Ekadashi Vrat Katha
पापमोचनी एकादशी व्रत कथा
The Ekadashi that fall in Krishna paksha of Fagan month is called Papmochini.
This Ekadashi is the giver of wealth and the destroyer of many sins.
Papmochani Ekadashi falls on the 11th day of fading phase of moon in Chaitra
month according to north Indian Hindu calendar. This Ekadashi is the last one in
all 24 Ekadashi fasts. As per South Indian calendar, it is marked on the Krishna
Paksha of Phalguna month whereas it is celebrated on Krishna Paksha of Chaitra
month according to the North Indian calendar. Interestingly this Ekadashi falls
on the same day in both north and south Indian calendars.
The word 'Papamochani' is made with two words Paap and Mochani. 'Paap'
means sin or misdeed and word “Mochani” means remover. Devotees believe that
observing fast on Papamochani Ekadasi is highly auspicious. Those who observe
this fast would be forgiven from their sins. Lord Vishnu is mainly worshipped on
The method of observing Papmochani Ekadashi fast is same as other Ekadashi fasts
and it is clearly described in 'Harivasara'.
The proper method and strictness of Ekadasi fast is difficult to follow in
modern times. Devotees observe a full day fast on Ekadashi day. They pray to
Lord Vishnu, chant mantras and Krishna songs. In various temples special
gatherings are organized where lectures are held on Bhagwat Gita. It is believed
that chanting and fasting together forms a protection layer around devotee's
body. Ekadashi Parana (Parana means ending the Fast) is done next day on
The Papmochani Ekadashi Vrat Katha
This tale is narrated in the Bhavishya Uttara Purana in the form of dialogues
between Lord Krishna and king Yudhishtira.
There was a sage named Medhavi who was a great devotee of Lord Shiva. This sage
used to perform deep Tapas (meditation) in the forest of Chaitraratha. This
forest was full of beautiful and scented flowers. The Chaitraratha forest was
also frequently visited by Indra and Apsaras. Beautiful Apsaras tried many times
but could never succeed in seducing young Medhavi. One famous Apsara, "Manjughosa", also
tried many ways to seduce this sage but she could not come closer to him due to
the power of his sobriety that he had attained over the years.
After many attempts Manjughosa decided to pitch a tent couple of miles away from
the sage and started singing. She sang so beautifully that even the Kamdev (Cupid)
got excited and decided to use Manjughosha to target Medhavi. But when
Manjughosha looked at powerful and attractive body of the sage, she herself got
restless by lust .She again started singing seductively, Kamdev drew Medhavi’s
attention towards the charm of Manughosha through his powerful magical bows .She
slowly reached closer to Medhavi and embraced him with her beautiful arms.
Medhavi stopped his tapa (meditation) and got trapped in Manjughosha’s charm.
He lost his purity of mind instantaneously. He got so much attracted to her
charm that he even forgot the difference between night and day.
Medhavi was charmed by her for a very long time. After living a married life for
57 years, Manjughosha lost her interest in the sage, and decided to abandon him
.Tricked by apsara’s charm Medhavi couldn’t be aware of the time he spent with
Manjughosha. When Manjughosha asked Medhavi to permit her to leave, now the sage
got his lost senses back and realized how he was tricked by this Apsara.
Fuming with anger Medhavi cursed her to become an ugly witch.Very sad Medhavi
returned back to his father Sage Chyavana’s ashram and told the whole story to
Sage Chyavana asked Medhavi to observe fast on Papamochani Ekadashi, and assured
him that all his sins will be removed by observing fast on this Ekadashi.
Medhavi observed the fast with full devotion to Lord Vishnu and got relieved
from his mistakes. Chyavana advised the same fast to Majughosha as well.
Manjughosha also observed the fast and regretted for her wrong deeds and she was
also relieved from her sin.
JAI SHRI KRISHNA