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Monday Vrat

There lived a rich trader who had no issue.Inspite of all the luxuries,he always remained depressed.He observed the Vrat of Lord Shiva and Parvati on every Monday and fasted with the hope that his desire would be fulfilled one day.

Mata Parvati asked Shiva why his disciple was not blessed with an issue.Shiva told her that the trader would get what he deserved as per his Karmas(deeds) Later on,Shiva blessed the trader with a son,who had a short life of 12 years only.The trader heard all Shivas words and was happy as well as sad.

Later,his wife delivered a baby boy.The child grew up and when he was 11 years old, his mother wanted him to get married, but the trader refused and sent the boy to Kashi with his maternal uncle to regularly perform yagya and worships of Shiva.

While on the way, a King's daughter was getting married, but the bridegroom had only one eye,which was hidden from the King.When the bridegrooms's father saw the traders son,who was good looking, the bridegrooms father thought of getting the marriage ceremonies conducted by him, instead of his own son.

The trader's son and his uncle agreed to this proposal . and after the marriage was over, the bride came to know about the reality. She refused to go to the palace.
When the boy grew up to 12 years old and was in the middle of a Yagya,he died.

His maternal uncle started crying loudly when Lord Shiva and Parvati were passing by there and recognised the trader's son.Parvati pleaded with Shiva to bring him back to life.Shiva agreed and did so.

When the boy was returning back to his native place , he passed the place, where he had got married to the King's daughter. He was brought to the palace by the king's people,who recognised him.The King united his daughter and the trader's son and gifted them with valuables.

At this time,the trader and his wife were praying to Lord Shiva to protect their son.He vowed that if the boy did not return, they would commit suicide.But on seeing their son healthy and happy,the trader was very happy.

It is therefore believed that those who worship Lord Shiva and Parvati, keep fast on Mondays and recite this story to others, will be relieved from all their worries.