Moksh has been considered as an important penance in Hindu rituals. It is believed that without achieving the state of Moksh, the human beings have to come back to this world. As per Padam Puran, people who want to achieve the bliss of Moksh, the “ Mokshada Ekadashi Vrat” should be undertaken. This Vrat must be performed during Marg Sheesh Month during Shukal Paksh ekadashi. Pooja of Bhagwan Vishnu is performed during this Vrat.
There was King Named Vaikhyanas who as ruling a place called Gokul. Learned Brahmans who were well versed with all the four vedas resided there. The benevolent king would treat his subjects his own children.
One night the king saw a strange dream. He was surprised to see his father in narak (Hell). In morning he went to the scholars and related them about the dream that he had seen.
He said,” I saw my father in miserable condition in hell. My father said that I am suffering in hell, please save & liberate me. I am very disturbed since the time I have seen this dream. I am very disturbed after I heard my father. I am suddenly having no interest in my state, money, my own children or women, other largesse like Elephants, horses & mules etc. I am not at all comfortable. What should I do?”
King further said, “ O.. pious Brahmins, my whole body seems to burn because of this anxiety. Please suggest me any measure/ rituals like havan, Pooja, Dhaan, or fast (Vrat). So that my father gets liberated form this agony. The life of that son is useless who can do any thing for his parents.
One good son who has respects and love for his parents and ancestors is much better than thousands of sons who are just buffons. Just one one moon shines bright to give light to the whole world during night while as thousands of stars cannot do the same.”
Upon this Brahmans said, “ This is the abode of Parvat Rishi, who is knowledgeable about past, present & future. He will definitely solve your problem.”
Upon hearing this, the King went to the ashram of the sage. There he found many rishi there in a serene mood doing tapsya. Sage Parvat Rishis was also doing penance there. The king paid due obeisance to him. The rishis also asked about the welfare of the king.
The king said, “ With your blessings, everybody is happy in my kingdom. But I am personally disturbed nowadays.” Upon hearing this , the Parvat Muni closed his eyes & started studying the future.
After this he said,” O ..king. With the vision of Yog , I have found the bad doings of your father. He gave Rati (penny) to one wife but did not give any thing ( Ritudhan) to he other wife onthe saying of the otherwife. This is why your father had to go to narak.”
Upon this the king asked for the remedy.
The rishis said,” Revered king, please observe the Margsheesh ekadashi fasting regularly. Devote the goodness you acquire for your father. By observing this fast, your father will be definitely spared the agony of Narak ( Hell)
After hearing this advice the king came back to his palace & the Mokshda vrat along with his family members. He devoted all punyas of this fast for the good of his father. By doing this greatly , his father achieved Mukti. And while going to Swarg he blessed his son
Anybody , who keeps the fast of Mokshda Ekadashi during the month of Margsheesh month, it is believed that all their ills & DIFFICULTIES are taken care. No other fast is as powerful as this for giving Moksh. By listening or reading about this story, one gets the benefit of VAYPEY Yag also. Observing this fast takes care of all your worries & ambitions.
One day prior to observing the vrat, that is on Dashmi, one should take vegetarian food and remember Lord VISHNU.
On the day of Mokshda EKADASHI, the whole house is to be sprinkled with Gangajal for purifying the house. After this the PUJA of Bhagwan Vishnu is performed. In puja saamgri, Tulsi is essential element
After performing the puja , the life stories of the various avtaars of Vishnu should be read. In the evening, there has to be Bhajan Kirtan in the praise of Shri Hari. Next day, Again VISHNU puja is performed , and Brahamans are feasted and given dakshin. Then the fast meals are taken alongside all members of the family.
People who believe in Hinduism and are desirous of acquiring Moksh attach great importance to this vrat. It is believed that by observing this vrat, all difficulties & vices of human kind get solved & people achieve Mukti from the cycle of life & death.