PAPMOCHANI EKADASHI

DATE AND PUNCHANG  

Date – 28th March 2022

Day – Monday

Ekadashi Tithi beginning time – 06: 04 PM on 27th March 2022

Ekadashi Tithi Ending time – 04: 15 PM on 28th March 2022

Parana Time: 06: 15 AM to 08: 43 AM on 29th March 2022

Parana Day Dwadashi End Moment – 02: 38 PM

Papmochani Ekadashi falls on the Ekadashi (eleventh day) of the Chaitra month of the Krishna Paksha, according to the Hindu calendar. It is the 24th Ekadashi and the last of the 24 Ekadashi that fall between two significant festivals, Holika Dahan and Chaitra Navratri. In a year, there are twenty-four Ekadashis, and Papmochani is one of them, which is celebrated in honor of Lord Vishnu. In its literal sense, Papmochani is made up of two words: ‘Pap,’ which means ‘Sin,’ and ‘Mochani,’ which means ‘Removal,’ which combined mean that anyone who observes Papmochani Ekadashi is cleansed of all past and present sins. Devotees worship and pray to Lord Vishnu on this auspicious and fortunate day of Papmochani Ekadashi.

WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF PAPMOCHANI EKADASHI?

It is believed that Papmochani Ekadashi is extremely auspicious and that anyone who fasts on this day would be rid of all the sins and have a tranquil and happy life ahead of them. Devotees who observe the Ekadashi gain clarity of vision and thought, as well as relief from all griefs and mental illnesses. Observing a Papmochani Ekadashi fast also brings enormous fortune to the devotees.

Lord Krishna taught the meaning of the Papmochani Ekadashi vrat to King Yudhishthira. Devotees must spend the day of Papmochani Ekadashi with a pure heart in order to invoke Lord Vishnu’s blessings and to atone for sins committed in previous lives. The Bhavishyottara Purana also mentions the Papmochani Ekadashi. The Bhavishya Uttara Purana tells the story of Papmochani Ekadashi through dialogues between Lord Krishna and King Yudhishthira.

On this day, Lord Vishnu devotees maintain a fast in the idea that it will enable them to live a tranquil and happy life. Devotees think that fasting on Ekadashi will aid in the removal of all their sorrows and mental illnesses. Aside from that, devotees who observe the Papmochani Ekadashi fast are said to be blessed with prosperity.

RITUALS TO BE PERFORMED

To get the most out of the Papmochani Ekadashi, certain rites and traditions must be followed. Here are a few to get you started:

  • People get up early in the morning, take a bath, and worship Lord Vishnu by singing various Vishnu mantras, presenting flowers, prasad (holy offerings), and Chandan paste (sandalwood paste).
  • Some people follow a severe fast in which they don’t eat or drink anything. Some people simply eat fruits and drink water.
  • Some people, particularly brahmins (saints), fast for two days in order to achieve moksha (heaven).
  • They also present special bhog (holy offerings) to the Mighty Lord and recite the Satnarayan Katha to break the fast.

Several ceremonies are observed during Papmochani Ekadashi which begin on Dashami, the day before Ekadashi. All of the devotees observe a fast and do not consume food or water. Some adherents, though, also drink water and eat fruits. People wake up early in the morning and bathe in a local lake or river. Following the dip, devotees do Lord Vishnu puja, in which they light incense sticks, offer sandalwood paste and flowers to the deity, and chant Lord Vishnu and Satyanarayan Katha mantras to appease the god.

 

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