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How To Fast On Ekadashi Day

Some of my friends asked me to write an article about Ekadashi day when I told them about the fast I do then. Hence, today I will make you more familiar with this holiday, somewhat exotic for the Western culture.

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What Is Ekadashi

Ekādaśī (ekāhdaśī, "Eleven"), also spelt as Ekādaśi, is the eleventh lunar day (tithi) of each of the two lunar phases which occur in a Hindu calendar month - the Sukla Paksha(the period of the brightening moon also known as the waxing phase) and the Krishna Paksha (the period of the fading moon also known as the waning phase). In other words, Ekadashi is celebrated 4 days before the Full Moon or the New Moon.

Wikipedia states that the timing of each Ekādaśī is according to the position of the moon. The Hindu calendar marks the progression from a full moon to a new moon as divided into fifteen equal arcs. Each arc measures one lunar day called a tithi. The time it takes the moon to traverse a particular distance is the length of that lunar day. Ekādaśī refers to the 11th lunar day, corresponding to a precise phase of the waxing and waning moon. The celestial body will be illuminated either about 75% or 25% on Ekādaśī day.

There are usually 24 Ekādaśīs in a calendar year. Occasionally, there are two extra ones that happen in a leap year. Each of these days is purported to have particular benefits and blessings. They are attained by the performance of specific activities. Fasting is one of them.

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  • Fasting

    In Hinduism and Jainism, this day is considered a spiritual day and is usually observed by a partial fast that spans three days. Devotees take a single meal in the afternoon a day before the fasting day so that no residual food is found in the stomach on the next day. Then the strict fast on Ekadashi day starts at the sunrise of that day and ends on the next day, also after the sunrise.

    You can choose to observe fasting without water, with only water, with only fruits, with one-time latex food according to your will and body power. However, it should be decided before starting the fast.

    Eating of all type of grains and cereals are prohibited during Ekadashi fasting.  You are not allowed to consume beans and grains because according to the Hindus and the Jainists they are believed to be contaminated by sin.

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    Dates

    Here are the dates of Ekadashi for the rest of 2021 and 2022:

    Ekadashi in 2021 will fall on the following days:

    Ekadashi Before New Moon in 2021

    • 9th January 2021
    • 7th February 2021
    • 9th March 2021
    • 7th April 2021
    • 7th May 2021
    • 6th June 2021
    • 5th July 2021
    • 4th August 2021
    • 3rd September 2021
    • 2nd October 2021
    • 1st November 2021
    • 30th November 2021
    • 30th December 2021

    Ekadashi Before Full Moon In 2021

    • 24th January 2021
    • 23rd February 2021
    • 25th March 2021
    • 23rd April 2021
    • 23rd May 2021
    • 21st June 2021
    • 20th July 2021
    • 18th August 2021
    • 17th September 2021
    • 16th October 2021
    • 14th November 2021
    • 14th December 2021

    Ekadashi before New Moon in 2022 - check sunrises and sunsets for your town

    • January 27th to 28th 2022
    • February 26th to 28th 2022  (2 Ekadashi days)
    • March 27th to 28th 2022
    • April 26th to 27th 2022
    • May 25th to 26th 2022
    • June 23th to 24th 2022
    • July 23rd to 24th 2022
    • August 22nd to 23rd 2022
    • September20th to 21st 2022
    • October 20th to 21st 2022
    • November 19th to 20th 2022
    • December 18th to 19th 2022

    Ekadashi beore Full Moon in 2022 - check sunrises and sunsets in your town

    • January 12th to 13the 20022
    • February 11th to 12th 2022
    • March 13th to 14th 2022
    • April 11th to 13th 2022 (2 Ekadashi days)
    • May 11th to 12th 2022
    • June 9th to 10th 2022
    • July 7th to 8th 2022
    • August 7th to 8th 2022
    • September 6th 2022 9full one day)
    • October 5th to 6th 2022
    • November 3rd to 4th 2022
    • December 3rd to 4th 2022

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    Other Important Information

    Ekādaśī is different for Vaishnavites and Smarthas. Check by clicking the link above for more information. According to Kala Prakashika, a Jyotish text discussing auspicious times for beginning an activity ("Muhurta"), the Ekādaśī fast is performed on a day which is not touched or ruined by any influence of the tenth lunar day. The cut-off time is 96 minutes before sunrise.

    If the tenth day completes just 96 minutes before sunrise, then it is celebrated as Ekādaśī. However, in the case of incomplete at 96 minutes before sunrise, then the Ekādaśī fast is performed on the following day.

    Ekadashi Vrat

    It happens that Ekadashi fasting is suggested on two consecutive days.  Smartha with family should observe fasting on the first day only. Sanyasis, widows and for those who want Moksha should observe the alternate Ekadashi fasting. Both days are observed by staunch devotees who seek for love and affection of Lord Vishnu.

    As you can see in the calendar of Ekadashi days for 202, there are some cases when two consecutive days are celebrated.

    Significance

    It might sound a bit exotic for us in the Western world. However, there is a good point in having a special day every two weeks and if you want, it can be Ekadashi, not necessarily for worshipping Hindu gods, but for increasing general spirituality. You will also have some time of reflection on your life and an opportunity to cleanse your body.

    Meditate During Ekadashi

    Combining fast and meditation and be very beneficial. It iseasier to focus on the Source and Higher Beings of Light while your body is notpreoccupied with food. It does not mean to be sad or suffer deliberately.Rather, travel with your mind and astral body to the happy memory, then cleanseyourself under the waterfall and recharge with the energy of Mother Earth.

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  • In A Nutshell

    Today I have made you familiar with Ekadashi day, worshipped by the Hindus. It is celebrated on the eleventh day after each New Moon and Full Moon when people fast from one to two days. Good luck with finding your own, special day. Maybe Ekadashi?

    Vicky