Pavitra Ekadashi, or Pavitropana Ekadasi, is observed during the waxing phase of the moon in Shravan month (July – August) as per traditional north Indian calendar. Pavitra Ekadasi 2013 date is August 17. This Ekadasi is known as Putrada Ekadasi in Maharashtra,
Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
The greatness of Pavithra Ekadasi is found in the Bhavisyotara Purana and its importance was narrated to Yudhisthira by Lord Krishna. Jhulan Yatra , swing festival associated with Lord Krishna, Radha and Lord Jagannath begins on this Ekadasi day and ends on Shravan Purnima.
There is a popular belief that those who observe this Ekadasi will beget a son. Fasting on the also help in redemption of sin. All grains are avoided on the day. Some staunch devotees keep vigil.
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