The saintly king Yudhisthira maharaj
said, "Oh Supreme Lord, I have heard from You the glories of
fasting on Deva-sayani Ekadasi, which occurs during the light
fortnight of the month of Ashadha.
Now I would like to hear from You the glories of the Ekadasi that
occurs during the dark fortnight (krishna paksha) of the month of
Shravana (July -August).
Oh Govindadeva, please be merciful to me and explain its
Oh Supreme Vasudeva, I offer my most humble obeisances unto
The Supreme Lord, Shri Krishna, replied, "Oh King, please listen
attentively as I describe the auspicious influence of this Holy
fast (vrata) day, which removes all sins.
Narada Muni once asked Lord Brahma about this same topic.
'Oh regent of all beings,' said Naradji, 'Oh you who sit upon a
water born lotus throne, please tell me the name of the Ekadasi
that occurs during the dark fortnight of the sacred month of
Please also tell me which Deity is to be worshipped on that Holy
day, the process one must follow to observe it, and the merit it
Lord Brahma replied, 'My dear son Narada, for the benefit of all
humanity I shall happily tell you everything you wish to know, for
just hearing the glories of the Kamika Ekadasi bestows merit equal
to that obtained by one who performs a horse sacrifice.
Certainly, great merit is attained by one who worships, and who
also meditates on the lotus feet of the four-armed Lord Gadadhara,
who holds conchshell, disc, club and lotus in His hands and who is
also known as Shridhara, Hari, Vishnu, Madhava, and
And the blessings achieved by such a person / devotee, who worships
Lord Vishnu exclusively are far greater than those achieved by one
who takes a sacred bath in the Ganges at Kashi (Varanasi), in the
forest of Naimisharanya, or at Pushkara, which is the only place on
the planet where I am formally worshipped.
But one who observes this Kamika Ekadasi and also worships Lord
Shri Krishna achieves greater merit than one who has darshan of
Lord Kedaranatha in the Himalayas, or one who bathes at Kurukshetra
during a solar eclipse, or one who donates the whole Earth in
charity, including its forests and oceans, or one who bathes in the
Gandaki River (where the sacred Shaligrams are found) or the
Godavari River on a full moon (purnima) day that falls on a Monday
when Leo (Simha) and Jupiter (Guru) are conjoined (conjunct).
'Observing Kamika Ekadasi bestows the same merit as donating a
milk-cow and her auspicious calf, along with their feed.
On this all auspicious day, whosoever worships Lord Sri
Shridhara-deva, Vishnu, is glorified by all the devas, Gandharvas,
Pannagas, and Nagas.
'Those who are afraid of their past sins and completely immersed in
sinful materialistic life should at least observe this best of
Ekadasis according to their ability and thus attain liberation.
This Ekadasi is the purest of all days and the most powerful for
removing sins of the native.
Oh Narad ji, Lord Shri Hari Himself once said about this Ekadasi,
"One who fasts on Kamika Ekadasi attains much more merit than one
who studies all the spiritual literatures.
'Anyone who fasts on this particular day remains awake throughout
the night will never experience the anger of Yamaraja, the king of
It has been seen that whoever observes Kamika Ekadasi will not have
to suffer future births, and in the past too, many Yogis of
devotion who fasted on this day went to the spiritual world.
One should therefore follow in their auspicious footsteps and
strictly observe a fast on this most auspicious of Ekadasis.
'Whosoever worships Lord Shri Hari with Tulsi leaves is freed from
all implication of sin.
Indeed, he lives untouched by sin, as the lotus leaf, although in
the water, is untouched by it.
Whosoever offers Lord Shri Hari but a single leaf from the sacred
Tulsi tree (occillium basilcum sanctum) attains as much merit as
one who gives away in charity two hundred grams of gold and eight
hundred grams of silver.
The Supreme Personality of Godhead is more pleased by one who
offers Him a single Tulsi leaf than by one who worships Him with
pearls, rubies, topaz, diamonds, lapis lazuli, sapphires, gomeda
stones (gomaz), cat's eye gems, and coral.
One who offers Lord Keshava newly grown manjari buds from the Tulsi
plant gets rid of all the sins he has committed during this or any
Indeed, mere darshana of Tulsi on Kamika Ekadasi removes all sins,
and merely touching her and praying to her removes all kinds of
One who waters Tulsi devi need never fear the Lord of death,
One who plants or transplants Tulsi on this days will eventually
reside with Lord Shri Krishna in His own abode.
To Srimati Tulsi devi, who awards liberation in devotional service,
one should therefore daily offer one's full obeisances.
'Even Chitragupta, Yamaraja's secretary, cannot calculate the merit
obtained by one who offers Shrimati Tulsi-devi a perpetually
burning ghee lamp.
So dear is this sacred Ekadasi to the Supreme Personality of
Godhead that all the forefathers of one who offers a bright ghee
lamp to Lord Shri Krishna on this day ascend to the heavenly
planets and drink the celestial nectar there.
Whoever offers a ghee or sesame oil lamp to Shri Krishna on this
day is freed from all his sins and enters the abode of Surya, the
Sun-god, with a body as bright as ten million lamps.
This Ekadasi is so powerful that if one who is unable to fast
simply follows the practices as mentioned herein, s/he is elevated
to the heavenly planets, along with all their forefathers.
'Oh Maharaj Yudhisthira,Lord Shri Krishna concluded, "...these were
the words of prajapathi Brahma to his son Narad Muni concerning the
incalculable glories of this Kamika Ekadasi, which removes all
This sacred day nullifies even the sin of killing a brahmana or the
sin of killing an unborn child in the womb, and it promotes one to
the spiritual world by making one supremely meritorious.
One who kills the innocent, i.e., a brahmin (brahmana), a child in
the womb, a pious and spotless woman, etc., and then later hears
about the glories of Kamika Ekadasi will be relieved of the
reaction to one's sins.
However, one should NOT think beforehand that one can kill a
Brahmin or other innocent folk and then go unpunished simply by
hearing of this Ekadasi.
Such knowing commission of sin is an abomination.
Whosoever hears these glories of the Kamika Ekadasi with faith
becomes free of all sins and returns home, back to Godhead -
Thus ends the narration of the glories of the Shravana-krshna
Ekadasi, or Kamika Ekadasi, from the Brahma-Vaivarta