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Pāpamocanī Ekādaśī
The glories of Pāpamocanī ekādaśī is described in Bhaviṣyauttara Purāṇa in the conversation between Lord Kṛṣṇa and Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira.

Once Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira asked Lord Kṛṣṇa my dear Lord Kṛṣṇa you have already explained the glories of Āmalakī ekādaśī now please describe the ekādaśī which occurs during the waning moon in the month of March-April. What is the name of this ekādaśī? Also describe to me the procedure for observing this ekādaśī and its results. Lord Kṛṣṇa replied, O best of Kings! The name of this ekādaśī is Pāpamocanī. Now please hear its glories as I describe to you.

Long ago the glories of this ekādaśī was spoken by the Sage Lomaśa to King Māndhātā. This Pāpamocanī ekādaśī occurs during the waning moon in the month of March-April. This ekādaśī takes away all ones sinful reactions, destroys ones ghostly condition of life
and awards one eight kinds of mystic perfections.

Sage Lomaśa said, “In the ancient time Kubera the treasurer of the demigods had a beautiful forest of flowers called Caitraratha where the weather was pleasant as a result of ever (spring?) The heavenly dancing girls such as Gandharvas and Kinnaras enjoyed various sports there.

Demigods headed by Indra used to come there and enjoyed various exchanges. In that forest a great sage named Medhāvī who was a staunch devotee of Lord Śiva was engaged in performing austerity. The Apsarās or the heavenly dancing girls tried to disturb the sage in various ways. Among the Apsarās one famous Apsarā named Mañju Ghoṣa devised a means to captivate the mind of the sage. Due to fear of the sage Mañju Ghoṣa built a cottage a little away from the āśrama of the sage and began to sing in a sweet voice accompanied with the musical instrument vīṇā.

On seeing Mañju Ghoṣa who applied sandal wood pulp on her body wore a fragrant flower garland and was engaged in singing sweetly, even the cupid who is an enemy of Lord Śiva tried to conquer the sage who was the devotee of Lord Śiva. Since Lord Śiva burnt the cupid to ashes therefore remembering his previous enmity the cupid, in order to take revenge entered in to the body of the
sage.

At that time sage Medhāvī who wore a white sacred thread on his body and lived in the āśrama of Cyavana Ṛṣi appeared as the second cupid. The lusty Mañju Ghoṣa slowly came before the sage. The sage Medhāvī also became overwhelmed by lust and forgot his worshipable Lord. He gave up the practice of devotional service and became so much intoxicated in relishing the association of the women that he even lost the sense of discriminating between day and night. In this way sage Medhāvī spend many years in
enjoying lusty activities.

Thereafter when Mañju Ghoṣa saw that the sage has fallen down from his position she decided to return to the heavenly planet. She said to sage Medhāvī who was engaged in conjugal affair ‘O great sage! Now please give me permission so that I can return home.

Then sage Medhāvī replied O beautiful women! You have come to me only in the evening stay here tonight and you can return in the morning. On hearing these words of the sage Mañju Ghoṣa became frightened and continued to live with him for a few more years.

In this way although Mañju Ghoṣa lived with a sage for fifty seven years nine months and three days yet it appeared to be only half of a night to the sage. Then Mañju Ghoṣa again asked for the permission from the sage to return home but the sage said O beautiful one! Please hear my words. This is only morning, please wait till I finish my morning rituals. Then the Apsarā smiled and said to the sage with amazement. O great sage! How long it will take to complete your morning rituals? Has it not finished yet? You have spent many years in enjoying my association. Therefore please consider the actual value of the time. On hearing the words of the Apsarā the sage came to his senses and after carefully calculating the time he said Alas! O beautiful one! I have simply wasted long fiftyseven
years of my valuable time. You have ruined everything and spoiled all my austerities. The eyes of the sage filled with tears and his entire body began to tremble.

Sage Medhāvī cursed Mañju Ghoṣa in the following words ‘You have behaved with me like a witch therefore you will immediately become a witch. O sinful unchaste Lady! Shame on you.

After being cursed by the sage in this way Mañju Ghoṣa humbly said to the sage, O best of the brāhmaṇas! Please withdraw your heavy curse. I have spent many years in your company O my Lord for this reason I am a fit candidate for your forgiveness, please be merciful to me. The sage replied, O gentle lady! What will I do now? You have destroyed my entire wealth of austerity, still I am telling you the procedure from getting freed from this curse.

The ekādaśī which occurs during the waning moon in the month of March-April which called Pāpamocanī and is capable of destroying all ones sinful reactions. If you follow this ekādaśī strictly and faithfully then your ghostly condition of life will be vanquished.

After speaking these words sage Medhāvī returned to the āśrama of his father sage Cyavana. As soon as sage Cyavana saw his
fallen son he became extremely unhappy and said, ‘Alas! Alas! O my son what have you done? You have ruined yourself.

You should not have spoiled your entire treasury of austerity simply being captivated by an ordinary lady sage Medhāvī replied O respected father! Due to misfortune I have committed great sins in the association of an Apsarā.

Therefore please instruct me regarding the atonement of my sinful reactions. On hearing the pathetic words of his repentant son sage Cyavana said O my son! By observing Pāpamocanī ekādaśī which falls during the waning moon in the month of March- April all ones sinful reactions are completely destroyed. Therefore you should observe this ekādaśī. On hearing these kind words of his father sage Medhāvī exhibited special enthusiasm in observing this ekādaśī. By the influence of this ekādaśī all the sinful reactions of sage Medhāvī were destroyed and he became a very pious.

Meanwhile Mañju Ghoṣa also observed this auspicious Pāpamocanī ekādaśī and became liberated from the ghostly condition of life.She then regained her divine form and return to heaven.

After narrating this story to king Māndhātā sage Lomaśa concluded as follows. My dear king just by observing this Pāpamocanī ekādaśī all ones sinful reaction are automatically destroyed. By hearing or reading the glories of this ekādaśī one achieves the result of donating one thousand cows.

By observing this ekādaśī all kinds of sinful reactions resulting from a killing a brāhmaṇa, killing an embryo, drinking wine and associating with ones guru’s wife are totally uprooted.

The purport is that since this sacred ekādaśī is all auspicious and destroyer of all sins everyone should strictly observe this ekādaśī.

Ekādaśī is the mother of Kṛṣṇa- Bhakti, love and affection. If you do not follow ekādaśī, Kṛṣṇa- Bhakti will never come.