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Paapmochani Ekadashi signifies destroying all the sins and bad deeds. On this day, you must worship Lord Vishnu with full devotion. One must not lie to others and criticize anyone. One get rid of many grievous sins including violence, brahmahatya, gold theft, drinking, fetus abortion and much more after doing this ekadashi vrat.
Papmochani Ekadashi Vrat and Puja Vidhi
The puja rituals to Papmochani Ekadashi vrat which destroys all the sins are as follows:
1. After sunrise on ekadashi, take a holy bath and resolution for fasting.
2. After that, worship Lord Vishnu with Shodashopachara Vidhi, do aarti and venerate incense sticks, diya, sandalwood and fruits to the lord.
3. On this day, you must donate to beggars, needy people and brahmans and feed them properly.
4. Fasting at night on Papmochani Ekadashi and paran or opening the fast must be done on the next day, i.e. twelfth day
It is culturally recognized that fasting on this day would destroy your sins with peace and prosperity coming into your life. Doing jagran on Ekadashi helps you to attain holy virtue.
According to religious scriptures, there was a very beautiful forest called Chaithrath. In the jungle, Sage Medhani, son of Sage Chyavan, used to do rigorous austerity. In this forest, Devraj Indra used to walk around with Gandharva girls, Apsaras and Gods. Sage Medhani was a worshipper of Lord Shiva and Apsaras were well-wishers of Kamdev, who didn’t follow Shiva. Once a time, Kamdev send an apsara or nymph named Manju Ghosha to break the attention of Sage Medhani doing tapasya or austerity. She succeeded in breaking Sage’s concentration by dancing and singing in front of him, whereas even Sage Medhavi got smitten by her beauty. After that, they both spent several years together. One day when Manju Ghosha asked his permission to leave, Sage Medhavi realised his mistake and how his austerity was disturbed. Due to this he got very angry and cursed Manju Ghosha to be a Pishachini or an Evil Spirit. Hearing that, the apsara started crying, laid on his feet and pleaded him to share the remedy for getting rid of this curse. After pleading for several times, Sage Medhavi told her to fast on Papmochani Ekadashi and said that by fasting on this day, you’ll get rid of all your sins and bad deeds and be able to get your old appearance back. After telling the apsara the remedy, Sage Medhavi went to his father, Maharshi Chyavan and told him about the curse. He said,Son, you didn’t do well, as you too have earned a sin by doing this, which is why you must also go ahead with Papmochani Ekadashi vrat.
In this way by doing Papmochani Ekadashi vrat, the apsara got rid of her curse and Sage Medhavi of his sins.