Papankusha Ekadashi

Papankusha Ekadashi : It has been said that this Ekadashi is a great purifier of sins. On this day the Padmanabha form of Shri Maha Vishnu is to be specially worshiped. By accordingly worshiping the Padmanabha form of Shri Hari, one would beget all desired fruits.

Now let’s perform Papankusha Ekadashi Vrat Katha.

  1. Let’s listen to Papankusha Ekadashi Katha and information about the event.
  2. Then We will conclude with the aarti.

Let’s Do Papankusha Ekadashi Katha

Let’s Do Papankusha Ekadashi Katha.

We Will Conclude Papankusha Ekadashi Katha With The Aarti.

Puja is considered incomplete without the aarti.
Let's now do the Papankusha Ekadashi Katha to successfully conclude the puja.

Puja is considered complete after we offer dakshina


Mantras, Regional Information, Food Restrictions For Papankusha Ekadashi Katha.

Shri Krishna tells about the greatness of observing the Ekadashi Vrata. Not even thousand Ashvamedha Yagas nor hundred Raja Suya Yagas would match the fast on an Ekadashi Day.

The Ekadashi occurring in Ashvina Masa Shukla Paksha is known as Papankusha Ekadashi. The greatness of Papankusha Ekadashi is brought out in Brahma Vaivarta Purana through a conversation between Bhagavan Sri Krishna and King Yudhisthira.

It has been said that this Papankusha Ekadashi is a great purifier of sins. On this day the Padmanabha form of Shri Maha Vishnu is to be specially worshipped. By accordingly worshipping the Padmanabha form of Shri Hari, one would beget all desired fruits. Fruits equal those obtained by performing great penance with extreme sense control are obtained by worshipping Padmanabha on this day. One who fasts on this auspicious ekadashi would never go to hell. One begets the fruits of bathing in all holy tirthas by doing the Nama Sankirtana of Vishnu on this day.

Shri Krishna tells about the greatness of observing the Ekadashi Vrata. Not even thousand Ashvamedha Yagas nor hundred Raja Suya Yagas would match the fast on an Ekadashi Day.

All the sins take shelter in the body of a person until he fasts on the auspicious Papankusha Ekadashi Day. Fasting on Edasashi Day is a means to good health. One gets purified by fasting on this Ekadashi Day and thereby begets offspring who are noble and worthy. Not even the sacred rivers like Ganga nor the great Kshetras like Gaya would match Ekadashi in purifying a person.

By fasting on the Papankusha Ekadashi Day, ten heads of the father’s, mother’s and wife’s lineage is uplifted for sure. By performing fast with devotion to Shri Hari on this auspicious Paashankusha Ekadashi Day one would at the end reach His abode without fail.

Shri Haraye Namaha

Shri Padmanabhaya Namaha

Shri Krishnarpanamastu

Legend of Papankusha Ekadashi


Yudhishthira Maharaj said, “Oh Madhusudana, what is the name of the Ekadashi that comes during the light fortnight of the month of Ashvina (September – October)? Please be merciful and disclose this truth to me.”

The Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna replied, “Oh king, please listen as I explain the glories of Pashankusha Ekadashi – which removes all sins. On this day one should worship the Deity of Padmanabha, the lotus naveled Lord Vishnu, according to the rules of archana viddhi (regulations). By so doing, one achieves whatever heavenly pleasures one may want in this world, and at last attains liberation from this world thereafter. Simply by offering one’s humble obeisances unto Lord Vishnu, one can achieve the same merit as is gained by performing great penances for a long time restraining and controlling the senses. Although a person might have committed unlimited and abominable sins, he can still escape hellish punishment just by paying his obeisances to Lord Sri Hari, the taker away of all sin.”

“The merits gained by going on pilgrimage to the Holy Tirthas of this earthly planet can also be achieved simply by chanting the Holy names of Lord Vishnu. Whosoever chants these sacred names – such as Rama, Vishnu, Janardana or Krishna – especially on Ekadashi, never sees Yamaraj, the king of death’s punishing abode. Nor does such a devotee who fasts on Papankusha Ekadashi, which is very dear to Me, see that hellish place.”

“Both the Vaishnava who criticizes Lord Shiva and the Shaivite who criticizes Me certainly go to hell. The merit obtained by performing one hundred horse sacrifices and one hundred Rajasurya sacrifices is not even equal to one sixteenth of the merit a devotee is able to attain by fasting on Ekadashi. There is no higher merit one can achieve than that attained by fasting on Ekadashi. Indeed, nothing in all the three worlds is as pleasing or as able to purify one of accumulated sin as Ekadashi, the day of the lotus-naveled Lord, Padmanabha.”

“O king, until a person observes a fast on the day of Lord Padmanabha named Papankusha Ekadashi, he remains sinful, and the reactions of his past sinful activities never leave him like a chaste wife. There is no merit in all the three worlds that can match the merit that one gains by observing a fast on this Ekadashi. Whosoever observes it faithfully never has to see death personified, Lord Yamaraj. One who desires liberation, elevation to the heavens, good health, wealth, and food grains should simply fast on this Papankusha Ekadashi. O king, neither the Ganges, Gaya, Kashi, nor Pushkara, nor even the Holy site of Kurukshetra, can grant as much auspicious merit as this Papankusha Ekadashi.