As per the Hindu religious books, the Ekadashi of Krishna Paksh in the month of Karthik is called Ramma Ekadashi. On the day of Ramma Ekadashi, a special puja is conducted in the praise of Bhagwan Vishnu. This fast is also known by the name of Godess Lakshmi whose other name is Ramma. This Ekadashi comes just 4-days before Depawali. The days is observed as per the strict procedure & abstinence (Bhramcharya). By observing Ramma Ekadashi, it is belived that all sins are forgiven & one acquires the state of Moksh.
Procedure or Vrat Vidhi
The procedure followed for the Ekadashi Vrat is is undertaken one day earlier—on Dashmi itself. On the day of Ramma Ekadashi ,the sankalp for fast is conducted after having proper bath & cleansing of the body. On the day of the fast (Vrat), Bhagwan Vishnu is revered in the Puja. After this , Bhagwan Vishnu is revered by Dhop, Panchamrat, Tulsi leaves, Deep, Navaid, Flowers , Fruits etc. During the night of the Ramma Ekadashi, there regular singing of Hymns thru Bhajans, Kirtans during a night long Jagran.
As per Padam Purana, on the next day of the Vrat which is Dudashi, the Puja is performed and the Brahmans are fed with the ritual meals and are also given dhaan which may include Clothes, Shoes, Umbrella etc. Later, one can take food himself for vrat.
In ancient days, there was king named Muchukund, who had great friendship with Indra as well as Yama, Kuber, Varun and Vibhishan. The king was very religious, Vishnu Bhakt & would rule his country with justice and honesty.
He had a daughter called Chandrabhaga. She was married to the son of Chander Sen called Shoban. One day Shoban came to his in-laws. During those days only, Rama Ekadashi was also scheduled. When the days of the fasting came close, Chandra Bhaga thought that her husband was physically weak but his father was tough. He announced all over that no one will eat on Ekadashi. On hearing this announcement, Shoban got very worried.
He asked his wife, “What should be done now? I can no way tolerate the hunger. Suggest me some way so that i can survive. Otherwise by undertaking this fast I may not even survive.
Chandra Bhagha said that no body can take food during this fast that is performed by my father. Even, horses, elephants ,Camels, Cats or cows cannot take any food , water or anything , not to speak of human beings. If you want to have food, you will have to go elsewhere. If you remain here, you will have to observe the fast.”
Upon this Shoban said, “ I will undertake fast. Rest whatever is in my luck, I will see that.”
With this thought Shoban observed the fast but he started getting uncomfortable greatly by this fasting. When it was dusk & time for night jagran came & during which Vaishnao Puja was to be held, Shoban became very restless and uneasy. By the morning , Shoban passed away.
The king performed his cremation by making a pyre of scented sandal wood. But Chandrabagha did not DAGD??? As per the orders of her father. After the cremation of Shoban, she started living in her father’s palace.
It was as if another Indra was sitting there. Once a Brahman residing in Muchukund Nagar, named Som Sharma visited this place while going to some pilgrimage. There, he identified Shoban as the son-in-law of the King. Upon going further near, Shoban also recognized him as got down from his throne. He gave due respects to him and asked about his welfare.
The Brahman said that King Muchukand & your wife are fine. Everybody is prosperous in the state.
But tell me sir, how did acquire such a beautiful place the like Rama Ekadashi of Kartik Krishan Paksh.
But the place is unstable. Please tell some vidhi to perform so that it stabilizes. The brahmin asked,” O.. Rajan, why is it not stable and how can it acquire stability. I will perform an Ashwmedh Yag for that.
Shoban Said,” I have done this ritual with due revrence but it is still unstable. If you tell all these details to Muchukund daugter Chanderbagha, this place can acquire stability.
Upon the learned brahman returned home and gave the whole details to Chandra Bagha. Upon hearing this, Chandrabagha became very happy and asked if he has seen these things in person or he is telling me hearsay or some dream.
The brahman said i have personally seen you husband in Mahavan. I have also seen the city he rules. That is almost secure like a city for Devtas. But he said it is not still stable. He even asked for some solution to make it stable.
Upon this Chandrabagha said to him, “ Please take me there. I am deeply excited to see my husband. I will make that city stable by all my punyas.”
Please do something so that both of us join because it great punya to make those people meet who are separated. Hearing this Som Sharma took Chandrabagha to the ashram of Vamdev Rishi at Mandra Chal Parvat.
Vamdev Ji heard the whole story and did abhishek of Chandrabhaga by reciting mantras. Upon this by virtue of of fasting during Ekadashi & mantras of Rishis, Chardrabagha achieved divya bliss. And upon achieving this blissful state she becomes one with her husband. When Shoben saw his beloved wife, he became very happy. He called her & asked her to sit on his left side.
Chandrabhaga started saying, “My lord, please make use of the punya that I have acquired. I have acquired this bliss by undertaking the Ekadeshi Vraty with proper methodology & reverence right from the age of eight years.
By this penance of mine, your kingdom will become stable & will exist till dooms day. The legend says that there upon, Chanderbhaga wearing her finest jewellery & graceful dreses started living with her husband.
Importance of the Fast
As per padam purana, The Ramma Ekadeshi fast gives benefits if one is observing the Kaamdhenu or Chintamani Fast. By performing this fast, the person gets relived from all sins and acquires the bliss of Bhagwan Vishnu. The person acquires the state of Moksh. Apart from this, anybody who observes Rama Ekadeshi, his/her tensions regarding money is taken care.