Know how to observe a fast and perform rituals
Updated October 15, 2021 | 07:39 IST
Rules of Papankusha Ekadashi vrat and puja vidhi: Devotees of Lord Vishnu observe a Vrat on the eleventh day of the lunar fortnight and the Ekadashi of Ashwin, Shukla Paksha, is called Papankusha Ekadashi. On this day, the Padmanabha form of Lord Vishnu is worshiped. Read on to know the Ekadashi vrat and vidhi rules.
Papankusha Ekadashi vrat and puja vidhi rules
- Devotees of Lord Vishnu observe Ekadashi Vrat on the eleventh day of the lunar fortnight
- The Ashwin’s Ekadashi, Shukla Paksha, is called Papankusha Ekadashi
- The Padmanabha form of Lord Vishnu is worshiped
Ashwin’s Ekadashi Tithi, Shukla Paksha (eleventh day during the waxing phase of the Moon in the month of Ashwin), is called Papankusha Ekadashi. Popular belief suggests that Lord Vishnu (the God who preserves and nurtures life on earth) blesses those who observe this vrat with Moksha (liberation from the cycle of birth, life and death). And on this Ekadashi Tithi, the devotees worship the Padmanabha form of Lord Vishnu. Read on to know the Ekadashi Vrat 2021 date and scroll down to know the rules and Vishnu puja vidhi.
Papankusha Ekadashi Vrat Rules
Evaluate your state of health before observing the vrat. Consult your doctor / nutritionist or health care expert before fasting, as it could harm your body, especially if you are undergoing treatment or taking medication. Nonetheless, if you are medically fit, follow the protocols shared below:
- Get up early on Ekadashi day (ideally, Brahma Muhurat – two hours before sunrise is the best time to get up).
- Take a bath and wear clean clothes.
- Make Dhyana (meditation) followed by Sankalpa (align yourself with divinity and take an oath that you will sincerely keep the vrat).
- Maintain celibacy when you begin your vrat (Ekadashi fasting begins on the evening of Dashami Tithi / tenth day).
- Do not eat onion, garlic, meat, rice, wheat, lentils, and legumes.
- Avoid alcohol and tobacco.
- However, you can have fruit, milk and vrat recipes like Sabudana khichdi or vada, kuttu or singhare ki puri or paratha, etc.
- Participate in charitable activities and donate food and / or essentials.
- Sing the mantra ‘OM Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya’ as many times as possible.
Papankusha Ekadashi Puja Vidhi
- On Ekadashi Tithi, add a few drops of Ganga Jal to a bucket of water that you would use for bathing. Wear clean clothes after taking a bath.
- Light an earthen or brass lamp with sesame oil or mustard oil, or ghee and place it on the altar in your house.
- Summon Lord Vishnu.
- Sing ‘OM Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya’ as you offer Jal (the water), Pushpam (flowers), Gandham (natural fragrance), Deep (oil lamp), Dhoop (incense) and Naivedhya (any fruit or cooked food) to Lord Vishnu. To prepare to pay or any other vegetarian dessert. You can even offer fruit.
- Then offer Paan, Supari, a brown coconut broken in half, bananas and / or other fruits, Chandan, Kumkum, Haldi, Akshat and Dakshina. The collection for this item is also known as Tambouram.
- Read the Papankusha Ekadashi Vrat Katha. Also read Vishnu Sahasranam or do Naam Jaapa.
- Donate in kind or in cash.
- In the evening (during or after sunset), light an oil lamp, incense sticks and pray to Lord Vishnu. Offer flowers (optional) water, bhog (any sweet preparation) or fruits / dried fruits.
- Conclude the puja by performing the aarti.
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