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KamadaEkadashi Fast Method
If you are observing this fast should not eat barley, wheat and moong dal etc on Dashmi (a day before Ekadashi). Salt should be avoided in food and the person should sleep on ground, on DashmiTithi. The fasting period of this fast is for 24 hours and rules of this fast are followed from Dashmi itself.
To observe this fast, person needs to wake up early in the morning and have bath with pure soil. Til and Amla paste is used for bathing. Lord Vishnu is worshipped for this puja. To perform the Puja, first of all, cereals are placed. Over this, avase of mud or copper is kept. The vase is tied with red colour cloth and worshiped with incense sticks, lamps etc. Lord Vishnu is worshipped with incense sticks, lamps, flowers etc.
Story of KamadaEkadashi fast
It is said that there was a king named Pundarika, who used to rule a city named Bhognipur. His capital was full of gold and silver. There were many nymph and Gandharavas. There lived a couple named Lalit and Lalita, who were very rich and they loved each other a lot. They could not live with each other.
Once kingPundarika with Gandharavas went there. LalitGandharv was also singing with him. His beloved, Lalita wasn’t present. Lalit started remembering her and lost his rhythm. On this, king got angry and cursed him, and he became a demon. By the curse, LalitGandharava changed to a ghastly demon. His face became terrifying. He eyes tuned red like sun and moon. His hairs looked like trees on a mountain. His body expanded. Now, he suffered pain and punishment for his mistake. Lalita got very upset on seeing the condition of her beloved. She started thinking of ways for the freedom of her husband. Once while wandering after her husband, she reached VindhayachalMountain. She saw an Ashram of Rishi, at that place. Soon she went there and pleaded for help, infront of Rishi.
Looking at her, Rishi asked her name and reason behind her visit. Lalita replied “Hey Rishi! I am a Gandharva girl, Lalita. My husband has changed to a demon by the curse of king Pundarika. I am really upset. Tell me a way for my husband’s salvation. On this, Rishi asked her to observe the fast on KamadaEkadashi of ShuklaPaksha, ChaitraMasa. This will make her husband free from the curse. So, Lalita happily observed the fast. On Dvadashi (a day after Ekadashi), she gave the fruit of fast to her husband, in front of Brahmans.
She worshipped Lord “O Lord!, give the benefits of this fast, I observed it so that he gets free from the curse.” By the result of fast her husband came to his original form. This way, a person gets rid of all his sins by observing this fast.
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