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    Significance of Ekadashi

    Srila Prabhupada explained that Ekadashi means “the eleventh” and it refers to the eleventh day of both the waxing and the waning moon. So Ekadashi falls twice a month.The shastra explains that the papa-purusha (sin personified) takes shelter in grains on Ekadashi, and therefore we avoid grains at all cost on that day.
    Benefits of observing Ekadashi
    Although Ekadashi is not difficult to follow, the results, materially and spiritually, are most beneficial.
    • In the Brahma-vaivarta Purana it is said that one who observes fasting on Ekadashi day is freed from all kinds of reactions to sinful activities and advances in pious life.
    • The basic principle is not just to fast, but to increase one’s faith and love for Govinda, or Krishna. The real reason for observing fasting on Ekadashi is to minimize the demands of the body and to engage our time in the service of the Lord by chanting or performing similar service.
    • The best thing to do on fasting days is to remember the pastimes of Govinda and to hear His holy name constantly. (Chapter 7, Evidence Regarding Devotional Principles, Nectar of Devotion). It gives one a taste for renunciation, and thus helps one to give up sense gratification.
    • Fasting gives the system a rest: The physiological system may become overworked
      due to a little overeating or indiscrimination in diet. Fasting gives the system a chance to catch up.
    • Fasting helps us practice self-discipline in eating and concentrate more on pleasing God.

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    Rules & Regulations

    Ekadashi literally means "the eleventh day." There are two Ekadashis in a month : on the eleventh day after the moon, and on the eleventh day after the full moon.

    Of all vratas (vows of austerity), Vishnu is most pleased with those who observe the Ekadashi vrata.

    Therefore anyone who does not observe the vrata and eats grains on Ekadashi is said to eat sin, for he disobeys the Lord's order and thus displeases Him.

    Thus, although Ekadashi fasting is good for health, it should be undertaken principally for the sake of pleasing Krishna. To observe Ekadashi vrata and Dvadashi vrata means to please the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Those interested in advancing in Krishna consciousness must observe Ekadashi regularly.(SB 9.4.29)

    Prohibited food- What to eat and what not to eat?

    There are different ways to observe Ekadashi.


    • You may fast the entire day; you may eat only fruit, milk, milk products, and root vegetables (such as potatoes, beets, white radishes, and peanuts) that are very simply spiced, can also eat varai and sabudana.
    • But most commonly, devotees observe Ekadashi by abstaining from all grains and beans. In other words, they avoid rice, wheat, corn, string beans, peas, mustard, dals, sesame.
    • Do not use any cooking ingredients that might be mixed with grains, such as ghee that has been used to fry puris, or spices touched by hands dusted with chapatti flour.
    • Ekadasi fasting ends with parana, i.e., breaking the fast the next day (Dvadashi) by taking grain prasada.




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