The Ekadashi that occurs during the Wanning part of the month of Chaitra is named Papamochanii Ekadashi. This year it falls on March 17th/18th, 2023. You can check the Cosmic Insights app for local timings.
For the faithful devotee it removes the influences of negativity and doubts. This Ekadashi also awards the eight perfections of life, fulfills all kinds of desires, purifies one’s life of all sinful actions, and makes a person perfectly virtuous.
Papamochani Ekadashi Rituals
- The great benefit of fasting on Papamochani Ekadashi is that whoever does so with faith and devotion will have all his sins completely destroyed.
- Chant or listen to the Vishnu Sahasranama
- In most places this Ekadashi coincides with Shravana Nakshatra (the asterism connected to Lord Vishnu). So you can chant the mantra – Om Namo Bhagavate Trivikramaya 108 times.
- By transit, the Sun is in the sign of Pisces and the aditya connected to Pisces is Vishnu Aditya. So in the morning while gazing at the Sun with gratitude chant the mantra – Om Ghrini Vishnu Aditya
- Read the story of Papamochani Ekadashi given below.
The story of Papamochani Ekadashi is mentioned in the Padma Purana, which is one of the eighteen major Hindu Puranas. According to the legend, there was a king named Mandhata who ruled a kingdom called Vaidisha. He was a righteous and just king who always followed the path of dharma.
One day, a severe drought hit the kingdom, and there was no rain for years. The people of the kingdom suffered due to the scarcity of water and food. The king tried his best to bring rain, but all his efforts went in vain.
One day, a sage named Angira visited the king and told him that the drought was due to his sins and the sins of his ancestors. The sage advised the king to observe a fast on the day of Papamochani Ekadashi, which falls on the eleventh day of the waxing moon in the Hindu month of Chaitra, and worship Lord Vishnu.
The king followed the sage’s advice and observed the fast with great devotion. He spent the day in prayer and meditation, and in the evening, he broke his fast by consuming only fruits.
The next day, to the surprise of everyone, it started raining heavily, and the kingdom was blessed with abundance. The people of the kingdom were happy and grateful to the king for his devotion to Lord Vishnu.
Since then, the day of Papamochani Ekadashi is celebrated every year to get rid of sins and attain the blessings of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that by observing a fast and worshipping Lord Vishnu on this day, one can attain moksha and salvation.