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Rama Ekadashi

Rama Ekadashi

Category: Festival
Celebrated In: India
Celebrated By: (Hindu)


Parana means breaking the fast. Ekadashi Parana is done after sunrise on next day of Ekadashi fast. It is necessary to do Parana within Dwadashi Tithi unless Dwadashi is over before sunrise. Not doing Parana within Dwadashi is similar to an offence. 
Parana should not be done during Hari Vasara. One should wait for Hari Vasara to get over before breaking the fast. Hari Vasara is first one fourth duration of Dwadashi Tithi. The most preferred time to break the fast is Pratahkal. One should avoid breaking the fast during Madhyana. If due to some reasons one is not able to break the fast during Pratahkal then one should do it after Madhyana. 
Historical Significance of Rama Ekadashi
As per the legends,  there ruled a king named Muchukund. His friends included Indra, Varuna, Kuber etc. He was an honest person and a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. No evil work happened in his kingdom. A baby girl was born in his house. She was named Chadrabhaga. Later. the king married the girl to Shobhan, son of king Chandrasen.
Once on Ekadashi, Chandrabhaga was at her parents-in-laws house. She followed the tradition on fasting on Ekadasi. Her husband thought, he was physically weak and may not be able to keep the fast. So, he refused to observe the fast. On this, Chandrabhaga got upset.
She asked her husband to go to some other place if he wants to have food. She said, “If you will stay here, you will have to observe the fast.” Hearing this, Shobhan said “then I will stay here only and observe the fast.”
He observed the fast of Ekadashi and died from hunger and thirst. By the effect of Rama Ekadashi, Shobhan got a great kingdom. But, this kingdom was invisible. It was a unique kingdom.  Once, a Brahman of his wife’s kingdom went out to travel. He saw the kingdom of Shobhan, on his way. And Shobhan told him, that by the grace of Rama Ekadashi, he received this kingdom. He asked the Brahmin to tell about him and this kingdom to her wife. Brahman returned and told Chandrabhaga about the whole thing. Chandrabhaga had been observing the fast of Ekadashi since, her childhood. By the effect of all Ekadashi, she turned the kingdom of her husband, into a reality. And, started living with her husband in a divine form.



Legend behind the Rama Ekadashi:
Once there was a king named Muchukund who was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu and was an honest person and he had friendship with Indra, Varuna, Kuber. There was prosperity in his kingdom. After marriage, a baby girl was born in his house which was named Chandrabhaga. She later got married to the Son of King Chandrasen, Shobhan.
Chandrabhaga was used to observe the fast on Ekadashi. Once on an Ekadashi, when she was at her parents-in-law house, she asked her husband to keep the Ekadashi fast along with her. But Shobhan used to feel physically weak and refused to keep the fast, from which Chandrabhaga got upset. On seeing her wife upset, he kept the fast. On observing the fast, Shobhan started suffering from hunger and thirst during the Jagran night and died before the morning. King cemented his body and asked her daughter-in-law to return to her parent’s house.
By the virtue of Rama Ekadashi fast, Shobhan got a great kingdom which was invisible and a unique one. Once, a Brahman, belonged to the kingdom of his wife, went out to travel when he saw the Kingdom of Shobhan on his way. Shobhan told him about the whole story and told about the greatness of observing the Ekadashi fast. He asked the Brahman to tell about him and his kingdom to his wife. Brahman returned to the Kingdom and told about the whole thing to Chandrabhaga.  Chandrabhaga, who used to observe the Ekadasi fast since her childhood, converted the kingdom of her husband into the reality with the virtue of all Ekadashi and started living with her husband happily ever after.

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