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About Papmochani Ekadashi

Papamocani Ekadasi, or Papamochini Ekadashi, is observed during the waning phase of moon in the According to Georgian calendar  month of March-April and According to the Hindu religious calendar, Papmochani Ekadashi falls between Holika Dahan and Chaitra Navratri.It is to be remembered that as per the South Indian Amavasyant calendar, it is celebrated on the Krishna Paksha of Phalguna month. On the other hand, as per the North Indian Purnimant calendar, it is grandly celebrated on Krishna Paksha of Chaitra month.It is believed that observing Papamochini Ekadasi will help in the redemption of sins. Ekadasi fasting is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is observed on the 11th day of waning and waxing phase of moon in traditional Hindu calendar.
The importance of Papamocani Ekadasi was mentioned to Yudhishtira by Lord Krishna and is found in the Bhavishyottara Purana. Legend has it that an Apasara named Manju Ghosha lured Sage Medhavi into married life. After several years, the Apasara wanted to return back to Devaloka but this was objected by the Sage. But the Apsara was unwilling to listen to the sage and in anger he cursed the Apsara and turned her into a witch. The sage told her that she will be relieved of the curse by observing Papamochini Ekadashi.
The sage too felt that he too had committed sins by falling into the trap of the Apsara and he too decided to observe Papamochini Ekadashi. Papa means ‘sin’ and ‘Mochini’ means to escape. Thus this Ekadashi exclusively helps in destroying sins and guilt associated with the sins committed.
All the normal rules associated with the Ekadasi fasting is observed during Papamochini Ekadasi.

Papamochani Ekadashi Fast Method

Lord Vishnu is worshipped in the fast of Ekadashi. Person observing the fast of Papamochani Ekadashi should have Satvik food (meal with no onion and garlic etc.) on the Dashmi Tithi (a day before Ekadasi). The fasting period of Ekadashi Vrat is for 24hours. Hence, a person needs to prepare himself mentally before starting the fast. In the day time of Ekadashi, Lord Vishnu is remembered and meditation is performed. And, Jagran is performed by reading Vishnu Path, in the whole night. Person observing the fast should wake up at the time of sunrise and complete his routine works. Then, the resolution of fast is taken and Lord Vishnu is worshipped. Now, the person should sit infront of Lord Vishnu’s idol and read the Shrimad Bhagwat Katha. After fasting the whole day, Jagran performed at night, multiplies the auspiciousness of fast results. Not having any food, in the night of Ekadashi and performing Jagran, increase the virtues of fasting. Person should sacrifice luxury and pleasure, on the day of fast. He should avoid having any sorts of bad thoughts in his mind. On the day of fast, it is must to hear the Vrat Katha. On the Dvadashi (a day after Ekadashi), person observing fast should take bath in the early morning, then Lord Vishnu is worshipped and Brahmans are given food and alms. After completing all these thing, food is eaten. This way the fast is concluded.
Significance of Papmochani Ekadashi

The importance of this fast was revealed to Yudhishtira by God Krishna and is given in the Bhavishyottara Purana. As per the legend an Apsara named Manju Ghosha lured a sage named Medhavi in to married life. After years of marriage life, the Apsara told the Sage that she wanted to return back to Devaloka but the Sage in a fury refused. The Apsara disobeyed the Sages words, the angry sage cursed the Apsara and changed her in to a witch and told her that she would be relieved only if she observes Papmochani Ekadashi.

The sage also felt that he had committed sins by falling in to the Apsara’s trap and he decided to observe this fast too. Hence this fast helps us in ending our sins and guilt related with the sins committed.

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