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Shravan Putrada Ekadashi 2020: July 30 (Thursday), Time, Fasting, Puja Vidhi, Katha/Story

A lot of ceremonies, rituals, festivals, prayers and worship form an integral base of Hinduism. These festivals, customs and rituals are performed with a belief that the Supreme will answer the prayers by fulfilling the desired outcome one seeks from a particular Puja or Havan. Every Puja and Havan is done looking at the Hindu calendar and every Puja ritual differs from each- other. Every puja has a specific goal, a specific date, time and is devoted to a specific deity or deities. The prayer and worship are performed in the form of Havan and specific mantras are chanted and certain prayers are recited in a specific manner in order to invoke the specific deity or deities. This is done with the intention of fulfilling the desire or goal behind performing the Puja / Havan. As mentioned earlier, every festival, event, tradition or ritual has a specific reason, aim or an intention. Thus, today we will focus and learn about the not so popular yet a significant and most powerful Ekdashi known as the “Putrada Ekadashi”.

What is Putrada Ekadashi?

Putrada Ekadashi

Putrada Ekadashi Meaning -The words ‘Putrada Ekadashi’ literally mean the ‘Ekadashi which is the giver of son’. The Putrada Ekadashi falls on the eleventh day of the fortnight of the waxing moon and is considered as extremely auspicious. The Putrada Ekadashi is celebrated twice in a year according to the Hindu calendar. One of these Ekadashi’s fall in the Holy month of Shravana (July-August) and is referred to as the “Shravana Putrada Ekadashi” whereas, the other Putrada Ekadashi falls in the month of Paush (December- January) and is known as “Pausha Putrada Ekadashi”.

The word ‘Putra’ literally means son or male child. Thus, the Putrada Ekadashi is especially devoted to worship of Lord Vishnu by the couple who are married and desire to have a male child.

When is Putrada Ekadashi? Putrada Ekadashi 2020

This year the Shravana Putrada Ekadashi falls on the 30th of July which is a Thursday.

Particular Date & Day Time starts Time ends
Ekadashi Tithi Begins Jul 29, 2020 03:46 PM
Ekadashi Tithi Ends Jul 30, 2020 02:19 PM
Parana Time July 31, Fri 06:53 AM 09:35 AM

Whereas, the Pausha Putrada Ekadashi falls on the 6th of January,2020 which is a Monday.

Particular Date & Day Time starts Time ends
Ekadashi Tithi Begins Jan 05, 2020 04:36 PM
Ekadashi Tithi Ends Jan 06, 2020 05:32 PM
Parana Time Jan 07, Tue 07:24 AM 09:29 AM

Significance Putrada Ekadashi/ Importance of Putrada Ekadashi

Putrada Ekadashi

Let us understand the meaning of the word ‘Putrada’ by knowing its origin. The word ‘Putrada’ is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘Putr’ meaning ‘son’ and ‘ada’ meaning ‘bestowing or giving’. Now, that we know the meaning of the word ‘Putrada’ Let us understand why this Ekadashi is celebrated. In Indian culture, sons hold the prime position in the house. The son is often looked at as the one who would carry forward the legacy of the family and preserve the surname of that ‘Kul’or Kutumbh (family). You may find this a little biased against girls but let us simplify or look at it this way.

In olden days just like today, people considered girls as ‘Lakshmi’ (prosperity). The quality of bringing overall prosperity in terms of richness of emotions, behaviour, food grains and wealth were associated with the girl child. She was looked up upon as the one who would brighten up the lives and would carry forward the generation by giving birth to a male child. Also, in olden days, the system of dowry prevailed where a girl’s parents had to get her married and also offer heavy wealth to her husband as a part of the custom.

Parents who were poor and financially weak had to even sell off their belongings or piece of land or cattle in order to give it off as a wedding gift aka dowry to the daughter’s husband. So, once these parents gave away everything they has earned over the period of time to see their daughter happy, they became broke and lonely and often led a life of misery with no one to take care of them in their old age. Thus, in order to have a support and to be secured in the old age, people often prayed to have a son. As they often thought that once the son grows up he along with his wife would take care of us and we shall live in comfort and be stress free in our old age. Also, the Vedas prescribe rituals such as Shradha for sons to perform for the departed souls and their liberation.

This is how ‘Putrada Ekadashi’ started being observed and celebrated by Hindus. The Vedas consider Lord Vishnu as the Supreme who in a sense is Brahma and Rudra (Shiva) too. He is ‘The One’ who bestows benedictions. Thus, Lord during Putrada Ekadashi, Lord Vishnu is worshipped and revered.

Putrada Ekadashi Vrat Katha

There are two legends associated with the Putrada Ekadashi, one with the month of Shravana and other with the month of Pausha.

Let us learn about the Pausha Putrada Ekadashi Vrat Katha. This Katha was told to King Yudhishtira by Lord Krishna and this Katha finds its mention in the Bhavishya Purana.

According to this legend, once there lived a King, who ruled Bhadravati. His name was King Suketuman and His wife’s name was Queen Shaibya. Both, the King and the Queen were sad and grieved due to the absence of progeny. Along with the couple their dead ancestors too were worried about King Suketuman and His wife, Queen Shaibya that their souls would become lost souls if no one offered Shraddha to them after their death. Tired and frustrated, King Suketuman left the kingdom and travelled to an unknown forest that no one knew of. After days of wandering in the forest, on the day of Putrada Ekadashi, King Suketuman reached an ashram where a few sages lived. This ashram was situated on the bank of Lake Manasarovar. King Suketuman narrated his plight to the sages on which the sages disclosed that they were the ten divine Vishvadevas. Learning this, the King was surprised. The sages instructed the King to observe the Putrada Ekadashi and this will bless him with a son. Happy and contented, The king returned to the kingdom and observed the Putrada Ekadashi fast as said and soon, he was blessed by a son, who grew up to become a courageous king.

Shravana Putrada Ekadashi Vrat Katha

Putrada Ekadashi

Lord Krishna also revealed another legend to King Yudhishthira which spoke about the significance of Shravana Putrada Ekadashi. Lord Krishna began narrating by saying that Years ago, there lived a King named Mahijit who ruled the kingdom of Mahishmati. King Mahijit was very powerful and affluent. He had everything but did not have children. Stressed and unhappy due to this, the King sought help from the learned men in His council in order to find a solution for this problem. The council members comprised of sages, Brahmins and experienced learned men. None of these great men were able to resolve the King’s problem hence, the council reached out to the learned sage Lomesh who was omniscient. On learning the King’s plight, Sage Lomesh went into a state of meditation and found out that King Mahijit's problem was a result of the sins King Mahijit had committed in his previous birth. Sage Lomesh brought to light that in the previous birth King Mahijit was a merchant. This merchant was once commuting for business and became extremely thirsty. The merchant wandered in search of water and soon reached a pond where he saw a cow and her calf drinking water from the pond. Without giving it a thought, the merchant drove away the cow and her calf and selfishly drank the water himself. This sin of the past made him suffer in the present life as the King had everything but did not have a child of his own. The sage Lomesh advised the King and the Queen to observe Ekadashi fast in Shravana in order to get rid of his sin. As advised by the sage Lomesh, King Mahijit along with his wife observed the Shravana Putrada Ekadashi. Even the citizens of his kingdom observed fast and offered prayers to Lord Vishnu. The King and the Queen including the villagers observed vigil throughout the night chanting Lord Vishnu’s divine name. The King also distributed gold, jewels, clothes and money to the Brahmins as donation. Soon the King was blessed with a healthy and beautiful son who subsequently become the heir to their kingdom

Putrada Ekadashi Mantra

‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya’
Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra

How to do Putrada Ekadashi Vrat

In order to observe the Putrada Ekadashi Vrat follow the below given steps

  • You can observe fast during Ekadashi for two consecutive days. If you cannot fast for two days in a row, you can fast only for one day
  • In order to appease Lord Vishnu and gain fruits of this vrat, fasting for two days is advised.
  • You must visit Vishnu/Krishna temple and offer prayers.
  • If there are no temples around your home than you can offer prayers to the idols/ pictures of Lord Vishnu that are installed in the puja altar of your home in the morning.
  • Make sure you apply Sandalwood, burn dhoop sticks and offer fruits and flowers to Lord Vishnu while worshipping.
  • Vishnu Yantras are the best ways to worship Lord Vishnu.
  • Be seated in a quiet room and meditate on Lord Vishnu with His mantra: ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya’. This powerful mantra was given by Sage Narada to Dhruva Maharaja as described in the Bhagavat Purana (4.8.54).
  • You can also chant the Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra on the Tulsi bead.
  • You can also offer flowers and chant Vishnu Sahasranamam (Thousands name of Lord Vishnu).
  • Chanting thousand names of Vishnu or Vishnu Strotram has a purifying effect on the mind and the body. You can also play it in the morning while you engage in daily works.
  • You can also perform a Vishnu Sahasranama Puja under qualified Brahmins. It is a highly recommended activity on this day.
  • The puja includes Vishnu- Lakshmi Abhishek and Pujan, Vishnu mantra Japa- 1100 times, Vishnu Sahasranama Strotra followed by Homa and Aarti.
  • You can wear a Ten Mukhi and a Nineteen Mukhi Rudrasksha beads for they are ruled by Lord Krishna and Narayana, respectively. Wearing these Rudraksha beads on this day purifies your inner self and strengthens your will power. They work like a shield on one's body and the wearer gets immense protection from negative energies, evil eye and psychic attacks.
  • Donate clothes, food grains, umbrellas, hand-fans, pitchers filled with water and any other items to Brahmins.
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    Santan Gopal Yagna

    Santan Gopal Yagna

    Santan Gopal Puja performed on Shravan Putrada Ekadashi is highly auspicious for the couples unable to have a child. Birth of a child is the greatest joy in a family. Blessings for parenthood and a healthy child are always sought from the Lord. Any woman longs to have a child after her marriage but due to some circumstances or karmic reactions, she may not be able to do so. For such women, Santan Gopal Puja and Yagya is highly recommended. It is performed as instructed in the scriptures.
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    Vishnu Sahasranamam

    Vishnu Sahasranamam

    You can also perform a Vishnu Sahasranama Puja under qualified Brahmins on Shravan Putrda Ekadashi. Vishnu Sahasranama Puja includes devotional Vedic hymns that glorify one thousand names of Lord Vishnu. These hymns are described in the 149th chapter Anushasanika Parvam of the Mahabharata. Bhishma Pitamaha teaches the Vishnu Sahasranama to King Yudhisthira, the eldest of Pandavas. The puja includes Vishnu- Lakshmi Abhishek and Pujan, Vishnu mantra Japa- 1100 times, Vishnu Sahasranama Strotra followed by Homa and Aarti. This puja includes Vishnu- Lakshmi Abhishek and Pujan, Vishnu mantra Japa- 1100 times, Vishnu Sahasranama Strotra followed by Homa and Aarti.

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