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Kāmikā Ekādaśī

Significance

This is a special ekādaśī also known as Kāmikā ekādaśī. This
ekādaśī brings out the importance of Tulasī while worshiping
Śrī Hari.

On this day arcana is done to Śrī Hari using tulasī leaves.
One tulasī leaf is equivalent to 8 tolā golden flower and 32 tolā
silver flowers. Worship with Tulasī leaves is very dear to Śrī
Hari.

Worshiping Śrī Hari with tulasī means more dear to him
than worshiping him with pearls, rubies, topaz, diamonds and
other precious stones

Worshiping Śrī Keśava with Tulasī tender leaves, or
bunches of tulasī leaves, all sins since birth will be wiped out.
Just by looking at tulasī plant hordes of sins are wiped out.
If you touch tulasī body becomes clean. If we bow to tulasī
plant we become healthy. If we water the tulasī plant, even
Lord Yama is afraid to come near. If we grow tulasī
plant/creeper we make a connection with Kṛṣṇa. If we keep
tulasī leaves at the feet of Śrī Hari we attain mokṣa. To this
pious plant tulasī we bow our heads.

People who light Ghee lamp or oil lamp in front of Śrī Hari
will be in turn worshiped by many(koṭī) lamps and taken to
Sūrya-loka. On ekādaśī day in whose house lamps light in front
of Śrī Hari their forefathers will get amṛta in Svargaloka.

The topics of Kāmikā ekādaśī is described in Brahmavaivarta
Purāṇa in the conversation between Lord Kṛṣṇa and
Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira.

Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira said, “O Supreme Lord Kṛṣṇa! I
have heard from you the glories of Deva-śayanī ekādaśī. Now I
would like to hear about the ekādaśī that occurs during the
waning moon in the month of July-August. O Lord Please be
kind to me and explain its glories.

Lord Kṛṣṇa replied, “O King! Please hear attentively the
description of this sacred vow of ekādaśī, which removes all
sins. In an ancient time Nārada Muni once asked Lord Brahmā
about this same topic. He also inquired about the deity which
is to be worshiped on that day and the process one must
follow to observe this ekādaśī.

Lord Brahmā the spiritual master of the entire universe
replied, “The ekādaśī which occurs during the waning moon in
the month of July-August is called Kāmikā ekādaśī. By hearing
the glories of this ekādaśī one obtains the result of performing
Vājapeya sacrifice. On this auspicious day one should worship
Lord Viṣṇu who holds a conch, a disc, a club and a lotus in
His hands. The results one obtains by residing and bathing in
holy places like the Ganges, Kāśī, Naimiṣāraṇya and Puṣkara
is obtained simply by worshiping Lord Viṣṇu on that day. The
result one can not obtain even by taking bath in Kedāranatha,
Kurukṣetra or during solar eclipse is easily obtained by
worshiping Lord Kṛṣṇa on this day. Therefore it is the duty of
everyone to strictly observe this Kāmikā ekādaśī by worshiping
Lord Viṣṇu.

“Just as the water cannot touch the lotus leaf similarly by
the influence of this Kāmikā ekādaśī a person can remain aloof
from sins. Anyone who worships Lord Hari with Tulasī leaves
is freed from all sins. Only by seeing Tulasī ones sinful
reaction are destroyed, by touching Tulasī ones body become
purified, by offering prayers to Tulasī ones diseases becomes
cured, by bathing Tulasī one does not have to fear for
Yamarāja the Lord of Death, by planting Tulasī one becomes
fortunate enough to reside with Lord Kṛṣṇa and by offering
Tulasī leaves at the feet of the Supreme Lord one attains pure
devotional service. Even Citragupta (

The personal secretary of Yamarāja, who is the Lord of death

He records the living entities’ pious and evil deeds) is unable to estimate the
piety of one who offers obeisances and ghee lamp to such a
Tulasī on the day of ekādaśī. The sin of killing a brāhmaṇa or an
embryo is destroyed as a secondary result of observing this
Kāmikā ekādaśī.

One who hears or reads the glories of this
ekādaśī with faith certainly attains 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.