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Indirā Ekādaśī
The glories of Indira ekādaśī is described in Brahma-vaivarta
Purāṇa in the conversation between Lord Kṛṣṇa and Mahārāja
Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira said, “O Kṛṣṇa! O Madhusūdana! O
Killer of the demon Madhu! What is the name of the ekādaśī
which occurs during the waning moon in the month of
September-October. What are the rules and regulations for
observing this ekādaśī and what is the merit one gains by

observing it.
Lord Kṛṣṇa replied, the name of this sacred ekādaśī is Indira
ekādaśī. By observing this ekādaśī one can deliver his degraded
forefathers and all his sinful reactions are eradicated.
O King! There was a King named Indrasena lived in Satyayuga.
He was very expert in subduing his enemies. He ruled
his Kingdom Mahiṣmatī-purī with great prosperity. He was
surrounded by his children and grand children and lived
happily. He was always attached to the devotional service of
the Viṣṇu. The King who was a devotee and constantly
absorbed in spiritual knowledge spent his time by chanting
the holy names of Śrī Govinda the bestower of liberation.
One day when the king was happily sitting in his royal
thrown suddenly Śrī Nārada Muni appeared before him from
the sky. On seeing the great sage Nārada the King
immediately stud up with folded hands and then offered his
respectful obeisances to him. Thereafter the king duly
worshiped the sage by sixteen ingredients. After the sage was
happily seated he asked Indrasena, “O great King! Are every
one happy and prosperous in your kingdom? Is your mind
fixed in religious principles? Are you engaged in devotion
service to Viṣṇu.
The King replied O best of the sages! Everything is well
and auspicious by your mercy. Today my life has become
successful by your darśana and my performing sacrifices bore
fruits. O sage among the demigods! Please tell me the cause of
your arrival.
After hearing these humble words of the king Nārada
Muni said, “O Lion like king! Now hear about a wonderful
incident that had happened to me. O best of the Kings! Once I
went to the abode of Yamarāja from the abode of Lord
Brahmā. Yamarāja greeted me respectfully and worshiped me
properly. After I was comfortably seated I offered prayers to
the pious truthful Yamarāja. In the assembly of Yamarāja I
saw your greatly pious father. As a result of breaking a vow
your father had to go there. O King! He gave this message to
me and requested me to convey this to you. He said,
‘Indrasena the king of Māhiṣmatī-purī is my son. O Lord
please tell him that due to some sinful activities committed in
my previous life now I am living in the abode of Yamarāja.

Therefore he should observe to vow of Indira ekādaśī and give
away its piety to me. Then I will be released from my present
condition of life.'” Nārada Muni continued, “O King! This is
your fathers request to you. So in order to deliver your father
to the spiritual world you should observe the vow of Indira
Then King Indrasena said, “O sage among the demigods
now kindly explain to me the procedure for following this
Indira ekādaśī.”
Nārada-muni replied, “On the day before ekādaśī one
should take bath early in the morning and faithfully offer
oblations to the forefathers for their satisfaction. On that day
one should eat only once and sleep on the floor at night. On
the day of ekādaśī one should rise early in the morning, brush
his teeth, wash his hands and mouth and take bath. Thereafter
he should take a vow of not indulging in any kinds of material
enjoyment and thus observe a total fast. He should also pray
to the Lord saying, ‘O Lotus eyed one I take shelter of you’.”
“Thereafter at noon, in front of śālagrāma-śīlā he should
offer oblations to his forefather according to proper rules and
regulation. The he should worship the brāhmaṇas and after
feeding them sumptuously he should give dakṣiṇā. At the end
one should give the remnants of the oblations to the cows.
During the day one should worship Lord Hṛṣīkeśa by offering
sandal wood paste flowers, incense, lamp and foodstuffs with
devotion. One should remain awake that night while
chanting, hearing and remembering the names, forms,
qualities and pastimes of the Supreme Lord. On the day after
ekādaśī one should worship Lord Hari in the morning and feed
the brāhmaṇas. Thereafter one should break his fast by eating
along with his brothers, children, grandchildren and relatives
while maintaining silence. O King! If you follow this ekādaśī as
a have just described then your father will certainly to the
abode of Viṣṇu.” After speaking in this way Nārada Muni
disappeared from there.
According to the instructions of Nārada Muni the king
Indrasena strictly observed this ekādaśī. O Son of Kuntī this
King accompanied by his children, servants and others duly
observed this vow. As a result of observing this ekādaśī flowers
were showered from the sky. The father of King Indrasena

immediately rode on the back of Garuḍa and went to the
abode of Lord Viṣṇu. The saintly King Indrasena also ruled
his kingdom without any impediment. At the end of his life
the king entrusted his kingdom to his son and personally
returned to the spiritual world. Such is the glories of Indira
ekādaśī. Any one who reads or hears the glories of this ekādaśī,
becomes freed from all sinful reactions and ultimately returns
to the abode of Viṣṇu.

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