Papmochini Ekadashi Vrat Katha 2020

 Papmochini Ekadashi falls on the 11th day of Krushna Paksh of Chaitra maas, it is on the 20th March Friday 2020.The two words Paap and Mochani combine to form the word Papamochani, the former meaning ‘sin’ and the latter meaning the ‘remover’ of sin. 

Devotees wake up at sunrise and take a holy bath with kush and sesame seeds, Papmochini means getting rid of the sins so these Ekadashi devotees wish is to receive eternal mercy from Lord Vishnu.”Vawisyottara Purana”elaborates the history of this Ekadashi which resembles with Dwapar Yuga, the time of Krushna and Mahabharata. Krushna himself has narrated the significance of this Ekadashi to Yudhsthira, this Ekadashi is well-known for the purification of one’s soul against all sins and crimes. This is an Ekadashi of commitment and spiritual upliftment.
Papamochani Ekadashi Vrat Katha
Papamochani Ekadashi Katha is outlined in the Bhavishya Uttara Purana as dialogues between Lord Krushna and King Yudhishtira. Sage called Medhavi who was a big devotee of Lord Shiva,did tapasya in the forest of Chaitraratha, which was full of beautiful and fragrant flowers. Indra and the apsaras visited the forest frequently. The apsaras tried many times to seduce the young Medhavi, but never succeeded. One of the apsaras, called Manjughosa, tried several ways to seduce this sage but she could not even come close to him due to the power of his tapasya.

Papamochani Ekadashi Mahatmya-

Manjughosa decided to make a tent a few miles away from the sage and then started to sing, which even got Kamdev excited. Everytime Manjughosha looked at the young and attractive body of the sage, she herself got restless with lust. Finally Manughosha managed to reach close to Medhavi and embraced him, which broke the sage’s tapasya. Where upon, the sage lost himself completely in the charms of Manjughosha and was trapped. He lost his purity immediately. He even forgot the difference between day and night.

Medhavi kept the sage entrapped in her charms for for 57 years, after which she lost interest in him and decided to leave. When she told Medhavi of her wish to go away, the sage came back to his senses and realized how the apsara had kept him trapped for 57 years.

Significance of Papamochani Ekadashi –
Enraged, the sage cursed the apsara to become an ugly witch. Feeling very sad, Medhavi went back to his father Sage Chyavana’s ashram and recounted the whole episode. Sage Chyavana asked both Medhavi and Manjughosha to observe the Papamochani Ekadashi vrat and pray to Lord Vishnu with full devotion. He assured them that all their sins will be thus removed.