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Pasankusa Ekadasi - Pashamkusha Ekadashi

Pasankusa Ekadasi is observed during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in the Hindu month of Ashwin (September – October). Pasankusa Ekadashi 2018 date is October 20. The significance of this Ekadasi is mentioned in the Brahmavaivarta Purana and was narrated to Yudhishtira by Lord Krishna. The Ekadasi is also known as Pashamkusha and Pashankusha.

Also known as Papankusa Ekadasi because observing it is believed to destroy all the sins.


It is believed that observing Pasankusa Ekadasi will help in realizing one’s dreams. It is also said that observing Pashankusha fasting is equal to making numerous offerings.

On Pasankusa Ekadasi, Lord Vishnu is worshipped in the form of Ananta Padmanabha – reclining on Snake Ananta in the milky ocean.

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.

All the usual rules associated with Ekadasi fasting is observed on the day. Those observing partial fast avoid grains and rice. Some Vishnu devotees do not sleep during night and read stories of Lord Vishnu.

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