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Aparā Ekādaśī

The topics of Aparā ekādaśī which occurs during the waning moon in the month of May-June is described in Brahmāṇḍa Purāṇa in the conversation between Lord Kṛṣṇa and Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira.

Once Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira asked Lord Kṛṣṇa, “O Lord Kṛṣṇa, O Janārdana, What is the name of the ekādaśī that occurs during the waning moon in the month of May- June and what is its glories. Please describe this to me.”

Lord Kṛṣṇa replied, “O Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira you have asked me an intelligent question which is actually beneficial for everyone. The name of this ekādaśī is Aparā. O king! This ekādaśī awards so much piety to those who observe it and destroys all their sinful reactions. By observing this Aparā ekādaśī many grave sinful activities such as killing a brāhmaṇa, killing a cow , killing an embryo through abortion, criticizing others, illicit sex-life, speaking lie, giving false witness, bragging others, reciting or teaching Vedas for the sake of money and concocting own scripture.

A cheater, a pseudo astrologer and a cheating physician are also as sinful as those who give false witness. All these sinful activities are totally eradicated by observing this Aparā ekādaśī.

Any kṣatriya who gives up his profession and runs away from the battle field, certainly falls down from his occupational duties and go to hell. If such a person observes this ekādaśī with faith also attains the heavenly planet.

Lord Kṛṣṇa continued O King! A disciple who after receiving knowledge from his spiritual master engages in blaspheming his spiritual master certainly accumulates great sins. Such a condemned sinful person can be relieved from his sinful reaction by following the Aparā ekādaśī and attain the supreme destination.

O King of Kings! The result one obtains by taking bath three times at Puśkara in the month of Kārtika, the piety one accumulates by taking bath at Prayāga in the month of January when the sun enters Capricorn, the results one obtain by observing the vow of
Śivarātrī at Kāśī and by offering oblations at the lotus feet of Viṣṇu at Gayā, and the auspicious results one obtains by taking bath in the river Gautamī when the planet Jupiter enters Leo, by visiting Kedāranātha during Kumbha-melā, by visiting and worshiping Badarīnātha, by taking bath at Kurukṣetra during solar eclipse, and by giving elephants horses, cows, gold and land in charity are all obtained easily by observing the vow of Aparā ekādaśī.

It is like the sharp ax for cutting down the tree of sinful activities and the blazing forest fire for burning the fuel of sinful activities to ashes. It is like the brilliant son for decimating the darkness born of sinful activities and like the lion to a deer in the for of sinful
activities. O King! By observing this Aparā ekādaśī and worshiping Lord Viṣṇu in his form as Trivikrama, a person attains the all auspicious abode of Lord Viṣṇu.

Any one who hears or reads the glories of this ekādaśī that I have described to you for the benefit of everyone is relived from all his sinful reactions.

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