Fasting to be observed on 19th JANUARY 2012
The Ekādhaśī that occurs during the dark fortnight of the month Pausha Maasa (December – January) is the SatTila Ekadhasi.
- One who properly observes this wonderful Ṣaṭ-tilā Ekādhaśī with great faith, becomes free from all kinds of poverty – spiritual, mental, physical, social, and intellectual.
- All Kinds of ill luck, evil omens will be destroyed.
- The powerful effect of this merit is inconceivable even to the demigods.
- Any widow, who eats grains on the Ekadhashi day, becomes bereft of all of her merits and she suffers the sin of performing an abortion daily.
- As long as one does not fast on Ekadashi, the day of Lord Hari, until that long all of the sins remain in one’s body.
There lived a lady who was a staunch devotee of Sri Vishnu. She very faithfully, did several in charity, observed many a fast, especially on special days and served Sri Vishnu with full devotion, devoid of any personal motive. Although this spiritually minded woman gave charitable donations to worthy people, the odd feature of her austerity was that she never gave food to brāhmaṇas or the demigods.
Sri Vishnu decided to test this lady and came done with disguise as a follower of Lord Shiva with a begging pot. When the lady asked him for his arrival, he replied that he wanted some sacred alms from her. But that lady angrily threw a dense lump of mud into the begging pot! Sri Vishnu returned back to his adobe.
At last the austere lady reached the spiritual world because of her great fasting and charity merits. And because she had offered Sri Vishnu a lump of mud, it was transformed into a beautiful home. However, this particular house was just like that mud completely devoid of any edible grains, as well as any furniture or ornamentation, and when she entered it she found only an empty structure. The lady with great anger approached Sri Vishnu and asked him for this mud house though she had great merits.
Sri Vishnu then told her that he was the one who came in disguise and further told her that the wives of demogids will come to her place and told her not to open the door until they tell her about SatTila Ekadhasi. She did so, but none told her about SatTila Ekadhasi but finally a lady told her. From then on the lady observed Ṣaṭ-tilā Ekādhaśī, which awards material enjoyment and liberation at the same time, as it has been described to her.