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Payovrata is the vrata or penance observed by Goddess Aditi to propitiate Lord Vishnu.

Ritual Activity[edit]

It is usually observed for 12 days, and during that time the devotee subsists on a diet of milk alone. [1]

In Hindu Mythology[edit]

A notable event is that of Sage Kashyap who asked his wife, Aditi, to use this method to please Lord Narayana so that a solution could be found for her son who was defeated by the Asuras. This penance finally resulted in the Vamana Avatar sending Mahabali to the netherworld. [2]