Paitha Mahakruchcha Vratam is a five-day vratham observed in Karthika Krishna Paksham in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka. In 2023, Paitha Mahakruchcha vratham begins on December 4 and ends on December 8.
Usually, this vrata starts on Kartika Krishna Saptami and ends on Kartika Krishna Ekadashi (Utpanna Ekadasi / Utpatti Ekadasi).
During the vrata, Lord Vishnu is worshipped and on each day a type of food is consumed by devotees. The legend or vratha katha of Paitha Mahakricha vrata is mentioned in the prominent Hindu scripture of vrathas known as “Chaturvarga Chintamani”.
Here are the details of food to take on each day during Paitha Mahakracha vrata:
Kartik Krishna Saptami – 4 December 2023 – Water
Kartik Krishna Ashtami – 5 December 2023 – milk
Kartik Krishna Navami – 6 December 2023 – curd
Kartik Krishna Dashami – 7 December 2023 – ghee
On Kartik Krishna Ekadashi – 8 December 2023 – (Utpatti Ekadashi or Utpanna Ekadasi) the upavasam is broken with performing Vishnu puja.