Papankusha Ekadashi Fast Emancipates A Person from All The Sins!

The fast of Papankusha Ekadashi will be observed on the day of Ekadashi of Shukla Paksha in Ashwin month. This year, this fast is going to be observed on October 27 i.e. Tuesday. Papankusha Ekadashi means intercepting the elephant-like sin with the virtuous bonds of fasting.

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As per Puranas, venerating Lord Vishnu and remembering Bhagavad silently helps devotees develop a clean heart. During the Mahabharata period, Lord Krishna told Dharmaraja Yudhishthira about the significance of this Ekadashi. Also, he said that one who observes this fast sincerely and wholeheartedly emancipates from all sins of his/her life. So, let us give complete information pertaining to this very auspicious day. 

Papankusha Ekadashi Vrat Muhurat

Beginning of Ekadashi TithiOctober 26, Monday from 09:02:13
End of  Ekadashi TithiOctober 27, Tuesday upto 10:48:33

Natives who observe fast on this day of Ekadashi will end the fast on October 28, Wednesday. All the information pertaining to Shubh Muhurat of Parana is given below:

Ekadashi Parana MuhuratOctober 28, From 06:30 AM upto 08:44 AM
Duration 2:13 Hours

Rituals while Venerating on the Day of Papankusha Ekadashi Vrat

Those who observe Papankusha Ekadashi fast must follow the rituals a day before i.e. from the Dashami Tithi. Grains of seven types such as wheat, Urad, Moong, gram, barley, rice and lentils should be avoided on the day of Dashami.

  • Wake up early in the morning, take a bath, wear clean clothes and resolve to fast by keeping water in hand on the day of Ekadashi.
  • After taking a resolve, perform Ghatasthapana/Kalash Sthapna. Place an idol/photo of Lord Vishnu on Kalash for performing Ghatasthapana.
  • Worship Lord Vishnu wholeheartedly and offer incense sticks, lamps/Diyas, coconuts, fruits, flowers, etc. Must keep a leaf of Tulsi in the veneration of Lord Vishnu.
  • After worship, recite the Path of Vishnu Sahasranama and perform Aarti of Lord Vishnu.
  • One who observes fast on this day must perform Jagran and Bhajan-Kirtan at night.
  • On the very next day i.e. Dwadashi, perform worship with due rituals and then, offer food to the Brahmins and donate as per your financial ability. After this, end your fast by remembering Parana Muhurat.
  • If you are unable to observe the fast for one or another reason for the whole day, then you can observe fast till evening and after this, perform Puja-Aarti in the evening and eat Satvik Bhojan.

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Significance of Papankusha Ekadashi

All the fasts of Ekadashis have their own significance in Hinduism. But among all, the fast of Papankusha Ekadashi benefits not only self but others as well. Padmanabh, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is venerated on this Ekadashi. This fast helps a person to be pure by heart and makes him/her free from all sins. The person along with parents and near and dear gets free from all the sins. This fast showers fruits equal to that of Ashwamedha Yagya and Surya Yagya. Observing this fast ends all the ill effects of the planet Moon and one gets Baikunth Dham. If a person commits a mistake consciously or unconsciously, then he/she has to observe the fast on this very day.

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Things to be Kept in Mind on this Very Day

Those who observe the fast on the day of Papankusha Ekadashi must remember a few things in mind. On this very day, a person should not even think of consuming rice and heavy food. Grains of seven types such as wheat, Urad, Moong, gram, barley, rice and lentils must be avoided on Dashami because all these seven grains are venerated on the day of Ekadashi. There is a tradition of remembering Bhagavad Gita silently and performing Bhajan-Kirtan. Those who observe the fast of Papankusha Ekadashi must not get angry and speak less by keeping control of their character. One is blessed with fruits if worship of Lord Vishnu is performed at night on this very day. In addition to this, observing fast on this day, performing donation of Gold, sesame, cow, grain, water, umbrella and shoes removes even all the awful sins of the previous life.

Reunion of Lord Shri Ram and Bharat on this Very Day

The day of Papankusha Ekadashi is considered to be highly sacred in Hinduism. Every year, this festival of Ekadashi is celebrated on the Ekadashi falling after Navratri and Dussehra during the Ashwin month. It is believed that after returning from the exile, Lord Shri Ram and Bharat reunited on this very Ekadashi. Therefore, the auspiciousness of this day enhances manifold.

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Legend/Katha Of Papankusha Ekadashi Vrat

It is said that any fast stands incomplete unless the Katha of that fast is heard. Let us tell you the Katha/Legend of Papankusha Ekadashi Vrat.

In old times, there used to be a cruel hunter named Krodhan on Vindhya Mountains, who spent his entire life in wrongdoings like violence, robbery etc. When Krodhan was taking his last breath, Yamraj ordered his messengers to bring Krodhan. Yamdoots told Krodhan that tomorrow is his last day and that will be his last day on Earth. 

He was frightened to hear that his death was near and the bad deeds filmed before his eyes. Now, he knew that the fruits of his bad deeds will have to be borne after death. Krodhan rushed to the Ashram of Maharishi Angira and started crying in pain before him. He asked Maharishi for the redemption of misdeeds. Seeing the condition of Krodhan, Maharishi took pity on him and advised him to observe the fast of Papamkusha Ekadashi for redemption of his sins. 

Finally, Krodhan observed the fast of Papankusha Ekadashi with due rituals and then, he attained salvation (Moksha) by the grace of God.

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