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This Mokṣadā ekādaśī occurs in the waxing moon in the month of November/December. The glories of this ekādaśī is described in Brahmāṇḍa Purāṇa in the conversation between Lord Kṛṣṇa and Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira.

Once Yudhiṣṭhira asked Lord Kṛṣṇa, my dear Kṛṣṇa what is the name of the ekādaśī that occurs during the waxing moon in the month of November/December? Also please explain to me in details about the procedure for observing this ekādaśī.

Lord Kṛṣṇa Said, “O best of the King! This ekādaśī destroys all once sinful reactions. If one worships the Supreme Lord with tulasī-mañjarī on this day, the Lord becomes extremely pleased. By observing this ekādaśī one achieves the result of performing Vājapeya sacrifice.

There was a King named Vaikhānasa lived and ruled in the city of Campaka. The King was very affectionate towards the citizen. Many qualified brāhmaṇas who were well versed in Vedic knowledge lived in his Kingdom. One day the King had a dream that his father was fallen in the hell and was suffering unlimited miseries there. On seeing this the King became struck with wonder. The next day the King disclosed the topics of his dream in the assembly of learned brāhmaṇas.

He also informed them that his father has requested to deliver him from the hellish condition. Ever since the King had this dream he became restless. And he did not feel any happiness or interest in ruling his kingdom. He even dealt with his family members indifferently. He thought the life, kingdom, opulence, power and influence of a son is completely useless if his father is suffering in the hell. That is why the king pathetically appealed to all the learned brāhmaṇas, please tell me the way by which I can deliver my father from the clutches of hell.

On hearing his appeal the brāhmaṇas said—“O King the āśrama of Parvata Muni is situated very near from here. He is the knower of past, present and future. You please relate the topics of your dream to him.”

After hearing their suggestion King Vaikhānasa arrived at the āśrama of Parvata Muni accompanied by the brāhmaṇas and his subjects. When Parvata Muni inquired about the well being of his Kingdom King Vaikhānasa said, “O my Lord, we are all very well by your mercy; but in spite of possessing the kingdom and all appliances I am in a great difficulty. In fact a doubt has arisen in my mind and in order to remove that I have come to your lotus feet.”

After hearing the whole incident from the King Parvata Muni sat down in deep meditation. After a while he got up from his meditation and said to the King - ‘My dear King your father was very lusty in his previous life hence he has degraded himself in this condition. Now you all should observe the vow of ekādaśī which occurs during the waxing moon in the month of November/December for the deliverance of your father and donate the accumulated piety to him. Then by the influence of that piety your father will be
relieved from the clutches of hellish life.

After hearing these words from Parvata Muni king returned to his palace surrounded by his entourage. Thereafter in due course of time the king with his wife, children and servants duly observed this ekādaśī which occurs during the waxing moon in the month of
November/December and dedicated all its piety to his suffering father. By the influence of this piety the father attained the heavenlyplanet and blessed his son very much.

O King, one who properly follows this Mokṣadā ekādaśī certainly relieved from all sinful reactions.

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