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Padminī Ekādaśī
Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira said, O Kṛṣṇa! O Janārdana! What is
the name of the ekādaśī which occurs during the waning moon
of the extra leap year month? What is the procedure for
observing this ekādaśī and what merit one gains by observing
it. Please describe this to me.
Lord Kṛṣṇa replied, “O King! The name of this sacred
ekādaśī is Padminī ekādaśī. If one strictly observes this ekādaśī
he returns to the abode of Lord Padmanābha. This ekādaśī
counteracts all ones sinful reactions. Even Lord Brahmā is
unable to describe the results of this ekādaśī.”
“Long long ago Lord Brahmā described the glories of
Padminī ekādaśī which awards its followers opulence and
liberation to the great sage Nārada.”
Lord Kṛṣṇa continued, “One should begin to observe the
vow on the day of daśamī or the day before ekādaśī. One should
not eat food stuff cooked by others, should not eat in a plate
made of bell-metal, should not eat Urad dāla, Chick-pea,
spinach and honey on the day before ekādaśī. One should eat
boiled sunned rice with ghee and rock salt. One should sleep
on the floor and observe strict celibacy on the day of ekādaśī.
“On the day of ekādaśī one should rise early in the
morning, brush his teeth and take bath. Thereafter he should
worship the Supreme Lord with sandal wood paste, incense,
lamp, aguru, camphor and water. One should chant the holy

names and glories of the Lord. One should not indulge in
useless takes. If one drinks water or milk on the day of ekādaśīs
which occurs during the extra leap year month then his vow is
spoiled. One should remain awake at night on ekādaśī and
glorify the holy names and qualities of the Supreme Lord. By
remaining awake the first three hours of the night one obtains
the result of performing agniṣṭoma sacrifice. By remaining
awake the first six hours of the night one obtains the result of
performing Vājpeya sacrifice. By remaining awake the first
nine hours of the night one obtains the result of performing
Aśvamedha sacrifice and by remaining awake the entire night
one obtains the result of Rājasūya sacrifice. On the day of
dvādaśī or the day after ekādaśī one should complete his vow
by feeding the Vaiṣṇavas and the brāhmaṇas. A person who
observes this ekādaśī in this way certainly attains liberation.”
Lord Kṛṣṇa continued, “O sinless one! According to your
inquiry I have thus explained to you the procedure for
observing the Padminī ekādaśī. Now please hear about an
enchanting story which once Pulastya Muni narrated to
Nārada Muni.”
Once Kārtavīryārjuna defeated Rāvaṇa and put him in the
prison house. When Pulastya Muni saw Rāvaṇa in this
condition he went to Kārtavīryārjuna and requested him to
release Rāvaṇa. Being requested by the great sage the King
finally released Rāvaṇa. Upon hearing this amazing event
Nārada Muni humbly asked Pulastya Muni O best of the
sages! Since Rāvaṇa defeated all the demigods including Indra
how could Kārtavīryārjuna defeat Rāvaṇa. Please explain this
to me.
Pulastya Muni replied, “O Nārada! In Tretā-yuga there
was a King named Kārtavīrya who took birth in the dynasty
of Haihaya. His capital was Māhiṣmatī-purī. King Kārtavīrya
had one thousand wives but he had no suitable son to take
over the reign of the king. Although the king worshiped the
forefathers, saintly persons and observed various vows under
the guidance of the saintly person still yet he was not blessed
with a son. Then the king decided to undergo austerities. The
king entrusted his responsibility to his prime minister and set
out for undergoing austerities by wearing a dress made of
bark. When he was about to live his palace one of his wives

Padminī the daughter of King Hariścandra who appeared in
the royal family of King Ikṣvāku, saw him. When the chaste
wife saw her husband going to the forest to perform
austerities she immediately gave up all her ornaments. She too
accompanied her husband to the Mandara Mountain.
At the summit of Mandara Mountain King Kārtavīrya and
his wife Padminī performed severe austerities for ten
thousand years. Upon seeing that her husbands body is
becoming day by day the chaste wife thought of a solution.
Once Padminī humbly asked the greatly chaste Anusūyā the
wife of sage Atri. ‘O chaste lady! My husband has spent ten
thousand years in performing austerities yet he could not
please Lord Keśava who destroys one’s miseries. O fortunate
one! Please tell me about a vow by following of which the
Supreme Lord will be pleased and I will be blessed with a son
who will become a powerful King. Being pleased by the
prayer of chaste Queen Padminī, Anusūyā said, ‘ After every
thirty-two months an extra leap year month comes. The two
ekādaśīs of this month are known as Padminī and Parama. If
you observe this ekādaśī then soon the Supreme Lord will be
pleased with you and award your desired result.
Lord Kṛṣṇa continued, “According to the instruction of
Anusūyā queen Padminī duly observed this ekādaśī. Then
Lord Keśava riding on the back of Garuḍa came before
Padminī and ordered her to ask for benediction. The queen
first offered her obeisances to the Lord and offered prayers.
Then she requested the Lord to bless them with a son. Then
the Lord said, ‘O gentle lady! I am very pleased with you.
There is no month as dear to me as the month of Adhika-māsa
or leap year month. The ekādaśīs of this month is more dear to
me. You have properly observed this ekādaśī. Therefore I will
certainly fulfill the desire of your husband.'”
After speaking in this way to Padminī the Lord came
before the King and said, “O great King please ask for your
desired benediction. I have been pleased by your wife for she
observed the sacred vow of ekādaśī.” On hearing this words of
Viṣṇu the King became jubilant and begged the Lord to give
him a son who will be very powerful and always victorious.
He said O Madhusūdana! The Lord of the universe let me
have a son who will not be defeated by the demigods, human

beings, serpents and demons. The Lord granted the King his
desired boon and disappeared.
Being fully satisfied the king and his wife regained their
health and returned to their opulent kingdom. In due course
of time the queen Padminī gave birth to a powerful son who
became famous as Kārtavīryārjuna. There was no other
warrior in the three worlds as great as him. Even the ten
headed Rāvaṇa was defeated by him. After narrating this
wonderful story the great sage Pulatsya left.
Lord Kṛṣṇa concluded, “O sinless king! I have thus
described to you the glories of the ekādaśī which occurs during
the waxing moon of an extra leap year month. O best of the
Kings! Any one who will observe this ekādaśī will certainly go
to the abode of Lord Hari.” According to the statement of Śrī
Kṛṣṇa, Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira with his entire family observed
this ekādaśī.
A person who faithfully observes this Padminī ekādaśī his
life become glories. One who hears or reads the glories of this
ekādaśī obtains a great amount of Piety.

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