According to the Hindu religious calendar, Papmochani Ekadashi falls between Holika Dahan and Chaitra Navratri. It is to be noted that this particular Ekadashi is the last Ekadashi of the calendar year and falls before Yugadi. It is to be remembered that as per the South Indian Amavasyant calendar, it is celebrated on the Krishna Paksha of Phalguna month. On the other hand, as per the North Indian Purnimant calendar, it is grandly celebrated on Krishna Paksha of Chaitra month. It is to be highly noted that it is observed on the same day in South India and North India in a grand manner. According to the Georgian calendar, it falls in the month of March or April.
As per the local legends, “Parana largely means breaking the fast according to the rules and regulation of Hindu tradition and culture. Ekadashi Parana is perfectly done after early sunrise on next day of Ekadashi fast. It is necessary to do Parana within Dwadashi Tithi unless Dwadashi is over before sunrise. Not doing Parana within Dwadashi is similar to an offence. Parana should not be done during Hari Vasara. One should wait for Hari Vasara to get over before breaking the fast. Hari Vasara is first one fourth duration of Dwadashi Tithi. The most preferred time to break the fast is Pratahkal. One should avoid breaking the fast during Madhyana. If due to some reasons one is not able to break the fast during Pratahkal then one should do it after Madhyana.”
According to the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, on two consecutive days, Ekadashi fasting is suggested. It is highly advised that with family members and smaratha should observe fasting with dedication and devotion on the first day only. On the other hand, the second day is suggested for those who desire Moksha, widows and Sanyasis. This type of fasting on Ekadashi days is strongly suggested for those devotees who wish to seek the blessing of Lord Vishnu.