Pasankusa Ekadasi, or Pashankusha Ekadashi, occurs during the waxing phase of the moon in the month of Ashwina (September – October). In 2014, the date of Pashankusha Ekadashi is October 4. Smarta Ekadasi is marked on October 4. In Maharashtra, Gujarat and other western regions it is marked on October 5. The importance of this Ekadasi is found in the Brahma Vaivarta Purana and is mentioned by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira. Also known as Ekadasi Papankusa, observing it is believed to destroy all the sins. Lord Vishnu is worshipped in the form of Ananta Padmanabha on this day.
It is believed that a person who observes Pasankusa will be able to fulfill his dreams and observing it is equal to performing numerous yajnas and making several offerings. Some of the other results obtained by observing Pashankusha Ekadashi include Mokasha, freedom from vices and diseases. Doing community service and helping the poor on the day is considered to help in realizing one’s true nature.
Staunch Vishnu devotees keep vigil at night on the day. Fasting is for 24 hours and all the usual fasting rules associated with Ekadasi are followed.
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