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Ekadashi-Dwadashi Mahathmyam

From: Vijay Srinivasan (Vijay_Srinivasan_at_praxair.com)
Date: Thu Mar 07 1996 - 06:28:56 PST

I would like to thank Keshava Prasad for telling us about Ekadashi.  Sadagopan 
mentioned that he would be sharing some info on Ekadashi.  I am looking forward 
to Sadagopan's article.

There are perhaps as many vrathams in our religion as there are Gods, and among 
them the Dwadashi vratham is considered to be the best.  I quote below a verse 
that supports this:

Na Annodhakath Param Dhanam
Na Dwadhashyat Param Vratam
Na Gayathrayat Param Mantram
Na Maata Para Devatha 

There can be no better charity than providing food and water, 
There is no vratham that is superior to Dwadashi
There is no Mantra that is superior to Gayathri and 
There is no God superior to one's own mother.

There are several people in Buffalo who observe complete fasting on Ekadashi 
and we all join together in the evening for Hari Nama Sankeerthanam and 
Sahasranama Parayanam.  It is indeed a wonderful experience.  


Vijayaraghavan Srinivasan