Amalaki Ekadashi Vrat Katha
आमलकी एकादशी व्रत कथा
in the month of Phalgun (feb-mar). It is also known as 'Phalgun Shukla
Ekadashi'. Amalaki Ekadashi is considered very auspicious for worshipping lord
Vishnu with the Amalas and taking food made of amalas only. Anyone who observes
this holy Amalaki Ekadashi will undoubtedly attain the supreme abode of Lord
Vishnu, so great is the religious merit earned from the observance of this most
sacred fast day.
Amalaki Ekadashi from Brahmanda Puran
King Mandhata once said to Vasishtha Muni, "O great sage, kindly
be merciful to me and tell me of a holy fast that will benefit me eternally."
Vasishtha Muni replied. "O king, kindly listen as I describe the
best of all fast days, Amalaki Ekadashi. He who faithfully observes a fast on
this Ekadashi obtains enormous wealth, gets free of the effects of all kinds of
sins, and attains liberation. Fasting on this Ekadashi is more purifying than
donating one thousand cows in charity to a pure brahmana. So please hear me
attentively as I tell you the story of a hunter who, though daily engaged in
killing innocent animals for his living, achieved liberation by observing a fast
on Amalaki Ekadashi following the prescribed rules and regulations of worship.
"There was once a kingdom named Vaidisha, where all the brahmanas,
kshatriyas, vaishyas, and shudras were equally endowed with Vedic knowledge,
great bodily strength, and fine intelligence. Oh lion among kings, the whole
kingdom was full of Vedic sounds, not a single person was atheistic, and no one
sinned. The ruler of this kingdom was King Pashabinduka, a member of the dynasty
of Soma, the moon. He was also known as Chitraratha and was very religious and
truthful. It is said that King Chitraratha had the strength of ten thousand
elephants and that he was very wealthy and knew the six branches of Vedic wisdom
"During the reign of Maharaja Chitraratha, not a single person in his kingdom
attempted to practice another's dharma (duty) so perfectly engaged in their own
dharmas were all the brahmanas, kshatriyas, vaishyas, and shudras. Neither miser
nor pauper was to be seen throughout the land, not was there ever a drought or
flood. Indeed, the kingdom was free of disease, and everyone enjoyed good
health. The people rendered loving devotional service to the Supreme Personality
of Godhead, Lord Vishnu, as did the king, who also rendered special service to
Lord Shiva. Moreover, twice a month everyone fasted on Ekadashi.
In this way, O best of kings, the citizens of Vaidisha lived many
long years in great happiness and prosperity. Giving up all varieties of
materialistic religion, they completely dedicated themselves to the loving
service of the Supreme Lord, Hari.
Once, in the month of Phalguna (February - March), the holy fast
of Amalaki Ekadashi arrived, conjoined with Dvadasi. King Chitraratha realised
that this particular fast would bestow especially great benefit, and thus he and
all the citizens of Vaidisha observed this sacred Ekadashi very strictly,
carefully following all the rules and regulations.
After bathing in the river, the king and all his subjects went to
the temple of Lord Vishnu, where an Amalaki tree grew. First the king and his
leading sages offered the tree a pot filled with water, as well as a fine
canopy, shoes, gold, diamonds, rubies, pearls, sapphires, and aromatic incense.
Then they worshiped Lord Parashurama with these prayers: 'Oh Lord Parashurama,
Oh son of Renuka, Oh all-pleasing one, Oh liberator of the worlds, kindly come
beneath this holy Amalaki tree and accept our humble obeisances.'
Then they prayed to the Amalaki tree: 'Oh Amalaki, Oh offspring
of Lord Brahma, you can destroy all kinds of sinful reactions. Please accept our
respectful obeisances and these bumble gifts. O Amalaki, you are actually the
form of Brahman, and you were once worshiped by Lord Ramachandra Himself.
Whoever circumambulates you is therefore immediately freed of all his sins.'
After offering these excellent prayers, King Chitraratha and his
subjects remained awake throughout the night, praying and worshiping according
to the regulations governing a sacred Ekadashi fast. It was during this
auspicious time of fasting and prayer that a very irreligious man approached the
assembly, a man who maintained himself and his family by killing animals.
Burdened with both fatigue and sin, the hunter saw the king and the citizens of
Vaidisha observing Amalaki Ekadashi by performing an all-night vigil, fasting,
and worshiping Lord Vishnu in the beautiful forest setting, which was
brilliantly illuminated by many lamps. The hunter hid nearby, wondering what
this extraordinary sight before him was.
'What is going on here?' he thought. What he saw in that lovely
forest beneath the holy Amalaki tree was the Deity of Lord Damodara being
worshiped upon the Asana of a waterpot, and what he heard were devotees singing
sacred songs describing Lord Krishna's transcendental forms and pastimes.
Despite himself, that staunchly irreligious killer of innocent birds and animals
spent the entire night in great amazement as he watched the Ekadashi celebration
and listened to the glorification of the Lord.
Soon after sunrise, the king and his royal retinue - including
the court sages and all the citizens - completed their observance of Ekadashi
and returned to the city of Vaidisha. The hunter then returned to his hut and
happily ate his meal. In due time the hunter died, but the merit he had gained
by fasting on Amalaki Ekadashi and hearing the glorification of the Supreme
Personality of Godhead, as well as by being forced to stay awake all night, made
him eligible to be reborn as a great king endowed with may chariots, elephants,
horses, and soldiers. His name was Vasuratha, the son of King Viduratha, and he
ruled over the kingdom of Jayanti.
King Vasuratha was strong and fearless, as effulgent as the Sun,
and as handsome as the Moon. In strength he was like Sri Vishnu, and in
forgiveness like the Earth itself. Very charitable and every truthful, King
Vasuratha always rendered loving devotional service to the Supreme Lord, Sri
Vishnu. He therefore became very well versed in Vedic knowledge. Always active
in the affairs of state, he enjoyed taking excellent care of his subjects, as
though they were his own children. He disliked pride in anyone and would smash
it when he saw it. He performed many kinds of sacrifices, and he always made
certain that the needy in his kingdom received enough charity.
One day, while hunting in the jungle, King Vasuratha strayed from
the footpath and lost his way. Wandering for some time and eventually growing
weary, he paused beneath a tree and, using his arms as a pillow, fell asleep. As
he slept, some barbarian tribesmen came upon him and, remembering their
longstanding enmity toward the king, began discussing among themselves various
ways to kill him. 'It is because he killed our fathers, mothers,
brothers-in-law, grandsons, nephews, and uncles that we are forced to aimlessly
wander like so many madmen in the forest.' So saying, they prepared to kill King
Vasuratha with various weapons, including spears, swords, arrows, and mystic
But none of these deadly weapons could even touch the sleeping
king, and soon the uncivilised, dog-eating tribesmen grew frightened. Their fear
sapped their strength, and before long they lost what little intelligence they
had and became almost unconscious with bewilderment and weakness. Suddenly a
beautiful woman appeared from the king's body, startling the aborigines.
Decorated with many ornaments, emitting a wonderful fragrance, wearing an
excellent garland around her neck, her eyebrows drawn in a mood of fierce anger,
and her fiery red eyes ablaze, she looked like death personified. With her
blazing chakra discus she quickly killed all the tribal hunters, who had tried
to slay the sleeping king.
Just then the king awoke, and seeing all the dead tribesmen lying
around him, he was astonished. He wondered, 'These are all great enemies of
mine! Who has slain them so violently? Who is my great benefactor?'
At that very moment he heard a voice from the sky: 'You ask who
helped you. Well, who is that person who alone can help anyone is distress? He
is none other than Sri Keshava, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, He who saves
all who take shelter of Him without any selfish motive.'
Upon hearing these words, King VasUratha became over-whelmed with
love for the Personality of Godhead Shri Keshava (Krishna). He returned to his
capital city and ruled there like a second lord Indra (king of the heavenly
regions), without any obstacles at all.
Therefore, Oh King Mandhata," the venerable Vasishtha Muni
concluded, "...anyone who observes this holy Amalaki Ekadashi will undoubtedly
attain the supreme abode of Lord Vishnu, so great is the religious merit earned
from the observance of this most sacred fast day."
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