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Om Vishnupad 108 Tridandi Swami Sri Srimat Bhakti Sravan Tirtha Goswami Maharaj ki Jai !!

In the Padma Puran Ekadasi is glorified as follows:          

Ekadasi vrata samam vrata nasti jagattraye |
Anicchaya'pi yat krtva gatir evam vidha'vayoh ||
Ekadasi vratam ye tu bhakti bhavena kurvate |
Na jane kim bhavet tesam vasudeva anukampaya ||


“In the three worlds, there is no austerity (fast) comparable to Ekadasi. Even if one performs this fast without a proper understanding, he achieves the Supreme  Abode.  If one fasts on this Ekadasi day, with full devotion, what happens to him by the mercy of the Supreme Lord (Maha Vishnu) I cannot say (the merit he achieves cannot be described)”.  

It is also said if one fasts on Vaikuntha Ekadasi he need not fast on the other 24 Ekadasis that occur in a year. Of all the Ekadasis, the one associated  with Dhanur Maasa Sukla Paksha Ekadasi  is considered the most auspicious, which is famous as the Vaikuntha Ekadasi or Mokshada Ekadasi.

Our scriptures describe that as one moves towards the higher realms in the universe, time dilates, in the sense that the time span increases. One day on earth is many years on the lower planetary systems. Similarly, one year of earth is equal to a single day (and night) in the heavenly realm. Time further dilates as one transcends higher up towards more subtle spheres, such as Brahmalok and Vaikuntha.

Kaliyuga, the present age of quarrel and strife, lasts 432,000 human years, of which 5230 years have passed. The preceding yuga, Dwaparayuga, when Lord Krsna appeared, lasts twice as much, or 864,000 years. The yuga previous to Dwapara, Tretayuga, lasts three times as much as Kaliyuga, and the earliest yuga, Satyayuga, lasts four times as much.

Totally, one Chaturyuga lasts 4,320,000 years. A thousand such Chaturyugas make just one day of Brahma, the creator of the universe, who resides in the most glorious Brahmaloka. One year on earth is equal to one day (and night) in Devalok, the planet of the demigods.

It is the belief that one year in Bhulok corresponds to one day in Devalok. The year in Bhulok is divided in two parts, Uttaraayana, the winter solstice, when the Sun turns northwards and the days start becoming longer and warmer, and the balance year is classified as Dakshinaayan, when the Sun turns southwards.

In Devalok, Uttaraayana corresponds to the DAY and Dakshinaayan to the NIGHT. Margashish or Dhanur maas (Nov-Dec), which is the last month of Dakshinaayan corresponds to the pre-dawn, i.e., the ushakaal of Deva lok, In this pre-dawn period, the time corresponding to the 11th day of the lunar month of Margashish, i.e.Ekadasi, in Bhulok, is considered most auspicious.

Every morning of the Devas, Lord Vishnu gives 'darshan' to all the demigods who come there to see Him at the start of their day. 'Everyday' for the demigods means 'every year' to us. Thus the day of the demigods begins at the time of Vaikuntha Ekadasi on earth. Therefore, having a glimpse of the Lord on this day is considered very auspicious.

In many Vishnu temples, the ‘Vaikuntha Dwaar’ or ‘the gates of Vaikuntha’ are opened on this day. This is the passage encircling the innermost sanctum of the Lord. Scores of devotees queue up to pass through the Gate of Vaikuntha in the temples.

To those with a pure heart, the gates of Vishnu's spiritual world are always open. But on a precious few days, it is said, that passage is open to all, allowing devotees to more easily reach Vaikuntha, the abode of Lord Vishnu.

The significance of Vaikuntha Ekadasi is mentioned in the Padma Purana. Sri Ekadasi Devi, Lord Vishnu’s potency or energy, appeared from His body to kill the demon Mura. This happened in the month of Margasish or Dhanur maas.

Mura was a fearful demon in the Krita (Satya) Yuga, who terrorised both devas and mortals. The oppressed devas, led by Indra sought refuge in Lord Shiva. Mahadeva directed them to approach Lord Vishnu. Vishnu agreed to help the devas and went out to battle with Mura.

During the long battle, which lasted one thousand celestial years, Bhagawan Vishnu paused to rest for a while. He realized that Mura had acquired boons which meant that he could not be killed by any conventional weapon, and a different strategy was needed to destroy the asura.

Thinking he must somehow isolate the vile rakshas and draw him away from his hordes, Sri Maha Vishnu entered a cave in Badarikashrama, ostensibly to rest.  Not finding Vishnu on the battlefield, Mura heard that He was ‘taking rest’ in a cave and thundered angrily there.  

Finding Hari seemingly asleep in that cave, he roared and struck the sleeping Lord with his weapon. However, in that instant, Vishnu's shakti emerged out of his body and assumed the form of a beautiful Goddess who fought Mura and reduced him to ashes with one angry look.

When Vishnu ‘awoke’ he was very pleased and glorified the Goddess as Sri Ekadasi and wished to grant her a boon. The Goddess said, "O Lord, if You are pleased with me and wish to give me a boon, then give me the power to deliver people from the greatest sins if they remember this story and observe a fast of this day". Vishnu granted her the boon and declared that people worshipping her would reach Vaikuntha.

Thus, it is said, was born the first ekadasi, which was a Dhanurmasa sukla paksha ekadasi. Also for this exploit, Krishna is hailed as Murari – the slayer of Mura.

It is also said that on this day the Ksheerasagara manthana (churning of the milk ocean) took place and the nectar of immortality (amrita) was churned up.

This day is also observed as Gita Jayanti, when Sri Krishna spoke the Bhagavat Gita to Arjuna on the field of Kurukshetra.

Vaikuntha Ekadasi falls on Friday 10th December 2016.

 

Sri Ekadasi Devi ki Jai !

Jai Jai Sri Radhey !