About Ekadashi Vrat Fasting & its Importance
Ekadashi is an auspicious day which occurs twice in a Hindu calendar month. It is the eleventh day of each of the two lunar phase which occur in a Hindu calendar month – the Shukla Paksha (period of the brightening moon also known as waxing phase) and the Krishna Paksha (period of the fading moon also known as waning phase).
So technically speaking, there a 24 Ekadashi’s in a calendar year. Occasionally there are two extra Ekadashis that happen in a lunar leap year.
Each Ekadashi day has particular benefits and blessings that one can attain by the performance of specific activities.
On this sacred day many Hindu’s, especially Vaishanv’s and devotees of Lord Vishnu observe a fast, known as Ekadashi Vrat.
According to legends it is believed that who keeps a fast on Ekadashi and pray’s to Lord Vishnu on this day, gets free from all evils and sins and it enhances the power to attain liberation.
Ekadashi Vrat Fasting :
The fast of Ekadashi, spans over a period of three days. On the tenth day (Dashami) i.e., a day prior to the Ekadashi fasting day devotees take a single meal in afternoon to make sure that there is no residual food in the stomach on next day. On the Ekadashi day, devotees observe a strict fast and then break the fast on next day only after sunrise.
Devotees can choose to observe a strict Ekadashi Vrat fast without consuming any food or water or can observe a fast consuming water, or consuming fruits or Phalhaar i.e., (juices, milk products, tea, etc), depending on their will and body power. However it should be decided before starting the fast.
Eating of all type of grains and cereals is prohibited during Ekadashi fasting.
Ekadashi Vrat Mantra :
On this auspicious Ekadashi Vrat day dedicated to Lord Vishnu, you can chant this powerful Vishnu mantra:
“Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya”