Ekadashi Vrat Katha
रमा एकादशी व्रत कथा
Rama Ekadashi falls in the month of Kartik (October-November). It
is also known by different names as 'Kartik Krishna Ekadashi,' and, 'Rambha
Ekadashi.' Rama Ekadashi is observed four days prior to the festival of Diwali.
On this day, devotees pray to Lord Vishnu’s Avatar i.e Lord Krishna.
Yudhisthira Maharaj said, "O Janardana, O protector of all
beings, what is the name of the Ekadashi that comes during the dark fortnight
(Krishna paksha) of the month of Kartik? Please impart this sacred knowledge to
The Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna then spoke as follows, "O king,
please listen as I narrate to you. The Ekadashi that occurs during the dark part
of the month of Kartik is called Rama Ekadashi. It is most auspicious, for it at
once eradicates the greatest sins and awards one the passage to the spiritual
abode. I shall now narrate to you its history and glories."
Once there lived a king by the name of Muchukund. He was a great
devotee of Lord Vishnu and strictly followed the Ekadashi Vrat. He made sure
that all the people in his kingdom also followed the Ekadashi Vrat. With the
effect of the Ekadashi Vrat all the people in his kingdom lived happily.
Muchukund had a daughter by the name of Chandra Bhaga. Muchkund
got his daughter married to a handsome prince by the name of Shobhan who was the
son of Chandrasena. Once Shobhan along with his wife ChandraBhaga visited the
father in laws kingdom. One of the day during his stay in the palace of
Muchukund was Rama Ekadashi and as per the rule in the kingdom everyone has to
follow the Ekadashi Vrat.
Shobhan learning this told his wife that he cannot stay hungry
and pleaded her to feed him. ChandraBhaga replied that her father was very
strict and said that not only the people but cows, elephants and other animals
are also not given any food on Ekadashi day. Shobhan had to wait until Dwadashi
Shoban was a prince and had never been without food was suffering
from hunger on the Ekadashi day. Shobans health deteriorated by evening and was
dead by next day morning because of hunger. ChandraBhaga wanted jump into the
fires of her husbands funeral but was stopped by her father and started to live
with her father.
Shoban by virtue of the Rama Ekadashi became the king of a
kingdom on the mountain of Mandrachal. One day a Brahmin Soma Varma visited the
king Shoban and recognized that Shobhan was the the husband of their princess
ChandraBhaga and was astonished. He enquired Shoban on how he got the kingdom
and why did he not try to meet his wife. Shoban replied that this kingdom was
only temporary and he did not want is wife to become sad once again as this was
a temporary life.
Shobhan asked the Brahmin to help him make this kingdom and life
permanent. The Brahmin went back to ChandraBhaga and narrated the whole story.
He told ChandraBhaga that the kingdom and life were the result of observing the
Rama Ekadashi Vrat and to make those permanent the virtue that was collected by
observing the Ekadashi Vrat for a whole life has to be given. ChandraBahga
immediately replied that she has been observing the Ekadashi fast since she was
8 years old and is ready to give the virtue to her husband.
ChandraBhaga gave all the virtue collected by her to herhusband.
The kingdom and Shobhan by the virtue of Ekadashi Vrat of his wife became
permanent. Shobhan along with his wife Chandra Bhaga ruled the kingdom for a
long time and lived happily.