Papamochani Ekadashi


Papmochani Ekadashi is the ekadasi tithi in Krishna paksha of Chaitra month. Papmochani means ‘pap’- deadly sins and ‘mochani’ means to remove or liberate. Observing Papmochani Ekadashi eradicates our sins and wrongdoings.

Papamochani Ekadashi Date 2023

Sat , 18th Mar 2023

History of Ekadashi

In SathyaYug, a demon named Mura or Murdanav terrorised the earth by causing severe harm to people. They prayed to Lord Vishnu to put an end to their sufferings. Lord Vishnu created a goddess by the name Ekadashi to slay the demon on the 11th lunar day. After Ekadashi defeated the demon, pleased Lord Vishnu endowed the goddess with a boon that anyone who observes ritualistic fast on this day will free himself from all forms of sins and mental impurities, also gets on fast track towards Moksha, the devotee will also be held close to Lord Vishnu’s heart.

Rituals

The best way to celebrate Ekadashi is to observe fast and chant Vedic mantras. Ekadashi fasting means spiritual cleansing, a spiritual detoxification of all senses. People refrain from consuming solid food, grains, pulses or lentils on this day. According to ancient Vedic scriptures, the Ekadashi fast spans for about three days. The day prior to Ekadasi, i.e On Dashami, devotees relish one healthy balanced meal around the afternoon or before sunset to ensure no residual food remains in the body during Ekadashi. On Ekadashi, devotees observe a sincere, clean fast and break the fast after sunrise of the next day. This has been the ritualistic fasting process. In today’s world people follow different types of fast-

Nirjala Ekadashi: ultimate fast. Fast the whole day without eating and drinking water.

Sajala Ekadashi: similar to a juice fast. Consume water and fruit juices.

Farali Ekadashi: Fruit diet that is commonly followed. Consume Fruits and Milk only.

Wake up in the brahma muhurat, take bath and clean sacred live space at home for pooja and bhajan ceremonies. We can recite or meditate on Vishnu Sahasranama during this time. Or be with the mantra “Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaaya” all day, learn more Vishnu Mantras. Choose a fast that suits your schedule for the day or activities for the day. It is generally preferred to avoid grains and pulses, or lentils, tubers on Ekadesi. Eat fruits, positive prana foods like coconut, coconut water, dairy products, peppercorn, honey and nuts. Stay mindful of your every thought and action. Offer flowers and light a lamp for Tulsi plant. We can participate in bhajan or homa remedy ceremonies. Temple visits, offerings and donations are advised since they can deepen the sense of devotion. Refrain from negative emotions like hate, anger, greed, jealously and violence choose happier, inclusive attributes like empathy, care, faith, integrity.

Pregnant women, elderly people can skip fasting and rather chant & internalise Lord Vishnu Mantras. Children below the age of 12 can also avoid fasting since they are in the assimilation phase of their life.

We also suggest other modes of fasting like gadget free fast- taking a break from social media for a day, staying away from watching television, or mobile phone or even gaming gadgets and other distractive media. This can also create a significant amount of awareness and mindfulness.

Magnanimity of Ekadashi Vrat 

Bhagavad Gita says that this Ekadashi Vrat was revealed by Lord Krishna to King Arjuna and all the Pandavas followed this fast all their lifetime. Vrat doesn’t necessarily mean denial of food, it’s the compulsive nature that is moderated during the Vrat. Ekadashi Vrat aims at making everything, a conscious process. When we do not act based on compulsive nature, we become conscious, when we are conscious, we choose; choose our reactions, our words and actions. This is the cycle the Vrat taps into, by making a shift in our very nature, from compulsive to conscious. We go on collecting data or memories based on day to day life, things we see, read and eat. Ekadashi creates a window to reflect on this memory pile, reevaluate data fetched to our system, a hard reboot. It is also believed that full stomach causes lethargy and dullness, and a light stomach keeps the mind sharp and alert. This Vrat is considered to be of incomparable power and benefits. There is a famous sloka on Ekadashi Vrat that goes,

“Na Gayathrya para mantram:
  Na Mathu para dhaivatham:
  Na Ganagasya paramam theertham:
  Na Ekadasya samam vratham”

There is no mantra superior to Gayathri Mantra; there is no God superior to one’s mother; there is no holy water superior to River Ganga and there is no vrata superior to the Ekadasi vrat.

According to Srimad Bhagavad Purana, this Ekadashi Vrat earns the same merit as equivalent to performing an aswamedha homa, 10 times the merit of donating 1000 cows to a temple or an ashrama and the merit of feeding 1000 sages or spiritual seekers.

Benefits

  • Most of our bodily functions are influenced by the planet moon and its magnetic pull. Fasting or Ekadashi Vrat aids a healthy balance in bodily fluids like hormones, blood plasma and other blood components. 
  • Ekadashi Vrat facilitates sound health and a peaceful, calm mind. 
  • It is the simplest way to attract multifold blessings from Lord Vishnu and reach His abode. 
  • It cures illness and other mental imbalances in a physical system. Hormonal imbalances, other gland dysfunctions can be cured. 
  • Cleansing and spiritual detoxification renews body cells, erases unwanted emotions and alters the body metabolic processes for better functioning in this world 
  • Ekadashi Vrat purifies mind, body and soul. Destroys potential cancer cells in the process of detoxification. 
  • The planet goes through a particular energy shift on this day. If you are a spiritual seeker or a person who performs yoga and meditates regularly, you could know when it is Ekadashi without the calendar because there is naturally a lesser inclination towards food and other compulsive behaviour on this day. 
  • Fasting strengthens the will power and Mind power. It is the first step towards turning in, to your inner self. 
  • Fasting directs us towards the mind, over body, when we become less of a physical body our awareness of other dimensions is naturally heightened. This awareness is the meditative state, a conscious state of mind ,not the compulsive state. 

Important Timings On Papamochani Ekadashi

Sunrise

March 18, 2023 6:37 AM

Sunset

March 18, 2023 6:33 PM

Dwadashi End Moment

March 19, 2023 8:07 AM

Ekadashi Tithi Begins

March 17, 2023 2:07 PM

Ekadashi Tithi Ends

March 18, 2023 11:14 AM

Hari Vasara End Moment

March 18, 2023 4:27 PM

Parana Time

March 19, 6:36 AM - March 19, 8:07 AM

Papamochani Ekadashi festival dates between 2019 & 2029

Year

Date

2019

Sunday, 31st of March

2020

Thursday, 19th of March

2021

Wednesday, 7th of April

2022

Monday, 28th of March

2023

Saturday, 18th of March

2024

Friday, 5th of April

2025

Tuesday, 25th of March

2026

Sunday, 15th of March

2027

Friday, 2nd of April

2028

Tuesday, 21st of March

2029

Saturday, 10th of March