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Pāśāṅkuśā Ekādaśī

Śrī Kṛṣṇa said to Yudhiṣṭhira, "Oh king, please listen as I
explain the glories of this ekādaśī—Pāpāṅkuśā ekādaśī—which
removes all sins. On this day one should worship the Deity of
Padmanābha, the lotus naveled Lord Viṣṇu, according to the
rules of archana-vidhi (regulations). If a person who is a
Vaiṣṇava and has shown disrespect to Śiva, if he is a Śiva
bhakta and has shown disrespect to Śrī Hari, that person will
spend 14 long yugas in hell. That sin will be wiped out when a
person fasts on this special ekādaśī. (This indicates that ekādaśī
is to be practiced by both Śiva and Hari bhaktas.) Also by
practicing this ekādaśī, people will get health, wealth, progeny
and moreover previous 10 generations of both mother and
father will attain mokṣa.
Quotes from Scriptures
Whether one is a child, a youth, or in old age, fasting on
Pāpāṅkuśā ekādaśī frees him from all sins and makes
him immune to suffering a hellish rebirth. Whosoever
observes a fast on the Pāpāṅkuśā ekādaśī becomes free of all
his sins and returns to the spiritual abode of Lord Śrī Hari.
If a resident of earth fails to perform spiritual deeds,
especially the observance of a fast on days such as ekādaśī, his
breathing is said to be no better, or of as much use as the
breathing (puffing) of a blacksmith’s bellows. (Padma-purāṇa)
This daśāmī is also very special, with Vijayā daśāmī..Good
day to start a new venture with new saṅkalpa.
(Padma Purāṇa, Part-3, Uttara-khaṇḍa, 60th chapter)

The glories of Pāśāṅkuśā ekādaśī which occurs during the
waxing moon in the month of September-October is described
in Brahma-vaivarta Purāṇa in the conversation between Lord
Kṛṣṇa and Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira.
Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira said, “O Madhusūdana, what is the
name of the ekādaśī that occurs during the waxing moon in the
month of September/October. Please be kind and explain this
to me.”
Lord Kṛṣṇa replied, “O best of the Kings! The name of this
ekādaśī is Pāśāṅkuśā ekādaśī. Now Please hear from me the
glories of this ekādaśī which destroys all ones sins. Some
people also call this ekādaśī as Pāpāṅkuśā ekādaśī. One should
specially worship Lord Padmanābha on the day of this ekādaśī.
This ekādaśī awards a person the heavenly pleasures liberation
and his desired results. Just by chanting the holy names of
Lord Viṣṇu one can attain all the piety of visiting all the holy
places on the earth. If a conditioned soul in spite of indulging
in various sinful activities due to illusion takes shelter and
offers obeisances at the lotus feet of Lord Hari who is expert in
delivering the fallen souls then such a person does not have to
go to hell.
Those Vaiṣṇavas who criticize Lord Śiva and those
Śaivaites who criticize Lord Viṣṇu are both undoubtedly go to
hell. The result one obtains by performing one thousand horse
sacrifices or by performing one hundred Rājasūya sacrifices
can not be equal to the one sixteenth portion of piety one
obtains by following this ekādaśī. There is no piety in this
world which is equal to the piety earned by observing the
ekādaśī. Therefore there is no other day as sanctified as this day
of ekādaśī which is very dear to Lord Padmanābha.
O King! As soon as a person fails to observe ekādaśīs the
sins begin to reside in his body. This ekādaśī awards its
follower the heavenly pleasure, liberation, freed from
deceased condition, beautiful women, wealth and food grains.
O maintainer of the earth! If one observes this ekādaśī and
remains awake on that night easily goes to the abode of Lord
Lord Kṛṣṇa continued, “O best of the Kings! By observing
the vow of this ekādaśī one can deliver ten generations from
his mothers family, ten generations from his fathers family
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and ten generations from his wife’s family. If a person
observes this ekādaśī either in his childhood or youth-hood or
in his old age he does not suffer the miseries of the material
existence. One who strictly observes this Pāśāṅkuśā or
Pāpāṅkuśā ekādaśī then all his sinful reactions are eradicated
and at the end of his life he returns to the abode of Lord
Viṣṇu. If a person gives away gold, sesame seeds, land, cow,
food grains, water, umbrella or shoes in charity then such a
person does not have to goo to the abode of Yamarāja. Any
one who spends his day without engaging in pious activities
he is like a dead man although he is breathing. His breathing
is compared to the bellows of the blacksmith.
O best of the Kings! A person who digs well and lakes for
the benefit of others, donates land and houses and perform
other pious activities such as performing sacrifices is not
subjected to the punishment of Yamarāja. As a result of piety
only people live long lives, become rich, take birth in highclass
families and become diseaseless. The purport is that the
direct result of observing ekādaśī is to attain devotional service
to Kṛṣṇa and the indirect result is to attain the temporary
material benefits.

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