One of the most important days in the Hindu Festival Calendar is Papmochani Ekadashi. Ekadashi stands for the eleventh day from the beginning of both the lunar phases of a month. There are 2 Ekadashis every month, one is Krishna Paksha Ekadasi (New Moon) and the other one is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi (Full Moon). Hence, there are a total of 24 Ekadashis in a year. Papmochani Ekadashi is considered to be the last Ekadashi of the year. It falls between Holika Dahan and Chaitra Navratri and is celebrated on the Krishna Paksha Ekadashi of the Chaitra month (the month in which the birth of the universe took place) according to the Drikpanchang.
But what makes it different from other Ekadashis? Papmochani can be divided into 2 words, Paap meaning sin and Mochani meaning removal. Hence, Papmochani together signifies the exclusion of all the sins. It is believed that if people fast on the Papmochani Ekadashi, then Lord Vishnu blesses them and frees them from their sins. Therefore, people observe a fast on this day to eliminate themselves from their sins. Besides, it is also known to be the last Ekadashi of the yearly cycle.
Significance Of This Fast
This day is observed to be quite important for it generates numerous advantages. Some of them are mentioned below:
- Detaches people from their sins.
- Provides better insights and vision towards life.
- Strengthens spirituality, stabilizes emotions and increases intellect.
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Rituals Performed To Observe This Fast
There are certain rituals and practices observed during the Papmochani Ekadashi to gain its maximum benefits. To throw some light, here are a few:
- People wake up early in the morning and take a bath.
- They perform puja by chanting various mantras of Lord Vishnu, offering flowers, prasad (sacred offerings) and Chandan paste (sandalwood paste) to worship the Lord.
- Some people observe a strict fast where they don’t consume any food or water. While some eat only fruits and drink water.
- Certain people, especially brahmins (saints), observe a fast for two days that help them to attain moksha (heaven).
- Moreover, to break the fast, they offer special bhog (holy offerings) to the Mighty Lord and recite the Satnarayan Katha as well.
Parana translates into breaking the past. The fast can be broken the next morning, i.e. during pratahkal and only after the Hari Vasara (Ekadashi tithi/period) gets over. You are advised not to break the fast at noon/madhyahna kal as it is considered inauspicious.
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Dates and Timings for Papmochani Ekadashi
- Ekadashi Tithi begins at 04:26 AM on March 19, 2020
- Ekadashi Tithi ends at 05:59 AM on March 20, 2020
- Hari Vasara on the 20th March ends at 12:28 PM
Dates and Timings for Vaishnava Papmochani Ekadashi
- Parana time (time to break the fast) for Vaishnav Ekadashi on 21st March is between 6:42 AM to 7:55 AM.
- Parana (breaking fast) Dwadashi (breaking 12th day of Ekadashi) ends at 7:55 AM.
(Note: These dates are as per Drikpanchang)
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