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Papankusha Ekadashi is all about destroying elephant sized sins with the virtuous arrow of fast. On this day, people worship Lord Vishnu and perform Bhajan-Kirtan to make themselves pure and pious. This Ekadashi fast brings good nature and virtue in humans. It is also believed that by fasting on this day, people reap rewards equivalent to hard penance (Tapasya)
Papankusha Ekadashi Vrat Puja Vidhi
According to religious scriptures, Papankusha Ekadashi is of great significance. A person gets result equal to that of multiple Ashvamedha and Surya Yagya with the influence of this fast. The rituals for the fast should be followed from the previous day, i.e. Dashami. Following is the Vrat Puja Vidhi for Papankusha Ekadashi:
1. Avoid eating wheat, gram, barley, rice, lentil pulses, Urad and Moong on Dashami as these seven cereals are worshipped on Ekadashi day.
2. Take vows for the fast after bathing in the morning of Ekadashi day.
3. Perform urn (Kalash) installation after taking the vow and keep the idol of Lord Vishnu on top of the Kalash. Recite Vishnu Sahasranama and worship the God.
4. On the next day, i.e. on Dwadashi, feed Brahmins and donate food to them. After that, open your fast.
Importance of Papankusha Ekadashi
In Mahabharata period, Lord Shri Krishna himself told the importance of Papankusha Ekadashi to Dharmaraj Yudhisthira. He explained that this Ekadashi destroys all sins and saves people from committing wrong deeds. By fasting on this day, a person achieves wealth and prestige, and attains liberation.
On the occasion of Papankusha Ekadashi, one should worship the God with full devotion and donate charity to the Brahmins and needy. Also, one should have fruits only for a happy mind and a healthy body.
Papankusha Ekadashi Vrat Katha
In ancient times, there lived a very cruel bird hunter in Vindhya Mountains, named Krodhan. He spent all his life in violence, loot, drinking and giving false speeches. When the end of his life came, Yamraj ordered his messengers to bring Krodhan. They told him that tomorrow would be the last day of his life.
Scared of death, he reached Ashram of Maharishi Angira to take refuge. Maharishi showed mercy and told him to fast for Papankusha Ekadashi. Thus, by performing the fast of Papankusha Ekadashi, he got the blessings of God and attained liberation.