that they were experiencing was due to the veiling power
of the Divine Mother which is called ‘Maya’. This delusion emanates from the Lord Himself.
It is through this power that the Lord creates, preserves and dissolves back everything into
its Pure State.
It is depicted in the Devi Mahatmya that Ma Durga, Ma Kali, Maha Laxmi and Maha
Saraswati are not different. They are three separate aspects of the same ‘Shakti’ energy.
MADHU AND KATABHA
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Once Lord Vishnu withdrew His power of Maya and went into a Yoga Nidra (sleep). The
whole Universe at that time was dissolved in the causal waters. Brahma, the creative power
of the Lord had also gone to sleep. The earth had been broken up and was floating around
in the causal waters, These pieces of dirt lodged themselves in the ears of the Lord. He
swept these out with His fingers. That dirt, because of the Lord’s touch sprang into life and
became enormous demons ‘Asuras’. They were called Madhu and Kaitabh. They attacked
Brahma. The latter invoked the Divine Mother to wake Vishnu. The Lord took the Asuras and
placed them on His thighs and cut their heads off.
The Lord then created the earth with the fat (Medas) of the demons. That is the reason for
the earth being called ‘Medini’ It is believed that the earth is situated in the thighs in the
Cosmic Body of the Lord. It is interesting to note that the earth was created again from the
fat of the same demons, Madhu and Kaitabh.
MAHISHAASURA
Mahishaasura was a buffalo-headed demon . He was granted a boon whereby he would be
protected from anyone. Intoxicated by the above gift, he set out to conquer the world.
Mahishaasura defeated Indra, the king of the gods. Indra implored Brahma, Vishnu and
Mahesh to help him. The Divine Trio amalgamated their shakti (power) and created Durga.
Ma Durga fought Mahishaasura for 9 days and beheaded him on the 10th day. The 9 days
are those of Navratri and the 10th victorious day is called Vijaydashami..
A point to note is that as Mahishaasura was attacked, the latter would change its forms to
elephant, bull, buffalo, until ultimately it is killed. The buffalo also represents the base
animal instinct in a human being. Goddess Durga is powerful enough to control Evil that
comes in disguise. She ends this tyranny and protects Her devotees.
These transformations of Maahishaasura also denote the fickle mind and different desires
that manifest in some manner or another. The Trident that Mother uses to destroy the
Impure is a 3 pronged weapon which protects the mental, intellectual and physical aspects
of life. Her sword cuts the evil of ignorance. Her bell drives away unholy thoughts and the
twang of Her bow instills alertness in Her devotees.
DHOOMRA-LOCHANA AND CHANDA MUNDA
Ma then proceeded to annihilate Dhoomra- Lochana. The latter was a powerful general of
the terrible Asura, Sumbha. Mother uttered the sound ‘Hum’ and the demon turned to ashes
by the powerful vibration of the sound.
The form of Ma Kali who emerged from the forehead of the angry face of the Mother killed
the Asuras Chanda and Munda. Chanda means a person who is short-tempered and Munda
means a shaven-headed man. Together they imply the anger of a champion fighter.
Because of this victory over Chanda and Munda , Kali Mata is known as Chamunda.
RAKTABEEJA
Hearing the news of the death of Chanda and Munda, the infuriated King Sumbha mobilised
the Asuric forces and surrounded the Mother from all sides. Then, from the Great Devas
(Spiritual Beings) emerged Powers which entered the Form of the Mother.
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Brahma, emerged the power called Brahmaani.
Lord Shiva, emerged Maheshwari and Veer Bhadra.
Lord Shiva’s son Kartikeya, emerged the power of Kaumari.
Lord Vishnu emerged the power of Vaishnavi, Vaaraahi and Naarasimhi.
Indra emerged the power of Indraani.
Raktabeeja was the son of Krodhaavati, the sister of Sumbha and Nisumbha. Krodha means
anger. Raktabeeja was an Asura who enjoyed a unique blessing. If a drop of blood were to
drop from his body and touch the earth, then a demon of his might and form would spring
from it. So if he were to get wounded during battle, the drops of blood would give rise to a
thousand demons like himself. It is for the above reason that Kali spread her tongue so that
she could suck Raktabeeja’s blood before it touched the earth. Raktabeeja fell on the
ground dead as his body was completely drained of blood.
SUMBHA AND NISUMBHA
Finally Sumbha and Nisumbha were slain by Mother Saraswati. Ma Saraswati stands for
knowledge and Wisdom. Knowledge and Wisdom are forever victorious over Ignorance and
delusion.
The first 3 days of ‘Navratra’ are dedicated to ‘Ma Kali’ to annihilate the enemies within The
next 3 days are dedicated to ‘Ma Laxmi’ and the last 3 days are dedicated to Ma Saraswati.
After 9 days of struggle, Ma Durga beheaded Mahishaasura on the 10th day. This victorious
day is called Vijaydashmi. On this day Shri Ram killed the 10 headed Ravana. This day is
known as Dassera.
On the 10th day a Bonfire is lit to burn the Self arrogating Ego. So on this Vijaydashmi day
or call it Dassera if you wish let us also sound the bugle of Victory over our struggle with
our base nature tendencies .
But how do we do that? Lord Krishna advises the Spiritual seeker in the Geeta, “Verily this
divine Maya of mine made up of the three gunas is difficult to cross over. Those who take
refuge in Me, they alone cross over it”.(VII-14)
KARWA CHAUTH VRAT KATHA
The Legend of Karwa Chauth:
The Story Of Queen Veeravati
A long long time ago, there lived a beautiful girl by the name of Veeravati. She was the only
sister of her seven loving brothers, who was married to a king. On the occasion of the first
Karva Chauth after her marriage, she went to her parents’ house. After sunrise, she
observed a strict fast. However, the queen couldn’t stand the rigors of fasting and was
desperatly waiting for the moon to rise. The seven brothers who loved her dearly, were very
disturbed watching the distress of their sister and decided to end her fast by deceiving her.
Then the brothers reflected a mirror through Pipal tree leaves. The sister, taken it as moon
rise, broke the fast and took food. However, the moment the queen ate her dinner, she
received the news that her husband, the king, was seriously ill.
The queen rushed to her husband’s palace and on the way, she met Lord Shiva and his
consort, Goddess Parvati. Parvati informed her that the king had died because the queen
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had broken her fast by watching a false moon. However, when the queen asked her for
forgiveness, the goddess granted her the boon that the king would be revived. But to
achieve this, she would have to undertake the Karva Chauth fast under strict rituals, then
only her husband would come top life. Thus, by strictly following all the rituals of Karva
chauth, queen Veeravati relivened her husband.
The Legend Of Mahabharata
The belief in this fast and its associated rituals goes back to the pre-Mahabharata times.
Draupadi, too, is said to have observed this fast. Once Arjun went to the Nilgiris for penance
and the rest of the Pandavas faced many problems in his absence. Draupadi, out of
desperation, remembered Lord Krishna and asked for help. Lord Krishna reminded her that
on an earlier occasion, when Goddess Parvati had sought Lord Shivas guidance under
similar circumstances, she had been advised to observe the fast of Karva Chauth. Draupadi
followed the instructions and observed the fast with all its rituals. Consequently, the
Pandavas were able to overcome their problems. On this day, fasting women listen to Karva
Chauth legends with rapt attention.
The Story Of Satyavan and Savitri
There is the story of the Satyavan and Savitri. When Lord Yama, came to procure
Satyavan’s soul, Savitri begged him to grant him life. When he refused, she stopped eating
and drinking and Yamraj finally relented. He granted her, her husband’s life. To this day,
Karva Chauth is celebrated with great faith and belief. The Legend Of KarvaAccording to
another legend, a woman named Karva was deeply devoted to her husband. One day while
bathing, he was caught by a crocodile. Karva came running and bound the crocodile with a
cotton yarn. She then went to Yama, the Lord of the death, and requested him to send the
offending crocodile to hell. When Yama refused, she threatened to curse him. Afraid of the
power of a devoted wife, Yama readily accepted and sent the crocodile to Yamalok or hell,
and blessed Karva’s husband with long life.
Origin and Significance:
The fast of Karva Chauth is of particular importance to Hindu women as they believe it
ensures the well-being, prosperity and longevity of their husbands. The origin of this festival
was based on a very sweet and noble idea. Though this idea has lost its true sense as today
the whole outlook of this festival has changed. Long time back, girls used to get married at
a very early stage, and had to go and live with their in-laws in other villages. If she had any
problems with her husband or in-laws, she would have no one to talk to or seek support
from. Her own parents and relatives would be quite far and unreachable. There used to be
no telephones, buses and trains long ago.
Thus the custom started that, at the time of marriage, when bride would reach her in-laws,
she would befriend another woman there who would be her friend or sister for life. It would
be like god-friends or god-sisters. Their friendship would be sanctified through a small Hindu
ceremony right during the marriage. Once the bride and this woman had become godfriends or god-sisters, they would remain so all their lives and recognize the relation as
such. They would also treat each other like real sisters.
During any difficulty later in life, involving even the husband or in-laws, these women would
be able to confidently talk or seek help from each other. Thus Karva Chauth started as a
festival to celebrate this friendship (relationship) between the once-brides and their godfriends (god-sisters). Praying and fasting for the sake of husband came later and is
secondary. It was probably added, along with other mythical tales, to enhance the festival.
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In any case, husband would always be associated with this festival, because the day of
starting this holy friendship between two god-sisters was essentially the day of bride’s
marriage to him. Thus praying and fasting for him by his wife during a celebration of her
relationship with the god-friend would be quite logical.
Thus, originally Karva Chauth is once a year festival to renew and celebrate the relationship
between god-friends (god-sisters). It had a tremendous social and cultural significance once
when world lacked the ways to communicate and move around easily.
Karwa Chauth Puja Process:
The fast of Karwa Chauth is kept 9 days before Diwali. It falls on the fourth day of the Kartik
month by the Hindu calendar (fourth day of the waning moon or the dark fortnight).
The Ritual
Karwa Chauth is considered one of the most important fasts observed by the married Hindu
women. On this day the women pray for the welfare and long life of their husbands. The
festival is followed mainly in the northern parts of the country. Married women eat food
early in the morning, before sunrise. They are not supposed to eat or even drink water
during the day. In the evening the ladies listen to the Karwa Chauth Katha (the legend).
The fast is over after the moonrise.
The Puja Process
The pooja preparations start a day in advance. Married women buy the shringar or the
traditional adornments and the other pooja items like the karwa, matthi, heena etc.
Early in the morning they prepare food and have it before sunrise. The morning passes by in
other festive activities like decorating hand and feet with heena, decorating the pooja thali
and meeting friends and relatives.
In the late afternoon women gather at a common place like temple or a garden or
someones’ place who has arranged the pooja. An elderly lady or the pujarin narrates the
legend of Karwa Chouth.
The essentials of this gathering and listening of the Karwa chauth story , a special mud pot,
that is considered a symbol of lord Ganesha, a metal urn filled with water, flowers, idols of
Ambika Gaur Mata, Goddess Parwati and some fruits, mathi and food grains. A part of this is
offered to the deities and the storyteller.
Earlier an idol of Gaur Mata was made using earth and cowdung. Now just an idol of
Goddess Parwati is kept. Every one lights an earthen lamp in their thalis while listening to
the Karwa story. Sindoor, incense sticks and rice are also kept in the thali.
At this time the women wear heavy saris or chunries in red , pink or other bridal colors, and
adorn themselves with all other symbols of a married women like, nose pin, tika, bindi,
chonp, bangles, earrings etc.
Once the moon rises, the women see its reflection in a thali of water, or through a dupatta
or a sieve. They offer water to the moon and seek blessings. They pray for the safety,
prosperity and long life of their husbands. This marks the end of the day long fast.
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Materials needed for the Puja:
Karwa Chauth is a fast undertaken by married Hindu women who offer prayers seeking the
welfare, prosperity, well-being, and longevity of their husbands. This festival requires a
through planning before the actual date and the following list of items can prove to be
handful, especially for women who are doing their first Karva Chauth vrat.
Food Items
· Sargi: which includes pheni (a sweet made of milk and semolina), a dish made of some
cereal like parantha , sweets and fruits
· Ten matthis with ten puas (a sweet made of jaggery)
· Halwa
Sringar or Beauty Essential Items
· Mehndi (Henna) on palms and feet.
· Colourful glass bangles.
· Makeup items like Bindi, sindoor, lipstick, rouge, kajal, eye-liner, mascara etc.
· Jewelry - Mangalsutra, maangtika, rings, bangles, necklace, earrings, payal, toe-rings,
nosepin etc.
Cloth Items
· Baya (gifts for the mother-in-law - ideally, a sari)
· A set of new clothes
Puja Items
· Platform for the puja
· Cowdung to make the image of the goddess
· Tika
· Nath
· Sindur
· A strand of red thread
· Karva (vessel containing water)
· A plate
· Cash Other Puja items
KARWA CHAUTH VRAT(FASTING) KATHA
“A long long time ago, there lived a beautiful princess by the name of Veeravati. When she
was of the marriageable age, Veeravati was married to a king. On the occasion of the first
Karva Chauth after her marriage, she went to her parents’ house.”
“After sunrise, she observed a strict fast. However, the queen was too delicate and couldn’t
stand the rigours of fasting. By evening, Veeravati was too weak, and fainted. Now, the
queen had seven brothers who loved her dearly. They couldn’t stand the plight of their
sister and decided to end her fast by deceiving her. They made a fire at the nearby hill and
asked their sister to see the glow. They assured her that it was the moonlight and since the
moon had risen, she could break her fast.”
“However, the moment the gullible queen ate her dinner, she received the news that her
husband, the king, was dead. The queen was heartbroken and rushed to her husband’s
palace. On the way, she met Lord Shiva and his consort, Goddess Parvati. Parvati informed
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her that the king had died because the queen had broken her fast by watching a false
moon. However, when the queen asked her for forgiveness, the goddess granted her the
boon that the king would be revived but would be ill.”
“When the queen reached the palace, she found the king lying unconscious with hundreds of
needles inserted in his body. Each day, the queen managed to remove one needle from the
king’s body. Next year, on the day of Karva Chauth, only one needle remained embedded in
the body of the unconscious king.”
“The queen observed a strict fast that day and when she went to the market to buy the
karva for the puja , her maid removed the remaining needle from the king’s body. The king
regained consciousness, and mistook the maid for his queen. When the real queen returned
to the palace, she was made to serve as a maid.”
“However, Veeravati was true to her faith and religiously observed the Karva Chauth Vrat.
Once when the king was going to some other kingdom, he asked the real queen (now
turned maid) if she wanted anything. The queen asked for a pair of identical dolls. The king
obliged and the queen kept singing a song ” Roli ki Goli ho gayi… Goli ki Roli ho gayi ” (the
queen has turned into a maid and the maid has turned into a queen).”
“On being asked by the king as to why did she keep repeating that song, Veeravati narrated
the entire story. The king repented and restored the queen to her royal status. It was only
the queen’s devotion and her faith that won her husband’s affection and the blessings of
Goddess Parvati.”
AHOI ASHTAMI VRAT KATHA AND AARTI
This festival is specifically meant for mothers who have sons. Mother’s keep fast on this day and
this is celebrated in the month of October - November (Kartik Mas). Pure water is offered to
stars during the evening time by the mothers and they pray for the long life of their sons.
Once upon a time, there lived a woman in a village. She had seven sons. One day she went to the
forest to bring soil for the renovation and painting of her home (this was in the month of kartik
just before the Hindu festival Deepawali . She started digging soil with axe nearby a den.
Suddenly the woman’s axe fell on the cub in the den and the cub died. The woman felt very sorry
and sympathetic. She took soil from the forest and came back.
Few days later, all her seven sons died within a year. She was very sad. One day she narrated her
woes to old ladies in her village, she was crying and told them that she didn’t commit the sin and
it happened unintentionally. She narrated to the ladies that once when she was digging for the
soil in the forest her axe fell on the cub and thereafter within a year all my seven sons died. The
ladies appreciated for confessing her guilt and then these ladies told that by confessing the sin
she has atoned her half of the sin.
They suggested the woman to pray the goddess Ashtami Bhagwati by sketching the face of the
cub. By the grace of god your sin will cast off. The woman kept fast on the Kartik Krishna
Ashtami and then onwards she started praying and keeping fast regularly. By the power of her
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prayer the God’s grace showered and she could get back her all seven son. Since then, it became
a ritual to worship the goddess Ahoi Ashtami Bhagwati religiously every year.
Ahoi Ashtami Aarti
In Hinduism Arati is essential for every Katha. Arati is a lyric version of praise for God (or
Goddess). So when you read any Katha Please do not forget to sing (or Read) Arati as well.
Jai Ahoi Mata Jai Ahoi Mata. Tumko Nisdin Dhyavat Hari Vishnu Dhata II Jai.
Brahamni Rudrani Kamla tu he hai Jag Datta. Surya Chandrama Dhyavat Narad Rishi
Gatta II Jai.
Mata Roop Niranjan Sukh Sampatti Datta. Jo koi Tumko Dhyavat Nit Mangal Patta. II
Jai.
Tu he hai Pataal Basanti tu he hai Sukh Datta. Karma Prabhav Prakashak Jagniddhi se
Trata II Jai.
Jis Ghar Tharo Vaas wahi mein Gunna atta. Kar na sake soi kar le Mann nahi Ghabrata II
Jai.
Tum bin Sukh na hovay Putra na koi Patta. Khan-Paan ka vaibhav tum bin nahi atta II
Jai.
Subh gun Sundar Yukta Sheer Niddhi Jatta. Ratan Chaturdarsh tokun koi nahi Patta II
Jai.
Shree Ahoi Ma ki Aarti jo koi gatta. Ur Umang Atti Upjay Paap Uttar Jatta II Jai.
RISHI PANCHMI VRAT KATHA
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AMALAKI EKADASHI VRAT KATHA
Amalaki Ekadashi falls in the month of Phalgun (feb-mar). It is also known as ‘Phalgun
Shukla Ekadashi’. Amalaki Ekadashi is considered very auspicious for worshipping lord
Vishnu with the Amalas and taking food made of amalas only. Anyone who observes this
holy Amalaki Ekadashi will undoubtedly attain the supreme abode of Lord Vishnu, so great is
the religious merit earned from the observance of this most sacred fast day.
Amalaki Ekadashi from Brahmanda Puran:
King Mandhata once said to Vasishtha Muni, “O great sage, kindly be merciful to me and tell
me of a holy fast that will benefit me eternally.”
Vasishtha Muni replied. “O king, kindly listen as I describe the best of all fast days, Amalaki
Ekadashi. He who faithfully observes a fast on this Ekadashi obtains enormous wealth, gets
free of the effects of all kinds of sins, and attains liberation. Fasting on this Ekadashi is more
purifying than donating one thousand cows in charity to a pure brahmana. So please hear
me attentively as I tell you the story of a hunter who, though daily engaged in killing
innocent animals for his living, achieved liberation by observing a fast on Amalaki Ekadashi
following the prescribed rules and regulations of worship.”There was once a kingdom named
Vaidisha, where all the brahmanas, kshatriyas, vaishyas, and shudras were equally
endowed with Vedic knowledge, great bodily strength, and fine intelligence. Oh lion among
kings, the whole kingdom was full of Vedic sounds, not a single person was atheistic, and no
one sinned. The ruler of this kingdom was King Pashabinduka, a member of the dynasty of
Soma, the moon. He was also known as Chitraratha and was very religious and truthful. It
is said that King Chitraratha had the strength of ten thousand elephants and that he was
very wealthy and knew the six branches of Vedic wisdom perfectly.
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“During the reign of Maharaja Chitraratha, not a single person in his kingdom attempted to
practice another’s dharma (duty) so perfectly engaged in their own dharmas were all the
brahmanas, kshatriyas, vaishyas, and shudras. Neither miser nor pauper was to be seen
throughout the land, not was there ever a drought or flood. Indeed, the kingdom was free
of disease, and everyone enjoyed good health. The people rendered loving devotional
service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Vishnu, as did the king, who also
rendered special service to Lord Shiva. Moreover, twice a month everyone fasted on
Ekadashi.
“In this way, O best of kings, the citizens of Vaidisha lived many long years in great
happiness and prosperity. Giving up all varieties of materialistic religion, they completely
dedicated themselves to the loving service of the Supreme Lord, Hari.
“Once, in the month of Phalguna (February - March), the holy fast of Amalaki Ekadashi
arrived, conjoined with Dvadasi. King Chitraratha realised that this particular fast would
bestow especially great benefit, and thus he and all the citizens of Vaidisha observed this
sacred Ekadashi very strictly, carefully following all the rules and regulations.
“After bathing in the river, the king and all his subjects went to the temple of Lord Vishnu,
where an Amalaki tree grew. First the king and his leading sages offered the tree a pot filled
with water, as well as a fine canopy, shoes, gold, diamonds, rubies, pearls, sapphires, and
aromatic incense. Then they worshiped Lord Parashurama with these prayers: ‘Oh Lord
Parashurama, Oh son of Renuka, Oh all-pleasing one, Oh liberator of the worlds, kindly
come beneath this holy Amalaki tree and accept our humble obeisances.’
Then they prayed to the Amalaki tree: ‘Oh Amalaki, Oh offspring of Lord Brahma, you can
destroy all kinds of sinful reactions. Please accept our respectful obeisances and these
bumble gifts. O Amalaki, you are actually the form of Brahman, and you were once
worshiped by Lord Ramachandra Himself. Whoever circumambulates you is therefore
immediately freed of all his sins.’
“After offering these excellent prayers, King Chitraratha and his subjects remained awake
throughout the night, praying and worshiping according to the regulations governing a
sacred Ekadashi fast. It was during this auspicious time of fasting and prayer that a very
irreligious man approached the assembly, a man who maintained himself and his family by
killing animals. Burdened with both fatigue and sin, the hunter saw the king and the citizens
of Vaidisha observing Amalaki Ekadashi by performing an all-night vigil, fasting, and
worshiping Lord Vishnu in the beautiful forest setting, which was brilliantly illuminated by
many lamps. The hunter hid nearby, wondering what this extraordinary sight before him
was.
‘What is going on here?’ he thought. What he saw in that lovely forest beneath the holy
Amalaki tree was the Deity of Lord Damodara being worshiped upon the Asana of a
waterpot, and what he heard were devotees singing sacred songs describing Lord Krishna’s
transcendental forms and pastimes. Despite himself, that staunchly irreligious killer of
innocent birds and animals spent the entire night in great amazement as he watched the
Ekadashi celebration and listened to the glorification of the Lord.
“Soon after sunrise, the king and his royal retinue - including the court sages and all the
citizens - completed their observance of Ekadashi and returned to the city of Vaidisha. The
hunter then returned to his hut and happily ate his meal. In due time the hunter died, but
the merit he had gained by fasting on Amalaki Ekadashi and hearing the glorification of the
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Supreme Personality of Godhead, as well as by being forced to stay awake all night, made
him eligible to be reborn as a great king endowed with may chariots, elephants, horses, and
soldiers. His name was Vasuratha, the son of King Viduratha, and he ruled over the
kingdom of Jayanti.
“King Vasuratha was strong and fearless, as effulgent as the Sun, and as handsome as the
Moon. In strength he was like Sri Vishnu, and in forgiveness like the Earth itself. Very
charitable and every truthful, King Vasuratha always rendered loving devotional service to
the Supreme Lord, Sri Vishnu. He therefore became very well versed in Vedic knowledge.
Always active in the affairs of state, he enjoyed taking excellent care of his subjects, as
though they were his own children. He disliked pride in anyone and would smash it when he
saw it. He performed many kinds of sacrifices, and he always made certain that the needy
in his kingdom received enough charity.
“One day, while hunting in the jungle, King Vasuratha strayed from the footpath and lost his
way. Wandering for some time and eventually growing weary, he paused beneath a tree
and, using his arms as a pillow, fell asleep. As he slept, some barbarian tribesmen came
upon him and, remembering their longstanding enmity toward the king, began discussing
among themselves various ways to kill him. ‘It is because he killed our fathers, mothers,
brothers-in-law, grandsons, nephews, and uncles that we are forced to aimlessly wander
like so many madmen in the forest.’ So saying, they prepared to kill King Vasuratha with
various weapons, including spears, swords, arrows, and mystic ropes.
“But none of these deadly weapons could even touch the sleeping king, and soon the
uncivilised, dog-eating tribesmen grew frightened. Their fear sapped their strength, and
before long they lost what little intelligence they had and became almost unconscious with
bewilderment and weakness. Suddenly a beautiful woman appeared from the king’s body,
startling the aborigines. Decorated with many ornaments, emitting a wonderful fragrance,
wearing an excellent garland around her neck, her eyebrows drawn in a mood of fierce
anger, and her fiery red eyes ablaze, she looked like death personified. With her blazing
chakra discus she quickly killed all the tribal hunters, who had tried to slay the sleeping
king.
“Just then the king awoke, and seeing all the dead tribesmen lying around him, he was
astonished. He wondered, ‘These are all great enemies of mine! Who has slain them so
violently? Who is my great benefactor?’
“At that very moment he heard a voice from the sky: ‘You ask who helped you. Well, who is
that person who alone can help anyone is distress? He is none other than Sri Keshava, the
Supreme Personality of Godhead, He who saves all who take shelter of Him without any
selfish motive.”
“Upon hearing these words, King VasUratha became over-whelmed with love for the
Personality of Godhead Shri Keshava (Krishna). He returned to his capital city and ruled
there like a second lord Indra (king of the heavenly regions), without any obstacles at all.
“Therefore, Oh King Mandhata,” the venerable Vasishtha Muni concluded, “…anyone who
observes this holy Amalaki Ekadashi will undoubtedly attain the supreme abode of Lord
Vishnu, so great is the religious merit earned from the observance of this most sacred fast
day.”
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PUTRADA EKADASHI VRAT KATHA
The Ekadashi that fall in Shukla paksha of Shravan month is called Pavitropana or Putrada
Ekadashi . Whoever desires happiness in this world and the next should certainly fast from
all grains and legumes on this holy day. Indeed, whoever simply hears the glories of
Putrada Ekadashi becomes completely free of all sins, is blessed with a good son, and surely
ascends to heaven after death.
Shri Yudhisthira Maharaja said, “Oh Madhusudana, Oh killer of the Madhu demon, please be
merciful to me and describe to me the Ekadashi that occurs during the light fortnight of the
month of Shravana (July-August).” The Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna, replied, “Yes, Oh king, I
shall happily narrate its glories to you, for just by hearing about this sacred Ekadashi one
attains the merit of performing a horse sacrifice.
“At the dawn of Dvapara-yuga there lived a king by the name of Mahijita, who ruled the
kingdom of Mahismati-puri. Because he had no son, his entire kingdom seemed utterly
cheerless to him. A married man who has no son gains no happiness in this life or the next.
For a long time this king tried very hard to obtain an heir, but to no avail. Seeing his years
advancing ever onwards, King Mahijita became increasingly anxious. One day he told an
assembly of his advisers: ‘I have committed no sin in this life, and there is no ill-gotten
wealth in my treasury. I have never usurped the offerings to the demigods or Brahmans.
When I waged war and conquered kingdoms, I followed the rules and regulations of the
military art, and I have protected my subjects as if they were my own children. I punished
even my own relatives if they broke the law, and if my enemy was gentle and religious I
welcomed him. Oh twice-born souls, although I am a religious and faithful follower of the
Vedik standards, still my home is without a son. Kindly tell me the reason for this.’
“Hearing this, the king’s Brahman advisers discussed the subject among themselves, and
with the aim of benefiting the king they visited the various ashrams of the great sages. At
last they came upon a sage who was austere, pure, and self-satisfied, and who was strictly
observing a vow of fasting. His senses were completely under control, he had conquered his
anger, and he was expert at performing his occupational duty. Indeed, this great sage was
expert in all the conclusions of the Vedas, and he had extended his life span to that of Lord
Brahma himself. His name was Lomasa Rishi, and he knew part, present, and future. After
each kalpa passed, one hair would fall out of his body. All the king’s Brahman advisers very
happily approached him one by one to offer their humble respects.
“Captivated by this great soul, King Mahijita’s advisers offered obeisance’s to him and said
very respectfully, ‘Only because of our great good fortune, Oh sage, have we been allowed
to see you.’
“Lomasa Rishi saw them bowing down to him and replied, ‘Kindly let me know why you have
come here. Why are you praising me? I must do all I can to solve your problems, for sages
like me have only one interest: to help others. Do not doubt this.’
“The king’s representatives said, ‘We have come to you, Oh exalted sage, to ask for your
help in solving a very serious problem. Oh sage, you are like Lord Brahma. Indeed, there is
no better sage in the entire world. Our king, Mahijita, is without a son, though he has
sustained and protected us as if we were his sons. Seeing him so unhappy on account of
being sonless, we have become very sad, Oh sage, and therefore we have entered the
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forest to perform severe austerities. By our good fortune we happened upon you.
Everyone’s desires and activities become successful just by your darshana. Thus we humble
ask that you tell us how our kind can obtain a son.’
“Hearing their sincere plea, Lomasa Rishi absorbed himself in deep meditation for a moment
and at once understood the king’s previous life. Then he said, ‘Your ruler was a merchant in
his past life, and feeling his wealth insufficient, he committed sinful deeds. He traveled to
many villages to trade his goods. Once, at noon on the day after the Ekadashi that comes
during the light fortnight of the month of Jyeshtha , he became thirsty while traveling from
place to place. He came upon a beautiful pond on the outskirts of a village, but just as he
was about to drink at the pond a cow arrived there with her new-born calf. These two
creatures were also very thirsty because of the heat, but when the cow and calf started to
drink, the merchant rudely shoved them aside and selfishly slaked his own thirst. This
offense against a cow and her calf has resulted in your king’s being without a son now. But
the good deeds he performed in his previous life have given him ruler ship over an
undisturbed kingdom.’
“Hearing this, the king’s advisers replied, ‘Oh renowned rishi, we have heard that the Vedas
say one can nullify the effects of one’s past sins by acquiring merit. Be so kind as to give us
some instruction by which our king’s sins can be destroyed; please give him your mercy so
that a prince will take birth in his family.’
“Lomasa Rishi said, ‘There is an Ekadashi called Putrada, which comes during the light
fortnight of the month of Shravan. On this day all of you, including your king, should fast
and stay awake all night, strictly following the rules and regulations. Then you should give
the king whatever merit you gain by this fast. If you follow these instructions of mine, he
will surely be blessed with a fine son.’
“All the king’s advisers became very pleased to hear these words from Lomasa Rishi, and
they all offered him their grateful obeisance’s. Then, their eyes bright with happiness, they
returned home.
“When the month of Shravan arrived, the king’s advisers remembered the advice of Lomasa
Rishi, and under their direction all the citizens of Mahismati-puri, as well as the king, fasted
on Ekadashi. And on the next day, DvAdasi, the citizens dutifully offered their accrued merit
to him. By the strength of all this merit, the queen became pregnant and eventually gave
birth to a most beautiful son.
“O Yudhisthira,” Lord Krishna concluded, “the Ekadashi that comes during the light fortnight
of the month of Shravan has thus rightfully become famous as Putrada . Whoever desires
happiness in this world and the next should certainly fast from all grains and legumes on
this holy day. Indeed, whoever simply hears the glories of Putrada Ekadashi becomes
completely free of all sins, is blessed with a good son, and surely ascends to heaven after
death.”
NIRJALA EKADASHI VRAT KATHA
Nirjala Ekadashi falls in the month of Jyestha in the Shukla paksha (June), therefore it is
also called “Jyeshtha Shukla Ekadashi” or “Bhimsani Ekadashi” (Bhim sen, the seond
Pandav Brother, had observed this difficult fast). Amongst the 24 Ekadashi’s observed
throughout the year, the fast (Vrat) observed on Jyeshtha Shukla Ekadashi is considered to
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be the most beneficial, if one properly observes a fast on this day it is said to give the fruits
of 24 Ekadashi observed throughout the year. Complete fast is observed on this day with
even water not being taken. People observe strict fast and offer pooja to Lord Vishnu to
ensure happiness, prosperity and forgiveness of transgressions and sins. On the preceding
day that is on the 10th lunar day, Sandhya (evening prayer) is performed and only one
meal is taken.
Once Bhimasena, the younger brother of Maharaja Yudhisthira, asked the great sage Shrila
Vyasa ji, the grandfather of the Pandavas, if it is possible to return to the spiritual world
without having observed all the rules and regulations of the Ekadashi fasts.
Bhimasena then spoke as follows, “Oh greatly intelligent and learned grandfather, my
brother Yudhisthira, my dear mother Kunti, and my beloved wife Draupadi, as well as
Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva, fast completely on each Ekadashi and strictly follow all the
rules, guidelines and regulative injunctions of that sacred day. Being very religious, they
always tell me that I should also fast on that day too. But, Oh learned grandfather, I tell
them that I cannot live without eating, because as the son of Vayudeva - Samanaprana,
hunger is unbearable to me. I can give widely in charity and worship Lord Keshava properly
with all manner of wonderful upacharas (items), but I cannot be asked to fast on Ekadashi.
Please tell me how I can obtain the same merits result without fasting.”
Hearing these words, the grandsire of Bhima, Srila Vyasa ji said, “If you want to go to the
heavenly planets and avoid the hell, you should indeed observe a fast on both the light and
dark Ekadashi’s.”
Bhima replied, “Oh great saintly intelligent grandfather, please listen to my plea. Oh
greatest of munis, since I cannot live if I eat only once in a day, how can I possibly live if I
fast completely? Within my stomach burns a special fire named Vrika, the fire of digestion.
Agni the fire-god, descends from Lord Vishnu through BrahmA, from BrahmA to Angirasa,
from Angirasa to Brihaspathi, and from Brihaspathi to Samyu, who was Agni” father. He is
the gatekeeper in charge of Nairritti, the south-eastern direction. He is one of the eight
material elements, and Parikshit MahArAja, he is very expert at examining things. He
examined Maharaja Shibi once by turning into a dove (for further information on this
incident see Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada’s Srimad Bhagavatam commentary
to 1:12:20. Purport.)
Agni is divided into three categories; Davagni, the fire in wood, JatharAgni, the fire in the
digestion in the stomach, and Vadavagni, the fire that creates fog when hot and cold
streams mix in for example the ocean. Another name for the fire of digestion is Vrika. It is
this powerful fire that resided in Bhima’s stomach.
Only when I eat to my full satisfaction does the fire in my stomach become satisfied. Oh
great sage, I might possibly be able to fast only once, so I beg that you tell me of an
Ekadashi that is worthy of my fasting and that includes all other Ekadashi’s. I shall faithfully
observe that fast and hopefully still become eligible for liberation’s release.”
Shri Vyasa ji replied, Oh king, you have heard from me about the various kinds of
occupational duties, such as elaborate Vedic ceremonies and pujas. In the Kali-yuga,
however, no one will be able to observe all these occupational & functional duties properly. I
shall therefore tell you how, at practically no expense, one can endure some small austerity
and achieve the greatest benefit and resultant happiness. The essence of what is written in
the Vedic literatures known as the Puranas is that one should not eat on either the dark or
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light fortnight Ekadashi’s.” As stated in Srimad Bhagavatam (Mahabhagavat Puran)) the
Bhagavat Puran is itself the essence or cream of all Vedanta philosophy (sara-vedantasaram), and the Srimad Bhagavatam’s unequivocal message is that of full surrender to Lord
Sri Krishna and the rendering of loving devotional service to Him. Observing Ekadashi
strictly is a great aid in that process, and here Shrila Vyasa ji is simply stressing to Bhima
the importance of the Ekadashi vrat. “One who fasts on Ekadashi’s saved from going to the
hell”
Hearing Shri Vyasa ji’s words, the son of Vayu, Bhimasena, the strongest of all warriors,
became frightened and began to shake like a leaf on a banyan tree in a strong wind. The
frightened Bhimasena then said, “Oh grandfather, what should I do? I am completely unable
and ill equipped to fast twice in a month throughout the year! Please tell me of the one
fasting day that will bestow the greatest benefit upon me!”
Vyasa ji replied, “Without drinking even water, you should fast on the Ekadashi that occurs
during the light fortnight of the month of Jyeshtha (May-June) when the sun travels in the
sign of Taurus (Vrishabh) and Gemini (Mithun), According to learned personalities, on this
day one may bathe and perform Achaman for pratiprokshana purification. But while
performing Achaman one may drink only that amount of water equal to a drop of gold, or
that amount it takes to immerse a single mustard seed. Only this amount of water should
be placed in the right palm for sipping, which one should form to resemble a cow’s ear. If
one drinks more water than this, he might as well have drunk wine - despite the soaring
heat of summer (in the northern hemisphere and cold in the southern hemisphere).
“One must certainly not eat anything, for if he does so he breaks his fast. This rigid fast is in
effect from sunrise on the Ekadashi day to sunrise on the Dwadashi day. If a person
endeavors to observe this great fast very strictly, he easily achieves the result of observing
all twenty-four other Ekadashi fasts throughout the entire year.
“On Dwadashi the devotee should bathe early in the morning. Then, according to the
prescribed rules, guidelines and regulative injunctions, and of course depending on his
ability, he should give some gold and water to worthy brAhmaNas. Finally, he should
cheerfully honor prasadam with a brahmana.
“Oh Bhimasena, one who can fast on this special Ekadashi in this manner reaps the benefit
of having fasted on every Ekadashi during the year. There is no doubt of this, nor should
there be. Oh Bhima, now hear the specific merit one gets by fasting on this Ekadashi. The
Supreme Lord Keshava, who holds a conch, discus, club and lotus, personally told me,
`Everyone should take shelter of Me and follow My instructions.’ Then He told me that one
who fasts on this Ekadashi, without taking even drinking water or eating, becomes free of
all sinful reactions, and that one who observes the difficult Nirjala fast on Jyeshtha-shukla
Ekadashi truly reaps the benefit of all other Ekadashi fasts.
“Oh Bhimasena, in the Kali-yuga, the age of quarrel and hypocrisy, when all the principles
of the Vedas will have been destroyed or greatly minimized, and when there will be no
proper charity or observance of the ancient Vedik principles and ceremonies, how will there
be any means of purifying the self? But there is the opportunity to fast on Ekadashi and
become free of all one’s past sins.
“Oh son of Vayu (air), what more can I say to you? You should not eat during the Ekadashi’s
that occur during the dark and light fortnights, and you should even give up drinking water
(nir = no jalaa= water) on the particularly auspicious Ekadashi day of Jyeshtha-shukla
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Ekadashi. Oh Vrikodara (veracious eater), whoever fasts on this Ekadashi receives the
merits of bathing in all the places of pilgrimage, giving all kinds of charities to worthy
persons, and fasting on all the dark and light Ekadashi’s throughout the year, in one go. Of
this there is no doubt.
Oh tiger among men, whoever fasts on this Ekadashi truly becomes a great person and
achieves all manner of opulence and wealth, grains, strength, and health. And at the fearful
moment of death, the terrible Yamadutas, whose complexions are yellow and black and who
brandish huge maces and twirl mystic pasha ropes in the air for binding their victims, will
refuse to approach him. Rather, such a faithful soul will at once be taken to the supreme
abode of Lord Vishnu by the Vishnu-dutas, whose transcendentally beautiful forms are
clothed in gorgeous yellowish garments and who each hold a disk, club, conch and lotus in
their four hands, resembling Lord Vishnu. It is to gain all these benefits that one should
certainly fast on this very auspicious and important Ekadashi, even from water.”
When the other Pandavas heard about the benefits to be gained by following Jyeshthashukla Ekadashi, they resolved to observe it exactly as their grandfather Srila Vyasa ji had
explained it to their brother, Bhimasena. All the PANDavas observed it by refraining from
eating or drinking anything, and thus this day is also known as PANDava Nirjala DvAdashii
(technically it is a Maha-DvAdashii).
Shri Vyasa ji continued, Oh Bhimasen, therefore you should observe this important fast to
remove all your past sinful reactions. You should pray to the Supreme Personality of
Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna in this way making your sankalp declaration, `Oh Lord of all the
devtas (demigods), Oh Supreme Personality of Godhead, today I shall observe Ekadashi
without taking any water. Oh unlimited Anantadev, I shall break fast on the next day,
DwAdashii.’ Thereafter, to remove all his sins, the devotee should honour this Ekadashi fast
with full faith in the Lord and with full control over his senses. Whether his sins are equal in
volume to Mount Sumeru or to MandarAchala Hill, if he or she observes this Ekadashi, the
sins that have been accumulated all become nullified and are burned to ashes. Such is the
great power of this Ekadashi.
“Oh best of human beings, although a person should also give water and cows in charity
during this Ekadashi, if for some reason or other he cannot, then he should give a qualified
brahmana some cloth or a pot filled with water. Indeed, the merit achieved by giving water
alone equals that gained by giving gold ten million times a day.
“Oh Bhima, Lord Sri Krishna has said that whoever observes this Ekadashi should take a
Holy bath, give charity to a worthy person, chant the Lord’s Holy names on a japa-mala,
and perform some kind of recommended sacrifice, for by doing these things on this day one
receives imperishable benefits. There is no need to perform any other kind of religious duty.
Observance of this Ekadashi fast alone promotes one to the supreme abode of Sri Vishnu.
Oh best of the Kurus, if one donates gold, cloth, or anything else on this day, the merit one
obtains is imperishable.
“Remember, whosoever eats any grains on Ekadashi becomes contaminated by sin and
verily eats only sin. In effect, he has already become a dog-eater, and after death he
suffers a hellish existence. But he who observes this sacred Jyeshtha-shukla Ekadashi and
gives something in charity certainly achieves liberation from the cycle of repeated birth and
death and attains to the supreme abode. Observing this Ekadashi, which is merged with
Dwadashi, frees one from the horrible sin of killing a brahmana, drinking liquor and wine,
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becoming envious of one’s spiritual master and ignoring his instructions, and continually
telling lies.
“Furthermore, Oh best of beings (Jivottama), any man or woman who observes this fast
properly and worships the Supreme Lord Jalshayi (He who sleeps on the water), and who on
the next day satisfies a qualified brahmana with nice sweets and a donation of cows and
money - such a person certainly pleases the Supreme Lord Vasudeva, so much so that one
hundred previous generations in his family undoubtedly go to the Supreme Lord’s abode,
even though they may have been very sinful, of bad character, and guilty of suicide, etc.
Indeed, one who observes this amazing Ekadashi rides on a glorious celestial airplane
(vimana) to the Lord’s abode.
“One who on this day gives a brahmana a water pot, an umbrella, or shoes surely goes to
the heavenly planets. Indeed, he who simply hears these glories also attains to the
transcendental abode of the Supreme Lord, Shri Vishnu. Whoever performs the Shraddha
ceremony to the forefathers on the dark-moon day called amavasya, particularly if it occurs
at the time of a solar eclipse undoubtedly achieves great merit. But this same merit is
achieved by him who simply hears this sacred narration - so powerful and so dear to the
Lord is this Ekadashi.
“One should clean his teeth properly and, without eating or drinking, observe this Ekadashi
to please the Supreme Lord, Keshava. On the day after Ekadashi one should worship the
Supreme Personality of Godhead in His form as Trivikrama by offering Him water, flowers,
incense, and a brightly burning lamp. Then the devotee should pray from the heart, `Oh
God of gods, Oh deliverer of everyone, Oh Hrishikesha, master of the senses, kindly bestow
upon me the gift of liberation, though I can offer you nothing greater than this humble pot
filled with water.’ Then the devotee should donate the water pot to a brahmana.
“Oh Bhimasena, after this Ekadashi fast and donating the recommended items according to
his ability, the devotee should feed brahmanas and thereafter honour prasadam silently.”
Shri Vyasa ji concluded, “I strongly urge you to fast on this auspicious, purifying, sindevouring Dwadashi in just the way I have outlined. Thus you will be completely freed of all
sins and reach the supreme abode.”
Thus ends the narration of the glories of Jyeshtha-shukla Ekadashi, or Bhimaseni-Nirjala
Ekadashi, from the Brahma-vaivarta Purana.
APARA EKADASHI VRAT KATHA
Apara Ekadashi falls in the month of Jayestha (May-June). It is also known as ‘Jayestha
Krishna Ekadashi’. Apara Ekadashi is the giver of good deeds, destroyer of sins and one who
observes the vrat with a full fast on this day attains great esteem and honor in this world.
Once Yudhishthira Maharaja said, ‘Oh Lord Krishna, Oh Vasudeva, please accept my humble
obeisance’s. Please describe to me the Ekadashi that occurs during krishna paksha of the
month of Jyeshtha (May-June). Please narrate to me everything like its name, importance
etc. about this Ekadashi.
Lord Sri Krishna said, “Oh great king ! the name of this meritorious Ekadashi is Apara
Ekadashi. Whoever fasts on this holy day becomes famous all over the universe. Even such
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sins as killing a brahman, a cow, or an embryo, blasphemy, or having sex with another
man’s wife are completely eradicated by observing Apara Ekadashi. People who bear false
witness, a person who falsely or sarcastically glorifies another, one who cheats while
weighing something on a scale, one who invents his own scripture, one who cheats others,
one who is a false astrologer, a cheating accountant, or a false Ayurvedic doctor. All these
are surely as bad as persons who bears false witness, and they are all destined for hellish
punishments. But simply by observing Apara Ekadashi, all such sinners become completely
free of their sinful reactions. Warriors who fall from their kshatriya-dharma and flee the
battlefield go to a ferocious hell. Even such a fallen kshatriya, if he observes fasting on the
Apara Ekadashi, is freed of that great sinful reaction and goes to heaven. That disciple is the
greatest sinner who, after receiving a proper spiritual education from his spiritual master,
turns around and blasphemes him. Such a so-called disciple suffers unlimitedly. But even he
simply observes Apara Ekadashi, can attain to the spiritual world.
The merit attained by one who performs all of the following acts of piety is equal to the
merit achieved by one who observes Apara Ekadashi: bathing three times daily in Pushkarakshetra during Kartika,bathing at the time of a solar eclipse at Kurukshetra, bathing at
Prayag in the month of Magh when the sun is in the zodiac of Capricorn; rendering service
to Lord Shiva during Shivratri, offering oblations to one’s forefathers , bathing in the sacred
Gomti River when Jupiter transits Leo (Singha); and and giving cows, elephants, and gold in
charity. All the merit one gets from performing these pious acts is gained by a person who
observes the Apara Ekadashi fast. Also, the merit attained by one who donates a pregnant
cow, along with gold and fertile land, is attained by one who fasts on this day. This Ekadashi
is an axe that cuts down the fully matured forest full of trees of sinful deeds, it is a forest
fire that burns sins as if they were kindling firewood, it is the sun blazing before one’s dark
misdeeds. Therefore one who faithfully observes the Apara Ekadashi and worship the
Supreme Personality of Godhead, Shri Trivikrama. One who does so is freed of all his sins
and promoted to the abode of Lord Vishnu.
“Oh King ! for the benefit of all humanity I have thus described to you this the importance
of the Apara Ekadashi. Anyone who hears or reads this description is freed from all kinds of
sins.
MOHINI EKADASHI VRAT KATHA
Mohini Ekadashi falls in the month of Vaisakh or Shukla paksha (April-May) . Purshottam
lord Rama is worshipped on this day. It is believed that whosoever observes a complete fast
on this sacred day gets great benefits to live happily in this life and the next. Observing this
ekadashi vrat helps achieve peace, honour and the divine pleasure of God to all mankind on
this earth.
Once Yudhisthira Maharaja asked Shree Krishna, “Oh Natwar Nagar! what is the name of
the Ekadashi that occurs during the light fortnight (shukla paksha) of the month of
Vaisakha. What is the process for observing it properly. Kindly narrate all of these details to
me.
Lord Sri Krishna replied, “Oh Kunti’s son ! After Sitaji’s kidnap, when lord Rama was very
disturbed, he came to his guru Vasistha and said- I am going through great grief and
sadness in my life. Please enlighten me and the people of this world by showing us a means
of overcoming great sorrows and troubles of this life. what Vasishtha Muni once told to Lord
Ramachandra I shall now describe to you. Please hear Me attentively.
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“Lord Rama asked Vasishtha Muni, ‘Oh great sage, I would like to hear about the best of all
fasting days that day which destroys all kinds of sins and sorrows. I have suffered long
enough in separation from My dear Sita, and so I wish to hear from you about how My
suffering can be ended.’
Vasishtha Muni replied, “O Prabhu, just by chanting your divine name makes a person
happy in this life, but yet for the benediction of mankind the vrat of Mohini Ekadashi relieves
one from all troubles of life and society.”
‘On the banks of the Sarasvati River there was once a beautiful city named Bhadravati,
which was ruled by King Dyutiman. Oh Rama, that steadfast, truthful, and highly intelligent
king was born in the dynasty of the Moon. In his kingdom was a merchant named Dhanapal,
who possessed a great deal of wealth of food grains and money. He was also very pious.
Dhanapal arranged for lakes to be dug, sacrificial arenas to be erected, and beautiful
gardens to be cultivated for the benefit of all the citizens of Bhadravati. He was an excellent
devotee of Lord Vishnu and had five sons: Sumana, Dyutiman, Medhavi, Sukriti, and
Dhrishthabuddhi.
‘Unfortunately, his son Dhrishthabuddhi was a great sinner and performed dreadful acts to
the people of the village, such as sleeping with prostitutes and associating with similar
degraded persons. He enjoyed illicit sex, gambling, and many other illegal acts.
Dhrishthabuddhi spent up his father’s wealth indiscriminately, always feasting on
untouchable foods and drinking alcohol to excess.
Upon learning of his son’s misconduct, Dhanpal and his sons kicked him out of their house.
After being disowned by his father and brothers Dhrishthabuddhi was left with no money to
spend on prostitutes and other illegal activities, therefore his friends and prostitutes
distanced themselves from him.
Dhrishthabuddhi was now full of anxiety, and also hungry. He then began to steal. The
king’s constables arrested him, but when they learned who it was, and that his father was
the famous Dhanapal, they released him. He was caught again but time the ill-mannered
Dhrishthabuddhi was apprehended, handcuffed, and then beaten. After whipping him, the
king’s marshals warned him and threw him out of their kingdom.
Dhrishthabuddhi thereafter entered the dense forest. He wandered here and there, hungry
and thirsty and suffering greatly. Eventually he began killing the jungle animals for food.
Dhrishthabuddhi was always miserable and anxious, but one day, during the month of
Vaisakha, by the force of some of his past merit he chanced upon the sacred Ashram of
Kaundinya Muni. The great sage had just finished bathing in the Ganges River, and water
was dripping from him still. Dhrishthabuddhi had the great good fortune to touch some of
those droplets of water that were falling from the great sage’s wet clothing. Instantly
Dhrishthabuddhi was freed of his ignorance, and his sinful reactions were reduced. Offering
his humble obeisance’s to Kaundinya Muni, Dhrishthabuddhi prayed to him with joined
palms; “Oh great brahman! I have committed so many sins in my life, please describe to
me some of the atonement I may perform without too much Endeavour and expense.
The Rishi replied, “Oh Dhrishthabuddhi! you have overcome most of your suffering by just
realizing your mistake. To get yourself cleansed further and achieve salvation you must
perform the great vrat of Mohini Ekadashi with full reliance and devotion to God Almighty.
This vrat will bestow you with a place in the heavens.”
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Thereafter on the next Vaisakha, Dhrishthabuddhi performed the vrat as advised by
Kaundinya Rishi. As time went by, Dhrishthabuddhi became free from sins and after his
death, achieved a divine body, sat on Garud and ascended to the heavenly abode
Vaikunth.”
“Oh Rama! the fast of Mohini Ekadashi removes the darkest illusory attachments to material
existence. There is thus no better fast day in all the three worlds than this. And He who
hears and studies the glories of Mohini Ekadashi achieves the merit of giving away one
thousand cows in charity.”
VARUTHINI EKADASHI VRAT KATHA
Varuthini Ekadashi falls in the month of Vaisakh (April-May). It is also known as ‘Vaishakh
Krishna Ekadashi’. It is believed that whosoever observes a complete fast on this sacred day
has his sins completely removed, obtains continuous happiness, and achieves all good
fortune. Giving the daughter away as a daan on her wedding (kanyadaan) is termed as the
most absolute daan a person can give to anyone in this world. However this varuthini
ekadashi vrat gives a person similar fruits to a hundred kanyadaan.
Once King Yudhisthira asked Shree Krishna - “Oh Madhusudan, Please describe to me the
Ekadashi of the krishna paksha of the month of Vaisakha (April-May), including its name,
specific merits and influence.”
Lord Shree Krishna replied, “Oh King, in this world and the next, the most auspicious and
magnanimous Ekadashi is Varuthini Ekadashi, which occurs during the dark fortnight of the
month of Vaisakha.
Whosoever observes a complete fast on this sacred day has his sins completely removed,
obtains continuous happiness, and achieves all good fortune.
Fasting on Varuthini Ekadashi makes even an unfortunate woman fortunate. Upon anyone
who observes it, this Ekadashi bestows material enjoyment in this life and liberation after
the death of this present body. It destroys the sins of all and saves people from the miseries
of repeated rebirth.
“By observing this Ekadashi properly, King Mandhata was liberated.” Whatever merit one
obtains by performing austerities and penances for ten thousand years is achieved by a
person who observes Varuthini Ekadashi. “
The merit one achieves by donating a great amount of gold during a solar eclipse at
Kurukshetra is gained by one who observes this one Ekadashi with love and devotion, and
certainly attains his goals in this life and the next. In short, this Ekadashi is pure and very
enlivening and the destroyer of all sins.
“Better than giving horses in charity is giving elephants, and better than giving elephants is
giving land. But better still than giving land is the giving of sesame seeds, and better than
that is giving of gold. Still better than giving gold is giving food grains - for all the
forefathers, demigods (devtas), and human beings become satisfied by eating grains. Thus
there is no better gift of charity than this in the past, present or future.”
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“Yet learned scholars have declared that giving away a young maiden in marriage to a
worthy person is equal to giving away food grains in charity. Moreover,giving cows in
charity is equal to giving food grains. Still better than all these charities is teaching spiritual
knowledge to the ignorant. Yet all the merits one can attain by performing all these acts of
charity are attained by one who fasts on the Varuthini Ekadashi.”
“One who lives off the wealth of his daughters suffers a hellish condition until the inundation
of the entire universe, therefore one should be especially careful not to use the wealth of his
daughter. Oh best of kings, any householder who takes his daughter’s wealth out of greed,
who tries to sell his daughter, or who takes money from the man to whom he has given his
daughter in marriage – such a householder becomes a lowly cat in his next life. Therefore it
is said that whoever, as a sacred act of charity, gives away in marriage a maiden i.e. does
kanyadaan. That very same merit, however, can be easily achieved by one who fasts on the
Varuthini Ekadashi.
“The following things should be given up on the Dashami, (the tenth phase of the Moon),
the day before the Ekadashi:
(1) eating on bell-metal plates,
(2) eating any kind of urid-dahl,
(3) eating red-lentils,
(4) eating chick-peas,
(5) eating kondo (a grain that is primarily eaten by poor people and that resembles poppy
seeds or agarpanthas seeds),
(6) eating honey,
(7) eating in another person’s house/home,
(8) eating more than once,
(9) eating Channa and
(10) participating in sex of any kind.
“On the Ekadashi itself one should give up the following: gambling, sports, sleeping during
the daytime, betal nuts and its leaf, brushing one’s teeth, spreading rumours, faultfinding,
talking to the spiritually fallen, anger, and lying.
“On the Dwadashi the day after Ekadashi (the twelfth phase of the Moon), one should give
up the following: eating on bell-metal plates, eating urad-daal, red-lentils, or honey, lying,
strenuous exercise or labor, eating more than once, any sexual activity, shaving the body,
face or head, smearing oils on one’s body, and eating in another’s home.”
Lord Sri Krishna continued, “Whoever observes the Varuthini Ekadashi in this way becomes
free from all sinful reactions and returns to the eternal, spiritual abode. One who worships
Lord Madhusudan (Krishna) on this Ekadashi by staying awake throughout the entire night,
also becomes free from all his previous sins and attains to the spiritual abode. Therefore,
Oh king, he who is frightened of his accumulated sins and their attendant reactions, and
thus of death itself, must observe Varuthini Ekadashi by fasting very strictly.
“Finally, he who hears or reads this glorification of the sacred Varuthini Ekadashi obtains the
merit earned by donating one thousand cows in charity, and at last attains heaven.”
KAMADA EKADASHI VRAT KATHA
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The Amavasaya of Chaitra month is the last day of Hindu year and on the next day begins
the new year according to Hindu calendar and the Chaitra Navratras. The ekadashi that falls
after the navratras is called Kamada ekadashi or Chaitra shukla ekadashi. Chaitra Sudi
Ekadashi grants all the wishes.
Once Yudhishthira Maharaja said, ‘Oh Lord Krishna, Oh Vasudeva, please accept my humble
obeisance’s. Please describe to me the Ekadashi that occurs during the light part of the
month of Chaitra . What is its name, and what are its glories?’
Lord Shri Krishna replied, ‘Oh Yudhishthira, please listen to Me attentively as I relate the
ancient history of this sacred Ekadashi, a history Vasishtha Muni once related to King Dilipa,
the great-grandfather of Lord Ramachandra.
King Dilipa asked the great sage Vasishtha, “Oh wise brahman, I wish to hear about the
Ekadashi that comes during the light part of the month of Chaitra. Please describe it to me.”
Vasishtha Muni replied, “Oh king, your inquiry is glories. Gladly shall I tell you what you
wish to know. The Ekadashi that occurs during the light fortnight of Chaitra is named
Kamada Ekadashi. It consumes all sins. It is very purifying, and it bestows the highest merit
upon one who faithfully observes it. Oh king, now hear an ancient history which is so
meritorious that it removes all one’s sins simply by being heard.
Once, long ago, there was a city named Ratnapura and King Pundarika was its ruler. It had
mostly Gandharvas, Kinnaras, and Apsaras among its citizens.
Among the Gandharvas were Lalit and his wife Lalita, who was an lovely couple. These two
were intensely attracted to each other. Lalita loved her husband dearly, and likewise he
constantly thought of her within his heart. They were inseparable.
Once, in the court of King Pundarika, many Gandharvas were singing, Lalit was one among
them. While singing Lalit could not help thinking about his beloved, and because of this
distraction he lost track of the song’s melody. Lalit sang the song improperly, and one of the
envious snake named kakort who was in attendance at the king’s court complained to the
king that Lalit ws lost in the thought’s of his wife that’s because he lost track and sang
improperly. The king became furious upon hearing this, and he shouted, ‘Oh foolish knave,
because you were lustfully thinking of a woman instead of reverently thinking of your king
as you performed your court duties, I curse you to at once become a Demon !, a maneating demon with a terrified apperance.
Lalit immediately became a fearful Demon. His arms were eight miles long, his mouth was
as big as a huge cave, his eyes were as awesome as the sun and moon, his nostrils
resembled enormous pits in the earth, his neck was a veritable mountain, his hips were four
miles wide, and his gigantic body stood a full sixty-four miles high. Thus poor Lalit, the
Gandharva singer, had to suffer the reaction of his offense against King Pundarika.
Seeing her husband suffering as a horrible monster, Lalita became overwhelmed with grief.
She thought, ‘Now that my dear husband is suffering the effects of the kings’ curse, what is
left for me? What should I do? Where should I go?’ In this way Lalita grieved day and night.
Instead of enjoying life as a Gandharvas wife, she wandered everywhere in the thick jungle
with her husband, who had fallen completely under the spell of the king’s curse. He
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wandered fitfully across forbidding region, a once-beautiful Gandharva now reduced to the
behavior of a man-eater.
One day, while wandering in the jungle, Lalita met the sage Shringi . He was sitting on the
peak of the Vindhyachala Hmountain. Approaching him, she immediately offered the ascetic
her respectful obeisance’s. The sage noticed her bowing down before him and said, ‘Who
are you and why have you come here? Why you look so gloomy. Please tell me everything
in truth.’
Lalita replied, ‘Oh Brahmana, my name is Lalita. I wander in the jungle with my dear
husband, whom King Pundarika has cursed to become a man-eating demon. I am greatly
aggrieved to see him like this. Oh Saint, please tell me how I can perform some act of
atonement on behalf of my husband. How can I free him from this demonic form, please
help me. The sage replied, ‘There is an Ekadashi named Kamada that occurs in the light
fortnight of the month of Chaitra. It is coming up soon. Whoever fasts on this day has all his
desires fulfilled. If you observe this Ekadashi fast according to its rules and regulations and
give the merit you thus earn from your fast to your husband, he will be freed from the curse
at once.’
Lalita faithfully observed the fast of Kamada Ekadashi according to the instructions of the
sage Shringi, and on Dvadasi she appeared before him and the Deity of Lord Vasudeva and
said, ‘I have faithfully observed the fast of Kamada Ekadashi. By the merit earned through
my observance of this fast, let my husband be free from the curse that has turned him into
a beast. May the merit I have gained thus free him from his misery.’
And Lalita’s husband, who stood nearby, was at once freed from the king’s curse. He
immediately regained his original form as the Gandharva Lalit, a handsome heavenly singer
adorned with many beautiful ornaments. All this was accomplished by the power and glory
of Kamada Ekadashi. At last the Gandharva couple boarded a celestial airplane and
ascended to heaven.
Lord Sri Krishna continued, ‘Oh Yudhishthira!, anyone who hears this story should certainly
observe holy Kamada Ekadashi to the best of his ability, such great merit does it bestow
upon the faithful devotee. I have therefore described its glories to you for the benefit of all
humanity.
There is no better Ekadashi than Kamada Ekadashi. It can eradicate even the sin of killing a
brahmana, and it also nullifies demoniac curses. In all the three worlds and moreover it
grants all the wishes’.
PAPMOCHNI EKADASHI VRAT KATHA
The Ekadashi that fall in Krishna paksha of Fagan month is called Papmochini. This Ekadashi
is the giver of wealth and the destroyer of many sins.
In the Lok of Swarag, there is a beautiful garden in the name of Chaitrarath. Nearly all
devtas go to the garden and spend most of their time for relaxation. The Rishis spent their
time performing penance in order to please the Supreme Almighty God. Once Kamdeva, out
of revenge wanted to disturb and break the continuous penance of a Rishi named as
Medhavi. The path Kamdev chose was to send an attractive dancer named “Manjughosha”
and encourage Medhavi Rishi into loosing concentration to God and instead focus on the
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dancing and falling into the cage of fantasy illusion. Upon dancing, Medhavi Rishi got
entangled with the dancer and began living with her. The Rishi spent most of his time in
looking after the dancer and overlooked the meditation of God. He would not let her out of
his sight for even a second.
As this was getting too much for the dancer, she called upon the Rishi and pleaded, “O
Rishi, please allow me to go home now. My parents and family must be waiting for my
arrival.” Listening to her request, Medhavi Rishi asked her to stay until nightfall and
thereafter she was free to go. Scared to say, the dancer replied, “O Rishi, Are you in any
sense how many nights I have been with you?” When the Rishi began thinking, he realized
that 75 years had passed by staying with the dancer. Furious at this, the Rishi realized that
he had been setup with this evil act of the devtas and the dancer. Angrily, he cursed the
dancer to become a ghost. But on constant pleading of the dancer, Rishi’s heart melted. So
the Rishi told the dancer and said, “O Devi, keep a full fast vrat on Papmochani Ekadashi
which arrives in the month of Fagan. You will be freed from my curse.”
Medhavi Rishi went to his father Chavan Rishi and pleaded, “O Father, I have broken the
continuous communion to God and ended up in living in sin with this dancer. Please guide
me and show me how I can get released from these sins.” Chavan Rishi replied, “O Son, by
keeping full vrat of Papmochni Ekadashi frees you from all sins.”Medhavi Rishi and the
dancer both performed the vrat of Papmochni Ekadashi and were ultimately freed from their
sins.
SHATILA EKADASHI VRAT KATHA
Shatila Ekadashi (also known as Tilda Ekadashi) takes place on the eleventh day of
Krishnapaksh in the month of Posh. “Til” means sesame seeds (commonly known as “Tal”).
“Da” means to donate. Hence on this day, one has to donate seeds and clothes to the
Brahmins and the needy.
A long time ago in the ages of satya yug there lived a Brahmin female. She was pure and
very religious spending most of her time in devotion of God. She made donations and
contributed huge amounts of clothes, jewellery and various other items to the poor. But she
had never donated food and grains at all. Once the Lord took a form of a rishi and came to
her house to receive alms. On that occasion the Brahmin female must have been in one of
her angry moods and gave a rolled ball of clay in the bowl of the Lord. The Lord accepted it,
blessed her and departed back to His divine abode.
As time went by, due to constant devotion to God, she had achieved a blessed gift of high
spirituality and could go into deep trance (Samadhi) and visit the heavenly abodes at her
own will. Once she went into Samadhi and entered the heavenly abode of Swarg. She saw a
very beautiful fully furnished house already prepared for her. But inside there was not a
single food grain. She wondered why this was and approached God for a reason. “O Lord of
the universe, I have performed constant devotion, japa, tapa, daana but what could be the
reason, for You Almighty, not providing me with food grains?”. The Lord replied, “O devi,
you have pleased me with your great devotion but there is a little bit left in your
contribution to the society and that is food. You have not endowed any kind of food grains
and that is the reason for this. I will help you find an easy solution to come out of this. I am
the Almighty and I always help My devotees reach My divine abode. Go back to your house
on earth. You will be visited by the many wives of the devtas. When they knock on your
door, do not let them in and instead ask them to explain the vrat of Shatila Ekadashi. You
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can let them in once they have explained the vrat. Perform this vrat on Shatila Ekadashi
and your wish will be granted”.
As the month of Posh came by the Brahmin devotee was visited by the wives of the devtas
and she followed the instructions given. Upon listening and learning the vrat of this
Ekadashi, she received blessings from the devis and on the day of Ekadashi, performed the
full vrat and as per the Lord’s wish, was rewarded duly in return.
On this day of Ekadashi, one must donate “Tal” seeds to God and the needy. One should go
through the day by observing fast and constant devotion to God. In return, one will achieve
good health and everlasting happiness in this life and the next.
Vaibhav Laxmi Vrat Katha
VAIBHAV LAXMI VRAT KATHA - INTRODUCTION
The real and original book describing the rites as prescribed in the Shastras to observe the
Vrat, the ceremony of its celebration, the story of Vrat, ceremony for worshipping or
adoration, the rules to observe the Vrat, reasons for failing to fulfill the desires after
observing Vrat, the hymns to pray to Laxmi, the greatness of Laxmiji, the true miraculous
incidents of performing the Vrat of Shri Vaibhava Laxmi, the Amulet (Yantra) of Shri
Laxmiji, the photographs of the various incarnations of The Goddess Shri Laxmiji, prayers at
the time of waving lights, hymns, of praise, prayers recited at offering the plate of food to
the Goddess.
Many booksellers write that the Vrat of Vaibhava Laxmi is granted to be over after applying
red and yellow turmeric to golden ornaments. This is totally false. There is no doubt if the
Vrat and its celebrations are observed according to the procedure of the Shastras,
devotedly, one precisely gets the fulfillment of the desires. Vaibhav Laxmi Vrat book is
available in Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada and English.
All most all women observe this pious Vrat at least once a year as every year there are
small-big problems in every family like Service, Examinations, Marriage, Illness, Business
etc. Ma Vaibhav Laxmi has mercy on those families observing this Vaibhav Laxmi Vrat every
year.
Now all know that those persons observing the Vrat of Vaibhava Laxmi, certainly get their
desires fulfilled. Women all over India, observe the Vrat from the book printed in Hindi,
Marathi, Gujrati, Kannada, Bengali and English.
Desires of men, women observing this Vrat, are fulfilled immediately. But if the desires are
not fulfilled, one should go on observing the Vrat at the interval of three months. Then the
fulfillment of desires is going to be achieved definitely.
One should look at the “Shree Yantra ” the Amulet of Goddess Laxmi uttering Salutation
(homage) to the “Amulet of Goddess Laxmi ” (the photograph is given in this text). One
should bow down one’s head to it and then apply one’s hands to one’s own eyes.
Then one should bow down one’s head to the photographs of the eight incarnations of
Goddess Laxmiji, and touch with hands to one’s eyes. The incarnations of Goddess Laxmiji
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are as follows:
Dhan Laxmi or the incarnation of Vaibhava Laxmi
Shri Gaja Laxmi
Shri Adhi Laxmi
Shri Vijaya Laxmi
Shri Aishwariya Laxmi
Shri Veera Laxmi
Shri Dhanya Laxmi
Shri Santan Laxmi
Sri Yantra
Then one should recite the following hymn or praise of Goddess Laxmi.
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If married women observe this Vrat, they achieve the award. If there is no married
woman in the family, any woman or unmarried girl can observe this Vrat.
If a man observes this Vrat instead of a woman, he also achieves the award in the
same way.
One should observe this Vrat with full faith and pious conception, not by dislike or
without intense desire.
Vrat should be observed according to the rites prescribed by Shashtras for eleven or
twenty-one Friday as per one’s oath. It should be celebrated according to Shashtras
performing proper ceremonies after the observance of Vrat on Friday as decided at
the time of the oath. This ceremony is very simple to be preformed. If the Vrat is not
observed according to proper ceremony described by the Shastras, one does not
achieve its award or fruit.
After having once observed the Vrat, it can be observed again taking the oath
devotedly.
Goddess Laxmiji has innumerable incarnations. Among all, ‘Shri Yantra’ Amulet of
Goddess Laxmi is very beloved to her. Her incarnation of Dhan Laxmi itself is
Vaibhava Laxmi. One should bow down one’s head to each and every incarnation of
Goddess Laxmi given above. And also, while observing the Vrat one should pay
homage to Shri Yantra. Then only it is fulfilled. If one doesn’t want to take the least
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trouble to observe Vrat, Goddess Laxmi also doesn’t take any trouble for her or him
and she doesn’t show any mercy to such person.
On the day of observance of the Vrat, from morning one should utter ‘Jai Goddess
Laxmi’ or ‘Jai Ma Laxmi’ at heart as many times as possible.
If one has to go on tour or outside the residence on Friday, one should observe the
Vrat the next Friday at one’s residence only. One should observe the Vrat for as
many Friday as decided by oneself at the time of oath.
The silver ornament should be utilized if one has no golden ornament for observing
the Vrat. One should place a rupee coin if one has no silver ornament.
At the time of the celebration of the Vrat one should give the book ‘Vaibhava Laxmi
Vrat’ to seven, eleven, twenty-one, fifty one or hundred and one women according to
one’s own desire. (Goddess Laxmi would bless you more if you give more books as
gifts to more women, and the Vrat of Goddess Laxmiji would spread more and more.
If the woman is in menses or having ceremonial defilement and consequent
untouchability owing to death in the family on the Friday, one should observe the
Vrat the following Friday. And at the end, one should observe the Vrat for as many
Friday as decided at the time of oath.
In the beginning of observing the Vrat, one should recite once the hymn or praise
the Goddess Laxmi.
One should be on fast on the day of observing the Vrat on Friday, and should eat the
sweet dish offered to Goddess Laxmiji. One may eat fruits or take meals once a day.
The weak persons may observe the Vrat having food twice a day. The important
thing is that one should have full faith and devotion in Laxmiji that Goddess would
certainly fulfill the desire. Most important point to note is one doing the Vaibhav
Lakshmi vrat should do it with full faith, and emotion. Confidently pray taking an
oath that Mother will fulfill my desire.
VAIBHAV LAXMI VRAT KATHA
Many years ago there was a very big city. Lakhs of people lived there. In ancient times,
people really lived the happy social life. They used to meet and sit together and enjoyed
themselves. In those days, people used to lead the life completely in different way. People
of this city were totally busy engaged in their own personal worldly affairs. The elements of
holy devotion, benevolence, sympathy and affection all these virtues were rarely visible in
the cultural life of the society. Innumerable vices had spread in the daily-life of the citizens
living in that city. Wine and gambling, race and speculation, illegal relations and various
guilty misdeeds were done by the people living in that city.
There is always a silver line hidden among the black clouds in the sky. The lightning of the
eternal hope spreads into the thousands of dark clouds of disappointments. Inspite of so
many vices prevailing in the social life some pious people lived the virtuous life like the lotus
in the muddy water of the pond. Among all the virtuous people, Sheela and her husband
also lived pious worldly life. Sheela was of religious nature living the contented life. Her
husband was a humble fellow having good character.
Sheela and her husband lived honestly. They never abused or displeased anyone. They were
happy to utilize their time in worshipping God. Their worldly life was ideal and people never
got tired while praising them.
Thus she had been passing her life happily. It is said that the end of the misdeeds is quite
strange. Who could read the words of fate written by the Goddess of Fortune? A king
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becomes a poor man, and a poor man becomes a king. By the destiny, in just a moment,
such a great change can be done. As a result of misdeeds done, Sheela’s husband got the
company of bad friends. It is said that the man is influenced by the company he keeps. Due
to the influence of the company of bad friends, Sheela’s husband dreamed to be one of the
wealthiest people gaining crores of rupees. As a result he misled his life and became as
good as a beggar instead of becoming the wealthy person. He followed evil ways of
immorality and began to ruin his life. He indulged in drinking wine, gambling, and race,
speculation that had spread in the city-life. His friends were also on the same immoral path.
He began to waste his money in the way of immorality. And at last he lost all the savings
and also the ornaments of his wife. Once there was a golden time when he was passing his
life happily with his wife and they were utilizing the time in worshiping God. Now there was
a great change in their life. They became so poor that they could not get food to satisfy
their hunger. Moreover Sheela had to suffer much due to the abusive language of her
husband.
Sheela was a polite and well-cultured woman. She had suffered a lot because of her
husband’s misbehavior. But keeping faith in God she began o bear the sufferings of
unhappy life. Unhappiness is followed by happiness and happiness is followed by
unhappiness in this worldly life. That is the eternal truth. Having faith in the eternal truth of
the happiness and unhappiness, Sheela forgot herself in praying and worshipping God, she
was hopeful for future happy life. While she had been passing her unhappy time of her life,
one day at noontime someone came knocking at her door. She began to think, ‘who would
have come to my place as I am so poor and have nothing with me?’ Still however, inspired
by Aryan religious culture of welcoming the guests at the door, she stood up and opened
the doors of her house.
To her wonder, she saw an old woman standing in front of her. She was a very old woman.
Her face was dazzling with the glow of divine light. Her eyes were dripping with the glow of
divine light. Her eyes were dripping the nectar of love. Her majestic face was overflowing
with the compassion and love. Sheela experienced immense peace in her heart though she
was not acquainted with her. She was full of delight. She welcomes her and gave her the
only torn mat and requested her to sit with hesitation. The old lady said, ‘Sheela! Don’t you
know me?’
Sheela humbly said, ‘Mother, I feel delightful to see you and experience peace in the soul,
as if I have been searching you for a long time, but it seems that you are not known to me!’
With a smile the old lady said, ‘why! Did you forget me? Every Friday I used to come to the
temple of Goddess Laxmiji, when there had been singing praise of the Goddess. There we
happened to meet each other!’
Sheela was full of sorrow, as her husband had gone to the immoral way of life. She had
stopped going to the temple of Goddess Laxmiji. She felt ashamed to get associated with
others. She tried much to recollect the memory of that old lady. But she was not successful.
After a while, the old lady said to Sheela, ‘How sweet you had been singing prayer of
Goddess Laxmiji in the temple amidst the devotees! Now days you are not seen there.
Hence I have begun to think the reason for it. At last I have come to see you’. Hearing the
kind words of the old lady, Sheela’s heart moved and her eyes were full of tears. She began
to sob painfully. The old lady moved near her and began to console her striking lightly on
her back with love.
The old lady said to Sheela, ‘My dear, happiness and sorrow are like the heat and shadow of
the Sun. Happiness and misery come one after the other. Please have patience and tell me
all about your sufferings. You will feel exempted from your pains, and will get the remedy
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for the same’.
Hearing the consoling words of the lady, Sheela’s heart felt peace and comfort. She said to
her, ‘We were very happy in our life and enjoyed ourselves with the bliss in our heart. My
husband was also having a good character. By the grace of God, we wee pleased with our
financial position. We used to utilize our time in worshipping God. But by our ill luck, my
husband was influenced by his bad company. At last he ruined the life by going on the path
of immorality: drinking wine, speculation, gambling, race, intoxicating drugs etc. As a result
we have become as good as beggars of the footpath’.
The old lady said, ‘Dear, happiness and sorrow come one after the other. Moreover the end
of the misdeeds is strange. Every man has to suffer the consequences of his good or bad
deeds. Now don’t get worried. You have already suffered all the consequences of your
husband’s misdeeds. Now, you will have happy days of your life. You are the devotee of
Goddess Laxmiji. Goddess Laxmiji is the incarnation of love and compassion. She is very
merciful to her devotees. Hence, have patience and observe the Vrat of the Goddess Laxmiji
and your life will be quite easy-going.’
Having heard about the observance of the Vrat of divine Goddess Laxmiji, Sheela’s face
glittered with light. She said to the old lady, ‘Mother! Kindly tell me how the Vrat of Laxmiji
can be observed. I will certainly observe it.’
The old lady said, ‘The Vrat of Laxmiji is very easy to follow. It is called the ‘Vaibhava Laxmi
Vrat’ (Vrat giving wealth) or ‘Vaibhava Laxmi Vrat’ (Vrat giving Luxury). All the hopes of the
person who observes the Vrat, will get fulfilled, and she or he becomes happy, wealthy and
reputed’. Then she began to describe how to perform the Vrat.
‘Dear, this Vrat is very simple and easy to observe. Many people observe this Vrat by the
improper method. Hence they don’t have good result. People believe that the Vrat can be
observed only by applying yellow and red turmeric to golden ornaments. But it is not so.
Vrat should be performed with proper ceremony according to the religious scriptures or
shastras. Then only the observance of the Vrat becomes fruitful. The celebration of the Vrat
also should be performed as prescribed by the shastras with proper ceremony’.
‘The Vrat should be observed on Friday every week. One should put on clean clothes after
taking bath and should utter silently ‘Jai Ma Laxmi’. One should not speak evil of others.
Having washed hands and feet in the evening, one should sit on the wooden seat facing the
east direction. One should put a big wooden seat, and then one should put a copper pot on
the small heaps of rice arranged on the handkerchief spread on the wooden seat. One
should keep gold or a silver ornament or a rupee coin in a small bowl placed on the copper
pot. One should light the lamp-stand and the incense stick near the wooden seat.”
“There are many incarnations of Goddess Laxmi.” A person observing the Vrat of Vaibhava
Laxmi should devotedly see ‘Shree mystical diagram’ and various complexions or forms of
goddess Laxmiji. Then one should sing the prayer of Laxmiji. Afterwards one should apply
the ornament or a rupee-coin with the yellow and red turmeric and rice-grain. Then after
adorning it with a red flower, one should wave lights keeping sweets or piece of jaggery and
should utter ‘Jai Ma Laxmi’. After the rituals one should offer the prasad among the
members of the family. That ornament or a rupee-coin should be put to the safe place. The
water kept in the copper-bowl should be poured into the pot of basil-plant [tulasi] and the
rice grain should be thrown to the birds. In this way one gets his or her desires fulfilled by
observing the Vrat according to the prescribed ceremony of the shastras. A Man gets
wealthy by the grace of Goddess Laxmiji. An unmarried girl gets married. The married
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woman maintains the happy state of wifehood and a childless woman gets a child by the
influence of observance of the Vrat.
Sheela was pleased to know about the observance of the Vrat from that old lady. She said
to her, ‘Mother! You have shown me the ceremony of the Vrat. Now I will surely observe it.
But please, tell me how long this Vrat should be done and how it should be celebrated’. The
old lady said, ‘People say that this Vrat can be done in one’s own way. But it is not so. This
Vaibhava Laxmi Vrat should be done for eleven or twenty-one Friday. On the last Friday, the
Vrat should be celebrated offering a coconut and sweet dish of rice. Then on that day the
sweets should be given to seven unmarried girls or ladies, and saying…’Jai Ma Vaibhava
Laxmi’ they should be given a book of ‘Vaibhava Laxmi Vrat’. Afterwards you should bow
down your head to the photograph of Goddess Dhanlaxmi and should pray in the heart!
Mother! I have observed the Vaibhava Laxmi Vrat. Please fulfill all our wishes! Kindly give
wealth to the poor and give children to the childless woman. Let the married woman enjoy
the happy state of wifehood. Let the unmarried girl fulfill her desires. Please have grace on
those who observe your Vrat and be kind to them by favoring happiness in their lives’. By
praying in this manner, bow down your head to the Dhan Laxmi, incarnation of the Goddess
Laxmiji and Keep your hand above (not to touch) the flames of the lamp and apply it to
your eyes’. Hearing the ceremony for the observation of Vaibhava Laxmi Vrat, she closed
her eyes and decided in her mind to do the Vrat with full faith according to shastras for
twenty-one Friday and to celebrate the same with ceremony. When Sheela opened the
eyes, she was very much surprised to know that the old lady had disappeared! That old lady
was no one else but Laxmiji Herself! As Sheela was the devoted worshipper, Goddess
Laxmiji Herself had come in the form of an old lady to show Sheela the path of happiness.
On the very next day it was Friday. After taking bath Sheela began to utter, ‘Jai Ma Laxmi’
with full faith in the Goddess Laxmi. During the day she didn’t defame any one. In the
evening having washed her hands and feet, Sheela placed the wooden seat. She put her
nose-ornament in the small bowl placed on the copper pot, which was on the heaps of rice
arranged on the handkerchief spread on the wooden seat. Sitting in the east, Sheela
observed the Vaibhava Laxmi Vrat with proper ceremony as informed by that old lady. Then
she offered some sugar to her husband. Immediately there was a great change in her
husband’s nature. As usual her husband did not beat her! She was very much happy to see
such miraculous change in husband. Then after observing the Vrat with devotion and faith
for twenty-one Friday. Sheela celebrated the last Friday. She gave a book of Vaibhava
Laxmi Vrat to seven ladies and bowing down her head to the photograph of Goddess
Laxmiji, prayed: ‘Mother! I have finished observance of the Vrat today. Kindly fulfill the
desires of the unmarried girls and return the happiness of those who observe the Vrat. Be
merciful to bless us with bliss of life uttering, “Give wealth to the poor, a child to the
childless woman and preserve the happiness of the married woman. Kindly fulfill the
desires.” Uttering these words, Sheela kept her hands above the flames of the lamp and
applied her hands to her eyes and paid homage to the Goddess. In this way, Sheela could
get the result as she had observed the Vrat according to the prescribed ceremony of the
shastras. Her husband gave up the immoral way of life and began to earn with great efforts.
With the pious power of the Goddess, her husband became wealthy. He got back the
ornaments of Sheela mortgaged by him. Hence forward he became a noble man and Sheela
regained the peace and happiness in her life as before.
Having seen the pious power of the Vaibhava Laxmi Vrat, other women of the street began
to perform the Vrat according to ceremony described by the shastras.
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Oh! Goddess Dhan Laxmi! Be merciful to all, as you had been to Sheela. Fulfill the desires of
all. Bless all with peace and bliss. Jai Ma Dhan Laxmi! Jai Ma Vaibhava Laxmi!!.
Vaibhav Lakshmi Katha Arati
In Hinduism Arati is essential for every Katha. Arati is a lyric version of praise for God (or
Goddess). So when you read any Katha Please do not forget to sing (or Read) Arati as well.
Om Jai Laxmimata, Mayya Jai Laxmimata
Tumko Nishdin Sevat, HarVishnu Vidhata - Om
Uma Rama Brhmani, Tumhi Jagmata
Surya Chandrma Dhyavat, Narad rushi Ghata - Om
Durga Roop Niranjani, Sukh-Sampattidata
Jo Koyi Tumko Dhyata, Rudhdhi-Sidhdhi pata – Om
Tum Patal Nivasini, Tum hi Subh data
Karm-Prabhav-Prakashini, Bhav nidhiki Trata -Om
Jis Gharme Tum Raheti, Sab sadgun Aata
Sab Sambhav Hojata, Man Nahi Ghabarata - Om
Tum bin Yagna Na Hoye, Vastrana Koyee Pata
Khan-Panka Vaibhava, Sab Tumse Aata - Om
Subhgun Mandir Sunder, Kshirodadhi jata
Ratna Chaturdas Tum bin, Koyee Nahi Pata - Om
Maha Laxmijiki Aarati, Je Koyee Nar gata
Ur Anand Samata, Pap Utar jata - Om
Bolo Maha Laxmi Mataki Jai; Bolo Vaibhav Lakshmi Mataki Jai.
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