|| Jai Sriman Narayana ||
Bhramanda Purana describes the glories of Mokshada Ekadashi the day which Lord Krishna narrated Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna in the battle field of Kurushekthra/Jyothishtheertha. Therefore donating the sacred text of Bhagavad Gita on this propitious day of Ekadashi would bring lots of merit.
Lord Krishna narrates the glories of Mokshada Ekadashi to Yudhishtira “ Oh! Yudhishtira, whoever undertakes fasting and strict austerities on this propitious day would be relieved from all the sins and attain liberation from the cycles of birth and death. Worship of Lord Damodhara with fresh alluring flowers of Tulsi, earthen lamp and offerings are important part of the austerities. Whoever listens to the glories of Mokshada Ekadashi would attain the pieties of Ashwamedha Yagna and their ancestors will attain heavenly abode. Oh! Son of Pandu, whoever undergo austerities and engage in the sincere worship of Lord Damodhara on this day would attain merit equivalent to Chinthamani/ a precious gem which provide all the auspiciousness. It eradicates all the sins of worshipper and provides liberation to his ancestors”
The legend has that there was a beautiful city named Champaka was ruled by King Vaikhasana who was a righteous ruler. The Bhramins in his Kingdom were profound in four Vedas. King Vaikhasana had a dream in that he witnessed his ancestors and father was suffering from hellish torture in the abode of Lord Yama. King Vaikhasana was deeply distressed by the dreadful dream, eventually he called out for a council of learned scholars to discuss about it. He expressed his anguish and loss of interest in material world, royal life and wealth; he was tormented with extreme grief and agony. The learned scholars advised King Vaikhasana to meet Sage Parvatha who is aware of past, present and future of all the living beings, he resides in the peaks. Soon King Vaikhasana preceded his journey to woods, he located the hermitage of Sage Parvatha and found numerous Vedic Bhramins reciting sacred hymns of four Vedas. The resplendent Sage Parvatha who has the radiance of Lord Bhrama/Sage Vyasa was seated in the middle of the Vedic Bhramins. King Vaikhasana offered humble salutation and prostrated before Sage Parvatha, was enquired about the welfare of his subject/Praja, ministers, treasury, armed forces, associates, Bhramins and Yagna proceedings in his Kingdom and the requirements of his people. Before King Vaikhasana could speak further, Sage Parvatha immersed in meditation and realized the grief of the King, he narrated the reason for the hellish torture of his father due to his morally wrong act against his wife during her menstruation period, and she was forcibly taken for sensual pleasure. King Vaikhasana requested Sage Parvatha for any immediate resolution to protect his father from the hellish torture. Sage Parvatha advised King Vaikhasana to observe Mokshada Ekadashi with utmost devotion and dedication that could bring abundance of pieties that would help his father to get freed from the tortures in the hell. King Vaikhasana returned to his palace and anxiously waited for the propitious day. On that day of Mokshada Ekadashi, King and his family faithfully observed the austerities and worshiped Lord Damodhara, all the merits earned that was earned from the fasting was sincerely offered to his deceased father, he could witness his father was accompanied by the celestials to the heavenly abode of Lord, while moving to the higher planets his father blessed King Vaikhasana. Thus ends the glories of Margashirsha Shukla Mokshada Ekadashi from Bhramanda Purana.
|| Jai Sriman Narayana ||