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Papankusha Ekadashi is a Hindu festival that falls on the ‘Ekadashi’ (11th day) in bright fortnight of the Shukla Paksha during Hindu month ‘Ashwin’. For this specific reason the festival is also called as ‘Aswin Shukla Ekadashi’. On this auspicious day, the God named Lord Padmanabha, who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is worshiped with full devotion and zeal.
Celebrating Papankusha Ekadashi gives power to eradicate one’s sins. It is also believed that if an individual observe a strict fast and remains silent throughout the day, gets the blessings of Lord Vishnu and his sins will be eliminated. On Papankusha Ekadashi, God Vishnu is worshipped as per the ‘Archana Vidhi’.
Papankusha Ekadashi Date & Timings
12 October 2016 / Wednesday
Tithi Begins: 11-Oct-2016 22:28 PM
Tithi Ends: 12-Oct-2016 21:14 PM
Papankusha Ekadashi is the most significant Ekadashis as the person who keeps a vrat (fast) on this day is bestowed with good health, fortune, prosperity and all other worldly desires. On this day a single ‘saatvik’ meal is taken and the fast continues till the end of Ekadashi. While observing the fast (vrat), the devotees must not perform any sinful acts or deeds.
The Papankusha Ekadashi vrat ends on the 12th day (‘dwadashi’). The devotees must offer some donations to a Brahmin before breaking the fast. Charity done on this day provides liberation. Some people also organize ‘Brahman Bhoj’ on this auspicious day.
Donations to be made on Papankusha Ekadashi
- Sesame seeds
Significance of Papankusha Ekadashi
Papankusha Ekadashi provides virtues equal to 100 Ashwamegh & Rajasuya Yagya. Simply chanting of Lord Vishnu’s name on this day provides the merit of holy dip in the river Ganga. One who desires liberation, good health, and prosperity and food grains should simply fast on Pashankusha Ekadashi. In the Brahma Vaivatra Purana, this day is also considered auspicious for removing of one’s sins
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