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Utthāna Ekādaśī
The glories of Utthāna ekādaśī is described in Skanda Purāṇa
in the conversation between Lord Brahmā and Nārada Muni.
Once Lord Brahmā said to Nārada Muni O best of the sages!
Please hear from me the glories of Utthāna ekādaśī which
destroys all ones sinful reactions, increases ones piety and
awards one liberation. O best among the brāhmaṇas! The
supremacy of the Ganges was intact as long as Utthāna ekādaśī
which occurs during the waxing moon in the month of
October-November and which burns all ones sins into ashes
did not manifest in this world. The influence of the oceans and
lakes piety was matchless as long as Utthāna ekādaśī did not
manifest. The result one obtains by performing one thousand
horse sacrifices and one hundred Rājasūya sacrifices can easily
be obtained by observing this ekādaśī.
After hearing this words of Lord Brahmā, Nārada Muni
said, “O dear father! Please tell me What is the merit one
attains by eating ones a day, by taking supper in the evening
and by complete fasting.”
Lord Brahmā replied, “If one eats ones a day then all the
sinful reactions of his one life time is destroyed, If one eats
supper then the sinful reactions of his two life time are
destroyed and by fasting completely one can destroy the
sinful reactions of his seven life times.
O dear son! This Utthāna ekādaśī awards everything that
are unseen undesired and rare within the three worlds. This
ekādaśī burns to ashes the grave sins as big as Mandara
Mountain. The lion among sages if a person accumulates any
piety on this day of ekādaśī then he obtains results equal to
Sumeru Hill. In the body of those who do not prayers to the
Lord, who are fallen from their vows, who are atheistic, who
blaspheme the Vedas, who pollute the religious scripture, who
enjoy others wife and who are foolish religious principle
cannot remain. On should not indulge in sinful activities
rather he should engage in pious activities. If one is inclined
towards pious activities his religious principle are not
destroyed. One who confidently follows the vow of Utthāna
ekādaśī, the sinful reactions of his one hundred life times are
vanquished. If one remains awake on the night of Utthāna

ekādaśī then his past, present and future generations returned
to the abode of Viṣṇu.
O Nārada! A person who does not observe the vow of
ekādaśī in the month of Kārtika and does not worship Lord
Viṣṇu then all his accumulated piety is totally destroyed. O
best of the brāhmaṇa! Therefore one should certainly worship
Lord Viṣṇu in the month of Kārtika. If one eats food stuff cook
by himself in the month of Kārtika he obtains the result of
Cāndrāyaṇa vrata. If one engages in hearing and chanting the
topics of Lord Viṣṇu in the month of Kārtika attains the result
of donating one hundred cows. By regularly studying the
scriptures one achieves the result of performing one thousand
sacrifices. A person who hears the topics of the Lord and then
gives dakṣiṇā to the speaker according to his capacity goes to
the eternal abode of the Lord.
Nārada Muni said, “O Lord! Kindly explain to me the
procedure for observing ekādaśī.” The grandfather Brahmā
replied, “O best of the twice born one should rise early in the
morning during brāhma-muhūrtha and after washing his
mouth and taking bath he should worship Lord Keśava. Then
he should take a vow while chanting a mantra as follows. ‘I
will fast on the day of ekādaśī and I will only eat on the day of
dvādaśī. O Puṇḍarīkākṣa! O Acyuta! I surrender unto you
Please protect me’. One should gladly observe the vow of
ekādaśī with devotion and at night one should remain awake.
While remaining awake at night one should hear and
chant the transcendental qualities of the Lord. Any pious
person who follows these instructions attains supreme
destination. One should give up all kinds of greediness on the
day of ekādaśī.
Lord Brahmā continued, “If one worships Lord Janārdana
with Kadamba flowers does not go to the abode of Yamarāja.
If one worships Lord Garuḍa-dhvaja or Lord Viṣṇu with rose
flowers in the month of Kārtika certainly gets liberation. If one
worships the Lord with bakula and aśoka flowers then he
becomes freed from lamentation for as long as the sun and the
moon rise in the sky. If one worships the Lord with śamī
leaves escapes the punishment of Yamarāja. If one worships
Lord Viṣṇu who is the controller of the demigod with
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Campaka flowers during the rainy reason then he will not
have to take birth again within the material world. If one
offers yellow colored Ketakī flowers to Lord Viṣṇu then all his
sinful reactions accumulated from millions of life time is
destroyed. If one offers red colored fragrant hundred petaled
lotus flower Lord Jagannātha then he returns to the abode of
the Lord known as Śvetadvīpa.
O best of the brāhmaṇas! One should remain awake on the
night of ekādaśī. On the day of dvādaśī one should worship
Lord Viṣṇu and complete his vow by feeding the brāhmaṇas.
According to ones ability if one should worships his spiritual
master and gives him charity then the Supreme Lord becomes
freed with him.

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