What is Ekadashi Fast?
Lord Krishna himself is pleased with the person who observes the fast of Ekadashi of Krishna Paksha and Shukla Paksha and takes food on the day of Dwadashi. The easiest way to get God’s love is Ekadashi fasting.
Milk or milk products or fruits etc. can be consumed during this fast. We all should fast according to our physical capacity.
What Else Should We Do Apart From Fasting On This Holy Day
Not only Grains is called Ekadashi fasting rather, but this day is also very auspicious for making progress in spiritual life. The divine names of the Lord should be chanted on this day. Bhagavad Gita and Shrimad Bhagavatam should be read on this day.
Significance Of Papankusha Ekadashi in Brahmavaivarta Purana
The significance of Papankusha Ekadashi, which falls in the Shukla Paksha of Ashwin month, is described in the Brahmavaivarta Purana in the dialogue between Lord Krishna and Yudhishthira.
IMPROTANCE OF PAPANKUSHA EKADASHI
Yudhishthira asked Lord Krishna about the importance and significance of this fast. Shri Krishna says that O Yudhishthira, the name of this Ekadashi, which destroys all sins, is Papankusha Ekadashi. Ekadashi is supposed to give desired results. On this day, whoever takes shelter from God by observing this fast with devotion. And He/she never has to suffer the torture of Yamlok.
And such a person becomes eligible to go to the abode of God. The result obtained by Ashwamedha Yagya is not equal to even 16 parts of Ekadashi. The ancestors also get benefited by observing this fast.
The Story Of Papankusha Ekadashi Fast
Once upon a time, there lived a fowler on Vindhya mountain who was very cruel in nature and spent all his life in sinful activities. At the end of his life, he came to know that he was going to suffer. He will have to suffer the torment of Hell. Frightened by such speed, he took shelter of a sage named Angira. He prayed to him to tell him some solution to save him from this terrible calamity.
So the Angira sage told him that one should observe the Papankusha Ekadashi fast coming in the Shukla Paksha of Ashwin month with full devotion and do worship Lord Shrihari. It will destroy all their sins. That Fowler followed that Ekadashi fast with full devotion and at the end of life, being freed from all sins, attained Bhagvat Dham by the grace of God.