SHRAVANA PUTRADA EKADASHI SIGNIFICANCE | ABOUT SHRAVANA PUTRADA EKADASHI | STORY OF SHRAVANA PUTRADA EKADASHI
The Shravana Putrada Ekadashi is one of the 24 Ekadashi which comes every year, on the 11th day of Shukla Paksha, waxing Moon phase, in the month of Shravan, as per the Hindu calendar and July- August by the Gregorian calendar. The Shravana Putrada Ekadashi is also popularly called Pavitropana Ekadashi and Pavitra Ekadashi. There are two Putrada Ekadashi in a year, the other one is the Pausha Putrada Ekadashi, which falls in the Shukla Paksha of Pausha Maas(December- January). Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, on Shravana Putrada Ekadashi the Ekadashi Vrat/fast is usually observed by both husband and wife, in case of married couples. It is a powerful Vrat to observe for receiving the blessings of begetting a son and offspring and for fulfilment of material desires.
Shravana Putrada Ekadashi Date & Time(Muhurat) 2023 Shravana Putrada Ekadashi on Sunday, August 27, 2023. Ekadashi Tithi Starts - 00:08 on Aug 26, 2023 Ekadashi Tithi Ends - 21:32 on Aug 27, 2023 Prana Time - On 28th Aug, Parana Time - 06:22 to 08:53 Dwadashi End Moment - 18:22
The fast must be broken after sunrise the next day of Ekadashi. It is to be noted that one should break the fast (Parana) within Dwadashi Tithi. Dwadashi ends at 5:45PM on 9th August. Another important consideration is that one must not break the fast during Hari Vasara which is the fourth duration of Dwadashi. The best time to break the fast is pratah kala (morning).
The Shravana Putrada Ekadashi Vrat/fast is observed from the dawn of the Ekadashi day to the next day, Dwadashi. The Vrat is powerful and when observed with sincerity, it blesses childless couples with progeny, especially with a son. The term Putrada means 'giver of son'. Both the Pausha and Shravana Putrada Ekadashi fulfils the desire of devotees who wish to have a male child and it is highly favourable for married couples who have been facing challenges in having a child. The Shravana Putrada Ekadashi Vrat is usually observed by both husband and wife. Observing this meritorious Ekadashi dissolves sins and makes a place for devotees at the feet of Lord Vishnu's Lotus feet, in His abode. Following all the rules and regulations and observing the fast, worshipping Lord Shridhara /Vishnu brings unimaginable blessings and adds to the fruits earned by devotees in their spiritual journey. The Shravana Putrada Ekadashi Vrat bestows good health, material contentment, peace, good luck, happiness, abundance and protection of Lord Vishnu.
On the morning of the Shravana Putrada Ekadashi, take a bath early in the morning. The devotee should intend on keeping the fast with sincerity.
It is a day to worship Lord Shridhar/Vishnu with dedication. Offer Bog, flowers, etc. to Him at home. Light a Ghee Lamp in honour of Lord Vishnu. Apply Chandan or Kesar Tilak to the Divine Lord image/idol or Shaligram Shila.
Visit temple of Lord Vishnu/Krishna and perform Puja and meditate.
The Shravana Putrada Ekadashi Vrat Katha is a must, to read or hear on this day.
Be calm. Stay immersed in bhakti. Chant Mantras and praises of Lord Vishnu, sing Bhajans, read holy books, through the day.
Stay awake through the night of Ekadashi, in full consciousness. Sing devotional songs, play Music for Lord Vishnu, through the night if possible. If the devotee falls asleep on Ekadashi night then the Vrat is incomplete.
Shravana Putrada Ekadashi Presiding Deity
Lord Shridhar, is the presiding Deity of Shravana Putrada Ekadashi. Sridhar is one of the names of Lord Vishnu, which means, consort of Goddess Laxmi. Goddess Laxmi is also called Shri or Shree. The image of Lord Shridhar is depicted in the same way as Lord Vishnu with Shankh, Chakra, Gada, Padma held in His four hands. Worshipping Lord Shridhar on the auspicious Shravana Putrada Ekadashi with devotion and pure intention brings miraculous blessings and protection of the Lord.
Shravana Putrada Ekadashi Vrat Katha(Traditional Story of the Fast)
The story of Shravana Putrada Ekadashi or Pavitropana Ekadashi is found in the Bhavishya Purana, in which Lord Krishna has narrated it to King Yudhishthira, to explain the importance of this auspicious Ekadashi.
The powerful King Mahijit of Mahishmati had everything and was loved by his subjects because of his compassionate behaviour. But he was in distress because he did not have an offspring. He wanted a son, as his successor and wanted to experience the happiness of being a father. He performed various Yajnas and rituals to be blessed with a child, a son, who would eventually succeed his throne. However, nothing worked. Disheartened, he wondered why he was childless, in spite of his good conduct and living. He shared his feelings with his subjects in his court. Seeing their pious King's sadness the subjects went to the jungle to find wise Sages/Rishis, who would be able to give a solution to their King.
In the jungle the subjects came across the wise Sage, Rishi Lomesh, who heard them and understood the misery of King Mahijit. Rishi Lomesh with his psychic abilities was able to find out why the King was childless. He disclosed to the subjects that King Mahijit was a merchant in his previous life. Once while travelling long distance he felt thirsty, and got down at a pond to drink water. There he saw a Cow and Calf drinking water from the pond and chased them away and drank the water. The Cow and her Calf were very thirsty and had to go away without quenching their thirst. Sage Lomesh informed that this sin has prevented the King from having a child.
The eager subjects of King Mahijit asked Rishi Lomesh for a solution for their King. The wise Sage told them that King Mahijit and his Queen should observe the Vrat in the Shravan Shukla Paksha Ekadashi called Shravan Putrada Ekadashi, which would give him freedom from this sin and bless him with a son. He also told the subjects to keep a fast on the auspicious Shravana Putrada Ekadashi and on Dwadashi, transfer all the fruits earned by observing the Vrat to their King, so that it rids him of his misery.
The subjects of King Mahijit told the King about what Rishi Lomesh had said and advised. King Mahijit and his wife observed the Shravana Putrada Ekadashi Vrat with devotion to Lord Vishnu. His subjects observed the fast with sincerity and transferred their 'punya' to their King.
The sin of the King Mahijit was removed and soon after the Shravana Putrada Ekadashi fast, he was blessed with a son, by the grace of Lord Vishnu.
The meritorious Shravana Putrada Ekadashi Vrat starts from early morning on Ekadashi day and lasts till next day Prana time, when the fast can be broken. On Dashami(day before Ekadashi), have only one 'sattvik' meal, before the sunset.
On the Shravan Putrada Ekadashi , take an early morning bath and follow the rituals to take Sankalp(intension) of observing the Vrat(fast). The devotees should specify whether he/she is keeping partial or complete Vrat/fast. Fasting without drinking water or eating food, Nirjala Vrat, is the best Ekadashi Vrat to observe. One can observe partial fast by drinking water and abstaining from food. However, devotees should be aware of what their body and health can tolerate and fast accordingly. Fruit and Milk diet is also a common way to observe fast on this day.
Invoke Lord Shridhar/Vishnu for successful completion of the Vrat. Worship Lord Shridhar by following the Puja Vidhi.
Beans and grains are prohibited to eat on Ekadashi for devotees who are fasting by eating one meal on Ekadashi. Non vegetarian food, onion, garlic is strictly not allowed on Ekadashi and Dwadashi.
As per the rules, sleeping during the day or night while observing Ekadashi Vrat is prohibited. The devotee should chant/ sing praises of Lord Vishnu, read the Bhagawat Geeta and other holy books through the day and night.
Reading the Shravana Putrada Ekadashi Vrat Katha or hearing it is a must on this pious day.
Gossiping, talking/thinking ill of others or self, does not give the desired outcome of the Ekadashi Vrat.
Abstinence from alcohol, drugs, tobacco, other addictions, sex on Ekadashi and Dwadashi has to be observed.
Maintain calmness, avoid anger/aggression for the best outcome of observing the Shravana Putrada Ekadashi Vrat.
Distribute the Prasad to family members and as many people as possible on Dwadashi.
On Dwadashi, give Dakshina and other things as charity to Brahmanas respectfully ask them for forgiveness for any offence. Donating to the needy is also advised for garnering Lord Vishnu's blessings.
Devotees who observe fast should not eat food in other people's house on the day after Ekadashi.
For people who observe Shravana Putrada Vrat, when breaking the fast, should say the prayer - "O Pundarikaksha, O lotus-eyed Lord, now I will eat. Please shelter me"
After the prayer the devotee should offer flowers and water at the lotus feet of Lord Shridhar/Vishnu and request the Lord to eat by chanting the mantra of eight-syllable, thrice: Om Namoh Narayanaya.
On Dwadashi only one meal should be eaten. Honey and Urad-dal(black lentil) should not be consumed.
For devotees observing fast, if due to some unavoidable reason they are not able to break the fast on Dwadashi during Prana time, then drinking water to signify breaking of fast is advised. Later food can be eaten as per convenience.
The Shravana Putrada Ekadashi or Pavitropana Ekadashi is presided by Lord Shridhar (Vishnu).Worshipping Him on this auspicious day brings benevolent blessing. Tulsi leaves or branch is an important offering for the Ekadashi Puja. In this Ekadashi Puja offering Padma(Lotus) to Goddess Laxmi brings more grace. Goddess Laxmi also symbolizes fertility.
Early in the morning on Shravana Putrada Ekadashi after taking bath, the devotee should take the Sankalp of observing the Vrat/fast.
Worship Lord Shridhar, by lighting Ghee lamp, offering Tulsi branch, fresh flowers. Apply Chandan/Kesar Tilak on the image/Idol.
The Shaligram Shila should be worshipped by conducting Abhishek with Tulsi, Water and Panchamrit (mix of fresh Cow's milk, Honey, Curd, Ghee, Sugar), apply Chandan Tilak on the Shaligram, on this auspicious day, if the sacred stone is at home.
On this day Goddess Laxmi(consort of Lord Vishnu) and Tulsiji is worshipped too.
Offer Bhog to Lord Vishnu in your Puja Alter or the special Alter which can be created on a Chowki for this day.
Chant Lord Vishnu/Shridhar Mantras, sing His praise and perform Aarti.
Stay in a spiritual mode throughout the day and night. Reciting the Vishnu Sahasranama is considered meritorious on this day. Sleeping during day is prohibited.
In the evening perform Aarti, preferably along with family members.
Stay awake at night and chant Mantras and sing Bhajan/Kirtan for Lord Shridhar(Vishnu).
On Dwadashi, in the morning worship Lord Vishnu, offer Bhog, Tulsi leaves, flowers and thank Him for helping to observe the Vrat successfully.
The devotee can break the fast along with family and friends during Prana time.
Shravana Putrada Ekadashi Puja Benefits
Worshipping Lord Vishnu's Shridhar form on Shravan Putrada Ekadashi or Pavitra Ekadashi/ Pavitropana Ekadashi, fulfils the wish of having an offspring and other desires. Shravana Putrada Ekadashi Puja brings peace, good health, good fortune, good luck, material contentment, worldly pleasures, spiritual progress, righteous living, harmonious relationships among family members, joy, abundance and invincible protection of Divine Lord. It also brings Goddess Laxmi's abundant blessings.
Observing Shravana Putrada Ekadashi Vrat pleases Lord Vishnu/Shridhar.
It is recommended to be observed by couples who are facing challenges in conceiving a child. Observing this Vrat blesses with a son.
Shravana Putrada Vrat when observed perfectly alleviates miseries, suffering, strife and brings abundance in all aspects of life and bestows a happy contented life.
Observing Ekadashi Vrat relieves devotees of sins and paves the path to Moksha.
This auspicious day of Ekadashi offers an opportunity for the devotees to focus only in Lord Shridhar/Vishnu, chant Mantras and sing His praises which helps to garner the blessings of the Lord and adds to the fruits earned by the devotee in his/her spiritual journey. Meditate while fasting for enhancing spiritual awareness.
Observing complete fast on Ekadashi detoxifies the body and rejuvenates the energies of the devotees.
The Shravan Putrada Ekadashi Vrat is a potent way to garner the abundant blessings of Goddess Laxmi and Tulsiji.
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