Putrada Ekadashi 2016, Putrada Ekadasi
Putrada Ekadashi, is one of the important fast that is observed by devotee Hindus. Putrada Ekadashi is being observed so that they are blessed with a child. A child could be a male child or girl child. As all other ekadashi's, this pausha putra ekadashi is also dedicated to his highness Vishnu God. People who observe fast visit Vishnu temples in large numbers.
Putrada Ekadashi Meaning
Putrada in Sanskrit means “giver of son” means the couple or men/women who fast on this auspicious day of Lord Vishnu are blessed with a child or son. Childless couples fast on this special day so that they are blessed with a son and become proud parents or get the santaan sukh. The Putrada Ekadashi that comes in the month of January usually comes in the month of Pausha and thus called Pausha Putrada Ekadashi. There is also a Putrada Ekadashi that comes in the month of Shravana during July/August and thus known as Shravana Putrada Ekadashi. Both of these ekadashi's come in the Shukla paksh of Hindu calendar.
Putrada Ekadashi Fasting
Newly married couples are advised to fast on this day of Putrada Ekadasi and dedicate the whole day worshipping Vishnu God. As traditionally if blessed with a son is considered the blessing of the God as the son can perform various rites and is understood to take forward the name of his father and ancestors. This vrat is being observed by people who want to have a son since ages. But now the times have changed and childless couples want to have a son as well as a daughter or any of them.
Bhavishya Purana also mention about Putrada Ekadashi. Lord Krishna narrated King Yudhishthira about the ekadashi that all Hindus must observe the Ekadashi fast with deep respect and devotion to Vishnu God and surrender themselves to him, this will help in achieving salvation or moksha.
Importance of Putrada Ekadashi
Shri Krishna tells of Ekadashi Vratam in Narada Purana like this :
It means that not even thousand Ashvamedha Yagas or hundred Raja Suya Yagas could match the Ekadashi fast.
Legend of Pausha Putrada Ekadashi
There is a story available of Suketuman and his queen Shaibya. Both of them left for the forest extremely saddened by the lack of progeny. They come at Lake Manasarovar and visit one of seer's ashram on the day of Putrada Ekadashi. After getting the divine blessings of seers, the couple came back to Bhadravati. Fasting on the day of Putrada Ekadshi as advised by sages, the couple soon are blessed with a baby boy. So, the importance of Putrada Ekadashi is clearly visible. Therefore every childless couple or newly married couples must observe this putrada ekadashi vrat or fast.
Shravan Putrada Ekadashi date is August 14, 2016. In North India, Shravan month Putrada Ekadasi is also known as Pavitra Ekadasi or Pavitropana Ekadashi.
How to do Putrada Ekadashi Fasting
-Apply Yellow haldi or turmeric on the forehead of Sri Krishna and to yourself also.
-Offer Yellow flowers to Sri Krishna.
-Offer panchamrit made of milk, curd, honey, ganga jal, Desi ghee and 2 leaves of Tulsi to Sri Krishna on the day of ekadashi. You must offer tulsi leaves to Sri Krishna. Couples must take the panchamrit themselves only as a form of prasad.
-One must not eat eggs, non-veg, onion or garlic on the day before Ekadashi that is dashami tithi.
-One must abstain from getting mutually cosy or any type of indulgence and sensual satisfaction or intimacy.
-One must have a bath in the morning of Ekadashi day before keeping the fast.
-Vishnu god and especially the child Krishna or the Baal Gopal must be worshipped on this day of Ekadashi.
-The ekadashi fast is over only after offering 'arghya' to Vishnu god on the dwadashi day or the next day after Ekadashi.
-On the 12th day, the day after Ekadashi, one must feed the poor or brahmin and get his blessings and then break the fast and eat something.
-People who fast on the Putrada Ekadashi or any other Ekadashi must not eat food made of rice.
-You should not sleep for the whole night of ekadashi tithi and spend time in praying to Vishnu/Krishna god.
Putrada Ekadashi 2016 Date & Time
Ekadashi Tithi starts at 12:19 on 19th January 2016 and ends at 10:43 on 20th January 2016. On 21st January, 2016, the Parana time (time of breaking ekadashi fast on dwadashi tithi) is from 07:18 to 09:19 AM.
Mantras dedicated to Lord Vishnu or Krishna
-"Shri Krishna Govinda Hare Murari, He Nath Narayan Vasudeva"
-"Om Kleem Krishnaya Namah"
-"Om Namo Narayanaye"
-Extremely useful Santaan Gopal Mantra to be recited in front of Child Krishna
- "Om Kleem Devaki Sut Govind Vasudev Jagatpate, Dehi me Tanayam Krishna Twamaham Sharanam Gatah"
Note: One must not touch or drink water for atleast 10-15 minutes after reciting any mantra of any god or goddess.