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Pausha Putrada Ekadashi

Pausha Putrada Ekadashi is also popularly known as Putrada Ekadashi. This particular festivity is observed by the Hindus. The religious significance of this festival is observed by Hindus in order to having a son.

According to the religious scholars and pundits, the date of this festivity is largely decided based on the lunar calendar. This day is marked with observance of religious rituals and prayers including special pujas to Lord Vishnu.

Putrada in Sanskrit language means “the giver of sons”. Putrada Ekadashi is a holy day for Hindus. It falls in the Hindu month of Pausha (December-January), of the fortnight of the waxing moon, on the 11th lunar day (ekadashi). It is to be noted that there is another Putrada Ekadashi, happens in Shravana (July-August) and is known as Shravana Putrada Ekadashi. These two Putrada Ekadashi is rightly differentiated by the Hindu religious scholars and pundits.

The significance of this particular day is that newly married couples and those married couples who are long for a child or a son worships Lord Vishnu for a son. Vaishnavas who are the followers of Lord Vishnu, especially observe this particular day with great devotion and dedication. In Hindu society, a son is regarded entirely important because he perfectly takes care of his parents and other family members in the household in their old age. He also performs shraddha (ancestor rites) in order to ensure in the after- life, well-being of his parents. This also indicates the preference of having a son in the family instead of daughter.

According to the local legends, the Bhavishya Purana rightly reveals the age old tale of Putrada Ekadashi as mentioned by the Lord Krishna to the esteemed King Yudhishtira. In the Indian household, women who are really long for a son observe fasting for the entire day on Putrada Ekadashi and pray to Lord Vishnu. It is to be remembered that certain spices and vegetables are avoided on this particular day.

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