Rama Ekadashi Vrat Katha, story of Rama Ekadashi Vrat. What is the legend of Rama Ekadashi? Rama Ekadashi Vrat Katha is associated with King Muchakunda, her daughter Chandrabhaaga.
Yudhishthira Maharaj once asked Lord Krishna to impart him real knowledge about “Ekadashi”, which actually falls on the dark fortnight (Krishna Paksha) in the month of Kartik (aka. October – November).
At this Lord Krishna sermonizes, “O King, Ekadashi happens on the dark part of the month of Kartik and is known as Rama Ekadashi. This part of month is quite propitious, as individual can purge his/her sins and take the road on the spiritual journey.”
Lord Krishna further tells King Yudhishthira that Ekadashi glories and ancient story attached to it. Soon lord Krishna brings forth the story of pious King Muchakunda, her daughter Chandrabhaagaa and son-in law named Shobhana, and narrates in detail the relevance of observing Ekadashi fast brought transformation in the life of Prince Shobhna. Prince Shobhana became the king of ephemeral but certainly an effulgent kingdom, despite his death on observing the Ekadashi fast.
The kingdom later became permanent due to Chandrabhaagaa’s observance of the Ekadashi for 8 years with complete faith. It was sheer observance of Ekadashi in complete faith, that beautiful Chandrabhaagaa was united with her beloved husband and stayed in peace and happiness in the heaven like kingdom.
Observing the fast on Ekadashis of the dark fortnight (Krishna paksha) and the light fortnight (shukla or Gaura paksha) will be free of all types of sins and attain the Moksha, or the liberation from the continuous cycle of birth and death. In short, following Ekadashi rituals will bring pleasures not only in mundane world, but also life beyond.