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The Hindu Lunar calendar has many significant dates and festivals. A Lunar month consists of two lunar fortnights, and on the eleventh day, Lord Vishnu's devotees observe a fast. This fast is referred to as Ekadashi Vrat. Since there are two lunar fortnights in a month, devotees keep the Ekadashi Vrat twice. Each Ekadashi Vrat has a specific name and significance. The Ekadashi during Chaitra, Krishna Paksha or the waning phase of the Moon (as per the Purnimant calendar) or Phalguna, Krishna Paksha (according to the Amavasyant calendar) is called Papmochani Ekadashi. Read on to know more about the date and significance of Papmochani Ekadashi 2021.
This year, Papmochani Ekadashi vrat will be observed on April 7.junglerummy
The Ekadashi timings are between 2:09 AM on April 7 to 2:28 AM on April 8.
Papmochani Ekadashi significance
Lord Vishnu is hailed as the Palan Karta or the one who protects and sustains life on earth. He took various avatars to save humanity by eliminating Adharma. Moreover, he is also hailed as the Supreme Being. Therefore, devotees seek his blessings for a blissful life on Earth and beyond. The ultimate aim of life is to attain Moksha (liberation from the vicious cycle of birth, life and death). Therefore, devotees worship Lord Vishnu and yearn to seek refugee in Vaikuntha, his heavenly abode, after their journey on the earth comes to an end.
Papmochani Ekadashi is the last Ekadashi of the Hindu Amavasyant Lunar calendar. As it is evident from the name, Papmochani means riddance from Paap (sins) that one may have committed during his/her lifetime. By observing this Ekadashi Vrat with sincere devotion, a devotee can also rid himself/herself of the effects of his/her wrongdoings during his/her previous birth.
Devotees perform penance by observing a fast that starts on Dashami Tithi evening and ends on Dwadashi Tithi morning.