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Annadā Ekādaśī
The glories of Annadā ekādaśī is described in the Brahmavaivarta
Purāṇa in the conversation between Lord Kṛṣṇa and
Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira.
Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira said O Kṛṣṇa! What is the name of
the ekādaśī which occurs during the waning moon in the
month of August-September. Please be kind to me and explain
this. Lord Kṛṣṇa replied, “O King! Hear me with full attention.
The name of this auspicious ekādaśī which removes all ones
sins is Annadā ekādaśī. One who observes the vow of this
ekādaśī and worships Lord Hṛṣīkeśa, the master of the senses
becomes freed from the reactions of his sinful activities.
In an ancient time there was a famous emperor named
Hariścandra. He was very truthful and honest. Due to some
unknown deeds and in order to protect the validity of his
promise he lost his great kingdom. He even had to sell
himself, wife and son. O King! This pious emperor became a
menial servant of a dog eater. Still he maintained his firm faith

in truthfulness. By the order of his master the dog-eater he
began to accept the cloths from the dead bodies in the
crematorium as his salary. In spite of engaging in such a low
class service he did not fall from his truthfulness and proper
code of conduct. In this way he spent many years.
Then one day the king began to contemplate with great
unhappiness. What should I do? Where should I go? How will
I delivered? Considering that the king is in great distress the
great sage Gautama came to him. On seeing the great sage the
king thought the Lord Brahmā the creator has created the
brāhmaṇas for the benefit of others. The King then offered his
respectful obeisances to that best of the brāhmaṇas and stood
before him with folded hands. Thereafter he narrated his
entire pitiful story to sage Gautama.
After hearing the pathetic story of the king the great sage
Gautama became very astonished and instructed the king O
King! The Annadā ekādaśī which occurs during the waning
moon in the month of August-September is extremely
auspicious and sin remover. It is your good fortune that this
ekādaśī is coming soon. You should observe this ekādaśī by
fasting and staying awake at night. As a result of this soon all
your sinful reaction will be eradicated. O best of the Kings!
Only by your influence I have come here.
After instructing King Hariścandra in this way the great
sage Gautama disappeared. Thereafter according to the
instruction of the sage the King observed the vow of Annadā
ekādaśī and became liberated from all his sinful reactions.
Lord Kṛṣṇa concluded O Lion like King! The wonderful
influence of this ekādaśī is such that one immediately exhausts
the sufferings that he was destined to suffer for many years.
By the influence of this ekādaśī King Hariścandra regained his
wife and his dead son became alive. The demigods began to
play drums and shower flowers on the sky. Thereafter by the
influence of this ekādaśī the King enjoyed his kingdom without
any impediment. Finally the king went to the spiritual world
along with his relatives, associates and subjects. O King!
Anyone who will observe this ekādaśī will become freed from
all sins and go to the spiritual world. By hearing or reading
the glories of this ekādaśī one can obtain the result of horse
sacrifice.

Ekādaśī is the mother of Kṛṣṇa- Bhakti, love and affection. If you do not follow ekādaśī, Kṛṣṇa- Bhakti will never come.