The Utapanna Ekadashi Vrat is performed during the Krishna Paksh of the Marg Shish month. By undertaking this fast the humans beings achieve moksh. Devi Ekadashi was born during the Krishna Paksh of the Marg Shish month. She had helped Vishnu Bhagwan in slaying Murr and thereby protected Baghwan Vishnu from the Rakshas.
Procedure for Vrat
As per the Padam Puran scripture, during the Utapanna Ekadashi Vrat , Bhagwan Vishnu is revered alongside Goddess Ekadashi. As per the legend, the teeth & mouth should be properly cleaned after the food is taken on Dashmi as per the Marg Sreesh, Krishna Paksh so that no particle of food remains in our mouth.
On the day of Utpanna Ekadashi, one should get up early & take bath with a clean water. After this one should perform Shri Krishna puja with sixteen Puja samagris like Dhoop, Deep, Navaid etc and in the evening Deepdaan should be performed.
During the entire night of Utpanna Ekadashi Bhajan Kirtan should be performed & one should offer apologies to Shri Hari in case some mistakes happened unwittingly. Next morning, one should feed Brahmins after doing of Shri Krishna. As per ones, capacity, some dhaan should also given to Brahmans as per ones capacity.
Bhagwan (Shri Krishna) said, “ O .. Yudishtra, There was a Daitya named Murr in Satyug. He was very strong and cruel. This wicked Rakshas defeated many great devtas like Indra, Aditya, Vasu, Vayu, Agni etc & they had to flee. There upon, they all, led by Indra went terrified to Lord Shiva and related him the whole story. They told him,’ “ O-lord Kailashpati, we are loitering in Mrityu lok as we are terrified by Murr Rakshas. There upon Bhagwan Shiv said, “ Please go to Bhagwan Vishnu who is the Supreme King of all three Loks & has the capability to assuage the misery of his bakhts. He only can help you get out of your difficulty.”
After hearing this advice from Lord Shiva, all the devatas went to Khirsagar, where the Bhagwan was having rest in his bedroom. So with their folded hands they implored saying, “ One who is worth praising by devtas , please accept our hand folded Namaskar. O –Madhusudan – the protector of Devtaas, please help us. We have come to you after getting harassed by a Raksha.
You are the Protector, doer, destructor, infact Father figure for all beings. You grant peace to everyone. You are the Sky & Pataal. You are Godfather Brahma, Sun ,Moon ,fire, Hom Ahuti, Mantra, Tantra, Jap, Yajman, Yag, Karm, Karta, all in one. You are omnipresent. There is nothing beyond you, nothing before you.
O..Bhagwan, demons have defeated us & corrupted & defiled the swarga. We all deities are running helter skelter to save ourselves. Please protect us from these demons.
Upon hearing these words from Indra, Bhagwan Vishnu asked, “ Who is this mayavi Demon who has defeated all brave devtas? What is his name? How powerful he is & who is protecting him & where is he located? You have to tell me all so that I can help.”
Upon hearing this, Indra said,” In ancient time there was a demon called Nadijang. He gave birth toa brave & widely renowned son Murr. He has a place called. Now, he has forced all devtas from Swarg lok to establish his reign there.
He has occupied the sacred places of many great devtas like Indra, Aditya, Vasu, Vayu, Agni, Varun, Yam, Ish, Chandrma, Nakshtra etc. He even has become Sun to spread light himself. He has become clouds even. & he is undefeatable. Please kill that demon & make us undefeatable again.
Upon hearing this, the Bhagwan said,” I will kill him soon.” Saying this, Bagwan along with other deities proceeded towards Chandrawati.
At that moment, the demon Murr along with his army was creating ruckus. Upon hearing his loud voice all the devtas started fleeing in different directions.
Even when Bhagwan himself entered the war zone, the demons even attacked him with various weapons. But Bhagwan killed them with snake like arrows. Many demons got killed. Only Mull was still saved, and he fought continuously with Him. His body was in tethers but he continued the fight. Even the two had some combat fight.
It is said that the battle between the two continued for 10 thousand years but the demon Murr did not give up.
Even the God himself was tired. He went to Badrika Ashram for rest. There he found a beutiful cave Hemwati. He went inside the cave for resting. The cave was 12 Yojan long. And it had only one exit. Vishnu Bhagwan went into a yognidra sleep there.
When Shri Hari got up, and after knowing about the whole thing, He said since you are born on Ekadashi, so you will be revered & remembered as Utpanna Ekadashi. Your devotees will be similar to mine.
Importance of the Vrat
It is believed that if a person does Utpanna Ekadashi Vrat with proper procedure & devotion. He gets benefits as per the benefits of visiting all Tiraths. If one does daan on this day, it will multiplied one lakh times . Anybody who keeps wrat on this goes to vaikonth and all his difficulties get solved