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Putrada Ekadasi Vrat Katha – Story of Putrada Ekadashi

Putrada Ekadasi Fasting is observed during the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in Shravan month (July – August) in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Orissa. This Ekadasi fasting is observed as Pavitra Ekadasi in North India. Putrada Ekadashi is also observed during the waxing phase of moon in December/January. An interesting story associated with this Ekadasi fasting suggests that it observed for begetting children.

Legend has it that a king named Suketumana had no children. He and his wife, Saivya, performed several austerities and religious performances but without any success.

The king was worried that he will not have children to perform his last rites and other rituals for forefathers. A sad king left his kingdom and wandered through many lands and finally reached the Manasarovar Lake in the Himalayas. Here he was greeted by saints.

He wanted to know what the saints were doing at the Manasarovar Lake. They said that they were here to observe the Putrada Ekadasi. It is one of the most auspicious Ekadashis and those observing it will get healthy and good children.

The king was pleased to hear about the Ekadashi fasting and joined the saints in observing the Putrada Ekadasi. He broke the fast on the next day and took the blessings of the saints and went back to his kingdom.

In due course of time, the king was blessed with a child.

The story associated with Putrada Ekadasi was narrated to Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandavas, by Lord Krishna.