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Chaitra Sudi Ekadashi — Kamada Ekadashi Vrat, Katha

 Kamada Ekadashi and Chaitra Sudi Ekadashi denote the same day. This day, Bhagawan Vasudev Krishna is worshipped. This day one should take one's sense organs that are five in one’s command, after that should start the worship.

For puja, that is worship, one should first offer Aasan, a place to sit; after Aasan, one should wash the deity’s feet; then go for Arghya and Aachman; for bhoga, offer Doodh, Dahi, Sweets and Fruits; again wash the deity’s feet and take it as Charnamrit Prasada. Offer whatever you can offer to your deity, and ask for forgiveness for the bad things that have been done by you knowingly and unknowingly.

Feed the needy, and touch the feet of elders for Ashirwad. After evening puja one may break one’s Vrat. Don’t take sour and salt in your food, try to take plain or sweet food. At night try to sleep beside the Vasudev Krishna and pray for his guidance and protection.

It is said, one who does Nirahar-Vrat on Kamada Ekadashi is supposed to get free partially from karmic debts, killing of cow, is one of them. Vrat of Kamada Ekadashi is supposed to fulfill the wishes, and gives peace of mind and prosperity in one’s life.

Kamada Ekadashi Katha

Once there was a Gandharva, named Lalit. The work of Gandharva was of singing, dancing and playing musical instrument. That Gandharva Lalit was performing in king’s court. The king’s name was Pundreek. While performing Lalit was remembering his wife Lalita in his mind, and it caused him to take intermittent stops — this made the king angry. So the king cursed him to to be a Rakshas.

Being a Rakshas now, Lalit with his wife Lalita started roaming jungle to jungle. Accidently they met to a Rishi. When the Rishi took their details, Rishi advised them to do Vrat and Puja on Kamada Ekadashi. They did Vrat and Puja with full devotion and it set the Lalit free from the king’s curse — he turned in his original form, that was of Gandharva. Now happily both husband and wife, returned to Gandharva Loka.

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