Papankusha Ekadashi

Shukla Paksha Ekadashi vrat of Ashwina masa is called Papankusha Ekadashi. This ekadashi vrat is referred as Papankusha because of its magnanimous effect on removing karmic burden and consequences of one’s wrongdoings. This day is an auspicious day to sow the seeds of good karma/deeds. All the Ekadashis of Chaturmaas are believed to establish better divine connection with Lord Vishnu. ‘Chaturmas’ period is the hibernation phase of the Lord and best time to accumulate ‘Punya’ or virtues.

Papankusha Ekadashi Date 2023

Sat , 18th Mar 2023

Papankusha Ekadashi Fast

According to the puranas, the devotees who observe Papankusha Ekadashi Vrat are blessed with forgiveness for all their past sins. Papankusha Ekadashi fasting means spiritual cleansing, a spiritual detoxification of all senses. People refrain from consuming solid food, grains, pulses or lentils on this day. 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.


  • Papankusha 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. 
  • Papankusha Ekadashi helps us get over negative emotions like ego, jealousy, negative thoughts and hatred. Blesses you with great health and wellbeing.
  • Papankusha Ekadashi vrat promotes accumulation of wealth and virtue.
  • This vrat also bestow forgiveness of the wrong deeds of the past.
  • Ekadashi vrats are the simplest way to attract many blessings from Lord Vishnu and to reach His heavenly abode, Vaikuntam. 

Important Timings On Papankusha Ekadashi


October 25, 2023 6:32 AM


October 25, 2023 5:49 PM

Dwadashi End Moment

October 26, 2023 9:44 AM

Ekadashi Tithi Begins

October 24, 2023 3:14 PM

Ekadashi Tithi Ends

October 25, 2023 12:32 PM

Hari Vasara End Moment

October 25, 2023 5:50 PM

Parana Time

October 26, 6:32 AM - October 26, 8:47 AM

Papankusha Ekadashi festival dates between 2019 & 2029




Wednesday, 9th of October


Tuesday, 27th of October


Saturday, 16th of October


Thursday, 6th of October


Wednesday, 25th of October


Sunday, 13th of October


Friday, 3rd of October


Thursday, 22nd of October


Monday, 11th of October


Friday, 29th of September


Thursday, 18th of October