22 June Yogini Ekadasi

Yudhisthira Maharaja said, "Oh Supreme Lord, I have heard the glories of Nirjala Ekadasi, which occurs during the light fortnight of Jyestha. Now I want to hear about the Ekadasi that occurs during the dark part of the month of Asadha (June-July). Kindly describe it in detail, O slayer of the demon Madhu.
The Supreme Lord Sri Krishna replied, "Oh king, I will discuss the best of all fasting days Ekadasi that comes during the dark part of the month of Asadha. Famous as Yogini Ekadasi removes all kinds of sinful reactions and finally gave the ultimate liberation.
O best of kings, this Ekadasi delivers people who are drowning in the ocean of material existence and transports them to the edge of the spiritual world. In all these three worlds, is the main holy days of fasting. I will reveal this truth narrating a story told in the Puranas.
King of Alakapuri, Kuvera, the treasurer of the demigods, was a devotee of Lord Siva resolved. He employed a servant named Hemamali as his personal gardener. Hemamali was a Yaksa, who was attracted by his showy wife lustfully, Svarupa-vati, who had lovely big eyes.
The daily duty Hemamali was going daily to visit Lake Manasarovara and bring flowers for his master Kuvera, which were then used in the worship of Lord Siva. One day, after picking the flowers, Hemamali returned with his wife instead of going directly to his master and his duty. Absorbed in loving affairs with his wife, forgot to return to the abode of Kuvera.
Oh king, while Hemamali was enjoying with his wife, Kuvera started worshiping Lord Shiva in his palace and soon discovered that there were no flowers ready for the noon auction. The lack of such an important article angered the great demigod, who asked a Yaksa messenger, "Why dirty Hemamali heart did not come with the daily offering of flowers? Go find out the exact reason and report back to me personally. " The Yaksa servant returned and told Kuvera, "Oh dear lord, Hemamali is freely enjoying sex with your wife."
Kuvera became very angry when he heard and immediately sent for the low Hemamali. Knowing that he had been lazy in the line of duty, Hemamali approached his master with great fear. The gardener first paid his obeisances and then stood before his master, whose eyes had turned red with anger and whose lips trembled. Angry, Kuvera cried, "Oh sinful rascal! Oh destroyer of religious principles! You are an offense to the demigods! So I curse you to suffer from white leprosy and you're separated from your beloved wife! Only you deserve immense suffering! Oh fool born bad, leave this site immediately and Head out to the lower planets ".
And immediately fell Hemamali Alakapuri and ill with the terrible affliction of white leprosy. He woke up in a thick and dreadful jungle, where there was nothing to eat or drink. So he spent his days miserably, unable to sleep at night due to pain. He suffered both in winter and summer, but since continued faithfully worshiping the Lord Siva, his consciousness remained pure and stable. Although implicated by great sin and its attendant reactions, he remembered his past life in recognition of his piety.
After wandering for some time here and there, over mountains and across the plains, Hemamali eventually reached the wide range in the Himalayas. There he had the good fortune to meet the great saint Markandeya Rsi, best of ascetics, whose duration of life is concerned, extending to seven days of Brahma. Markandeya was sitting peacefully in his ashram, as effulgent as a second Brahma. Hemamali, feeling very sinful, remained standing away from the magnificent sage and offered his humble obeisances and prayers. Always interested in the welfare of others, Markandeya saw the leper and called him, "Oh you, what kind of sinful actions have done to earn this dreadful affliction?".
Hearing this, Hemamãti replied, "Dear sir, I am a servant of the Lord Kuvera Yaksa and my name is Hemamali. My daily service was picking flowers Manasarovara Lake for the worship of Lord Siva by my master, but one day I was late in returning with the offering because I was overwhelmed with passion for my beautiful wife. When my master discovered the reason for my tardiness, cursed me with great anger. So, I am now free from my home, wife and service. Fortunately, I've got you now and I hope to receive from you an auspicious blessing, it is that devotees of the Supreme Lord in the heart are concerned for the welfare of others. That is his great nature. O best of sages, please help me!.
Markendeya Rishi replied, "Because you told me the truth, I'll talk about a fast day that will benefit you greatly. If you fast on the Ekadasi that occurs during the dark fortnight of Asadha surely will be free of this terrible curse. " At these blessed words of renowned sage, Hemamali fell to the ground completely grateful and offered his humble obeisances. But Markendeya stood up and sent out to Hemamali, filling him with an indescribable happiness.
So, as the sage had instructed him Hemamali duly observed Ekadasi fasting and its influence again became a handsome Yaksa. He then returned home, where he lived very happily with his wife. "
Lord Krsna concluded, "Then you can see, Oh Yudhishthira that fasting on Yogini Ekadasi is very powerful and auspicious. Any merit one obtains by feeding eighty-eight thousand pious brahmanas, is simply obtained by observing a strict fast on Yogini Ekadasi. One who fasts on this sacred Ekadasi destroys clusters of past sinful reactions and becomes very pious. O King, so I have explained the purity of Yogini Ekadasi. "