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Ramā Ekādaśī
The glories of Ramā ekādaśī is described in the Brahmavaivarta
Purāṇa in the conversation between Lord Kṛṣṇa and
Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira.
Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira said, “O Janārdana! What is the
name of the ekādaśī that occurs during the waning moon in the
month of October-November. Please explain this to me.”
Lord Kṛṣṇa replied, “O Lion among Kings! The name of
this ekādaśī is Ramā ekādaśī and it vanquishes all ones sinful
reactions. Now please hear about the glories of this sacred
ekādaśī.
Long ago there was a famous King named Mucukunda. He
was a good friend of Indra the King of Heaven. He also had
friendship with the personalities like Yamarāja, Varuṇa,
Kubera and Vibhīṣaṇa. This King was very truthful and
always attached to the devotional service of Lord Viṣṇu. He
ruled his Kingdom with proper code of conduct.

In due course of time King Mucukunda begot a daughter.
According to the name of a best river Candrabhāgā she was
given the name Candrabhāgā. She was married to a handsome
person named Śobhana who was the son of Candrasena. One
day Śobhana came to the house of his father-in-law on the day
of the ekādaśī. Candrabhāgā became greatly worried and
contemplated O my Lord! What will happen now? My
husband is very weak and he cannot tolerate hunger.
Moreover my father is also very strict. On the day before
ekādaśī my father usually sends his servant to announce that
no one can eat on the day of ekādaśī.
When Śobhana heard about this custom he said to his dear
wife, “O dear one! What should I do now? What can I do so
that my life is protected and the order of the King is not
transgressed. Candrabhāgā replied, O my Lord! What to
speak of the human being even the elephants, horses and
other animals in the kingdom of my father will not be allowed
to eat anything today. O husband then how can the human
beings possibly eat? O respected husband! If you must eat
today then you will have to go back to your house. Therefore
consider carefully and take a decision.
After hearing the words of his wife Śobhana said what you
have said is indeed true but I wish to observe this ekādaśī.
Whatever is destined to me will certainly happen. Considering
in this way Śobhana decided to observe this sacred ekādaśī. He
became overwhelmed with hunger and thirst. When the sun
had set all the Vaiṣṇavas and pious human being became very
happy. O Lion among Kings! They happily spent the entire
night chanting and worshiping the Supreme Lord. But it was
intolerable for Śobhana to pass that night and thus he died just
before the sunrise. King Mucukunda completed Śobhana’s
funeral rites with royal prestige by burning him with fragrant
sandal wood. According to the order of her father
Candrabhāgā did not burn herself in the funeral fire in other
words she did not die with her husband. Candrabhāgā, after
completing her husbands śraddhā ceremony continued to live
at the house of her father.
O King! Meanwhile by the influence of observing Ramā
ekādaśī Śobhana became the King of the beautiful city of
Devapura which was situated at the peak of Mandara

mountain. He began to live in an opulent residence whose
pillars were made of gold and bedecked with jewel and whose
walls were decorated with Gems and crystals. A beautiful
white umbrella was held over his head which was decorated
with a golden crown bedeck with jewels. His ears were
decorated with earrings, his neck was decorated with a neckless
and his arms were decorated with a golden armlets.
Decorated in this way Śobhana sat on the royal thrown. He
was always served by the Gandharvas and Apsarās and
appeared just like Indra the King of the heaven.
One day a brāhmaṇa named Soma-śarmā who was a
resident of Mucukundapura arrived in the kingdom of
Śobhana in the course of traveling to the holy places.
Considering Śobhana as the son-in-law of King Mucukunda
the brāhmaṇa approached him. As soon as the King saw him
he stood up with folded hands and then offered his respectful
obeisances to the King. Thereafter Śobhana inquired from the
brāhmaṇa about his well-being as well as the well beings of his
father-in-law Mucukunda, wife Candrabhāgā and all the
residents of Mucukundapur. He also informed the King that
everyone was living in peace and harmony. With great
amazement the brāhmaṇa said to the King O King! I have never
seen such a beautiful city like this before. Please tell me how
have you obtained such a kingdom.
The King replied, by the influence of observing Ramā
ekādaśī which occurs during the waning moon in the month of
October-November I have received this temporary kingdom.
O best of the brāhmaṇas please advice me in such a way that
my kingdom can remain permanently. I think because I
observed the ekādaśī without faith hence I have received this
unsteady kingdom. Please explain these topics to
Candrabhāgā the beautiful daughter of King Mucukunda. I
think she is capable of making it steady.
After hearing this words of King Śobhana the brāhmaṇa
returned to Mucukundapura and told everything to
Candrabhāgā in detail. When Candrabhāgā heard the whole
incident she became extremely joyful and said to the brāhmaṇa,
“O great brāhmaṇa! Your statements are appearing to me just
like a dream.” Then the brāhmaṇa Soma-śarmā said, “O
daughter! I have personally seen your husband at Devapurī. I

have also seen his entire kingdom which is as bright as the
sun but he told me that his kingdom was not steady.
Therefore you should try to make his kingdom steady by any
means.” Candrabhāgā said, “O respected brāhmaṇa, Please
take me there because I have developed an intense desire to
see my husband. I will make his kingdom steady on the
strength of my piety. O twice born! Please make some
arrangement so that I can meet him for by helping the
separated to meet one accumulates piety.
Thereafter Somaśarmā took Candrabhāgā and went to the
āśrama of Vāmadeva which was situated near Mandara
Mountain. After hearing the whole story from the bright faced
Candrabhāgā Vāmadeva initiated her with Vedic mantras. By
the influence of the mantras received from sage Vāmadeva and
by the piety accumulated as a result of observing ekādaśī
Candrabhāgā obtained a spiritual body. Thereafter
Candrabhāgā happily went before her husband.
Upon seeing his wife Śobhana became extremely pleased
and satisfied. Candrabhāgā said, “O my respected husband
please hear my beneficial words. I have been strictly
observing ekādaśī from the age of eight at the house of my
father. May that accumulated piety make your kingdom study
and let it continue to prosper until the time of annihilation.
Thereafter having received divine body and decorated with
opulent ornaments she began to enjoy the association of her
husband. By the influence of Ramā ekādaśī Śobhana also
received a divine body and began to enjoy with his wife at the
peak of Mandara Mountain. Therefore O King this Ramā
ekādaśī is just like the wishful filling cow or a touchstone.
Lord Kṛṣṇa continued O King I have thus explained to you
the glories of auspicious Ramā ekādaśī. A person who strictly
observes the vow of this ekādaśī he is undoubtedly freed from
the sin of killing a brāhmaṇa. Just as black cows and white
cows both give white milk similarly ekādaśīs of waning moon
and ekādaśīs of waxing moon both award liberation to the
followers. Any one who hears the glories of this ekādaśī
becomes liberated from all sinful reactions and happily resides
in the abode of Lord Viṣṇu.

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