Legend of Shravana Putrada Ekadashi
Bhavishya Puran makes a mention of legend associated with Shravana Putrada Ekadashi. The legendary tale was narrated by Lord Krishna to King Yudhisthira.
A powerful King by the name of Mahijit ruled the kingdom of Mahishmati. Despite all his riches, the King was depressed, all the while. He was childless and hence sought the advice of priests and other noblemen in the region. However, no results emerged and the King continued to remain worried.
Seeing his worries, the noblemen in his kingdom sought advice from a saint by the name of Lomesh who was considered to be a learned man. Sage Lomesh through his meditation found that the reason for the King’s present scenario laid in his previous birth.
Sage Lomesh pointed out that in his previous birth the King was a shrewd merchant who worried only about his riches. Once during a journey the merchant felt thirsty and came across a pond.
A cow was drinking water from the pond along with her calf. The merchant driven by the intensity of his thirst drove away the cow and drank the water instead. This resulted in the King being childless in his present birth. The sage advised the King and his queen fast on this day and follow the Shravana Putrada Ekadashi rituals in true earnest thereafter. The King heeded to the Saint’s advice and was blessed with a son soon thereafter.
Importance of Shravana Putrada Ekadashi
The birth of a son is considered auspicious in Hindu culture and devotees who observe Shravana Putrada Ekadashi festivities with devotion are blessed with a baby boy. Observing a fast in honor of Lord Vishnu is considered to be auspicious on Shravana Putrada Ekadashi and the devotees observe fast for 24 hours on the day.
Fasting on Shravana Putrada Ekadashi can be done on two consecutive days. Devotees with a family life should observe the fast on the day of actual Shravana Putrada Ekadashi. Devotees who are Sanyasi, widows and those desirous of seeking Moksha need to observe the fast on two days., both a day before and on Shravana Putrada Ekadashi.
Feeding Brahmins and offering clothes to the poor is considered auspicious and Lord Vishnu offers His blessings to those who observe Shravana Putrada Ekadashi with true devotion. Shravana Putrada Ekadashi is observed in Southern and Eastern parts of India with traditional religious fervor. North Indian states observe the other version of Shravana Putrada Ekadashi which is known as Pausha Ekadashi.