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The Wealth of Ekadasi

Papamochani Ekadashi: The Ekadashi that falls in the krishna paksha of the month of Chaitra / Vishnu (March-April when the full Moon will conjoin the Chitra star) is called Papamochini. The main Deities are Anirudha and His wife Sushila. Mogra flowers and fruits should be used for the prayers. A calf should be offered in charity. This Ekadashi destroys all sin.

Vimala (Kamada) Ekadashi: The Ekadashi that falls in shukla paksha of Chaitra/ Vishnu month grants every wish. Hence it is called Vimala or Kamada. The main Deities are Lord Vishnu and His wife Ramaa. Fruits (especially mango), flowers and laddu of dal should be offered. One should give sweets in charity. This Ekadashi frees one from any sort of curse. Be sure your kama (desire) is pure (vimala).

Varuthini Ekadashi: The Ekadashi that falls in krishna paksha of Vaishaka / Madhusudan (April-May when the full Moon will conjoin Vishakha nakshatra) is called Varuthini. Observing it, the devotee becomes freed of all accumulated sins. One should pray unto Lord Purushottama and His wife Nanda while offering fruits and champaka flowers. One may also offer land on this Ekadashi. This Ekadashi frees one from all pre-accumulated sins.

Mohini Ekadashi: The Ekadashi that falls in shukla paksha of Vaishaka / Madhusudan (April-May) is called Mohini Ekadashi. The devotee should pray to Lord Madhusudana along with His wife Madhvi and offer larger varieties of fruits along with flowers and milk. Give a bed in charity. Observance of this Ekadashi equals the merit of giving away 1,000 cows.

Apara Ekadashi: The Ekadashi that falls in the krishna paksha of Jyeshta / Trivikrama (May-June when the full Moon conjoins Jyeshta nakshatra) is called Apara Ekadashi. One should pray before Trayi and Her husband Adhokshaja with the flowers of fruit-bearing trees along with offerings of milk and rice. One should give a cow along with her calf for charity. This Ekadashi uplifts one to either heaven or even to the eternal spiritual world of Vaikuntha.

Nirjala Ekadashi: The Ekadashi that falls in shukla paksha of Jyeshta / Trivikrama month is called Nirjala Ekadashi. One may pray to Lord Trivikrama along with His wife Padmakshi while offering Them flowers such as mango, water, flowers, incense and a brightly burning lamp. Offerings which should be given to a brahmana include milk and rice along with a water pot and an umbrella. This Ekadashi grants the results of all other Ekadashis.

Yogini Ekadashi: The Ekadashi that fall in krishna paksha of Ashadha / Vamana (June-July when the Moon, when full, will conjoin Purvashadha) is known as Yogini Ekadashi. The devotee may supplicate Lord Narasimhadeva and His wife Kshemankari with flowers and fruits. Offerings of sweets should be made. Observance of this Ekadashi-vrata is as meritorious as feeding eighty-eight thousand brahmanas. It endows the devotee with all beauty and liberation.

Devashayani Ekadashi: The Ekadashi that fall in shukla paksha of Ashadha / Vamana (June-July) is known as Devashayani, Shayana or Padma Ekadashi. Lord Vamana and His wife Kamala are supplicated with flowers and coconut. A well-decorated cow may be given in charity. This Ekadashi grants plenty of foodstuffs and riches. It also marks the beginning of chaturmasya-vrata and is the beginning of Lord Vishnu’s sayana or rest.

Kamika Ekadashi: The Ekadashi that falls in krishna paksha of the month of Shravana / Shridhar (July-August when the Moon conjoins Shravana nakshatra on the purnima day) is known as Kamika Ekadashi. Lord Achyuta and His wife Kamika are prayed with a garland of Parijata flowers and fruits. Offerings of clothes to men and women are given away as alms. This Ekadashi grants respects by all and liberation with no chance for future births in the material world.

Pavitropana Ekadashi: The Ekadashi that falls in shukla paksha of Shravana / Shridhar month is also called Putrada Ekadashi. One should supplicate Janardana along with His wife Sundari with flowers and fruits and offerings of laddus made from brown sugar. A buffalo may be given in charity. This Ekadashi grants a son.

Annada Ekadashi: The Ekadashi that falls in the krishna paksha of Bhadra / Hrishikesa month (August-September when the full Moon is conjoined Purvabhadrapada) is called Annada or Aja. Lord Krishna with His wife Sulakshana are supplicated with the flowers of sesame and coconut. Offerings of flowers, fruits, sweet rice and laddu made from brown sugar are appropriate as well as charity of bull or buffalo. This Ekadashi can make a poor man rich.

Parivartini Ekadashi: The Ekadashi that fall in shukla paksha of Bhadra / Hrishikesha month is also called Parshva, Jayanti or Vamana Ekadashi. Offering flowers profusely, one should pray to Hrishikesha along with His wife Aparajitaa. This is the day when Lord Vishnu, sleeping, turns upon His other side. Give a qualified person some yogurt mixed with rice. This Ekadashi grants all kinds of happiness.

Indira Ekadashi: The Ekadashi that falls in krishna paksha of the month of Ashvina / Padmanabha (September-October when the full Moon conjoins Ashvini) is called Indira Ekadashi. Upendra and His wife Subhagaa are prayed to with durva grass and the fruit of imli. Worship shaligram at noon, offer oblations with ghee into the sacred fire, and tarpana directed to assist your forefathers. Next, feed qualified brahmanas prasadam made with appropriate ingredients and offer them charity according to your means. Now take the pinda which you have offered to your forefathers, smell it, and then offer it to a cow. Next, worship Lord Hrishikesha with incense and flowers, and finally, remain awake all night near the Deity of Lord Sri Keshava. Offer jalebis as prasadam. This Ekadashi-vrata grants freedom from sins accumulated from forefathers.

Pashankusha Ekadashi: The Ekadashi that falls in shukla paksha of Ashvina / Padmanabha month is called Pashankush Ekadashi. At this time one may pray unto Padmanabha and His wife Padmavati. Leaves, ghee and laddu made from rice flour mixed with large pieces of sugar are given in charity. This Ekadashi makes one immune to the suffering given by Yamaraja and gives all kinds of pleasures.

Ramaa Ekadashi: The Ekadashi that falls in krishna paksha of the month of Karttika / Damodara (October-November when the full Moon conjoins Krittika) is called Ramaa Ekadashi. Hari and His wife Hirni are prayed to with flowers. Banana, a pot of ghee and large pieces of sugar are offered. He who observes this Ekadashi may obtain a kingdom.

Parabodhini Ekadashi: The Ekadashi that falls in shukla paksha of Karttika / Damodara month is called Parabodhini, Devotthana or Haribodhini. Lord Damodara with His wife Radha are supplicated with lotus flowers, offerings of mung dal and lotus seeds. The supplicant must worship Tulasi Devi. If a devotee offers a single yellow flower of the ketaki, or wood-apple, tree to Lord Vishnu, Who rides upon Garuda, he is freed from the sins of ten million births. Furthermore, one who offers Lord Jagannatha flowers and also a hundred leaves anointed with red and yellow sandalwood paste will certainly come to reside in Svetadvipa, far beyond the coverings of this material creation. Donate a cow and dakshina to a brahmana as well as a bed. This Ekadashi grants all wishes and gives the result of 10,000 sacrifices. The Lord awakens on this day.

Utpanna Ekadashi: The Ekadashi that falls in the krishna paksha of Margashirsha / Keshava (November-December when the full Moon conjoins Margashirsha) is also called Safla Ekadashi. One should pray to Sankarshana along with His wife Sunanda. One should offer fruits, flowers from the Magnolia tree and laddu made from brown sugar. Charity of gold is meritorious on this Ekadashi. This Ekadashi is a giver of a kingdom and can even free one from the sin of killing a brahmana.

Mokshada Ekadashi: The Ekadashi that falls on the shukla paksha of Margashirsha / Keshava is called Mokshada Ekadashi. The Deity to be prayed is Lord Keshava along with His wife Shrinam. Also known as Gita Jayanti, on this day Shri Krishna spoke Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna. One should offer oranges, fried laddu and seven types of grains, etc. (wheat, corn, rice, sesame seeds, barley, semolina and dal) in charity. This Ekadashi gives full and perfect liberation after death and uplifts one from hellish conditions.

Saphala Ekadashi: The Ekadashi that falls in the krishna paksha of the month of Paush / Narayana (December-January when the full Moon will conjoin Pushyami) is called Saphala Ekadashi. The main deity is Vasudeva along with His wife Shripriya. One should offer garments, flowers and sesame seeds as charity. This Ekadashi gives fame.

Putrada Ekadashi: The Ekadashi that falls in the shukla paksha of Pausha / Narayana month is called Sananda, Mukkoti or Vaikuntha Ekadashi. One should pray to Narayana and His wife Padma offering green flowers or flowers of the guggul tree. One should make flat bread and laddu out of halva. One may offer pomegranates along with a pot of ghee in charity. This Ekadashi gives a son.

Triprisha Ekadashi: The Ekadashi that falls in krishna paksha of the month of Magha / Madhava (January-February when the full Moon conjoins Makha) is also called Sat-tila Ekadashi. One should pray to Paramatma Madhava and His wife Nitya. One should use flowers and fruits. One should give away sesame seeds in any form. Offer the Lord pumpkin, coconut and guava. This Ekadashi gives as many years in heaven as sesame seeds are donated.

Bhaimi Ekadashi: The Ekadashi that falls in shukla paksha of Magha/ Madhava month is also called Jaya Ekadashi. One should pray to Pradyumna and His wife Dhi. Tulasi leaves should be used in the puja. Lemon should be used in the puja. Footwear may be offered in charity. Its observance grants that the one will never have to experience a ghostly existence.

Vijaya Ekadashi: The Ekadashi that falls in krishna paksha of the month of Phalguna / Govinda (February-March when the full Moon conjoins Uttaraphalguni). It grants victory and is also known as Maghvadi Ekadashi. One should pray to Pradyumna and His wife Dhi. Tulasi leaves should be used in the puja with offerings of lemon. Footwear may be given in charity.

Dhatri or Amalaki Ekadashi: The Ekadashi that falls in shukla paksha of Phalguna / Govinda month is known variously as Amalaki Ekadashi. The main Deity is Govinda and His wife Chandravati. Flowers and apricot should be offered. Give a pot of sesame seeds in charity. This Ekadashi grants wealth (either the wealth of this world or the next).
25/26. Kamala Ekadashi: The two Ekadashis that fall in Adhik month or the intercalary month of Purushottama are called Padmini (shukla paksha) and Parama (krishna paksha). The main Deity is Lord Shri Purushottama. These are most wonderful Ekadashis. Padmini Ekadashi gives all joy and Parama Ekadashi is a giver of ultimate liberation.

If a person has no means to strictly follow the Ekadashi Vrata, he should offer Tulasi leaves to Sri Krishna and offer donation according to his capacity. One should give up greed, anger and idleness on Ekadashi day. By bowing before and praying directly to the Deities of Shri Shri Radha-Krishna, the devotee has prayed to all of the above Deities as They all reside in the Form of the Supreme Lord of Goloka Vrindavana Shri Krishna.

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Concepts of Reality - Patita Pāvana aka Patita Uddharana dāsa & Abhaya Mudra dāsi

Radhika Raman Das

Raman (Radhika Raman Das) joined ISKCON in 2003 and got initiated by HH Bhakti Caitanya Swami Maharaj in 2011. As the Editor in Chief at Vaisnava Blog, he helps readers around the world hone in their Spiritual Curiosity, express their unique realizations as aspiring Vaisnava writers and enthusiasts, as well as to spread the digital seed of Srila Prabhupada's mission to spread Krishna Consciousness all around the globe.

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