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Ekadashi that falls during the Shukla Paksha in the month of ‘Shravana’ is celebrated as Shravan Putrada Ekadashi. It is also known as ‘Pavitra Ekadashi’ and ‘Pavitropana Ekadashi. Shravan Putrada Ekadashi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is observed by husband and wife, to be blessed with a son. This day is particularly propitious for Vaishnavas, who are the devotees of Lord Vishnu. ‘Putrada’ signifies ‘giver of sons’ and hence it is believed that observing the Ekadashi fast in the month of Shravan fulfills the desires of a male child. Shravan Putrada Ekadashi is celebrated with great zeal.
Each of the 26 Ekadashis observed has a specific goal. Shravan Putrada Ekadashi has powers to bestow a childless couple with a male progeny. Shravan Putrada Ekadashi and Pausha Putrada Ekadashi are ‘giver of sons.’ The importance of Shravan Putrada Ekadashi is mentioned in the ‘Bhavishya Purana’ as a discussion between King Yudhisthira and Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna has explained the rituals and benefits of observing this fast. Besides being blessed with a male offspring, devotees observe the Shravan Putrada Ekadashi to wash away their sins and attain salvation.
Shravana Putrada Ekadashi Story:
The legend about Pavitropana Ekadashi was narrated by Lord Krishna to the King Yudhishthira in the Bhavishya Purana. King Mahijit was a powerful ruler of Mahishmati, who had no children. He sought the counsel of sages and priests to find a solution. Sage Lomesh found out that King Mahijit's misfortune was a result of his sins in his previous birth. In his previous birth, Mahijit was a merchant. While travelling on business, the merchant became thirsty. He reached the pond. A cow and her calf were drinking water. The merchant drove them away, and he drank the water. This sin was the reason behind being childless, while his good deeds resulted in his birth as a king. Sage Lomesh advised the King and the Queen to observe Ekadashi fast in Shravana month to get rid of the sin. The couple kept a fast and offered prayers to the Lord Vishnu. Their wish was fulfilled when a son was born to them.
Shravana Putrada Ekadashi Celebration and Rituals:
On Putrada Ekadashi, couples observe strict fast while some opt for partial fasting. Eating of grains, pulses, rice, onion, and non-vegetarian food is strictly prohibited on Shravan Putrada Ekadashi. The fast begins on Dashami, and the onlooker must eat only Saatvik food. Complete celibacy is observed on Dashami night. No food is eaten from the morning of Ekadashi till the crack of dawn of ‘Dwadashi. The Vrata is broken after the puja rituals and offering food to a valued Brahmin. Lord Vishnu is worshipped with full devotion and enthusiasm. ‘Panchamrit’ Abhishek is performed to the idol of Lord Vishnu. The devotee present flowers, fruits and other puja essentials to the mighty Lord. The observer of the Shravan Putrada Ekadashi keeps a night vigil by singing bhajans in praise of Lord Vishnu. The devotees visit temples of Lord Vishnu in the evening.
The Law and Beliefs of Shree Vaishnya Ekadashi Vrata Puja (Shravana Putrada Ekadashi Puja Vidhi)
What is the desire to be prepared in Sona Ekadashi (Shravana Putrada Ekadashi Bhog) ?
In the Sona Ekadashi, God is indulging in fruits. Kheer is also served on this day. Kheer prepared on this day is specially made in cow's milk. According to the belief, in this poojan, the consumption of citrus fruits like seasonal, amla and lemon is applied. Along with this, there is also a betel nut in Bhogh. After this, take the milk of cow milk made from cow's milk.
What to give to a Brahmin in a Sona Ekadashi ?
After the fasting on the day of Sona Ekadashi, the next day the Brahmins have the right to feed. Following the beliefs, try to prepare the food of Brahmins without the onion and garlic. You can give them kheer, pudding, potato-whole, rice in the food. Keep the focus of cleanliness and purity in the food made for the Brahmins.
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