Pausha Putrada Ekadashi –Auspicious Festival for Hindus
According to the Hindu calendar, Ekadashi is celebrated twice every year. the first one is the Ekadashi which is celebrated in Shukla Paksha of Paush and the second one during Shukla Paksha of Shravan are called as Putrada Ekadashi. Paush Shukla is observed in the month of December to January, whereas Shravan Shukla in the month of July to August. In North Indian states, Putrada Ekadashi during Pausha month is more popular, whereas in other states this festival gains more importance in the month of Shravan. Hindu devotes gives utmost significance to this festival, especially people who are true followers of Lord Vishnu. On this day, followers keep fast to offer prayers and puja to Lord Vishnu.
Story Behind this Festival of Pausha Putrada Ekadashi
Hindu followers believe that keeping this fast is very divine for married couples. It was believed that in the name of Lord Vishnu married couple can get a progeny in the form of a son. A son is an extender of family, a protector of parents and most importantly he is the one who lead the generation of the family. This is the main highlight of Pausha Putrada Ekadashi festival. This festival also highlights that song is more powerful and important part than daughter.
According to the myth, a king's name Sukentumaan world was incomplete without a son. Once, he went to the jungle in search of peace. There he met Rishi Munis who were chanting shlokas during Ekadashi. King asked the purpose of the prayer to which one Munni replied that if a couple keeps a full day fast on this day, he will give a birth to a son. The King stayed the night with the Rishis and performed the Vrata of Putrada Ekadashi by fasting. He focused all his senses and thoughts to the devotion to God. The King felt very relieved and at ease. He had found the answers to his problems. With the passage of time, the queen gave birth to a cute little prince who became a mighty king in the future.
Significance of Pausha Putrada Ekadashi in India
This festival is dedicated to Lord Vishnu in which many followers keep fast by following all rituals. A person who keeps this fast should dedicate their mind completely to the Lord. They should follow all customs, traditions and rituals when offering pujas and prayers to lord. An individual should be awake throughout the night and fast should be opened followed by rules. It is believed that keeping fast on this auspicious day one can find peace of mind.
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