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Saturday, September 13, 2014

(10.3.61) Ramaa Ekadashi / Rama Ekadashi Vrat 2016

When is Rama Ekadashi / Ramaa Ekadashi
Kartik Krishna  Ekadashi is known as Rama Ekadashi.
Rama Ekadashi Vrat Vidhi :-
(1) The person who wants to observe Rama Ekadashi fast should get up early in the morning on Dashami Tithi, a day before Ekadashi. He should take a bath and perform his daily routine. He should have a single meal on Dashami Tithi.
(2) On Ekadashi, no meal is taken. (But if the health does not permit, one should take some fruits and milk.) In the night the Vrati should hear the religious discourses or read religious books.
(3)On Dwadashi Tithi, the Vrati should break the Vrat after feeding the Brahmins and giving them some Dan.
Importance of Rama Ekadashi Vrat:- 
Observing the fast on Indira Ekadashi washes away the sins of the Vrati. He comes out of the troubles as a result of this Vrat. Even if the person listens to the story of the sacred fast of Rama Ekadashi ,is freed from all kinds of sins and at last attains the supreme abode of Lord Vishnu.
Rama Ekadashi Vrat story - 
Once there was a king named Muchukund. He was truthful and a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. He had a daughter whose name was Chandrabhaga. She was married to the prince Shobhan . Once Shobhan came to his father- in -law's house. While he was there, Rama Ekadashi came. The king Muchukund made an announcement that as usual every body in the kingdom would observe the fast on Rama Ekadashi. Shobhan also heard the announcement. Although his body was weak yet he observed. As he could not bear  thirst and hunger, he died the next day.
Because of the auspicious effect of the  Ramaa Ekadashi Vrat he became the ruler of a kingdom on the Mandarachal mountain. Once a Brahman named Som Sharma who lived in the kingdom of Muchukund, by chance went to the Mandarachal mountain where he saw Shobhan as a king. He recognized the  Muchukund's son in law. He went to Shobhan and asked him to tell him how he obtained all these things. Shobhan said, "It is all due to the observance of the Vrat on Rama Ekadashi. "
Som Sharma went back to the city of Muchukund and narrated to him what he had seen. Chandrabhaga wished to see her husband. So Shom Sharma took her to the Mandrachal mountain where she met her husband. She said to Shobhan," I have been observing the Rama Ekadashi Vrat since I attained the age of eight years. By the power of my observance of the Ekadashi Vrat this kingdom will remain stable for long.
'' wishes you and your family a very happy Rama Ekadashi.
"May this Rama Ekadashi fulfill your wishes and bring you joy, peace and prosperity!"
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