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Story of Ajamila



Story of Ajamila is found in the Srimad Bhagavad Purana and it suggests that even big sinners could achieve moksha just by reciting the sacred name of Narayana.

Ajamila belonged to the family of priests but instead of doing priestly duties, he squandered all the wealth of his ancestors on drinking and whores.

He abandoned his wife and ten sons to lead a wanton life.

Later in life when all his money got over, he took to theft, dacoity and gambling.

The name of Ajamila’s youngest son was Narayana. When Ajamila became old, his youngest son took care of him.

One day, when Ajamila’s time to die came near, three attendants of Yama, the god of death, arrived at his doorsteps.

Afraid of them Ajamila shouted out the name ‘Narayana’ his youngest son for help.

As soon as Ajamila said ‘Narayana’ the attendants of Lord Vishnu appeared on the scene and they saved him from the clutches of attendants of Yama.

After this incident, a repentant Ajamila prayed to Narayana for his deliverance.

Soon he attained moksha and was carried to Vaikunta, the abode of Vishnu.