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In the Puranas, Varuthini Ekadashi has been called extremely virtuous and good fortune Pradayini. Ekadashi dedicated to the worship of Lord Vishnu has special significance in the Sanatan tradition. A fast done on this auspicious date gives all kinds of success in life. This Ekadashi, which falls in every month, is called by different names. In Vaishakh month, 2 Ekadashi falls, in which Krishna Paksha Ekadashi is called Varuthini Ekadashi. It is also believed that by observing a fast on Varuthini Ekadashi, there is also merit in this world with this world. This time, Varuthini Ekadashi fast is on Tuesday 18 April 2020.
By observing this fast, man gets freedom from all sins. On this day, fasting, gambling, sleep, paan, datun, blasphemy, petty, theft, violence, rituals, anger and abandonment of lies is the greatness. Doing so provides mental peace. It is believed that the fruit which is obtained by donating gold to Brahmins, performing austerities for millions of years, and Kanyadaan, is found only by worshiping Varuthini Ekadashi fast. It is also called the date of the removal of all sins. By observing a fast on this day, one gets the desired fruit and wins in every sphere of life.
One should wake up early in the morning on Varuthini Ekadashi. Resolve to fast in front of Lord Vishnu after bathing, worship. If you can not stay fast for the whole day, then you can make fruit. Lord Krishna should also be specially worshiped on this date. Worship Lord Vishnu with rituals and chant Vishnu Sahasranama. The story of fasting should be heard in worship. Brahmins should have food on the next day of fast i.e. Dwadashi (May 1, Wednesday). After that, you should eat yourself.
Varuthini Ekadashi is considered to be one of the best Ekadashi dates. The word Varuthini is derived from the Sanskrit language 'Varuthin', meaning protector, armor or protector. It is believed that by observing this Ekadashi fast, Lord Vishnu protects the devotees from every crisis. On this day, a person who donates fruits and gold etc. to Brahmins. He gets the fruits of doing penance for millions of years. Not only this, the fast observed on this day is as much as giving kanadan. Therefore, this fast is called Ekadashi to destroy all sins. The fast that is obtained by taking a bath in the Ganges is obtained from this fast. According to the scriptures, the result of the fast of Varuthini Ekadashi is considered equal to one thousand cow donations. If women observe this fast, they get good luck. Any woman who observes this fast does not have any problem in her life, wealth and happiness in the family. This fast is equal to the donation made at the time of solar eclipse. The glory of this fast is greater than the donation of elephants and the donation of land.
It has been said in the scriptures that observing this fast brings happiness to the unhappy and opens the way to heaven for the king. The fruit that is obtained by donating at the time of solar eclipse, the same fruit is obtained by performing this fast. By observing this fast, man gets happiness in both the world and the hereafter and goes to heaven at the end. By observing this fast, one gets more auspicious fruits by donating elephants and donating land.
A special story telling the importance of each Ekadashi is in our mythological texts. There is also a story of Varuthini Ekadashi which is as follows. It was a long time ago that there was a kingdom on the banks of Narmada which was ruled by a king named Mandhata. Raja was very pious, he was famous for his charity far and wide. He was also an ascetic and worshiper of Lord Vishnu. Once the king went to the forest for penance and started his penance by putting his seat under a huge tree, he was still engaged in austerity. A wild bear attacked him and he chewed his leg. But the king was engrossed in austerity, and when the bear started dragging him, the king started getting nervous. He did not get angry while following the ascetic religion and requested Lord Vishnu to overcome this crisis. How can God see the crisis on his devotee. Lord Vishnu appeared and killed the bear with his Sudarshan Chakra. But by then the bear had almost chewed the king's leg. The king was very sad and was in pain. Lord Vishnu said Vats need not be distracted. Ekadashi of Krishna Paksha of Vaishakh month which is called Varuthini Ekadashi but worship my Varaha form. With the brilliance of the fast, you will again become strong with full limbs. Whatever the bear has done to you, it is the fruit of the sin of your previous birth. By observing this Ekadashi, you will get freedom from all sins. By obeying God, Mandhata did the same and after passing the fast, he got the new life. He was confirmed strong again. Now the king became absorbed in the Bhagavad with even more reverence.
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