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Pārśva Ekādaśī
The glories of Pārśva ekādaśī which is also known as
Parivartinī ekādaśī or Vāmana ekādaśī is described in Brahmavaivarta
Purāṇa in the conversation between Lord Kṛṣṇa and
Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira.
Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira asked Lord Kṛṣṇa what is the name
of the ekādaśī which occurs during the waxing moon in the
month of August/September. How one should observe this
ekādaśī and what is the merit one obtain by observing it?
Please explain to me all these in details.
Lord Kṛṣṇa replied O King! The ekādaśī which occurs
during the waxing moon in the month of August/September
is called Pārśva ekādaśī. This ekādaśī is very auspicious, it
awards one liberation and takes away all ones sins. Just by
hearing the glories of this ekādaśī all the sinful reactions of a
person is vanquished. The piety one obtains by observing this
ekādaśī can not be obtained even by performing Vājapeya
sacrifice. This ekādaśī is also known as Jayantī ekādaśī. One who
worships Lord Vāmana-deva with devotion on this day, he is
worshiped by the inhabitants of the three worlds. A person
who worships the Lotus eyed Lord Viṣṇu with a lotus flower
undoubtedly goes back to the abode of the Lord. On this
ekādaśī the sleeping Lord turns from left side to right side. That
is why this ekādaśī is renowned as Pārśva Parivartinī
(Changing sides) ekādaśī.
Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira said, “O Janārdana! In spite of
hearing your description I still have some doubts. O Lord of
lords! How do you sleep and how do you change sides? What
are the procedures for observing the vow of Cāturmāsya?
What should people do when you are sleeping? Why did you
bind Bali Mahārāja with ropes? O my Lord! Please describe
these to me in detail and remove my doubts.”
Lord Kṛṣṇa replied, “O Lion like King! There was a great
devotee of me named Bali in Tretā Yuga. Although he was
born in a demoniac family he regularly worship me and
offered various prayers. He also worshiped the brāhmaṇas and
performed sacrifices. Soon he became so prominent that he
defeated Indra the king of heaven and conquered the
heavenly planet. Then Indra along with the other demigods

and the sages approached me. By their prayer I assumed the
form of a dwarf (Vāmana) and went to the sacrificial arena of
King Bali dressed as a small brahmacārī.
I asked Bali to give me three steps of Land in charity.
When Bali requested me to ask for some thing more after
hearing my demand for only three steps of land, I exhibited
my determination to remain satisfied with what I asked.
Without further consideration King Bali and his wife
Vindhyāvalī gave me a the steps of land in charity. Due to
being the supreme personality of Godhead Lord Vāmanadeva
gradually began to expand His body with his one step He
covered the seven lower planetary systems and with his
second step He covered the entire planetary system. He Also
covered the entire sky by expanding His body. When
Vāmana-deva asked for the place to set his third step King
Bali offered his head with folded hands. Then Lord
Vāmanadeva placed His third step on the head of the King
Bali. Being fully satisfied by his humility I blessed him that I
will constantly live with you.
On the day of this ekādaśī which occurs during the waxing
moon in the month of August/September a deity form of
Vāmanadeva was installed in the residence of King Bali.
Another form of mine has been established in the bed of
Ananta-śeṣa in the ocean of milk. The Supreme Lord sleeps for
four months beginning from Śayana ekādaśī up to Utthāna
ekādaśī. One should specially worship the Lord during this
four months. On should properly observe each and every
ekādaśī. By observing this ekādaśī on obtains the result of
performing one thousand horse sacrifices.

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