Here is a free-hand translation of the story of the importance of Prabodhini Ekadashi, which is occurring on 17th Nov this year.:-
Lord Krishna said:-
O Arjun, I will tell you about the “Prabodhini Ekadashi”, which gives liberation, which occurs in the Shukla part of Kartik Month. This dialog happened in between Naarad and Bhrahma ji.
Once Naarad ji asked Brahma ji.:-
“O Father, what is the benefit of the ‘Prabodhini Ekadashi’ fast, please bless me with a detailed explanation. ”
Brahma ji said:-
O Son, that thing which is very difficult to obtain in the three worlds, even that object can be attained through the fast of the Prabodhini Ekadashi. Because of the effect of this fast the bad karmas of the previous lifetime get washed out in a moment. O Son ! The person who does even little good deed on this day with devotion and faith, he becomes steady like a mountain of good virtues. Their forefathers reach the Vishnu’s abode. The worst sins get washed out by staying awake on the night of Prabodhini Ekadashi.
O Narad, for the attainment of the divine, a man should definitely do this fast of Prabodhini Ekadashi. The person who does the Ekadashi fasting attains divine, becomes a Yogi, gets a say over senses, because the Eakadashi fasting is very dear to the Lord Vishnu.
On this day the person who donates, does the austerity, homa, yagya, he receives unending virtues. (as per Srimad Bhagawad Gita, chanting of the name of the divine is a supreme Yagya.)
Hence, O Narad ! You should also do the Pooja of Lord Vishnu in detailed procedure. This Ekadashi, one should get up in the Brahma Muhurtam(4-6am) and have a strong intention for the fast and do the podia. The night should be spent near the divine in music, dance, listening to the stories of the divine.
On the day of Prabodhini Ekadashi, one should honor the divine with flowers, fragrance sticks etc. It is million times beneficial than other rituals.
One who worships Lord Vishnu with flower of Rose, Flower of Bakula and Ashoka trees, flower of white and red Kaner, Durva s, the leaf of Shami tree, flower of Champak tree, he becomes free from the cycle of rebirth. In this manner one should worship the divine in the night, and take bath in the morning. After that praying to the divine one needs to honor the Guru and give donations to good natured and pious people.
A person who has left a certain object in the Chaturmasya worship, can take it back again. Thus one who does the ritual of ‘Prabodhini Ekadashi’, attains bliss and lives in heaven.